The Laureate School

The Laureate School offers an inquiry-based, engaging education that develops critical thinking and motivates students for academic and personal success.
Differentiated learning meets the needs of gifted and advanced students as well as those needing additional support.
A strong schoolwide Character Program builds Stewards, Citizens, and Leaders for a global 21st century, and is enriched through its international students.
Nestled at the foot of Bishop's Peak on a safe and beautiful 10-acre campus, The Laureate School environment is friendly and nurturing.
The Laureate School is the only school in San Luis Obispo County ranked among top private schools nationwide.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedAll/Dyslexia, Autism, Mild to severe learning differences
Year Founded1981
Summer School OfferedYes
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995

Student Body

Total Students165 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade The Laureate School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses18 courses
Average SAT score1200
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Spirit Wear Fridays (School-logo - or school color - T)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$8,000
Tuition NotesK-5 $7000
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$1,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDiana Garrett
Admissions AssociateTracie Soriano


Total Sports Offered19 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Archery, Ballet, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Drill Team, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Martial Arts, Mountaineering, Paddle Tennis, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballAlpine SkiingArchery,
Drill TeamGolf,
Ice HockeyIndoor Soccer,
Martial ArtsMountaineering,
Paddle TennisSnowboarding,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:

School Notes

  • Small classes that support differentiated learning, collaboration, and critical thinking.
  • Leveled-reading and literacy groups promote comprehension and analysis skills while nurturing life-long readers.
  • Project-based learning provides relevance and engaged learning.
  • Everyday Mathematics in grades K-12 develops deep conceptual understanding of mathematics and a firm foundation for PreAlgebra beginning in grade 6.
  • Mac Technology Lab and classroom PC platform within a unique Digital Literacy Curriculum based on International Technology Standards.
  • Spanish, Mandarin,music, art, PE, and LifeLab  taught by specialty teachers.
  • High School golf, tennis, swimming.
  • High School Integrated Science and Literature classes aligned for High School honors classes.
  • High School math and Spanish progressions prepare students for advanced course placement. 
  • School-wide Character Education program and Positive Behavior Support.
  • Curriculum-enriching field trips focus on History and Social Studies, Science, and Visual and Performing Arts.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • San Luis Obispo
    San Luis Obispo Classical Academy
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    Alternative School (Christian)
    Grades: PK-12 | 394 students
    3.3 miles
    165 Grand Avenue
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
    (805) 548-8700
    3.3 PK-12
  • Arroyo Grande
    Grades: PK-8 | 282 students
    12.9 miles
    900 W Branch St
    Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
    (805) 489-1210
    12.9 PK-8
  • San Luis Obispo
    Old Mission School
    Old Mission School Photo - Welcome to Old Mission School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 383 students
    2.5 miles
    761 Broad Street
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (805) 543-6019
    2.5 PK-8
  • San Luis Obispo
    Grades: PK-6 | 92 students
    3.5 miles
    4200 S Higuera St
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    (805) 544-6691
    3.5 PK-6
  • Atascadero
    Grades: PK-6 | 130 students
    14.8 miles
    3025 Monterey Rd
    Atascadero, CA 93422
    (805) 466-5068
    14.8 PK-6

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
My girls have been attending The Laureate for 2 years (one in Prek and the other in Kinder). Both children have transformed from kids who expected everything to be done for them into fully functional confident doers. These are now kids who wake up, get dressed, brush their teeth and make their beds. I don't have a single friends whose children are in preschool or public kindergarten that have mornings like mine. Academically the kids at The Laureate are extremely articulate, is taking place in the school talent show and science fair. It wouldn't be right for me to keep The Laureate a secret, inquire about the school you will not regret it.
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The new Headmaster is on the ball and has some excellent programs running. It is known in the community that there were some owner related problems a couple of years ago but that is behind us and is not even a topic for conversation any longer. Things are going well and the school is progressing with the changes made by the new headmaster. The teachers are good and very vested in the children's well being and education. My children have been there for 9 years. They started in toddler room (where they potty train them for you), then to preschool. One stayed in PK then went to first grade. The other went to kindergarten then first grade. The school offers PE, Music, Spanish, Mandarin, Art, Everyday Math, Life Lab, Science, Character Counts, Drama, etc. If your child excels in one area, they can easily move them to a more advanced level for that subject.
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We love the Laureate School! It has been a great place for our son for 8 years. New head master is very professional and knowledgeable; teachers are excellent and very involved.The Laureate school has the highest quality of education in San Luis Obispo.
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Both of my children are very happy at the Laureate. Each one has received the individualized attention you can only receive at a private school, and is thriving from that attention. They are able to work ahead of their classes in subjects they excel at, and stay with their class the remainder of the time. The new head of school has done an excellent job at re-organizing the learning priorities of the school, and significantly advanced the languages program. With the better management at the top, the school is getting better all the time. I look forward to my children remaining and excelling with the technology tools available, and the individualized attention.
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We have been very happy with the preschool. It is a very nurturing environment and they do a great job of teaching and modeling respect, responsibility, calmness.
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The very small class size, individualized attention and flexibility in class assignments are exactly what our son needs. New headmaster is excellent; teachers are highly motivated and enthusiastic. I am so impressed by the quality of the education!
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