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1. Saint Philip's School
Courses / Programs
Located in the heart of Noe Valley in Central San Francisco, St Philip's School offers small class sizes to students from all walks of life in classes Kindergarten to 8th grade. Low student-teacher ratios give students the individual attention they need to excel in all aspects of the school curriculum.

Up-to-date mobile technology laboratories and a recently remodelled library give students both traditional and contemporary access to information as they prepare for the future. St Philip's School addresses the unique, spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and academic needs of our students.
- Kindergarten through to 8th grade.

- Both a.m and p.m extended programs are available to students in grades K through to grade 8.

- A variety of afterschool activites are offered such as language, sports league and the arts.
2. 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
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).

- 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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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
10. 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
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