Prospect Sierra School

960 Avis Drive/2060 Tapscott Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530-0945
Tel: (510)236-5800
Grades: K-8 | 475 students
Prospect Sierra students are passionate about learning.
Our exceptional teachers inspire students to seek deep, meaningful understanding; to develop strong academic skills; and to become creative and independent thinkers.
Prospect Sierra cultivates compassion, fairness, respect, and individuality within a community that celebrates diversity, authenticity, and service.
Prospect Sierra School embodies several key assumptions in philosophy and daily practice: that learning is the young person's pathway to personal growth; that school should be both challenging and joyous; that school is a community through which students, teachers and parents develop trust, demonstrate cooperation, show respect, and acquire an understanding of the rights and needs of others; and that diversity, in its many human forms, brings quality and strength to our welcoming and inclusive school.
The school also believes that positive expectations and relationship-based teaching are essential to the learning process.
We intend that our students maintain a lifelong love of learning; to become reflective, critical thinkers; and to become responsible citizens of the global community.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded 1983

Student Body

Total Students 475 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Prospect Sierra School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 94 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 18 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(neat, clean, and not distracting)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 15 / Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost $24,600
Tuition Notes There is a generous tuition assistance program based on family need. Approximately 36% of our students receive financial aid.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $12,800
Admissions Director Renée Thompson
Admissions Associate Amy Sullivan - Grades 5-8


Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballTrack and Field,

School Notes:

The educational program at Prospect Sierra strongly emphasizes an integrated curriculum based on a framework of established themes. Mathematics, literature, writing, art, music, science, world languages (French and Spanish language instruction begins in the fifth grade), social studies, service learning, physical education, and computer technology are incorporated into a positive experience for each student. The faculty, librarians, and staff work closely together to connect the subject matter in meaningful ways.The project-based curriculum is designed to promote understanding and thoughtfulness. Students are asked to think deeply and reflectively about facts, ideas, and experiences in an increasingly diverse society. They are encouraged to make connections between their learning at school and their growing awareness of the outside world.
  • Prospect Sierra was named model "School of the Future" by the National Association of Independent Schools.
  • Prospect Sierra is a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.
  • Prospect Sierra co-hosted a TEDx conference on Compassion in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center of UC Berkeley.
  • Prospect Sierra is an independent co-ed school located in El Cerrito. Two campuses, elementary (grades K-4) and middle school (grades 5-8) create the feel of a small school while providing the resources of a large one.
  • Both campuses have excellent grounds and facilities. New buildings at each campus include expansive libraries, science labs, performing and fine arts buildings.
  • Service learning is integral to the curriculum kindergarten through grade 8.
  • Although 47% of our students come from Berkeley, students come to Prospect Sierra School from as far south as San Leandro and as far north as American Canyon.
  • School bus service is available from Oakland, Berkeley, and Kensington.
  • There is an excellent after school program as well as enrichment classes and sports until 6:00 PM. Please visit our website, for further information.

Profile last updated: 07/20/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Arlington Christian School (1.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St. John The Baptist (0.5 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Nomura Preschool (0.9 miles away)
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