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Oakland and Berkeley area private schools offer many choices for young students today. They are pioneering advances in educating the whole child to thrive in today’s complex world. Find private elementary schools, private middle schools, and private high schools in our area. Happy visiting!

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East Bay Private Elementary, Middle Schools, & High Schools

Search or browse for East Bay private kindergarten through high school. Use the map below to find a private school close to home.

Aurora School

Aurora's mission is to nurture children's love of learning by cultivating academic excellence, emotional intelligence, and social engagement. Located in Upper Rockridge, this K-8 school employs social-emotional learning throughout the curriculum to cultivate self-awareness, problem-solving abilities, and responsible decision-making.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Berkeley Rose Waldorf School (BRWS)

BRWS curates a modern education based on the 104 year old Waldorf® pedagogy, bringing your child what is intellectually, spiritually, physically and emotionally relevant and meaningful at this moment in their development. Arts are integrated into all the main subjects. Students' natural gifts are nurtured and difference and diversity are honored.

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Berkeley School

The Berkeley School nurtures students to become passionate, inquisitive scholars and healthy, ethical, and compassionate people. Through a curriculum that is rooted in identity, justice, diversity, and action, students deepen their understanding of real world problems as they build the academic skills to tackle them.

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Black Pine Circle School

Since 1973, Black Pine Circle School’s award-winning elementary and middle school has nurtured lifelong learners through a Socratic inquiry-based education that emphasizes both academics and the arts. BPC inspires and fosters curiosity, community, inquiry, and voice in their students.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Challenger School

Challenger School has been inspiring children to achieve since 1963. Challenger School Ardenwood boasts unmatched academic results. Students scored in the top 10% nationally on the 2023 Iowa Assessments. Start early and start right.

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

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Crestmont School

Nestled in the hills of Richmond since 1969, Crestmont School is not just a small, modern K-8 co-op; it is a vibrant community focused on whole-child growth, project-based learning and anti-bias education where every student can truly thrive.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Crowden School

At the Crowden School, they put music in the center of an inspiring, whole-child education, empowering students to find their individual voices as they grow into confident, empathetic, and curious young leaders. The Crowden School for grades 3-8, where music changes everything.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

East Bay German International School (EBGIS)

EBGIS is a dual-language immersion IB World School offering preschool through high school programs. Their integrated curriculum combines bilingual instruction with project-based learning and a cross-cultural experience. They offer exceptional academics, a diverse international perspective, and a vibrant community.

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)
  • High School (9-12)

East Bay Montessori

East Bay Montessori (formerly Montessori Family School) celebrates 43 years of authentic Montessori education for TK - 8th grade. Students enjoy an independent drive to learn, care for their community and environment, socialize with grace and courtesy, and learn under a highly trained and certified Montessori teaching team.

Grades:
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

East Bay School for Boys (EBSB)

The East Bay School for Boys empowers middle school students to cultivate their intellectual, physical, and emotional selves to become engaged, thoughtful, courageous, and justice-minded adults of tomorrow. EBSB focuses on Design Thinking, 21st Century Skills, and Project Based Learning.

Grades:
  • Middle School (6-8)

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (EB)

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley is a preschool-8th grade bilingual immersion school where students learn in French and English. Every day students learn to speak, write, and think in two languages, becoming open-minded, adaptable learners who discover their best selves while respecting the differences of others.

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI)

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) believes that inspiration and engagement are at the heart of student transformation. An excellent multilingual, international (IB) PK to grade 1 and grade 2 to grade 8 education in the heart of the East Bay prepares EBI’s students to thrive in a diverse, changing world with character and empathy.

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Golestan Education

Golestan partners with children, families and educators to create joyful learning environments that are collaborative, grounding and connected to the natural world. It is challenging and meaningful work that creates a community of kind, thoughtful, and courageous learners who will embrace diversity and steward our earth for future generations

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)

Head-Royce School

Head-Royce—a nationally recognized K-12 independent school located on a single campus—offers a challenging program with a mission to inspire a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence; promote understanding of and respect for the diversity that makes our society strong; and encourage constructive and responsible global citizens.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)
  • High School (9-12)

Julia Morgan School for Girls (JMSG)

Julia Morgan School for Girls, the only all-girls middle school in the East Bay, is a progressive learning environment where students thrive both academically and socially as their authentic selves. The academic curriculum is interwoven with vibrant community culture. When JMSG students graduate, they leave with ownership of their learning.

Grades:
  • Middle School (6-8)

KSS Immersion Schools

Kids Speaking Spanish (KSS) provides an authentic Spanish immersion preschool - kindergarten program with an enriched combination of nurturing, native Spanish-speaking teachers, emergent curriculum, and child-centered play supporting language acquisition and academic preparedness. Campuses located in Albany, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Jose.

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)

Northern Light School (NLS)

Northern Light School serves students in preschool through 8th grade. NLS is deeply committed to providing an accessible and empowering education for children from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds while creating an atmosphere where every child can excel as a learner, leader, and engaged human being.

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Outside School

Kindergarten - 12th Grade Natural Learning in the East Bay. Students experience life in real time- an antithesis to public and private school classrooms. Celebrating nature, individuality, and freedom in the East Bay urban outdoors. Located in beautiful Alvarado Park.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)
  • High School (9-12)

Pacific Boychoir Academy

Pacific Boychoir Academy offers a music-based educational program to boys in grades 3-8. Its Grammy-award winning associated choral ensemble offers professional-level artistic opportunities, while its day school nurtures curious, creative, and empathetic young men through a rigorous, individualized, and immersive academic and musical education.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Park Day School

Park Day School is a progressive K-8 co-ed school located in Oakland. Classes emphasize creativity, collaboration, and discovery. Through a Social Justice framework, students learn their own power to make positive change. Discover a school that will nurture your child’s love of learning.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Prospect Sierra School

Prospect Sierra students are passionate about learning. The exceptional teachers inspire students to seek deep, meaningful understanding; develop strong academic skills; and become creative and independent thinkers. TK to grade 8.

Grades:
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Redwood Day

Redwood Day inspires students to reach for their next challenge, embrace differences and develop the intellectual and emotional courage to be ready for anything.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Shu Ren International School

Shu Ren International School, an IB World School - PYP, inspires students with a love of learning through an inquiry-based Mandarin immersion program that prepares students with the heart and mind to thrive in an evolving global society. Grades PK2-6. 3 locations: 2 Berkeley campuses & 540 Sands Dr Bldg B, San Jose.

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

St. Paul's Episcopal School (SPES)

St. Paul's is an independent K-8 school located by Lake Merritt. They prepare students to be confident and skilled learners, cultivate in them a strong sense of purpose, and inspire them to be generous and active citizens of the world. Students learn real-world problem solving by exploring, connecting, and contributing to our community.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

St. Theresa School

St. Theresa School works in partnership with parents to provide an outstanding TK-8 education through a rigorous core curriculum, engaging specialty courses, and dedicated social-emotional curriculum. They pride themselves on well-rounded and high-achieving students as well as an exceptional faculty and staff. RSVP for a tour today.

Grades:
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Sterne School

Sterne School is a co-ed independent day school serving 4th-12th grade students Bay Area-wide. With small class sizes, integrated supports, and a strengths-based model for learning, every student can achieve academic success.

Grades:
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)
  • High School (9-12)

The Renaissance International School (TRIS)

TRIS is a Montessori school offering a high-quality education in a multicultural environment designed to create compassionate, capable, confident, and creative individuals. Curriculum includes practical life, sensorial, language, literature, art, music, mathematics, and French/English or Spanish/English language immersion.

Grades:
  • Preschool
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)

Walden Center and School

Their approach to teaching makes learning a multi-sensory, joyful, and lasting experience.

Grades:
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)

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