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Bellarmine College Preparatory

Bellarmine College Preparatory course offerings inspire a lifetime of learning. Its rigorous STEM program includes a recently added engineering course; four-time world champion robotics team; an innovative and expanded makerspace that features 3D printers, a 3D scanner, and laser cutter; newly renovated science classrooms; sustainable garden used for Botany education; and the recently launched Physics 9 core freshman science course that introduces first year students to non-Calculus-based Physics with an engineering approach.

Transformative immersion, community service, and retreat experiences; and robust co-curricular programs, which include athletics, speech and debate, and visual and performing arts, are hallmarks of a Bellarmine education.

The Harker School

At Harker, there are always exciting programs and projects underway—especially now, as Harker recently completed its 125th anniversary with many wonderful celebrations during the 2018-19 school year.

The Harker Conservatory prepares for its fourth journey to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer with Urinetown: The Musical. Harker’s ongoing commitment to share thoughtful, entertaining, and engaging events with the greater Bay Area community continues with the Harker Concert Series and Harker Speaker Series, both held in the two-year-old Rothschild Performing Arts Center, which features a 450-seat theater, fly loft, orchestra pit, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound capabilities. This year Harker is proud to welcome film composer David Amram to the speaker series and the world-famous Kronos Quartet to the concert series.

Harker’s boys volleyball team brought home the CCS championship this year and ended the year ranked fourth in the nation, a testament to the school’s new athletic center and its 12,000 square-foot gym floor, two visiting team rooms, hydrotherapy area, and training room.

The business and entrepreneurship department brings its unique incubator program into a second year. One of the first high school incubator programs in the country, it provides student entrepreneurs with a seed grant, professional mentorship, and startup curriculum to develop and grow their startups.

In 2021, Harker will phase out its preschool program, allowing a long-awaited move of the middle school from a leased campus to the Harker-owned Union Avenue campus. The preschool will continue to accept transitional kindergartners in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Harker offers a bus service from the Peninsula and various South Bay locations, with service in Portola Valley, Los Altos, Silver Creek, and Fremont. The school also has resumed its Santa Clara Caltrain service due to popular demand and has a partnership with Zum to help our busy families.

Kehillah Jewish High School

Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto is distinguished by an exceptional academic program and a supportive environment that pairs rich traditions with the best of the Silicon Valley mindset. At Kehillah, students embark on a journey of self-discovery guided by a community of passionate educators. Their faculty is widely recognized for mastery in the subjects they teach, infusing their lessons with knowledge and passion. Kehillah provides a robust curriculum in computer science, engineering, the humanities, mathematics, sciences, visual and performing arts, and world languages. The community as a whole reflects the diversity of identity in contemporary American life and welcomes not only those who self-identify as Jewish, but also anyone open to the role of Jewish wisdom and values in the pursuit of a more just and compassionate world. Kehillah students graduate with the knowledge, values, and community that enable them to create extraordinary futures.

Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame Belmont is pleased to announce that Dr. Linda Kern, Ph.D., has become the new Associate Head of School for Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Kern graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies, and completed her doctorate from Harvard in Institutional Change and Mathematics.

Dr. Kern has vast experience in creating best practices for teaching and learning. Most recently, as co-founder and director of MathStrong in Washington, D.C., she worked on the executive team, contributing to program development and strategic direction.

With Dr. Kern’s vast experience as an educator, Notre Dame Belmont is poised to expand its mission of educating young women to meet the demands and rigor of a 21st century education.

The Nueva School

On October 16-18, the Nueva School’s Innovative Learning Conference will bring together educational experts and influencers to share promising practices, inspiring stories, and cutting-edge research across an array of topics, including creative and critical thinking, design thinking, social-emotional learning, and equity and pluralism. Teachers, parents, and practitioners from public, charter, and independent schools are invited to attend and explore engaging cross-disciplinary learning that transcends traditional boundaries and historical barriers in education.

Palo Alto Preparatory School

Palo Alto Prep is a unique, private, fully-accredited college prep high school designed to cultivate student success in every aspect of life. Through small class sizes, experiential education, and by providing an emotionally and physically safe place for students to grow and learn, students graduate high school with a passion for life.

Palo Alto Prep’s Aviation program is flourishing. Many former aviation students are now licensed pilots, some of whom have chosen to pursue aeronautical engineering college degrees. In addition to Aviation, through Palo Alto Prep’s elective program, students are able to learn how to rock climb, sail a boat, SCUBA dive, sword fight, create artistic masterpieces, and work on a car engine, just to name a few.

Palo Alto Prep students and teachers take an international trip each year.  A recent trip to New Zealand included exploring the history and culture of the Māori people, traveling to the city of Queenstown to visit the beautiful glacier carved Milford Sound, visiting a village buried by a volcanic eruption, kayaking down the Dart river, and viewing the gorgeous glow-worm caves whose ceilings are illuminated with bioluminescence.

The school holds a quarterly weekend Tahoe Trip, which provides students with the opportunities to snow ski, sled, hike through Emerald Bay, learn how to cook and bake, water tube behind a speed boat, swim in Lake Tahoe, and camp along the outskirts of Carnelian Bay. Palo Alto Prep students also take field trips on a monthly basis that coincide with class work to enrich the material that is being studied in the classroom. For example, last year they took the Biology classes to Año Nuevo State Park, the Psychology class to Alcatraz, the Aviation Program to NASA, the Chemistry classes to the SLAC Linear Accelerator, and the art classes explored multiple museums throughout the Bay Area.

Recent Palo Alto Prep graduates are attending many diverse colleges from Santa Clara University and the California State University Long Beach, to the Colorado School of Mines and Purdue University.

Bellarmine College Preparatory

960 West Hedding Street, San Jose  |  408.294.9224  |

Bellarmine College Preparatory has been educating young men in the Jesuit tradition since 1851. Rigorous academics are balanced with individual growth as students put their faith into action, answering the call to be “men for and with others.”

The Harker School

500 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose  |  408.249.2510  |

Founded in 1893, Harker is one of the nation’s top college-prep schools. Challenging academics, outstanding faculty, broad programs, and an emphasis on character inspire students, preschool-12, to discover their passions and make a positive impact on the world.

Kehillah Jewish High School

3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto  |  650.213.9600  |

Coupling the best of the Silicon Valley mindset with rich traditions, Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto attracts those who seek world-class academics in a supportive community. Open House, Sunday, November 3rd. RSVP:

Notre Dame Belmont

1540 Ralston Avenue, Belmont  |  650.595.9504  |

Notre Dame has four Sand Volleyball courts for competition and cross-training. Its Robotics team competed at the World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky with teams from around the world. Design thinking, creative expression, and social justice complete the Notre Dame experience! Come find your passion here!

The Nueva School

6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough  |  131 East 28th Avenue, San Mateo  |  650.235.7100 / 650.350.4600  |

The Nueva School is an independent PreK-12, student-centered school renowned for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, constructivist project-based learning, and its pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking.

Palo Alto Preparatory School

2462 Wyandotte Street, Mountain View  |  650.493.7071  |

Palo Alto Preparatory is a unique, private, college prep high school designed to cultivate student success. Small class sizes, experiential education and emotional/physical safety, shape the school. As needed, the necessary resources to support the LD student community are incorporated into the curriculum in order to foster the growth of well-rounded individuals.

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