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1. Brandeis Hillel Day School
Courses / Programs
In an award-winning facility set on two acres in San Francisco, CA, Brandeis Hillel Day School is a non-affiliated, community school where children from diverse Jewish backgrounds create and participate in an environment of learning and support. Begun in 1963 as the Brandeis School, the school merged with the Hillel Day School in 1973. A Marin campus located in San Rafael was opened in 1978. The curriculum here is varied, integrated and challenging, with students developing a strong foundation in the basic academic disciplines of English, Hebrew, mathematics, science, social studies and Judaic studies. The arts, athletics, music and outdoor education are also taught.

The highest value is placed on cultivating in students and faculty the qualities of compassion, kindness and mutual respect. The school recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art building to accommodate K-3rd grades, a music room, multi-purpose room, and science lab. Construction on a performing arts complex begins within the next few years. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) accredit BHDS.
K-3rd, Lower School, Middle School and High School.

- The curriculum includes Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Music, Art, Drama, English - Hebrew bilingual program, Journalism / Yearbook and PE.

Additionally:
- After-school program with enrichment courses and an outdoor education program.
2. Playmates Cooperative Nursery School
Courses / Programs
Playmates Co-operative Nursery School is located at 2340 42nd Avenue in the Sunset District in the west-central part of San Francisco. We are a non-profit, nonsectarian, interracial co-operative organization formed and operated by parents and experienced staff. We provide an excellent child-centered nursery program for children 2 1/2 to 6 years of age, as well as a transitional kindergarden program. Scholarships are also available. An adult-to-child ratio of one-to-five provides individualized attention, a safe environment and many opportunities for creative expression. Children with special needs are welcome.

Playmates Co-operative has offered families a supportive and creative learning environment for over 50 years. Children at Playmates build trust and confidence in a warm, nurturing environment. They learn the joy of friendship with other children and adults in a setting that encourages cooperation and problem solving, gain high self-esteem and develop independence through successful age-appropriate "hands-on" learning experiences. Children also develop a positive attitude towards learning; a love of school.
- Nursery program for children 2 1/2 to 6 years of age
- Transitional kindergarten program
- Young 5 program for ages: 2 1/2 - 6 years
- Extended care available from 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Summer programs

* A.M. session: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
* P.M. session: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
* Young 5 program: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
* Part-time attendance (3, 4 or 5 days / week)
* Non-teaching / teaching slots available
* Lunch Bunch: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
3. Congregation Beth Sholom Jewish Family Preschool
Courses / Programs
The Jewish Family Preschool and Parenting Center of Congregation Beth Sholom is located on 14th Avenue (corner of Clement Street) in San Francisco, and offers high-quality, innovative secular and Jewish education for children and their families. We provide excellent teacher to child ratios, experienced, nurturing and highly qualified staff, clergy participation in Shabbat service and other Jewish holiday celebrations, access to resources and programming of Congregation Beth Sholom, child development specialist available for individual consultation and a resource library.

Our child-directed curriculum provides a framework that invites children to observe, make choices and experiment, thus developing a sense of competence and initiative. Although our program is informal and flexible, the curriculum is carefully planned and based on the principle of organized free choices. The classrooms are set up by the teachers to guide children toward specific learning goals. We focus on developing the child's critical and creative thinking skills, not on their memory.
- For children aged 2 - 5, half & full-day program options with extended care.

- 11-month school year (September - July).

Also:
- Additional music, art, dance and movement programs throughout the year.
- Parent and Me classes for parents and infants and parents and toddlers.
- Parent education workshops and parenting programs.
4. The Athenian School, San Francisco Bay Area
Courses / Programs
Located on a beautiful 75-acre campus at the base of Mt. Diablo in Danville, Contra Costa County CA, The Athenian School is an independent co-educational college preparatory day and boarding school. We offer a day program for Middle School students (grades 6 - 8) from the East Bay region and day and boarding programs for Upper School students (grades 9 - 12) from the US and throughout the world.

Boarding students from throughout the world live in two dormitories, housing approximately 20 students each. More than 20 faculty members live on campus, providing extraordinary guidance and support for all students.

Total enrollment is approximately 450 students, 150 in the 6th-8th grades and 300 day and boarding students in grades 9-12. Class size averages 15 students, and nearly 100% of the school's graduates gain admission to outstanding four-year colleges. The Athenian School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools.
- Middle School Program (grades 6-8): Day school program

- Upper School Program (grades 9-12): Day and boarding program for US and international students
5. Holy Family Day Home, San Francisco
Courses / Programs
For more than 100 years, Holy Family Day Home has been a pioneer in providing educational development for young children while nurturing positive interaction with their families. We offer first class Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten Programs in San Francisco. As the oldest child care center in San Francisco, Holy Family Day Home continues to pioneer quality early childhood education and development for 171 children. We are proud to serve families in the Castro, Central East, Mission, Buena Vista and neighbouring Bay Area communities.

We partner with parents and guardians to encourage healthier families, build a foundation for lifelong achievement and open doors to a rewarding future. As the Day Home embarks on another century of service, we remain committed to fostering an environment of limitless possibilities for the children of the San Francisco Bay Area. We were named the highest quality childcare center in San Francisco by the California Department of Education in 2002 and in 2004 we were accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We serve Bay Area families from a diverse socio-economic background.
- Infant Program

- Toddler Program

- Preschool Program

- Kindergarten Program

Additionally:
- We also provide a Health Program and a Family Support Center.
6. French American International School, San Francisco
Courses / Programs
Located in the heart of San Francisco between Gough and Franklin streets, the French American International School (FAIS-IHS) is a family of PK-12 institutions dedicated to the principles of international and cross-cultural education. We are the oldest and largest bilingual French / English school in California, the only truly international school west of the Mississippi, and the most widely respected, well-established and accredited world leader in global education in the United States. We offer consistently rigorous academic programs of study leading to both the International Baccalaureate and French Baccalaureate diplomas.

Our highly talented students graduate as sophisticated, knowledgeable, globally-aware, multi-lingual critical thinkers and international citizens of the world, and as such are accepted not only into national Ivy League universities but also into prestigious international universities around the world. Recent graduates were accepted into Dartmouth, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, Sorbonne, McGill and many others.
- Pre-Kindergarten Program
- Lower School Program
- Middle School Program
- Upper School Program

We are a bilingual French / English school and offer consistently rigorous academic programs of study leading to both the International Baccalaureate and French Baccalaureate diplomas, both through our tried and true programs in linguistic immersion, and through our many exchange trips and overseas community service projects.
7. Lycée Français La Pérouse, Bay Area
Courses / Programs
The Lycée is a PK to 12th grade college preparatory school in the San Francisco Bay Area which is based on the French national curriculum augmented by courses in American History, English Literature and Visual Arts. It provides a challenging educational environment, emphasizing academic achievement leading to the French Baccalaureate.

Designed to provide our students with a structured, well-assimilated body of general knowledge while encouraging the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, the curriculum fosters autonomy, initiative, self-respect and the respect of others, cooperation and responsibility. In addition, by becoming bilingual, our students become aware of and respect cultural differences. They are consequently able to make informed choices about their future and are prepared for success in tomorrow's world.

There are currently more than 900 students on three campuses, the Corte Madera campus, located in Marin County (PK to 5th grades), and two campuses in San Francisco, the Ashbury campus for Primary students (PK to 5th grades) and the Ortega campus for Middle and High school.
- A PK to 12th grade college preparatory school.

- Full time school from 2 1/2 years old (nursery school) to 12th grade.

- A part-time nursery class is avalaible on the Corte Madera campus, Marin County for the 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years old.
8. Children's Day School, San Francisco
Courses / Programs
Children's Day School in San Francisco's Mission District excels as a community of learners who believe in a better kind of learning and possess the passion and skills to shape and continually grow the school. We are an independent, co-educational school for students in preschool through eighth grade. We serve families in San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area communities. Children’s Day School provides children with an education that reveals itself not only in how well children write, think mathematically and investigate questions, but also in how much they love school, their classmates and their environment.

Can such a school maximize academic achievement? Yes. And our students’ standardized test scores and high school placements back up that answer. We are proving that happy children make better learners. At Children’s Day School, academic achievement is only one learning goal. Integrity, love of learning, social competence and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others are equally important. This is our idea of what education is all about. We are accredited by California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).
- Preschool Program

- Elementary School Program

- Middle School Program

* Our students enjoy a rigorous curriculum that includes math, science, humanities (language arts and social studies) and Spanish.

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We provide lots of opportunities for athletics and many arts offerings including classes like sculpture, painting, Shakespearean monologues, comedy and music.
9. Presidio Knolls School, San Francisco
Courses / Programs
Located on Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA, near the Bay, Presidio Knolls School is a non-profit Mandarin-immersion Reggio Emilia inspired pre-school. Our school comprises of a dedicated, generous group of parents and teachers who are committed to providing a multi-lingual, multi-cultural English and Mandarin Chinese environment where children can freely develop their gifts and interests. Since the inception of the school in February 2008, the faculty and parents have been working very hard to realize these goals. We serve families from Chinatown, Cow Hollow, Russian Hill, Pacific Heights and throughout San Fransico Bay communities.

Since the school was established, we have made great strides in implementing a Reggio Emilia inspired teaching philosophy in a Mandarin immersion classroom. To facilitate language reinforcement at home, we have produced and published weekly Youtube videos of Mandarin songs and stories. The teachers have also infused Chinese traditions, such as ancient poetry and festival celebrations, into the program to foster cultural awareness and expose our children to more sophisticated vocabularies.
- Preschool programs
- Kindergarten programs

* We offer a Reggio Emilia inspired teaching philosophy in a Mandarin immersion classroom. Bilingual Mandarin Chinese and English program.

* We teach Chinese traditions, such as ancient poetry and festival celebrations, into the program to foster cultural awareness and expose our children to more sophisticated vocabularies.

* We also offer Summer Camps.
10. Parliament Tutors, San Francisco
Courses / Programs
Parliament Tutors is San Francisco's premier private tutoring and test preparation service covering all academic subjects, tutoring and standardized test preparation. With private tutors located throughout San Francisco, San Jose, Mill Valley, Berkeley and more, Parliament Tutors is committed to bringing students the most customized learning experiences from the most highly qualified tutors.

We provide K-8 tutoring and high school tutoring in math, science, English, social studies and foreign languages with special tutoring in maths and English, college courses help, assistance in writing essays and admissions counselling as well as college preparation courses including AP Test Prep, ACT Prep, SAT Prep, PSAT Prep, LSAT Prep. We also offer postgraduate preparation courses including LSAT, GRE, GMAT and MCAT Tests, as well as language training, TOEFL and ESL programs.

At Parliament Tutors, we develop individualized lesson plans, geared to meet the particular needs of each student. We sharpen students’ learning skills and teach them how to solve new problems independently. This enables students to acquire the abilities and the confidence they need to succeed.
* K-8 tutoring and high school tutoring in English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Languages
* Special tutoring in Math and English
* College preparation courses SAT Prep, PSAT Prep, LSAT Prep, AP Test Prep, ACT Prep writing essays and admissions counselling
* Language training in Spanish, Italian, Chinese & more...
* College courses tutoring for Math, Economics, Computer Science, & Essays
* Postgraduate preparation courses including GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT tests
* ESL & TOEFL programs
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