Chartwell School, located in Seaside, educates students who are struggling in mainstream classroom settings; including those students with learning challenges like dyslexia. Chartwell considers each student’s unique needs to provide them with the academic skills, confidence, and creativity needed to meet the challenges of future educational endeavors.
Students in grades 2–8 acquire academic skills as they are taught from a research-based curriculum which emphasizes multi-sensory phonemic aware- ness. For students in grades 9-12, the college prep program delivers project- based learning and related field experiences. Students can also experience the 4-week summer program which emphasizes literacy and enrichment skills.
Chartwell School diagnostically educates students with language-related learning variations such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and auditory processing disorder. Chartwell’s mission is to equip children with the academic skills, confidence, perseverance and creativity necessary to succeed in mainstream schools and in life. Our specially trained teachers work with students who are behind in certain skill areas to close those gaps while also encouraging students to develop their areas of strength. A Chartwell education includes small class size, specially-trained instructors, a carefully designed curriculum, an award-winning green campus, and all the electives, arts and sports that enrich a student’s school experience. On the second Tuesday of every month, Chartwell offers an informal tour to all community members. Please our website for more information.
High School Middle School Lower School Library
Gateway School, founded in 1970, is an independent, co-ed day school in Santa Cruz, CA for students in grades Kindergarten through Middle School. Our mission is to inspire children to lead lives of purpose and compassion through scholarship and citizenship.
We nurture academic success and intellectual curiosity, personal character and integrity, and individual agency and engagement. Our program is rooted in play, creativity, and critical thinking. Our students develop communication and collaboration skills while becoming compassionate and responsible citizens.
We feature Art, Music, Spanish, Mindfulness, Life Lab Science, and a Makerspace as integral parts of our program, along with small classes, a gorgeous nine-acre campus, and a loving community of families.
Gateway is the only K-8 school in Santa Cruz accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). We invite all families to visit our website or schedule a tour, and get to know our community!
Good Shepherd Catholic School, Preschool – 8th grade
Welcoming children of all faiths for the last 55 years, our highly qualified faculty and staff provide a well-rounded curriculum that is project-based and faith driven. Spanish, art and life lab classes are part of the school’s curriculum with technology integrated throughout the school day.
The school’s focus on community service gives the students numerous opportunities to learn and practice Catholic social teachings firsthand. Students may participate in the school’s highly successful interscholastic sports program including golf, flag football, basketball, lacrosse and soccer beginning at grade two.
After-school care is available until 6:00 PM. Please join us at our annual Open House in January. For more information, call 831.476.4000 or visit our website.
Kirby School, 6th – 12th
Through intellectual challenge in a responsive environment, Kirby empowers students to shape their futures with confidence. Our students learn to think critically, develop their creativity, and engage diverse communities with thoughtfulness and respect.
To achieve our mission, we provide a world-class education that offers and inspires the following. Schedule a visit and see how we do it!
Kirby School empowers students to shape their futures with confidence. Our independent, non-sectarian middle and high school has been preparing students for college for 25 years. In classes averaging 12 students, teachers are responsive to each learner’s strengths and interests. Our rigorous academic and arts curriculum, intensive study paths, and inspiring faculty challenge each student based on their interests and readiness, rather than grade level. Kirby graduates go on to attend excellent four-year colleges and universities.
We look forward to welcoming you to Kirby School.
While there are many ways to learn about our program, an in-person visit is the most advantageous to prospective parents and students.
However, while our campus is temporarily closed due to the Shelter in Place mandate in California, we invite you to speak with a member of our community to ask questions and learn about Kirby from firsthand experience.
Current parents, students, and faculty are available and eager to share their perspectives and answer your questions. Please let us know and we will connect you!
If you would like to receive an Admissions Packet or would like more information about our application process, please email Admissions Director, Emily Lamoureux ’00.
At MMS we strive to prepare well-rounded human beings who not only get into and succeed in college, but learn to value collaboration, form meaningful relationships and engage with their local communities, nation and the world. Come see education through our students’ eyes: Montessori-based Pre/K program, 375-acre campus, science and technology labs, competitive athletic program, outdoor adventure and life skills, regional, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, marine biology and oceanography on Catalina Island, visual and performing arts.
For more than 40 years, Mount Madonna School has offered students a quality education based on academic excellence, positive character development and creative self-expression. Preschool through high school; fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Mount Madonna is a community of learners dedicated to creative, intellectual and ethical growth. We support our students to become caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals. We believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society.
Our learning community, which includes students, alumni, faculty, administrators, staff and families
Intellectual inquiry that fosters a love of learning, self-discipline and perseverance
Continual exploration of how our students learn best
The development of relationships based on self-acceptance, empathy, honesty, integrity, respectful communication and shared experiences
The transformative power of the creative process
Experiential outdoor learning that inspires an appreciation for nature, environmental stewardship and a sense of well-being