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We are contemplating a move to Palo Alto, but our oldest son, who will be starting kindergarden in the Fall of 2013 might need a more non-standard learning environment than the average kid. Here in Berkeley, the kind of place at which we think he would thrive is the Berkeley school, or Black Pine Circle, for example. Does anyone know whether there are schools on the Peninsula that have a similar style or philosophy? To describe our kid briefly, he is very creative, very bright, curious - but not the most focused, and has a fine motor delay which might present an issue when first starting school. Any advice would be very much appreciated. nervous about move
We researched and searched for several years to find a school that fit our child's needs and learning style. We did find them in the East Bay but not in Palo Alto where we lived or on the Peninsula.
Really you have to understand that because of the wealth in so many cities, including Palo Alto, on the Peninsula, those rich cities have great school districts and there really isn't a need for alternatives.
Affluent parents just pay for tutors so their kids 'fit' in at school. Or they send their kids to private schools in San Francisco, boarding schools back East, or they move away like we did.
That said the only school that I know of that might fit the bill for you is The Neuva School which is for gifted kids and is very innovative. I don't have any personal experience with it, but heard great things about it.
You should also look into the Parents Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park and tap into their resources for more up to date info.
Good Luck. Former Peninsula Mom
Re: Reviews of San Leandro schools?
If you are considering moving into an area in or near San Leandro, you might consider the San Lorenzo school district as Arroyo High School has an excellent Health and Medicine Academy for 9-12th graders. My daughter has been in it since the inception, and loves it. They have several other academies, but this one is a pilot program and has won many awards plus caught the attention of educators in Sacto and other states. She is a junior and will have an opportunity to job shadow in a medical environment, plus they have a board of licensed health and medicine practitioners who contribute and oversee curriculum. The parent group is strong and supportive, and the kids have hands-on opps rarely seen in h.s. settings. Good luck! candy
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