General Information

  • Independent K–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito hills
  • Total enrollment: 470
    • Elementary school: 216
    • Middle school: 254
  • Faculty and staff: 97
  • Student teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Students of color: 45%
  • Families from Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington, Richmond, Oakland, Albany, and beyond

School Day Schedule

  • School begins at 8:30 a.m. for K–4, 8:20 a.m. for 5–8
  • K dismissal: 2:35 p.m.
  • 1–4 dismissal: 3:05 p.m.
  • 5–8 dismissal: 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday early dismissal: 2:20 p.m. for K–4 / 2:45 p.m. for 5–8
  • Bus transportation available
  • BeforeSchool program starts 7:30 a.m. for K–4, 8:00 a.m. for Grades 5–8
  • AfterSchool program until 6:00 p.m.
  • Download 2014-15 School Calendar of Holidays and Vacations: Prospect Sierra Calendar 2014-15

Tuition and Affordability

  • Tuition assistance awards: $1.6 million for 2014-15
  • Students receiving awards: 36%
  • Tuition support program available for Bay Area middle income families
  • Tuition for 2014-15:
  • $23,600 for K-4
  • $25,850 for 5-8

Associations and Awards

  • California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • East Bay Independent Schools Association (EBISA)
  • Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI)
  • People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS)
  • Green Schools Initiative
  • National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC)
  • Certified “Bay Area Green Business”
  • NAIS Model School of the Future
  • Ashoka Changemaker School
  • U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

Campus and Facilities

  • Dedicated kindergarten yard
  • Sunny, spacious classrooms
  • Beautiful, expansive libraries
  • Dedicated art, music, science, and drama spaces
  • Large outdoor play areas