Peninsula School

Peninsula School was founded in 1925, and thus has nearly a century of history and experience as a progressive educational institution.
Peninsula School creates a space where children thrive and develop their full promise as confident contributors in the world. Here they learn about themselves and others, discovering their passions and growing intellectually in an inclusive community rich with choices, exploration, and play.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 229 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $29,900
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 19 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 9 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Peninsula School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
229 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Peninsula School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
19 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 9 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Preschool Halfday: $20,800, Preschool Full Day K-8: $29,900 Three tuition payment plans are offered.
Summer Program Cost Notes
Varies depending upon schedule selected
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Michele Buschini


Total Sports Offered
1 sport

School Notes

Peninsula School has been a leader in Progressive Education since 1925. Peninsula's class cohorts average around 20 students, with 2-3 teachers per class. Our 6.6 acre campus tucked into the Menlo Oaks neighborhood of Menlo Park is full of trees and opportunity for exploration, creativity, and play.

Several aspects make Peninsula unique among independent schools:
  • At Peninsula, we cultivate and celebrate intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. Our non-competitive learning environment supports student collaboration, positive risk taking, creativity, and inspires intrinsic motivation. Rather than striving for letter grades, our students grow to see learning as a treasured opportunity and a lifelong, personal journey.
  • In addition to their class cohort, students participate in broader mixed-age learning opportunities in a variety of ways including Activities with our Specialist Teachers, our Buddies Class program, camping, field trips, and school wide events and performances. In this way students engage as learners and mentors across age groups, and develop relationships across campus.
  • Democratic learning is embedded in our program environment and curriculum: In our classrooms, students are active participants in their learning, and we value student voice, choice, and democratic decision-making practices. We recognize children as key community members, and capable, generative learners. Students have the opportunity to experiment, solve problems creatively, and develop their capacity as critical thinkers and decision-makers through their explorations.
  • A focus on social-emotional growth is woven through our program, and as with intellectual growth is considered an essential aspect of development for our students. Our program helps students cultivate high levels of self-awareness, empathy, and a robust skill set to be able to connect and collaborate successfully within and beyond the school community. In this connected environment, the relationships students develop at Peninsula often become lifelong bonds.
  • The six acre campus is part of the school experience, allowing children to explore, play, connect, and build confidence. The school grounds naturally encourage hands-on learning, social growth, and help students to develop an appreciation and respect for the environment.Science educators, and a robust camping program (beginning in second grade), further develop connection to and respect for the natural world.
  • The creative arts are part of daily learning and discovery at Peninsula. Peninsula`s teaching faculty includes dedicated Specialist Teachers and studio spaces for drama, art, clay, wood work, weaving, and music.
  • We also have Specialist Teachers supporting Science, PE, Literacy, and our wonderful school Library.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Peninsula School cost?
Peninsula School's tuition is approximately $29,900 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Peninsula School?
The acceptance rate of Peninsula School is 50%, which is lower than the national average of 84%. Peninsula School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in California with low acceptance rates.
Does Peninsula School offer a summer program?
Yes, Peninsula School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Peninsula School offer?
Peninsula School offers 1 interscholastic sports: Basketball.
What is Peninsula School's ranking?
Peninsula School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Peninsula School?
The application deadline for Peninsula School is Jan. 9 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 9 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).
In what neighborhood is Peninsula School located?
Peninsula School is located in the Menlo Oaks neighborhood of Menlo Park, CA.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 229 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $29,900
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 19 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 9 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in San Mateo County, CA is $24,051 for elementary schools and $35,950 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in San Mateo County, CA is 72% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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