- EL CERRITO, CA
Prospect Sierra School
- grade AOverall Grade
- PK, K-8
- EL CERRITO, CA
- Rating 4.25 out of 5 8 reviews
- Academicsgrade A minus
- Diversitygrade A+
- Teachersgrade A
Prospect Sierra embodies several key assumptions in philosophy and daily practice: that learning is the pathway to personal growth; that school should be both challenging and joyous; that school is a community through which students, teachers, and parents develop trust, demonstrate cooperation, show respect, and acquire an understanding of the rights and needs of others; and that diversity, in its many human forms, brings quality and strength to our school. A rapidly changing global environment requires that students develop skills and acquire knowledge, while learning to define and solve problems creatively. A Prospect Sierra education provides students with daily opportunities to engage in a rigorous academic curriculum that also allows them to gain greater self-knowledge and to develop compassion and care for others. In a diverse and inclusive community, we provide a joyful environment that develops students’ life-long passion for learning.
Every Year Counts
In the Fall of 2019, Prospect Sierra launched a transitional kindergarten (TK) program designed for four- and five-year-olds who are ready to learn by doing. We know that every year matters, and whether your child is 4 or 11, at Prospect Sierra they will develop empathy, find joy in learning, and cultivate strong pre-academic skills. Click here to learn more about our TK program!
- African American7.8%
- Pacific Islander6.1%
- Native American0%
- Offers Full WeekYes
- Offers Part WeekNo
- Offers Full DayYes
- Offers Part DayNo
Living in the Area
- Cost of Livinggrade D
- Good for Familiesgrade A minus
- Housinggrade C minus
Prospect Sierra School Reviews
Pros: amazing facilities, 1/3 of the teachers is amazing, during the early stages of the pandemic, the school quickly managed to send learning materials home to the students
- After an awesome K year, you are in for a 2 year drought and start questioning the school. Then comes 4th grade, which again is amazing. 5th & 6th are ok.
- PS has increasingly given up their high academic standards for the benefit of socio-emotional learning. E.g. math is incredibly bad. Parents either accept it or get outside help.
- Diversity at PS is mainly limited to gender identity. Starting in 1st grade, kids need to identify their gender.
- Kids who do not fit the mold have an incredibly hard time.
- the administration/board don't care about parents (and there are so many) who are unsatisfied with the current developments
Our children now attend public school in a top rated district - the academics are so much better, it's ridiculous!
We love the diversity of the school - racial, ethnicity and economic diversity are prioritized and we see this reflected in our son’s learning. We have enjoyed getting to know the school leaders, too. They are committed, thoughtful and looking at ways to improve the curriculum or environment.
The school handled the pandemic very well. A few bumps early on but staff quickly pivoted to an online learning format that worked well. The school also reopened in person learning as soon as it was possible and it feels well planned and safe.
Our only critical feedback is that the Spanish curriculum isn’t particularly strong. This could be improved.
Overall, we highly recommend this school.