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.

School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Students314 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
42%
State avg.: 43%
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. 19 / rolling
Tuition Noteswww.parkdayschool.org/tuition
% on Financial Aid
35%
Admissions DirectorJosie AG Shapiro
Admissions AssociateAmalia Bob-Waksberg

Sports

Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBallet, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBalletBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

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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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  11/24/2017
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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5  10/14/2017
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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