Top 20 Best California Private Daycares & Preschools (2023)

For the 2023 school year, there are 2,204 private daycares & preschools serving 359,211 students in California.
The best top ranked private daycares & preschools in California include Mission Basilica School, Pacifica Montessori School and The Childrens School.
The average tuition cost is $12,286, which is lower than the California average tuition cost of $16,061.
44% of private daycares & preschools in California are religiously affiliated (most commonly Catholic and Christian). Learn more about how daycare centers and preschools work.

Top Ranked California Private Daycares & Preschools (2023)

School
Location
Grades
Students
Adda Clevenger School
Adda Clevenger School Photo - The Adda Clevenger School is an independent elementary school providing an accelerated academic and arts curriculum to San Francisco Bay Area students grades TK-8 since 1980.
Special Program Emphasis
(3)
180 Fair Oaks Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-2240
Grades: PK-8
| 146 students
Alta Loma Christian School
Alta Loma Christian School Photo - Not a school you attend. A family you belong to.
(Brethren)
9974 19th Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
(909) 989-2804
Grades: PK-8
| 324 students
BASIS Independent Fremont
BASIS Independent Fremont Photo - One of the World's Top Academic Programs - Right in Your Neighborhood.
(1)
3300 Kearney Street
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 573-3435
Grades: PK-5
| 605 students
Berkeley Hall School
Berkeley Hall School Photo - Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8.
16000 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 476-6421
Grades: NS-8
| 270 students
The Berkeley School
The Berkeley School Photo - The Berkeley School believes that a focus on civic engagement requires students to achieve their full potential as individual scholars, members of their local communities and active citizens of the world.
1310 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 665-8800
Grades: PK-8
| 296 students
Brookfield School
Brookfield School Photo - Brookfield has been educating students in the Sacramento area for over 50 years. Our graduating students are regularly accepted to their first choice of high school.
Special Program Emphasis
(1)
6115 Riverside Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95831
(916) 442-1255
Grades: NS-8
| 232 students
California Crosspoint Academy
California Crosspoint Academy Photo - Our firm belief and practice is that all students can excel given the right environment and opportunity. All of our students have many opportunities and the support needed to find their passion and God-given calling for their lives.
(Christian)
25500 Industrial Blvd
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 995-5333
Grades: NS-12
| 408 students
Calvary Christian Academy
Calvary Christian Academy Photo - CCA is founded on three pillars which are Servant Leadership, Superior Academics, and Simply Jesus.
(Christian)
(6)
1771 E Palomar Street
Chula Vista, CA 91913
(619) 591-2260
Grades: PK-8
| 431 students
Capistrano Valley Christian Schools
Capistrano Valley Christian Schools Photo - Since 1973, Capistrano Valley Christian Schools has been dedicated to providing a high standard of college preparatory education, set within the framework of Christian instruction and example. We desire to prepare students to be the Christian leaders of tomorrow. Our staff is committed to partnering with an extremely supportive school community to offer a truly unique educational experience.
(Christian)
(9)
32032 Del Obispo St
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-5683
Grades: PK-12
| 714 students
Caulbridge School
Caulbridge School Photo - Caulbridge educators work from a child-development perspective and understand that meeting the child`s needs relevant to their phase of development is foundational to learning and school success. We work to balance a child`s sensory-motor, social-emotional and academic development because to skip over any of these distinct areas will have consequences as your child moves through their school years.
Special Program Emphasis
(3)
1 St Vincent Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 481-1243
Grades: PK-8
| 192 students
3880 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 213-8245
Grades: PK-8
| 406 students
The Childrens School
The Childrens School Photo - Our students love learning how to compose music in our Music Lab.
2225 Torrey Pines Lane
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-0184
Grades: NS-8
| 262 students
Clairbourn School
Clairbourn School Photo
(12)
8400 Huntington Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91775
(626) 286-3108
Grades: NS-8
| 214 students
Grace Christian School
Grace Christian School Photo
(Christian)
(2)
4545 Myra Ave
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 761-5200
Grades: NS-8
| 579 students
16971 Imperial Hwy
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 524-1350
Grades: NS-8
| 723 students
The Hilldale School
The Hilldale School Photo - Hands-on Science is an important part of the Pre-K through Middle School curriculum.
Special Program Emphasis
(3)
79 Florence St.
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 756-4737
Grades: PK-8
| 158 students
Holy Cross School
Holy Cross School Photo - Holy Cross School ~ 2019 Preschool -8th grade
(Catholic)
(4)
150 Emmet
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-4447
Grades: PK-8
| 197 students
Holy Family Catholic School
Holy Family Catholic School Photo - Congratulations Holy Family Catholic School Graduating Class of 2022! At HFS you worked hard to grow in faith, community, service, and excellence. As you take this next step, remember the great lessons you have learned at Holy Family, that Jesus will continue to be your companion and guide in this next chapter. Know how proud we are of you!
(Catholic)
(23)
1301 Rollin St
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-4354
Grades: PK-8
| 310 students
Incarnation Parish School
Incarnation Parish School Photo - We partner with parents to create learning experiences where students will grow in faith, achieve excellence, and thrive in a loving community.
(Catholic)
(2)
123 W Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale, CA 91202
(818) 241-2269
Grades: PK-8
| 283 students
Katherine Michiels School
Katherine Michiels School Photo
(1)
1335 Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 821-0130
Grades: PK-5
| 80 students
3261 Overland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 836-3464
Grades: NS-12
| 744 students
Merryhill Elementary & Middle School
Merryhill Elementary & Middle School Photo
Special Program Emphasis
1500 Yosemite Dr.
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 945-9090
Grades: PK-8
| 500 students
2600 V Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 429-6055
Grades: PK-8
| 394 students
750 N Capitol Ave, Bldg D
San Jose, CA 95133
(408) 254-1282
Grades: PK-5
| 138 students
Mission Basilica School
Mission Basilica School Photo - MBS has two technology labs
(Catholic)
31641 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-1385
Grades: PK-8
| 325 students
Pacifica Montessori School
Montessori School
6585 Green Valley Cir
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 417-3087
Grades: PK-1
| 54 students
2245 Avy Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 854-4545
Grades: NS-5
| 302 students
Pilgrim School
Pilgrim School Photo
(4)
540 S Commonwealth Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 355-5204
Grades: PK-12
| 374 students
2060 Tapscott Ave / 960 Avis Drive
El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 809-9018
Grades: PK-8
| 494 students
Rancho Christian School
Rancho Christian School Photo - Rancho is a community of diverse students, parents, and teachers. It is a place where students come first - their best interest, their success and their plans for the future.
(Christian)
(14)
31300 Rancho Community Way
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 303-8040
Grades: NS-12
| 1,081 students
The Rhoades School
The Rhoades School Photo
Special Program Emphasis
(1)
141 S Rancho Santa Fe Road
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-1102
Grades: PK-8
| 666 students
2636 Latham Drive
Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 481-8811
Grades: PK-12
| 567 students
Saint Andrew's Episcopal School
Saint Andrew's Episcopal School Photo - Small class sizes allow teachers to truly get to know each student.
(Episcopal)
(8)
13601 Saratoga Ave.
Saratoga, CA 95070
(408) 867-3785
Grades: PK-8
| 404 students
St. Francis De Sales School
St. Francis De Sales School Photo
(Catholic)
4205 Mulberry Street
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 683-5083
Grades: PK-8
| 112 students
St. Jeanne De Lestonnac School
St. Jeanne De Lestonnac School Photo - Saint Jeanne educates students from preschool through high school.
(Catholic)
(4)
32650 Avenida Lestonnac
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 587-2505
Grades: PK-12
| 595 students
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