We are excited to feature new sponsor, Golestan School, in the spotlight today for a multicultural preschool through fifth grade education.
Beloved as a preschool for ten years, Berkeley's Golestan School now includes elementary education. For East Bay Families looking for a school that integrates academics, nature, and languages in a loving and nurturing environment, Golestan is the only only school that offers Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian secondary language tracks.
The Golestan Preschool, serving ages 2 to 4.9 years, was the first preschool to be selected as an Ashoka changemaker school. Golestan was selected for serving as a model for cultivating empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving. The primary school is a place where students will nurture their love of learning and nature; their humanity; and their innate sense of justice. Every child is a change maker empowered to create positive change by being resourceful, kind, innovative, conscious, creative, and engaged.
The first thing a family will notice about the school is the thought and care that goes into creating a beautiful environment and the kindness that radiates from teachers.
Golestan integrates rigorous academics with hands on, experiential learning by following the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and adapting it to a unique transdisciplinary approach to teaching. Math and chemistry in cooking. Physics in Maker's lab. Language arts while working on the farm. All meals are prepared in house from locally sourced, organic, and delicious ingredients. Learn more about the Golestan primary education difference [pdf].
Golestan is expanding into a larger site on the Kensington/ El Cerrito border with a working farm, garden, and obstacle courses in its natural playscape. This idyllic space with complex chemistry in cooking class, abstract math in the maker’s lab, and hands-on messy science, feels more like a beautiful home than an institution. It is a place that smells like baked bread, tastes like fresh greens, and sounds like the United Nations.
Brief history of Golestan School
Born out of a weekly playgroup of a handful of Iranian-American families, Golestan was founded in 2007 as the first Persian language immersion preschool in the US. Today, Golestan continues to immerse students in a loving environment that challenges them physically and intellectually, and nurtures their sense of self in the context of their community and the larger world. The school's unique pedagogy has become a model for other educators around the world.
What people are saying about Golestan:
“We have found Golestan to be a key part of our family life over the last 6 years. The philosophy of the school really resonated with us. We wanted to raise our kids in a way that nurtured their minds and souls, given our modern world, and foster characteristics in them such as compassion, respect, and creativity. The teachers and other kids have become like another family to our kids. When I take my kindergartener for the after-school program, she often sighs when she arrives, saying ‘I love Golestan'.” ~Golestan Parent of three Golestan students
Plan your visit to Golestan School
Open enrollment for September 2018. Applications for K-3 accepted and processed as they are received. No fee for applications for September 2018.
If you have questions about the primary school please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to our sponsor, Golestan School.
[All photos provided by Golestan School and used with permission]