Diversity is valued at Prospect Sierra. The school community includes traditional nuclear families as well as blended families, adoptive families, and families headed by gay/lesbian parents, single parents, grandparents, and other guardians.
Our families live in 32 different zip codes in 23 cities between Hayward and American Canyon. Most families come from Berkeley, followed by El Cerrito, Kensington, Richmond, Oakland, and Albany. Applicants for kindergarten this past year came from 39 preschools and schools and we enrolled children from 23 of them. Applicants for the middle school this past year came from 44 elementary schools and we enrolled students from 20 of them.
Students of color comprise 45% of our student body. Just over 69% of the students of color are multiracial.
The school embraces a broad range of families, due in part to our generous tuition assistance budget, some $1,600,000 for the 2015-16 school year. This is about 16% of the school’s annual expenditures. Of our student population, 33% receive tuition assistance of some kind. The grants vary in size depending on individual family needs. This program accommodates middle as well as low-income families.
Enrollment is designed for 20-24 students per section. There are two sections per grade in K–5 and three sections per grade 6–8.