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Tilden Preparatory School

Private | 6-12 & ungraded | 140 students

We are best known for individualized learning.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $451,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,670.

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Posted August 5, 2014

I too wish I had discovered Tilden Prep earlier. What a relief, when you have a very sensitive child or a child who simply needs more attention to specific needs! Our education system at large tends to work only if you fit into one particular mold, so it does not meet the needs of a very large percentage of the population. Tilden is a great alternative for the rest of us, who need a little more attention and flexibility, and need to go at our own pace, slower or much faster than the rest. A great school for a child who is seriously into extracurricular activities, has a busy performance schedule, etc. as well, for the school administration is great at tailoring the schedule to your child's specific needs, without compromising on academic quality. By the way, the quality of academics will be far superior than anything you can get in any public school around. You do need to supplement your child's social life however. Individualized learning is great, but does not promote an active social life at school. They do have clubs and social groups that you can elect to join, but you probably want your child engaged in activities outside of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

I am glad to sing the praises of Tilden School so that other parents are aware of this wonderful alternative to more traditional schools. After several years of bad experiences with public school and even Montessori school, my son (8th grade) had developed anxieties around attending school. The staff at Tilden were very willing to work with us to meet my son's specific needs and were very patient, understanding and caring in working with us through difficult times. The teachers we have had are uniformly excellent, but if, for whatever reason, we needed a change, the staff were always accommodating and flexible. I have never seen such responsiveness to student/parent needs in a school. It also is very well-run administratively; everything runs smoothly. One-on-one teaching is available, or teaching in small groups, and electives (such as digital photography) are available. And it is accredited. I wish I had been aware of Tilden sooner!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

We highly recommend SIL/Albany, now called Tilden Prep. Our child attends full time, taking UC-approved, college preparatory classes . The school's co-directors are caring, compassionate, competent, and highly experienced. Close proximity to UC Berkeley gives Tilden an edge in recruiting top, young teachers, and our child's teachers have generally been excellent. Students may enroll part time, for example to complete a course not offered at their regular high school, or full time. The full time program draws students for various reasons: Some are seeking individualized learning or scheduling flexibility; others have had academic or mild behavioral issues in a prior school setting. The latter could be a drawback, except that most courses are conducted in tutorial style -- one teacher to one student -- so one student's issues have little impact on others. Tilden's individualized learning environment is unique in our area and has been a definite 'plus' for our child.
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Posted April 28, 2009

My son attends this school. It has turned his life around. The staff are incredible. The curriculum is challenging and UC accredited. He hated school, but loves his classes here.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 26%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 11%
Black 7% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Hispanic 4% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Berkeley High School
El Cerrito High School
Albany High School
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 5:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Shary Nunan/Karen Hobbs (Co-Directors)
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
  • Part-time study
  • Year-round
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (510) 525-5508

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Individually guided instruction
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Special education
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Discounted passes for BART
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Book/reading club
  • Debate
  • Game club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
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Bullying policy
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Parent involvement
  • None
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  • Tilden Prep is a unique, WASC accredited, college preparatory school for grades 6-12 that offers one-to-one and small group classes within an inclusive school community. Courses are U.C. approved for full-time, part-time and summer school with rolling enrollment. Students with a wide range of learning preferences find Tilden Prep the ideal alternative to a regular classroom setting. We use mastery learning, teaching students to 80% (B) or a higher level of mastery before moving forward.
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Students typically come from these schools
Berkeley High School
El Cerrito High School
Albany High School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$0 - $40000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
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1231 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
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Phone: (510) 525-5506

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