Lower & Middle School
AltSchool currently enrolls Pre-K through 8th grade students in our Lower and Middle School programs. Each program features mixed-age classrooms taught by exceptional educators. Our rigorously personalized approach develops skills to encourage lifelong learning and success, as well as a strong academic foundation.
Lower School includes Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade in New York, Junior Kindergarten through 5th grade in Chicago, and Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade in Palo Alto and San Francisco.
Middle School encompasses 5th through 8th grade in New York, and 6th through 8th grade in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area.
This age also brings a new set of opportunities for deeper self-understanding and agency, and for growing empathy for and collaboration with others. They continue to understand and feel their impact in the school community and the world around them. They read and analyze complex texts and develop competency in core math and science domains. They explore their passions and demonstrate learning that manifest in everything from art installations to websites. They graduate with a love of learning, breadth and depth of knowledge, and the well-earned confidence to excel in the world beyond AltSchool.
Before & After School
Our before- and after-school programs are called AltExplore, and include Extended Day, World Languages, and Community Enrichment.
Extended Day is designed to facilitate children’s need for unstructured play and exploration. The program runs from the end of the regular school day through 6pm and is supervised by AltSchool educators. Activities may include outdoor time, science, art, or tinkering projects in addition to free choice or Playlist time. Educators design activities to encourage growth in the same Habits that are developed in the core day such as creativity, self-direction, and ethics.
AltSchool offers families prepay packages for Extended Day, as well as the ability to drop in to the program as needed. Students may participate in Extended Day in combination with other AltExplore offerings on any given day or in any given week.
Our World Languages programming gives students real-world, hands-on experience in their target language. Classes are organized around a project-based curriculum that engages students' interests and passions in a new language, teaching them the vocabulary and language skills they need to communicate effectively. Our approach is inspired by the Can-Do Statements from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Programs and languages offered vary by school.
World Languages offerings are based on demand from families. Spanish and Mandarin have historically been the most requested programs. AltSchool may also offer foreign language coursework through partner organizations in its Community Enrichment program.
Community Enrichment classes are offered in partnership with local experts and organizations highly aligned with AltSchool’s educational approach. Classes are designed to allow students to explore new subjects, dig deeper into their passions and interests, and build on previous learning experiences. Programs are adjusted regularly based on feedback from our parents, students, and teachers. Examples of past Community Enrichment programs include Shaolin Kung Fu, Chess Club, and Wild Animal Explorers.
AltSchool Language Program
AltSchool currently offers a full-time Spanish language program in San Francisco.
Our language program develops proficiency in a second language and is grounded in AltSchool’s whole-child, personalized, and experiential educational approach. Similar to other AltSchool students, each child enrolled in a language program has a personalized learning experience, with personal goals and curricula based on their level and passions across all academic areas. Our language program also inspires an appreciation of culture, history, and arts through project-based learning.
Kindergarten - 4th Grade (San Francisco only)
Class work ranges from 80% - 90% in Spanish and 10% - 20% in English across all academic areas.
We are offering up to a $5,000 merit scholarship to students fluent in Spanish to encourage a rich language experience in the classroom. Needs-based tuition assistance may also be available.
Please refer to the San Francisco locations page to see the full application process.
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AltSchool has locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and is expanding to Chicago in the 2018-2019 school year.
Please select your location to learn more, including an overview of our admissions calendar and tuition information:
San Francisco Schools
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AltSchool Union Square (Scheduled to open fall 2017)
AltSchool Lincoln Park (Scheduled to open fall 2018)
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A Day in the Life of Lower School: Part II
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A Day in the Life of Middle School
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The AltSchool Parent Experience: Part 2
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