Sterne School

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  • 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 6 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.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 4-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supportedmild to moderate learning differences
Year Founded1976
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$1,550
Summer Program Cost Notes3 week all-day program in June
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students197 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
39%
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeSterne School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
42%
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(khaki pants and polo)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesGrades 4-8 $32,900 Grades 9-12 $34,900
% on Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid Grant$16,784
Acceptance Rate
69%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAngela Gengras
Admissions AssociateNikki Terada
Endowment Size$0.500 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Indoor Soccer, Paddle Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Indoor SoccerPaddle Tennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

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.
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