Home Admissions Virtual Tour
Welcome to Park Day School! We invite you to start learning about our K-8 progressive co-ed program by viewing our virtual tour below. School information sessions begin in October, 2021. Pandemic conditions permitting, in-person campus visits will take place on Saturday Nov 13 and Dec 11.
To register for a school visit, navigate to the Ravenna platform, create an account, search for Park Day School, and select “Explore” or “Apply”. Registration for all admissions events and the entire application process takes place through Ravenna. Scroll down to watch more videos that answer frequently asked questions.
Click below to see our videos responding to frequently asked questions. Big thanks to parent volunteers, Sage and Josh, who made these videos. It takes a village!
Meet Angela Taylor, incoming Head of School, and learn what makes progressive education and Park Day School different from other schools.
Watch what a typical month of learning might look like in grades K-8.
Park Day alumni share how Park Day prepared them for high school, college, and life.
Park Day is fortunate to have a four-acre garden campus in the Temescal district of Oakland, and students go outdoors all the time. There is regular morning recess and lunch recess in addition to outdoor learning garden classes, PE classes, maker-centered outdoor learning, and opportunities for small groups and half groups to study outdoors. Watch a drone video to get a sense of the outdoor spaces.
As much as possible we incorporate student interest into academic learning blocks to enhance engagement and connection.
Learn about a project featuring statistics and how academic studies are tied to relevant social justice topics.
Multi-disciplinary projects that involve research, writing, and hands-on creation represent a classic mode of progressive learning at Park Day.
Middle School math:
Homework is designed to reinforce lessons in the classroom and provide independent work-time. Executive functioning and organizational skills are scaffolded to support student autonomy as they move up through the grades. Part of nightly homework includes reading a choice-book for 20-30 minutes at every grade level. By the time students get to middle school, homework assignments consist of reading your personal choice book plus an additional 60 minutes of subject-based work a night in 6th, 70 minutes in 7th, and 80 minutes in 8th.
By providing opportunities within the curriculum for students to witness and understand the needs of others, we hope they will learn the power of social responsibility and carry it with them their whole lives.
Snapshots of the virtual community building that took place during the early months of the pandemic. Also check out “Event Videos” in the Community section of the website.
Hear from a Park Day alum reflecting back on the Park Day approach to teaching math:
Spanish learning begins in Kindergarten in authentic and engaging ways similar to how children learn their first language in their home: through social interactions, playing games, singing, listening to and reading children’s literature, and by engaging in hands-on projects. A foundation of vocabulary is built with an emphasis on oral language and within a cultural context.
In Middle School, Park Day School competes against other independent and parochial school sports teams. All Middle School students are invited to try out. Everyone who tries out for a sport makes the team, and everyone who attends practice can expect to have gametime.
We love hearing about what our alumni remember about growing up at Park Day!