Several private schools in the bay area are currently enrolling for fall 2010. For interested parents, attending their open house or information sessions will provide a more understanding about each school. The Girls’ Middle School on 180 North Rengstorff in Mountain View will hold an open house Saturday, November 13 from 1 – 4 pm and Thursday December 9 from 7 – 9 pm. To rsvp to the open house, visit http://www.girlsms.org/admission/open-house. This is a stand-alone middle school aimed at providing an atmosphere fostering creativity, problem solving and independent thought through math, science and the humanities. Their tuition ranges from $21,797 for returning students to $24,642 for new students. To learn more about the benefits of attending a girls’ school, visit the National Coalition of Girls Schools website at www.ncgs.org.
Next, the Stratford School is announcing a new preschool and middle school for Fremont for 2011. Their various locations throughout South Bay are currently open for admissions. Tuitions range from $3000 to $9110 for half-day programs, and $13, 210 to $15, 740 for elementary and middle schools. To find a location near your residence, visit http://www.stratfordschools.com.
Old Orchard School on 400 Campbell Ave in Campbell also has open house on Saturday Nov 13 th and Jan 29th from 10 am – 1 pm. This school, established in 1973, has one of the highest admission rates to Bellarmine, Notre Dame, Mitty, St. Francis, Presentation, Harker and other private high schools. The tuitions here range from $8551 per year for their Jr. Kindergarten Half-day programs to $17,278 for grades 6-8. More information is on their website at www.oldorchardschool.com.
Finally, the Challenger School has locations throughout South Bay, including Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Strawberry Park, and Saratoga. They are enrolling for the fall 2010 and to submit an enrollment application visit the nearest local Challenger School now. The tuitions here start at $308 to $1443 per month plus book fees, uniforms, and registration. Visit their website for more information about their school at http://www.challengerschool.com which is enrolling for preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school.
The above are non-sectarian schools. For Catholic schools, such as Saint Joseph of Cupertino (http://www.sjcschool.org/) , there will be a wait list. A small note about preschools – choices will vary based on availability. Some of the popular preschools such as Appleseed (http://www.appleseedmontessori.com), Rainbow (http://www.rainbow-montessori.com) and Kindercare (http://www.kindercare.com) have always had wait lists, so make sure to schedule a visit in advance and enroll early!