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Choosing a school is an important and often emotional decision. You want what’s best for your family and to make the right choice for your child’s future. My goal is to enable families to confidently answer the question on all of your minds: Will this school be a great fit for my child and my family?

The best way to learn about AltSchool is to visit a school where you’ll get a chance to see whole-child, personalized learning in action. Please send an email to admissions@altschool.com to schedule a tour in New York, Palo Alto, or San Francisco.

We look forward to getting to know your family.

Warmest regards,

Dan Rosenthal

Director of Enrollment

dan.rosenthal@altschool.com

Our Programs

Rather than simply assign classrooms of children to a prescribed set of outcomes based on their age or grade, we group students in mixed-age classrooms to enable a personalized education. Programs are designed to challenge and support students at their individual level of knowledge and skills.
Foundational Elementary
4 to 6 years old
Pre-Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten to Kindergarten
Lower Elementary
6 to 8 years old
1st to 2nd Grade
Upper Elementary
8 to 10 years old
3rd to 4th Grade
Middle School
10 to 14 years old
5th to 8th Grade

A Day in the Life

Every AltSchool student is on his or her own journey to excellence. AltSchool’s whole-child, personalized approach to education enables educators to set individual goals with each student while ensuring class-wide collaboration among peers.

Sample Program Schedules

8:00 - 9:00 A.M.
Rolling Drop-Off and AltExplore
With a flexible drop-off schedule, parents can drop off students any time between 8 and 9 am. During that time, students play together and focus on individual work. Students enrolled in morning AltExplore classes meet during this hour.
9:00 - 9:15 A.M.
Morning Meeting
To begin the day, students connect, share, and review the day’s schedule as a group.
9:15 - 10:30 A.M.
Morning Learning Block: Math
Students learn and practice math concepts through hands-on activities.
10:30 - 11:00 A.M.
Morning Break and Snack Time
Students gather for a snack and conversation.
11:00 - 12:15 P.M.
Mid-Morning Learning Block: Language Arts
Using the Readers and Writers Workshop model, teachers provide targeted skill instruction that engages all students based on their goals and needs. During this time, students work both in groups and independently.
12:15  - 12:40 P.M.
Lunch
12:40 - 1:50 p.m.
PE and Outdoor Play
Students enjoy PE and/or recess every day. Weather and location permitting, schools utilize local parks and playgrounds to ensure students play and experience the outdoors.
1:50 - 2:45 P.M.
Read Aloud/Interdisciplinary Project
Students gather to hear stories and learn to appreciate different genres as educators read aloud to the group. Projects take many shapes and forms and give children the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration.
2:45 - 3:00 P.M.
Closing Circle
Students share what they’ve learned and enjoyed at the end of each day. This daily routine serves as an important reminder to students that they’re part of a learning community where everyone is heard and valued.
3:00 - 6:00 P.M.
AltExplore
We offer AltExplore extended day and community enrichment classes between 3 pm and 6 pm. Sessions may include, music, athletics, coding, and more, based on student interest.
8:00 - 9:00 A.M.
Rolling Drop-Off and AltExplore
With a flexible drop-off schedule, parents can drop off students any time between 8 and 9 am. During that time, students play together and focus on individual work. Students enrolled in morning AltExplore classes meet during this hour.
9:00 - 9:15 A.M.
Morning Meeting
To begin the day, students connect, share, and review the day’s schedule as a group.
9:15 - 10:30 A.M.
Morning Learning Block: Math
Students learn and practice math concepts through hands-on activities.
10:30 - 11:00 A.M. 
Morning Break and Snack Time
Students gather for a snack and conversation.
11:00 - 12:15 P.M.
Mid-Morning Learning Block: Language Arts
Using the Readers and Writers Workshop model, teachers provide targeted skill instruction that engages all students based on their goals and needs. During this time, students work both in groups and independently.
12:15 - 12:40 P.M.
Lunch
12:40 - 1:50 p.m.
PE and Outdoor Play
Students enjoy PE and/or recess every day. Weather and location permitting, schools utilize local parks and playgrounds to ensure students play and experience the outdoors.
1:50 - 2:45 P.m.
Read Aloud/Interdisciplinary Project
Students gather to hear stories and learn to appreciate different genres as educators read aloud to the group. Projects take many shapes and forms and give children the opportunity for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration.
2:45 - 3:00 P.M.
Closing Circle
Students share what they’ve learned and enjoyed at the end of each day. This daily routine serves as an important reminder to students that they’re part of a learning community where everyone is heard and valued.
3:00 - 6:00 P.M.
AltExplore
We offer AltExplore extended day and community enrichment classes between 3 pm and 6 pm. Sessions may include, music, athletics, coding, and more, based on student interest.
8:00 - 9:00 A.M.
Rolling Drop-Off and AltExplore
With a flexible drop-off schedule, parents can drop off students anytime between 8 and 9 a.m. During that time, students focus on individual work. Students enrolled in morning AltExplore classes meet during this hour.
9:00 - 9:15 A.M.
Morning Meeting
To begin the day, students connect, share, and review the day’s schedule as a group.
9:15 - 11:30 A.M.
Core Skills
A typical day for upper elementary students includes one or two learning blocks during the day to work on core skills. A learning block may include individual, small group, or classwide instruction on particular subjects like math, language arts, science, arts, or history.
11:30 - 12:00 P.M.
Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 P.M.
PE/Outdoor Play
Students enjoy PE and/or recess every day. Weather and location permitting, schools utilize local parks and playgrounds to ensure students play and experience the outdoors.
1:00 - 2:00 P.M.
Project-Based Learning
During project-based learning blocks, students focus on classwide or individual projects that enable them to pursue personal interests while furthering core academic skills and key learning habits.
2:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Independent Study and Feedback
An essential part of fostering student agency, independent study and feedback provides opportunity for students to reflect on their learning process.
3:00 - 6:00 P.M.
AltExplore
We offer AltExplore extended day and community enrichment classes between 3 and 6 p.m. Sessions may include music, athletics, coding, and more, based on student interest.
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Rolling Drop-Off and AltExplore
With a flexible drop-off schedule, parents can drop off students anytime between 8 and 9 a.m. During that time, students focus on individual work. Students enrolled in morning AltExplore classes meet during this hour.
9:00 - 9:15 A.M.
Morning Meeting
To begin the day, students connect, share, and review the day’s schedule as a group.
9:15 - 11:30 A.M.
Core Skills
A typical day for middle school students includes one or two learning blocks during the day to work on core skills. A learning block may include individual, small group, or classwide instruction on particular subjects like math, language arts, science, arts, or history.
11:30 - 12:00 P.M.
Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 P.M.
PE/Outdoor Play
Students enjoy PE and/or recess every day. Weather and location permitting, schools utilize local parks and playgrounds to ensure students play and experience the outdoors.
1:00 - 2:00 P.M.
Project-Based Learning
During project-based learning blocks, students focus on classwide or individual projects that enable them to pursue personal interests while furthering core academic skills and key learning habits.
2:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Independent Study and Feedback
An essential part of fostering student agency, independent study and feedback provides opportunity for students to reflect on their learning process.
3:00 - 6:00 P.M.
AltExplore
We offer AltExplore extended day and community enrichment classes between 3 and 6 p.m. Sessions may include music, athletics, coding, and more, based on student interest.

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