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1. Katherine Michiels Elementary School
Courses / Programs
Katherine Michiels Elementary School is located on Guerrero Street between 25th Street and 26th Street in San Francisco's Mission District. We are easily accessible from both the 101 Freeway (via Cesar Chavez St.) and from the 280 northbound (via the San Jose exit). (KMS) is taking the lead in developing a progressive curriculum where art, music, dance, Spanish, language, outdoor education and creative writing are core to an academic program that is project based and specific to each of our learners.

Our unique curriculum takes inspiration from Mel Levine, Slingerland, Reggio Emilia Project Based Learning and similar techniques. Our program places a strong emphasis on social, academic and emotional development. We encourage children to take responsibility for themselves and others; and allow them freedom to develop a strong sense of self. Students benefit from a variety of dance opportunities including instruction from professional dance troups in the San Francisco area.

KMS owns a camp outside of Yosemite where it offers outdoor education instruction to students. Scholarships are available.
- Infant Program (ages 24 months to 3 years)
- Preschool (2-4 years).
- 2 Year Kindergarten (4-5 years)
- Elementary School (1st through 5th grades).

In addition to a rigorous academic program, the arts have been integrated into the curriculum:

* Students learn healthy, organic cooking in our state-of-the-art kitchen.

* A variety of dance opportunities are offered.

* A Spanish language and culture component is provided which offers educational travel immersion trips to Mexico.
2. San Francisco International School
Courses / Programs
At San Francisco International School, located in the Richmond District of San Francisco, we believe that childhood is a time to be treasured, and we are committed to providing an engaging, innovative and rigorous social, emotional and academic program for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5 students.

We recognize and embrace each child's unique learning profile and provide numerous opportunities for children's creative, musical and other intelligences to shine. San Francisco International School is commited to serving families in Cole Valley, Buena Vista Park, Dolores Park, Golden Gate Heights, Central and Outer Richmond and surrounding communities throughout the Bay Area.

Students are engaged in their education, feel successful in the classroom and see each day as an opportunity to discover and learn. Above all else, our graduates are balanced, internationally-minded citizens who will navigate a changing world with integrity and confidence. San Francisco International School admits students of any race, color, religion, gender and disability. Join us and, together, we will raise a happy, balanced, internationally-minded child.
- Junior Kindergarten program
- Kindergarten program
- Elementary School program
- Lower School program

* Primary Years Program for Students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 5. Our curriculum is inspired by the International Baccalaureate (IB-PYP) program and we use the California State Standards as a guideline.

* Core Subjects include Math, Science, Language Arts, Global Education, Art, Music, Technology and P.E.
3. 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.

Additionally:
We provide lots of opportunities for athletics and many arts offerings including classes like sculpture, painting, Shakespearean monologues, comedy and music.
4. German International School Of Silicon Valley - San Francisco Campus
Courses / Programs
The German International School Of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is a bilingual school serving the broad academic needs of children in the San Francisco Bay Area from preschool through Grade 12 in German and English. With locations in Mountain View, Berkeley, and San Francisco, GISSV is the only elementary and secondary school in the Western United States that meets the strict accreditation requirements of the German government, thus enabling entry into the best European and American colleges and universities.

GISSV's San Francisco Campus is located in the Presidio area and officially opened in August 2011. This campus offers a Kindergarten class, with one grade being added per year to establish a full K-5 program by 2016.

We welcome both German and non-German speaking families, as well as anyone interested in a high quality bilingual education and who understand that a multilingual, multicultural education prepares children to become future leaders in the global marketplace. Our school is an optimal choice for families in the Bay Area either long or short term.
- San Francisco Campus: Bilingual German / English K-5 campus
- Berkeley Campus: Bilingual German / English pre-K-5 campus
- Mountain View Campus: Bilingual German / English preschool / kindergarten, elementary, middle & high school programs
5. Cornerstone Academy College Preparatory
Courses / Programs
Founded in 1975, Cornerstone Academy is a private, nonprofit school in the Portola District of San Francisco and primarily serves families from San Francisco and the Peninsula. The grade span is preschool through high school.

Cornerstone Academy is founded on Christian values, supports the home and churches of students in providing an education that is grounded in the Christian values of the Bible as reflected in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
- Bilingual preschool & kindergarten programs (Chinese / English)

- Elementary, middle & high school programs with continued Chinese language instruction from grades 1 - 12. Our academic program consists of core subjects in English, Mandarin, math, science, social science, religious studies, physical education, fine arts, and electives. For High School, honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered in a variety of classes.

- ESL program for middle & high school students

- Full boarding program for international high school students
6. San Francisco Waldorf School
Courses / Programs
San Francisco Waldorf School is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian school providing education from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. We are located in the Richmond District of San Francisco, near Western Addition, Presidio Heights, Lower Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow neighborhoods. The school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC) and by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

Our purpose is to provide Waldorf education in San Francisco for children from early childhood through to high school. San Francisco Waldorf School aims to encourage young people to bring the highest human capacities into their adult lives as they become world citizens of the future. At San Francisco Waldorf School, academic excellence, social responsibility, and the recognition of each individual’s gifts are the guiding educational ideals.

Our curriculum integrates the student’s developmental needs with intellectual and artistic skills. Our deeply committed faculty works together to foster each student’s sense of self-reliance, concern for community, and moral purpose.
- Early Childhood Program

- Parenting and Toddler Program

- Kindergarten Program

- Elementary School Program

- High School Program

* In addition to traditional subjects such as English, math, science and social studies we also offer Spanish, German, Music, Eurythmy, Movement Education, Handwork, Woodworking and Poetry.
7. Seesaw Studio
Courses / Programs
Seesaw Studio in San Francisco is a creative studio offering imaginative education classes and workshops for infants (from birth up), children and teens and their families. Our unique workshops and groups explore the multiple intelligences (i.e., language play groups, friendship skills, arts and crafts, dance, martial arts).
Education and Support for Children & Adults:

- Friendship skills
- Structured play groups
- Language immersion (French, German, Korean)
- Workshops
- Toddler Play + Learn
8. 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
9. 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.
10. Kids Into Speaking Spanish Kiss
Courses / Programs
Kids Into Speaking Spanish (KISS) is a total Spanish immersion program for preschool and kindergarten age children (from 2 to 6 years), with two locations in the East Bay region of San Francisco Bay Area: Walnut Creek (East of Oakland in Contra Costa County) and Montclair, Oakland, CA. The schools are a safe and exciting place for children to grow and learn.

Our success over the last seven years is a testament to our innovative program. We provide a wonderful program designed to prepare your child for academic success. About 95% of the activities are conducted in Spanish. The core of our curriculum consists of activities and participation in cultural experiences such as singing, dancing, art projects, cooking, and games - all done entirely in Spanish.

All of the instructors we hire are native speakers because the KISS program emphasizes proper pronunciation and exposure to various aspects of Latin culture. We believe that creating an environment where children have fun, while being exposed to the Spanish language paves the way for greater receptivity to learning the language in a more structured setting later.
- Preschool program: We accept children 2 years to 4 years for our preschool program.

- Kindergarten program: We have a developmental kindergarten program and accept children 5 and 6 years old.

- After school program: We accept children from 1st through to 3rd grade.

- Unlimited day care program: This program is for working parents and offers unlimited day care from 7am to 6pm.

* In our Montclair school, we are offering a month's tuition for free to a new 4 year old that enrolls.
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