Sterne School has been successfully educating students with learning differences for over 40 years.
Located in San Francisco, Sterne offers a small, personal environment serving grades 4 -12.
With a student-to-teacher ratio of 8 to 1, our experienced staff understands the many learning styles of our students and differentiates the program to fit each student style. This individualized approach allows students to focus on their academics while forming lasting relationships.
We build confidence in our students which in turn creates independent, successful, life-long learners.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Students: 173 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $39,800
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 4-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
mild to moderate learning differences
Year Founded
1976
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost
$2,150
Summer Program Cost Notes
All-day program in June-July
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
173 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
45%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Sterne School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
29 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
42%
Average Class Size
10 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Grades 4-8 $38,600 Grades 9-12 $39,800
% on Financial Aid
30%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$19,000
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Alia Long
Admissions Associate
Tara Habibi
Endowment Size
$0.500 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Art, Bike Club, Black Student Union, Dungeons and Dragons, Game of Thrones, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Magic the Gathering, Music, Speech and Debate

School Notes

  • Sterne School's program is designed to:
    • Create an individualized academic program specific to the learning style of each student
    • Foster confident, independent, and organized learners
    • Teach critical thinking strategies and technology skills
    • Teach study skills and strategies to meet deadlines
    • Counsel students to be self-advocates
  • Special Features:
    • Each student receives an individualized learning profile that identifies strengths and targets academic goals. Individual and small group work focuses on organizational skills, reading and writing, fluency, advanced study and thinking skills, and social awareness.
    • All grades use a one-to-one iPad program.  In addition we have mobile laptop stations located on each floor. Computer applications and research skills are integrated into the program. Assistive Technology (AT) includes Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speaking, and Inspiration.
    • Students are assigned homework they can do independently, and their success is monitored closely by classroom teachers and the homeroom teacher.
    • Students also enjoy daily physical education and elective classes including music, art, drama, movie making, computer programming, urban hiking, bowling, and drawing and cartooning.
  • College & Career Counseling:
    • High School students participate in the Colleges and Careers Program designed to facilitate internships and community service with the goal of  enabling success during the transition from high school to college or career.
    • In Colleges and Careers, our college counselor works closely with students and their families in the college search process. This begins in Freshman year and each year has its own goals.  Students research and explore different colleges and are guided through the process from ACT prep to writing essays and filling out applications. For students who prefer to secure employment before moving on to college, our counselor works with them on job skills, from learning how to successfully interview to leads on weekend and summer job opportunities. All students share in the learning process for job skills, essential skills that will be helpful before and after college.
    • An integral component of Colleges and Careers is an experientially-based high school program that lets students use their multiple intelligences in core disciplines. Students pick a discipline they are passionate about such as photography, fashion design, or computers, find a mentor/expert, do research, integrate other academic disciplines, and then deliver a presentation. Many students discover that one of these passions is what they'd like to focus on in college or as a career; therefore, the passage serves as a stepping stone from high school to adulthood.
Profile last updated: 08/05/2021

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Students: 173 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $39,800
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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