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A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A

Applying

Application Deadline
January 13
Application Fee
$100
Interview Required
Required/Recommended Tests
None

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$27,500
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid
$12,000
From Park Day School

Discover a school that will nurture your child’s love of learning. Within Park Day’s Kindergarten-8th grade program, lessons and experiences emphasize creativity, collaboration, and discovery.

Talented teachers guide students to find personal connection points and discover the fun in learning. Park Day recognizes that every child is unique and is committed to helping each student understand their own power to make positive change in their world.

Through a hands-on, experiential approach, educators work closely with students to encourage taking academic risks while applying new skills to engage in “real-world” issues. Shaped by a social justice framework, Park Day students develop strong academic skills alongside compassion and a sense of fairness. Graduates approach challenges from multiple perspectives, are confident in their abilities, and possess a sense of belonging and intrinsic motivation they can always rely on.

School Details

Grades
K-8
Students
306
Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Full-Time Teachers
38
Part-Time Teachers
2

Students

Students
306
Gender
  • Female
    56%
  • Male
    44%
Student Diversity
  • White
    48%
  • Multiracial
    28.4%
  • Asian
    7.8%
  • African American
    7.5%
  • Hispanic
    6.5%
  • Unknown
    1%
  • Native American
    0.7%
  • Pacific Islander
    0%
    Living in the Area
    B+
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      D
    2. Good for Families
      B
    3. Housing
      D+
    Median Household Income
    $68,442
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,354
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $627,800
    National
    $184,700

    Park Day School Reviews

    12 reviews
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    We are first year parents at Park Day School with a daughter in Kindergarten and were excited last year when we toured the school. We loved what we saw (and felt) from the faculty and students as we toured each grade in the lower school, K-5. As we talked to kids, and looked at the inspirational postings and lessons on the walls, we could clearly see our daughter thriving in that environment.

    Fast forward to now, one year later, and that same committed energy to joyful learning and social justice have rung true every day across all aspects of our family's experience. It is said a lot in a lot of places out there, but Park Day School is truly a community. We are still early on in our journey at the school, but are so looking forward to all that is to come.

    We highly recommend Park Day School to our friends and neighbors in the Oakland community!
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    Our son is in kindergarten at Park Day (2018-19 school year). We absolutely loved Park Day. The school is inclusive, focuses on whole child development and has a strong social justice focus. We are all enthusiastic about these aspects of the school and it also has terrific academics. Although we came in with high hopes for the school and our son (of course!), his intellectual development is far beyond what we would have hoped in the short time he has been in school. His social development has been equally strong and his oral communications skills – with both kids and adults – have improved noticeably. We also really love that the students see all the adults on campus as their teachers and they feel comfortable talking to any of them, from their classroom teacher to the head of school. And the adults all feel the same way! Finally, and perhaps most importantly, our son loves going to school. Park Day really is a wonderful place.
    When looking at kindergarten options, we wanted a school with a progressive education program, a diverse (racial and economic) student body as well as a diverse group of teachers and administrators, small class sizes, a nurturing environment, and room (and the time) for our kids to really play. We found those things at Park Day and more.

    The Park Day education emphasizes critical thinking. Students are asked to be curious and collaborative, identify issues and discover and formulate solutions. It's not about how well a student does on tests (there are no tests in lower grades), it's about how a student is doing as a whole: what and how they think, how they work with others, what are their strengths and where could they improve.

    The Park Day teachers are teaching kids how to be citizens of the world, to identify problems and to take action, to embrace and champion differences and diversity, to care for others, to be curious and confident, and to really think.