Spotlight on EBI's inquiry-driven, play-based preschool program - 510 Families

Spotlight on EBI’s inquiry-driven, play-based preschool program

Known locally as EBI, private school Escuela Bilingüe Internacional is our sponsor today.

For East Bay Families looking for a school that will nurture their child's natural curiosity in a loving environment, Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) is a PK-8 multilingual, international program designed to prepare students to actively engage with a changing world. The pre-kinder program at EBI is play-based and encourages children to explore, create and learn from each other.

Pre-kinder is where the love for learning begins! Using a positive approach to learning through play, EBI provides its youngest students with an introduction to the school environment. Children explore, create, and interact with others through a variety of learning experiences with the overarching goal of providing a loving and safe environment where children can grow in all areas: social, emotional, intellectual and physical. In pre-kinder, the foundation is laid for many important life skills.

Both last year and this year we have been knocked out by the quality of our son's Pre-K teachers. They are truly masters at what they do – they command the class with warmth, a firm but gentle hand, and know how to engage each child with attention and care. We're friends with founding families so we've been able to watch EBI kids graduate, move on to top high schools and thrive. Though the school is only 13 years old, it is already a place that produces intellectually engaged and truly community-minded students.

~ Kyla Kupferstein

EBI Pre-kinder students are tending the garden

Naturally flowing into the complete Spanish bilingual education with an international spirit, EBI continues from PK through 8th grade at two East Bay campuses. PK through 1st grade are in Rockridge, while 2nd through 8th grade call the Emeryville campus their home. EBI is the only school in the East Bay that is authorized to offer both the Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB curriculum focuses on developing internationally-minded, young people who will thrive in a diverse, changing world with character and empathy.

Watch this short video about EBI and diversity

Young learners at Tilden Park

EBI teachers receive training in constructivist teaching, positive discipline, anti-bias classroom practices, and mindfulness. Students at EBI engage in learning about topics of global significance such as caring for living things, protecting the environment, learning about families and respecting difference, learning how communities work and our role in them. EBI places a strong focus on social-emotional development and emphasizes that personal well-being is the stepping stone for academic learning.

At EBI, students learn in an immersive Spanish language environment, where they begin their journey of cultural awareness with native Spanish-speaking teachers from 14 different countries. With the addition of Mandarin in 3rd grade, students expand their cultural and linguistic competencies in languages other than English. Graduates of EBI have conversational skills in Mandarin and are fully literate in Spanish and English. How fantastic is that?!


EBI bilingual preschool Winter Concert
EBI bilingual preschool Winter Concert

Plan your visit to Escuela Bilingüe Internacional play-based preschool

You are invited to visit EBI on an upcoming tour, Open House or Diversity Reception. Or, enjoy a free Spanish Storytime every second Saturday of the month. EBI offers a variety of community programs for families to explore.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at

It is our pleasure to introduce EBI as a sponsor of They look forward to meeting your family.

[All photos provided by EBI and used with permission]

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