Quick Facts about Peninsula School

 
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ENROLLED STUDENTS

Peninsula is a unique co-educational private school with 252 children from nursery through eighth grades.

CLASS SIZE

Class sizes average 18-21 children.

STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO

Peninsula School is proud of our 6:1 student to teacher ratio. In addition to a head teacher, all classes have one or more assistants who share teaching responsibility, making our instructional ratio one of the lowest in California for public and private schools. Having an excellent teacher to student ratio enhances the opportunity for authentic academic and social-emotional growth to occur.

EXCEPTIONAL FINE ARTS & ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Peninsula School provides K-8 students with remarkable opportunities in fine arts with over ten specialist teachers. Our well-equipped studios include visual art, weaving, woodshop, music, rock band, and ceramics. We offer additional choices to students to enrich their free time each day including general arts, music, library, physical education, science, and drama.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT — A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS

Over $87,000 a year is dedicated to professional development, allowing teachers to access a broad range of learning and growth opportunities. In the past year, teachers attended a local LGBTQ rights advocacy conference, the National People of Color Conference, Readers and Writer’s Workshop Institutes at the Teacher’s College at Columbia University, California Mathematics Council’s Math Conference, and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conference. These opportunities add up to approximately 3,000 collective hours of professional development for our teachers each year.

OUR GROUNDS — SUPPORTING PLAY & DISCOVERY

Peninsula School is located on 6.6 acres of wooded land in Menlo Park, California. The school exists in a natural and rustic setting, which provides a sense of seclusion, safety, and timelessness. There is no place on campus too precious for hand or footprints, so students feel at ease and have a sense of ownership.

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

In its 94th year of operation, our school is recognized as one of the few early pioneers of progressive education still in operation. Our founders, Josephine and Frank Duveneck, incorporated the progressive education philosophy, practice and reforms of Francis Parker, John Dewey, and Maria Montessori, as well as contributing to the history of social justice land conservation movements in California.

CAMPING — VALUING NATURE AND EACH OTHER

Peninsula School’s collective camping trips add up to an average of 14 unique trips and approximately 65 overnights across all grades each year. These trips begin at a developmentally appropriate age for each child, often around seven or eight. Through camping, students build a deeper awareness of nature, self, and others, growing in self-confidence and the ability to collaborate and problem-solve.

FIELD TRIPS — EXPLORING THE RICHNESS OF THE BAY AREA

Our teachers take over 35 field trips each school year to support our students in gaining a broader understanding of the world beyond school. We tour over five local science museums including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, and the San Jose Discovery Museum. We participate in environmental and service learning at local parks, sustainable farms, and wildlife refuges.

TUITION (SCHOOL YEAR 2019-20)

  • Half-Day Nursery: $17,230

  • Kindergarten through 8th Grade: $22,640

ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION

14% of tuition is allocated to make Peninsula School more affordable to a diverse range of families. In the 2018-19 school year, 26% of families enrolled at a reduced tuition rate.

SCHOOL HOURS

Peninsula’s school hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

CHILDCARE

Peninsula School is happy to provide childcare each weekday during the school year and over the summer. Our hours range from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the school year. In the summer, our hours range from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. At Childcare, students are offered snack and a wide range of opportunities for play and study.

AFTER PENINSULA

Our graduates attend a variety of local independent and public high schools including Menlo Atherton High School, Woodside Priory, Mid-Peninsula, and Sequoia High School. Virtually all high schools report that they find Peninsula alumni to be intellectually curious, intrinsically motivated, and community minded.

GOVERNANCE

Peninsula School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity governed by a Board of Directors. The School is graced with a dedicated group of 18 members of the Board of Directors who take their responsibilities seriously. The Board has five appointed members and 13 members elected by the school community. You can read more about our board here.