Imagination Lab School

School Overview

Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$30,000
Tuition NotesTuition at ILS includes early care, after care, school supplies & materials, snack, and daytime field trips/excursions.
% on Financial Aid

School Notes

The ILS Promise is to empower each learner to be their best self in four key domains:
  • Know themselves as learners
  • Find their voice & know how to exercise it
  • Seek to understand multiple perspectives
  • Take meaningful action
We are a relationship-based community of learners. Social and emotional development is the foundation of all we do. 

Our approach is rooted in progressive education and constructivism, and our program is: 
- Engagement-based
- Personalized & Innovative
- Globally-connected
- Real-world focused

Our mission is to ignite and nurture confidence, curiosity, and creativity. We are a highly engaged, reflective, courageous, and diverse community of student and adult learners. Together, we are committed to becoming our best selves intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

Our vision is to prepare students for a future that is impossible to know but not impossible to shape. We develop within each member of our community the mindset, toolset, and skillset needed to engage meaningfully and purposefully with the world around us. Together, we are committed to issues of social justice, equity, and sustainability.

Our team is a collection of exceptional individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Teaching today involves more than simply disseminating knowledge. Our learning guides are curators of experiences, coaches who help students observe and reflect, facilitators who develop responsibility and agency, advocates who celebrate and challenge each student, and team players who engage with other guides, students, families, and external partners.

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school and elementary school to Imagination Lab School is Palo Alto Prep (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Challenger School - Middlefield (0.3 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Mountain View
    Grades: 8-12 | 70 students
    0.1 miles
    2462 Wyandotte Street
    Mountain View, CA 94043
    (650) 493-7071
    0.1 8-12
  • Palo Alto
    Athena Academy
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: 1-8 | 71 students
    0.3 miles
    525 San Antonio Av
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 543-4560
    0.3 1-8
  • Palo Alto
    Grades: PK-8 | 406 students
    0.3 miles
    3880 Middlefield Rd
    Palo Alto, CA 94303
    (650) 213-8245
    0.3 PK-8
  • Palo Alto
    Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
    Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School Photo - At Hausner, we strive to create an academic and life foundation that leads our students to: lead purposeful and meaningful lives; flourish academically and emotionally; and be compassionate, engaged citizens for their communities and the world.
    Special Program Emphasis (Jewish)
    Grades: PK-8 | 297 students
    0.3 miles
    450 San Antonio Road
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 494-4404
    0.3 PK-8
  • Palo Alto
    UP Academy
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: NS-3
    0.3 miles
    505 E Charleston Rd.
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 796-3848
    0.3 NS-3

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
My Daughter started in public school and in 3 years went from a happy fun-loving child to a depressed & anxious child that cried before and after school every day. She was going to be labeled ADD and put in a special program that may have worked. After 2 weeks of starting ILS, she starting laughing again, dancing and expressing herself in a joyous way. She is now ending her second year and is truly thriving. She absolutely LOVES going to school... she gets upset if she is not well because she does not want to miss school. She loves learning she loves herself again and is confident in all areas of her life now
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My son is currently with ILS (Imagination Lab School) in the pre-K/K/1st class. Even though this is the first year of the school, most of the teachers are from AltSchool Palo Alto with many years of experiences. My son has been with AltSchool Palo Alto for his preK & K years. We have seen great results from those two years.The head of school Chris is one of the main reasons we decided to take this risk and join a "startup-school". Chris is truly an innovator on education and with 2 kids in K and 2nd grades himself, he knows what kids need and have the best interests in them in his heart.The things stands out for this school that might be different from other schools are the following.- Mixed age classrooms. Great for individualized learning if the teachers are good; allow kids to learn from and teach each other.- Weekly community outreach. Great for learning from real world.- Project based learning. Learn by doing and solving problems.- Social emotional learning. Learn to recognize one's own emotion and better collaborate with others.- Reader/writer/math workshops, learning exhibitions, goal setting conferences. Good structure to cultivate and evaluate learning.- Mandarin class and connect to ETU school. Good for kids to develop a global connection.It is may not be the school for every parents but it is definitely worth checking out if you find the ideas above appealing.
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