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1. Temple Emanu-el Preschool
Courses / Programs
The Temple Emanu-El Preschool is a leading Jewish preschool in the Richmond District (directly north of Golden Gate Park) in the north-west of San Francisco. The largest and oldest reformed synagogue in Northern California is also the site of our highly respected preschool. The Emanu-El community is a very active one and the synagogue the site of workshops, lectures, and community activities, as well as worship. Temple Emanu-el's particular focus is on serving the interfaith family.

We provide a safe, nurturing and supportive program in a Jewish environment. Our preschool program is designed for children ages 2 years 6 months to 4 / 5 years of age. Our Pre-Kindergarten program is designed as a transitional year between preschool and kindergarten and is for children who are 4 / 5 years of age. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum includes creative arts, dramatic play, large and small motor activities, music, language arts, outdoor play and Jewish values, traditions and holiday celebrations.
- 3 day week Two-Year-Old program
- 5 day week Preschool Program
- 5 day week Pre-K Program

Two-Year-Old & Preschool Program run for 3 hours a day. Pre-K Program runs for 5 hours a day.

Additionally:
- There is before & after school care available for the Preschool and Pre-K Programs.

- Summer Camp Program also available.
2. Remarkable Girls
Courses / Programs
Remarkable Girls is a unique theatre program located on the Peninsula in Millbrae and San Francisco in Northern CA, offering classes, private lessons, and performance opportunities to girls ages 9-18 years. Remarkable Girls was founded by former San Francisco talent agent and performance coach Jan Downing. Programs are taught by performing arts professionals and include instruction in acting, singing, musical theatre, auditioning, and directing.

In a supportive and fun-filled environment, girls have room to stretch and grow as young artists and individuals. They tap into their imaginations, develop and polish their talents, and learn the core skills that are the building blocks of a strong theatrical foundation. Through their theatre experiences, they also develop the confidence to take risks and conquer their fears. More importantly, they find their voices and open their hearts.
Theatre Training for girls ages 9-18 years:

- Acting
- Musical Theatre
- Singing
- Auditioning
- Directing
- Specialty Workshops
- Outreach
- Group Classes
- Private Lessons
- Performance Opportunities

Students not only learn core theatrical skills, but they also learn to take risks, increase their confidence through self-expression, and find their own voices.
3. 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
4. San Francisco Montessori Academy
Courses / Programs
San Francisco Montessori Academy in the center of San Francisco, CA, is a Montessori School offering preschool programs to children ages 3-6.

Our school offers the most complete service for your child. Not only do we have an extremely clean and healthy environment but we also offer motherly attention to each individual child.

We provide a safe and warm facility for your child to grow and develop, complete with learning materials appropriate for each age group.

The most important part of any preschool is the joy that it brings the children, and this is where we truly shine. Walk in any time and you will find your child laughing and learning.

The San Francisco Montessori Academy prides itself with being a fully accredited Montessori school by both, UMA - United Montessori Association and NAMTA - North American Montessori Teachers' Association.

Through the use of Montessori methods, our school will help prepare your child for excellence in their future academic endeavors and beyond.

Founded in 1999, the San Francisco Montessori Academy has been serving the community for over 10 years. We have an extensive medical and teaching background and over 20 years of combined experience in Pediatric CPR, First Aid and Health & Safety.
Preschool Programs for Kids ages 3-6:

- Montessori Education
- Mathematics
- Language
- Science, Geography, Art
- Practical Life
- Sensorial
- Arts and Crafts
- Martial Arts
- Ballet
- Music Instruction
- Warm Organic Meals..

- Our curriculum is divided into five core areas of study.

- It is structured around the child's self-initiated impulse to become engaged and learn from his or her surroundings.
5. 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
6. Laurel Hill Nursery School, San Francisco
Courses / Programs
Established in 1946 and set in the heart of San Francisco in the Laurel Heights area, Laurel Hill is the oldest parent-participation, cooperative nursery school in San Francisco. Our philosophy is child-centered and is focused on building a child's self esteem through socialization and play. While there is no strict academic program at Laurel Hill, our children thrive in an environment that lets them learn organically. Laurel Hill is the largest co-op nursery school in the Bay Area, with approximately 80 families enrolled. We currently have a staff of 8 teachers, and with parent participation our adult-to-child ratio is roughly 1 to 5.

Families who become members of the co-op need to fulfill participation responsibilities, and by doing so allow us to offer an unrivaled experience at extremely affordable rates. But more important than the financial benefits, by participating at Laurel Hill, you'll connect with an incredible group of families, you'll know your children's friends and teachers intimately, and you'll have the satisfaction of being truly involved in your child's first foray into the school environment.
- Nursery School Program: We follow a child-centered philosophy of early childhood education for ages 2 years 9 months to 5 years. Children are allowed to learn through play and by exploring their environment at their own developmental pace.

- Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Program: Our Pre-K curriculum is tailored to the needs of young 5 year olds, while still adhering to our child-focused philosophy.

- Extended care program: This is offered from 8a.m. until 5:30p.m., depending on space available.
7. The Discovery Center School, San Francisco
Courses / Programs
The Discovery Center School (DCS) is an independent, co-educational school for students in Kindergarten through to 12th grade. We are located in Northern Park, San Francisco, and are proud to serve families in Northern Park, Central North, Anza Vista, Hayes Valley, Inner Richmond, Laurel Heights, Pacific Heights and surrounding communites throughout the Bay area. The student population richly reflects the diversity represented in the Bay Area with regard to socio-economic, religious and ethnic differences. We offer remedial classes as well.

For the past 36 years, The Discovery Center School has successfully provided a very supportive learning environment for the development of excellence in each of our young learners. Small class size and a tutorial format results in success. High school graudates have continued on to the best colleges and universities around the world. Students of all ages are prepared for the University of California program, thus preparing them for the college or university of choice. Each student is seen as an individual, with unique talents, interests and achievements. DCS is accredited by the National Independent Schools Association.
- Kindergarten program
- Primary School program
- Intermediate School program
- Upper School program

In addition to their homeroom teachers, all students receive instruction from a school librarian, an art specialist, a Spanish teacher, a computer teacher and a physical education teacher.

Also: Remedial Classes, Extended Day Program & Summer Program available.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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
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