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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!

Kids too little? Find our East Bay infant care, daycare, and preschool guide instead.

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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 above Rockridge, they're a progressive K-8 school where mixed-grade classrooms teach mentoring and empathy, and a Social/Emotional Learning curriculum fosters relationship skills and self-awareness.

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

Learn More: (510) 428-2606, admissions@auroraschool.org
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Berkeley Rose Waldorf School (BRWS)

BRWS provides a modern education enriched by the 103-year-old Waldorf® pedagogy, nourishing your child with what is intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally meaningful at their developmental moment. Teachers use fine art to teach all main subjects. Students' natural curiosity is nurtured, and difference and diversity are honored.

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

Learn More: (510) 859-7679, info@berkeleyrose.org
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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)

Learn More: (510) 845-0876, admissions@blackpinecircle.org
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Crestmont School

Crestmont is a small, K-8 community-driven cooperative school in the Richmond Hills. They use a "whole child" approach, focused on project-based learning, anti-bias education, and creating a nurturing environment where every student can truly thrive.

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

Learn More: (510) 237-4164, admissions@crestmontschool.org
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East Bay German International School (EBGIS)

The East Bay German International School is a dual-language immersion school offering preschool through high school programs. They offer exceptional academics, a diverse international perspective, and a vibrant school community.

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

Learn More: (510) 380-0302, admissions@ebgis.org
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East Bay School for Boys (EBSB)

East Bay School for Boys supports middle school boys in cultivating their intellectual, physical, and emotional selves to become the engaged, thoughtful, courageous, and justice-minded adults of tomorrow. Its irresistible classrooms feature a hands-on, project-based curriculum for grades 6 - 8.

Grades:
  • Middle School (6-8)

Learn More: (510) 621-3272, Jessicab@ebsfb.org
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Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley (EB)

A preschool-8th grade bilingual immersion school where students learn in French and English since 1977. 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)

Learn More: (510) 809-0641, admissions@eb.org
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Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI)

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) believes that inspiration and engagement are at the heart of student transformation. An excellent multilingual, international PK-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)

Learn More: (510) 653-3324, admissions@ebinternacional.org
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Head-Royce School

Founded in 1887, Head-Royce is an independent K-12 school that offers a challenging program to educate the whole child. Their mission is to inspire a lifelong love of learning & pursuit of academic excellence, to promote respect for the diversity that makes our society strong, & to encourage responsible global citizenship.

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

Learn More: (510) 531-1300,
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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)

Learn More: (510) 632-6000, lcampbell@juliamorganschool.org
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Montessori Family School (MFS)

Montessori Family School celebrates more than 40 years of authentic Montessori education for Preschool - 8th grade. The MFS child enjoys an independent drive to learn, cares for their community and environment, acts with grace and courtesy, and understands the interdependence of all things.

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

Learn More: (510) 236-8802, admissions@montessorifamily.com
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Northern Light School (NLS)

Northern Light School (NLS) is an independent school in Oakland, CA serving students in Pre-K to 8th grade. NLS is committed to providing an empowering education for children from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The faculty and staff create an atmosphere where every child can excel – as learners, leaders, and engaged human beings.

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

Learn More: (510) 957-0570, admissions@northernlightschool.com
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Oakland Hebrew Day School (OHDS)

At OHDS, Jewish children of all backgrounds thrive - strengthening communication, critical thinking and bilingual fluency through inquiry, partner learning, and second-language immersion. Cross-grade experiences, creative expression and leadership opportunities help students build confidence, connection, and community.

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

Learn More: (510) 531-8600, admissions@ohds.org
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Outside School

Outside School is located in beautiful Alvarado Park, 100% outdoors, K - 12. The Tuesday through Thursday schedule allows children time for their academics as part of a homeschool program, hybrid/flexi-schooling, or independent studies the rest of the week.

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

Learn More: Please email, teachoutside@gmail.com
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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)

Learn More: (510) 653-0317, admissions@parkdayschool.org
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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)

Learn More: (510) 809-9018, admissions@prospectsierra.org
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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)

Learn More: (510) 534-0800, admissions@rdschool.org
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Shu Ren International School

Shu Ren International School 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:
  • Preschool
  • Transitional Kindergarten (tk)
  • Elementary (K-5)

Learn More: (510) 841-8899, michelle.peng@shurenschool.org
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St. Paul's Episcopal School (SPES)

St. Paul's is an independent K-8 school located by Lake Merritt. We inspire students to be fearless learners through strong social-emotional and academic curricula, community engaged learning, and a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our students graduate with skills, confidence, and a sense of purpose.

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

Learn More: (510) 285-9617, admissions@spes.org
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Sterne School

Sterne is a co-ed independent day school serving 4-12th grade students Bay Area-wide. Sterne offers a personalized experience: small classes and wrap-around support amplify strengths and give students space to unlock their potential and achieve their own version of success.

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

Learn More: (415) 922-6081, admissions@sterneschool.org
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The Berkeley School

The Berkeley School is a progressive, PreK-8 independent school guided by a core belief: what matters in education is what matters in life. They prepare students to achieve their full potential as active citizens to engage a changing world.

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

Learn More: (510) 665-8800, ljohnson@theberkeleyschool.org
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The Crowden School

The Crowden School for grades 3–8 provides a transformative academic education, with chamber music at its core. Crowden's unique philosophy of collaborative learning empowers our students to thrive in life. At The Crowden School, music changes everything.

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

Learn More: (510) 559-6910, admissions@crowden.org
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The Renaissance International School (TRIS)

TRIS provides high-quality Montessori education for toddlers through middle schoolers. Students thrive in a multicultural, multidisciplinary environment where they engage in individualized learning with a strong music, arts, and language immersion component. They become compassionate, capable, confident, creative individuals.

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

Learn More: (510) 531-8566, adrianag@therenaissanceschool.org
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Walden Center and School

Walden is a small, progressive, Kindergarten-6th grade arts-based school that nurtures a sense of mutual respect, peaceful conflict resolution, and empathy. Visual art, music, and dance are all a part of each child's school day along with an actively engaged child-centered approach to math, language arts, ASL, Spanish, and science.

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

Learn More: (510) 841-7248, admissions@waldencenterschool.com
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