Prospect Sierra School

  • Prospect Sierra students are passionate about learning.  Our exceptional teachers inspire students to seek deep, meaningful understanding; to develop strong academic skills; and to become creative and independent thinkers.
  • Prospect Sierra cultivates compassion, fairness, respect, and individuality within a community that celebrates diversity, authenticity, and service.
  • Prospect Sierra School embodies several key assumptions in philosophy and daily practice: that learning is the young person's pathway to personal growth; that school should be both challenging and joyous; that school is a community through which students, teachers and parents develop trust, demonstrate cooperation, show respect, and acquire an understanding of the rights and needs of others; and that diversity, in its many human forms, brings quality and strength to our welcoming and inclusive school.
  • The school also believes that positive expectations and relationship-based teaching are essential to the learning process.
  • We intend that our students maintain a lifelong love of learning; to become reflective, critical thinkers; and to become responsible citizens of the global community.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1983

Student Body

Total Students474 students
Student Body Typen/a
% Students of Color
11%
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeProspect Sierra School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers94 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
44%
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(neat, clean, and not distracting)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 15 / Jan. 19
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,950
Tuition NotesThere is a generous tuition assistance program Based on family need. Approximately 32% of our students receive tuition assistance.
% on Financial Aid
32%
Average Financial Aid Grant$13,500
Admissions DirectorRenée Thompson
Admissions AssociateAmy Sullivan - Grades 5-8

Sports

Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballTrack and Field,
Volleyball

School Notes

The educational program at Prospect Sierra strongly emphasizes an integrated curriculum based on a framework of established themes. Mathematics, literature, writing, art, music, science, Spanish, social studies, service learning, physical education, and technology are incorporated into a positive experience for each student. The faculty, librarians, and staff work closely together to connect the subject matter in meaningful ways.The project-based curriculum is designed to promote understanding and thoughtfulness. Students are asked to think deeply and reflectively about facts, ideas, and experiences in an increasingly diverse society. They are encouraged to make connections between their learning at school and their growing awareness of the outside world.
  • Prospect Sierra was named model "School of the Future" by the National Association of Independent Schools.
  • Prospect Sierra is a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.
  • Prospect Sierra co-hosted a TEDx conference on Compassion in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center of UC Berkeley.
  • Prospect Sierra is an independent co-ed school located in El Cerrito. Two campuses, elementary (grades K-4) and middle school (grades 5-8) create the feel of a small school while providing the resources of a large one.
  • Both campuses have excellent grounds and facilities. New buildings at each campus include expansive libraries, science labs, performing and fine arts buildings.
  • Service learning is integral to the curriculum kindergarten through grade 8.
  • 41% of our students come from Berkeley, and students come to Prospect Sierra School from as far south as Alameda and as far north as Fairfield.
  • School shuttle service is available from Oakland and through Berkeley.
  • There is an excellent after school program as well as enrichment classes and sports until 6:00 PM. Please visit our website, www.prospectsierra.org for further information.
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    4.8 miles
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    Berkeley, CA 94705
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