• Our Progressive Model
    Since 1976, Park Day School has been educating children in Oakland, California. Throughout this time, our unwavering focus has been to develop an exceptional place for learning – a place that fosters the academic, social and emotional growth of students so that they have the best possible foundation on which to build their ongoing education and their lives.
    We work every day to achieve this goal, knowing that the uniqueness of each child, continuing advances in our understanding learning modalities, and changes in our world make this an on-going effort.
    At Park Day School, we see five critical inputs to our model. They are our progressive approachacademic rigorexpert teachers, learning environment and social justice program. All of our work builds from these five key areas to do the most to spark in each child the passions that have them think creatively, learn deeply, act compassionately and live fully.
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    Progressive Since 1976
    • Develops 21st century skills: creativity, critical thinking, 
      communication, collaboration, adaptability;
      information, media and technology skills
    • Respects each child’s individual learning strengths
    • Supports three critical developmental areas: academic, 
      social, emotional
    • Cultivates students as agents of change
    Rigorous Academics 
    Engaging, challenging and focused on learning outcomes
    • Develops strong foundational skill set through
      creative challenges
    • Fosters meaningful problem finding and problem solving
    • Encourages inquiry and understanding through 
      hands-on approach and innovative Design-Make-
      Engage program
    • Prepares students for leadership in their high schools,
      colleges and communities
    Community of Expert Teachers
    • Maintains content expertise - math, science, writing,
      reading, social studies, engineering, technology
    • Partners closely with parents to further each
      child’s intellectual growth and well-being
    • Conducts ongoing professional development with UC
      Berkeley, Harvard, POCIS, Gender Spectrum, and
    • Works together to build best practices around our deep
      knowledge of children
    Learning Environment
    • Supports each child’s social, emotional and academic
      growth in an intentionally balanced learning environment
    • Enables close student-teacher relationships,
      differentiated instruction and strong student communities
      in small classes
    • Offers a strong enrichment program - performing and
      visual arts, music, Spanish, P.E., environmental studies,
    • Utilizes extensive outdoor spaces for learning, building,
      gardening, exploring, play
    Social Justice Program
    • Enables children to respond compassionately and to see
      themselves as agents of change
    • Conducts intellectual and academic investigation of local
      and world issues
    • Builds across the grades, fostering awareness,
      citizenship and activism
    • Increases awareness of personal and group
      perspectives and the range of potential solutions to
      any problem  
    Think Creatively
     Learn Deeply
    Act Compassionately
    Live Fully
    Think Creatively
    • Explore, take intellectual risks and think divergently
    • Know how to learn from their experiences and a   
      range of sources
    • Apply a variety of learned techniques for effective
      problem solving
    • Balance tenacity and flexibility to strengthen
    • Understand meaningful dissent as a way to  
      question the status quo
    • Recognize their unique learning strengths

    Learn Deeply
    • Engage as curious, reflective, active learners
    • Possess broad skills for the design, collection,  
      analysis and application of quantitative
      and qualitative research
    • Think critically to connect and interpret
      complex information
    • Develop technological fluency
    • Learn equally from failures, disappointments,
      surprises and successes
    • Find intrinsic satisfaction through development and
      mastery of essential academic proficiencies
    Act Compassionately
    • Learn to make thoughtful, informed decisions both
      individually and collaboratively
    • Embrace diversity and act inclusively
    • Have a developed responsibility to work for what
      they believe is important
    • Act with agency
    • Use empathy to understand a variety
      of perspectives
    • Remain alert to opportunities to build greater equity
      and justice throughout their lives

    Live Fully
    • Act courageously
    • Strive to do their best
    • Find opportunities to help and give back
    • Advocate for themselves and others
    • Thrive as community members and leaders
    • Enjoy thinking, building, learning and innovating in
      all aspects of their lives