Park Day School

  • Classes, lessons, and experiences at Park Day emphasize creativity, exploration, and discovery.
  • We value each student`s ability to take risks, think critically, build lifelong friendships, and contribute to the world around them.
  • At Park Day School we educate students about social justice and help them understand their power to make positive change.
  • Through the selection of literature, the study of history, and the exploration of scientific discoveries, underrepresented voices are highlighted throughout the curriculum.
  • Through this exposure, Park Day students develop strong academic skills along with compassion, a sense of fairness, a commitment to activism, and global awareness.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded1976

Student Body

Total Students314 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
30%
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradePark Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers38 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
65%
Average Class Size16 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 13 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$27,500
Tuition Noteswww.parkdayschool.org/affordability
% on Financial Aid
35%
Admissions DirectorJosie AG Shapiro
Admissions AssociateAmalia Bob-Waksberg

Sports

Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

School Notes

  • Since 1976, Park Day`s progressive approach to education has embraced a vigorous curriculum within a joyful learning environment. Classes, lessons, and experiences at Park Day emphasize creativity, exploration, and discovery. We value each student`s ability to take risks, think critically, build lifelong friendships, and contribute to the world around them.
  • At Park Day School we educate students about social justice and help them understand their power to make positive change. Through the selection of literature, the study of history, and the exploration of scientific discoveries, underrepresented voices are highlighted throughout the curriculum. Through this exposure, Park Day students develop strong academic skills along with compassion, a sense of fairness, a commitment to activism, and global awareness. 
  • Our graduates are community members who approach challenges from multiple perspectives and have the confidence to question, create and contribute when they venture into the world. While at school, students thrive both in and out of the classroom, approaching a variety of academic challenges as designers, makers and analytic thinkers. They study and grow in our gardens, playground, sports field, neighborhood, and the wider Bay Area-- participating in field work, and benefitting from an array of community partnerships throughout Oakland and Northern California.

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  • Oakland
    Grades: K-8 | 418 students
    3.1 miles
    3245 Sheffield Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94602
    (510)534-0800
    3.1 K-8
    418
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    1.9 miles
    1 Hiller Dr
    Oakland, CA 94618
    (510)843-2512
    1.9 K-12
    686
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    Grades: K-12 | 876 students
    3.4 miles
    4315 Lincoln Ave
    Oakland, CA 94602
    (510)531-1300
    3.4 K-12
    876
  • Oakland
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    1.6 miles
    40 Dulwich Rd
    Oakland, CA 94618
    (510)428-2606
    1.6 K-5
    109
  • Oakland
    Grades: K-8 | 392 students
    1.4 miles
    116 Montecito Ave
    Oakland, CA 94610
    (510)285-9600
    1.4 K-8
    392

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
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I have been very disappointed by my experience at Park Day School. The focus on social justice has positives, but comes at the expense of academics, which are very deficient compared to other private schools in the area. The leadership is not cohesive or connected to the student body, which may be why they haven't been able to keep a head of school, and there is not enough staff to ensure the children are learning, safe and happy. I hear this used to be a great school, but they have a long way to go to get back to that.
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We were first introduced to Park Day through the Mini Maker Faire, which in some ways is the perfect embodiment of the school's philosophy and purpose. Innovation, depth of learning, fostering creativity and academic rigor is an inherent part of the Park Day's ethos. Simply put, they make learning fun. My daughter looks forward to school everyday and comes home excited to tell us all about it. As parents, we couldn't be more relieved that as she enters middle school, she's in a supportive community with thoughtful teachers who inspire academic, social and emotional growth.
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We first discovered Park Day School through the East Bay Mini Maker Faire, and our daughter, who was in pre-school at the time, announced that she wanted to go there. She's loved it since her first day in kindergarten. The teachers and administration are exceptional - not just in teaching kids how to think and learn, but they're also kind, patient, and nurture all the essential skills of being good human beings like resolving conflicts peacefully and without judgement. The curriculum and class activities integrate social justice in a very holistic way, and class projects across subject areas tie into overarching themes in a really impressive way. The kids are encouraged to present and implement their ideas, collaborate on projects in teams, and work on their own.The aftercare program is varied with a range of activities, especially for a small(ish) school of about 300 kids. The school grounds are also wonderful with amazing trees, and the lunch plan is healthy & prepared fresh everyday.
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Park Day School is a great place for my kids to grow up. They focus not only on knowledge but thirst of knowledge. My child was reading at a high reading level, and his teacher came up to me and said, "your child is reading at a high level, but he doesn't seem to be enjoying what he's reading." It took some doing, but we finally found some books that excited my kid, and he loves reading until this day. At other schools, I think they would've been satisfied with the fact that he was so advanced, but this exemplifies Park Day's philosophy and methods.
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We enrolled my child in Park Day for middle school. We are really happy with our decision. The school creates a supportive environment for my daughter's learning style and centers progressive approaches to education and learning. The curriculum and classroom activities focus on teaching students personal responsibility, empathy, and kindness, and the academics are taught in a way that invites the children to learn through asking questions and exploring possibilities through critical thinking. If you are looking for rigorous academic curriculum this may not be the school for you. If you are open to a holistic approach that teaches inclusiveness and fosters collaborative learning and teaching approaches, then PDS is a great option. The students are involved together as an active student body, PDS families get together often for school activities, and the kids participate in public service projects to give back to the community. There are some areas of growth at PDS which is the case with every school. I have seen that the staff and administration are open to hear the voices of the parents and the students and are open for the opportunity to continue to grow and strengthen the school.
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Park Day School is a place where my two children (5th and 7th) are thriving -- and they have been doing so since day one of Kindergarten. (Actually, let`s cut to the chase: I highly suggest you take a tour. It`s the best way to experience for yourself and your child(ren) the dynamic and joyful learning environment that is Park Day. And to prepare yourself for the tour, read on-)Our middle schooler comes home unable to contain himself when he talks about the brain science they are studying; and the deep dive they take into ancient civilizations and the building of his ancient Chinese water chain in the Innovation Workshop. Park Day has also cultivated in him a motivation and curiosity to dig-in to his challenging math homework because he wants to really understand it. My favorite days are when the conversations he has at school about the difference between equality (people getting the same thing) and equity (people getting what they need to be successful) continue at home. Two middle school teachers are new to Park Day this year, but NOT new to teaching (one has 8 yrs teaching middle school, the other 12 yrs). They are great additions to the middle school team. What I also deeply appreciate about Park Day is that it has an amazing Social Justice Initiative, which permeates not just the school but the entire community. This place doesn`t shy away from the so-called "hard" conversations. There are guest speakers for parents to discuss and engage in productive dialogue about diversity and inclusion, and at the same time, equity is a natural part of every class for our kids. Example: At the estimation fair (a combo of math and science), some middle schoolers chose as their project to estimate how long it would take to work a minimum-wage job to pay off the national debt. Our head of school, Roel Mason-Vivit, brings so much joy and energy to Park Day. He has brown bag lunches with the students; holds morning coffees with parents; and sometimes in the morning, he`s even in the drop-off area to greet us because he understands that are there are multiple ways to get to know your community. Roel is also bringing excellent professional development for our teachers, and handles with amazing grace and aplomb both the day-to-day and long-term needs of the school. My experience at the school has been phenomenal. The roughest point was a few years ago with the tragic and untimely death of Tom Little, who was head of school for 20+ years. It was a sock in the gut for everyone. Yet Park Day, true to its values, has held every single staff member (classroom teachers and non-classroom staff alike!), every student and every parent through the grieving process. Park Day has been around for 40 years and the alumni go on to do well -- and good -- in the world with courage, confidence, and an incredible sense of purpose.
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Park Day has been such an incredible experience for our family. Our children's transition to the Park Day middle school was seamless. The teachers, staff and community are so welcoming. There is such talent and expertise in the way Park approaches learning making it engaging and meaningful for students.We continue to be impressed with Park's academic excellence and how well our children understand and want to share the content they are learning. My very shy and reserve children have found their voice not only for themselves but for others that need support. We appreciate how Park integrates a social justice focus and social emotional development opportunities into a rigorous academic curriculum and culture of the school.My children are developing their sense of self and an awareness of their role in the community and greater world. They demonstrate the confidence to do the right thing and intellect to communicate why.The school does an excellent job with parent education to ensure our collective efforts to support the students are aligned.We are extremely grateful to be part of the Park Day community and recommend touring the school to get a glimpse of its magic.
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