Sterne School

Sterne School has been successfully educating students with learning differences for over 45 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 in the Lower and Middle School and 13:1 in the High School, 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 (2024)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Enrollment: 185 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $43,670
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 4-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
mild to moderate learning differences
Year Founded

Student Body

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

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Grades 4-8: $42,350 Grades 9-12: $43,670
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Alia Long
Admissions Associate
Tara Habibi
Endowment Size
$0.500 million


Total Sports Offered
6 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
19 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Art, Bike Club, Debate Club, Diversity Council, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Environmental Club, Film Club, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Speech and Debate

Arts and Music Programs:
Digital Art, Drama, Film, Music, Studio Art

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dodgeball, Handball, Ping Pong, Running, Yoga

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 has 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 Chromebook 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 Google Speech-To-Text and Text-To-Speech, as well as 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.
    • Students enjoy the opportunity to travel domestically and abroad during Experiential Week. Students get off campus and out in the world to have a hands-on learning experience around topics like language, culture, history, food, and more.
  • College Prep and Readiness:
    • High School students participate in the College Prep and Readiness Program designed to facilitate internships and community service with the goal of enabling success during the transition from high school to college.
    • Our Registrar and High School Counselor work 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 test prep to writing essays and filling out applications.
    • An integral component of Colleges Prep and Readiness is an experientially-based high school capstone project 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 project serves as a stepping stone from high school to adulthood.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Sterne School cost?
Sterne School's tuition is approximately $43,670 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Sterne School?
The acceptance rate of Sterne School is 80%, which is lower than the national average of 84%.
What sports does Sterne School offer?
Sterne School offers 6 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Basketball, Cycling, Indoor Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball.
When is the application deadline for Sterne School?
The application deadline for Sterne School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Enrollment: 185 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $43,670
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in San Francisco, CA is $24,471 for elementary schools and $35,128 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in San Francisco, CA is 66% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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