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Dublin, CA
Students enrolled: 850
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6363 Tassajara Road
Dublin, CA 94568

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(925) 829-8000
(925) 846-9495
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November 11, 2014
I am a parent of a talented and motivated 5th grader at QLS. We have been members of the QLS community since pre-K and have been positively impressed by the curriculum until this year. The new engineering elective is not a true elective. The students must "test" into the class, and if your student does not get placed, then you are stuck without an elective at all, comprising 3 periods per week of "filler" content that teaches little to nothing of relevance. We have decided to leave QLS after this school year, as we cannot justify the tuition based on the quality of instruction provided by the 5th grade curriculum. We have decided to use the $18k we would have spent on QLS tuition next year on extracurricular activities that will advance our child's educational experience beyond what public school offers.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
I totally agree. Mrs. Brown was a great teacher for my daughter. So was Mr. Chow, the math enrichment and engineering teacher. Where else could you find a school where 4th graders get to take an engineering class? My daughter learned to solve problems because she needed to finish a project, not to finish a worksheet. The "special" classes like music, computers, and engineering really set this school apart from anything else out there.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2014
My daughter is in 4th grade and we absolutely love her teacher, Mrs. Brown. My daughter has grown both academically and socially this year due to Mrs. Brown's teaching methods. She teaches the students to be critical thinkers instead of just memorizing facts. The music teacher and computer teacher are also great teachers and wonderful people. My child really feels safe and respected. As long as you don't need to deal with the authoritarian elementary principal, this is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
We have two kids at Quarry Lane School (5th and 9th) and we couldn't be happier that we made this school selection. We've been impressed by the staff professionalism, the dedicated teachers and challenging curriculum. My kids are not only challenged out of their comfort zones but enjoy regular and extracurricular offerings that explore and discover their strengths and passions outside the classroom. Additionally, my kids are now excited about Engineering and Robotics, when in the past they used to say math was just too hard. I credit this to the school s focus on teaching kids to solve real-world problems instead of textbook equations. Quarry Lane is also the only private school in the East Bay that offers the International Baccalaureate program, which I d like my children to enroll when they're older. The program focuses on critical thinking and knowledge application, while also encouraging international mindedness, a must have skill for any career in our global world. If you're looking for a stellar, highly-trained staff; challenging curriculum and small school environment, don't enroll your child anywhere else until you check out Quarry Lane.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
My experience at Quarry Lane School has been positive to varied. My child attended since elementary school and the programs with overall teacher/student ratio and educational/learning rate were very promising. The more experienced teaching staff were very good. My child had an advanced level of comprehension relative to other children in our neighborhood who attend public schools. However since the 3rd grade I have become concerned with a constantly changing/international student body. My child had many friends leave to return to their home country or leave for public school, and as parents we are very concerned about the lack of stability/sustainable friendships. We considered moving our child into their middle school but yet another year of more friends leaving and confirming that the graduating high school class was less than 15 local students and roughly the same number of foreign students, we opted to move to a public school. The move for my child has been very positive; along with having several advance placement classes that continue to provide a challenging learning environment there are also dozens of new friends that will now stay on through high school.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
Love this school! My daughter learned so much and received the highest eduction we could ask for. So worth it!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
Choosing a school can be one of the most challenging yet important decisions a parent can make. After meeting with the staff and teachers at QLS I knew I had made the correct choice by sending my daughter there for high school. The school offers a full range of honors courses, AP courses and the opportunity for an IB diploma. I believe Quarry Lane s focus on individual students needs, passionate, knowledgeable teachers and invested, professional administrators make THIS private high school worth every dollar spent on tuition.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
As a parent at Quarry Lane School, I can attribute the well balanced experience my children have received to the school administration and faculty. I want the best for my children and consider private school as the best way to invest in my children's future. I chose Quarry Lane School for the International Baccalaureate Program they offer. My kids are a step ahead of their neighborhood friends that attend public school and feel confident in my investment at Quarry Lane!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
We had to move my second grader from another school midyear. Quarry Lane made this potentially stressful and difficult transition extremely smooth for us. I am impressed with their curriculum and professionalism of school administration. There is a very clear communication from school to parents and I feel that our daughter has very clear rules and expectations from her teachers. She is being academically challenged and the structured environment helps her stay focused. I regret not putting my child into Quarry Lane earlier and instead selecting another school.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2011
As a non-teaching member of the Quarry Lane administrative team, I definitely have a unique outside-insider perspective. While I am a part of the everyday happenings of the school, my interaction with students is more sporadic. That being said, I am continually impressed with the overall level of respect that I see at this school. The students are completely open and are extremely friendly. I have encountered numerous students at both the lower school and upper school levels who look me in the eye and greet me, even just in passing. The teachers are enthusiastic about their work and truly thrive on their students progress. There is a definite sense of community that resonates throughout the school. I am truly proud to be a member of that community.

- submitted by a teacher
July 30, 2011
I have a 3 year old in preschool and 5 year old in kindergarten - and they excelled academically! I think QLS is a great school - the kids are excited to learn and they make good friends. The teachers/staff listen to both the kids and the parents - and they really to want children to succeed. I would definitely recommend this school for bright, motivated kids and parents looking to give their children the best start possible.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
Our decision to switch from the Pleasanton public school track to QL was the best decision we've made for our daughter. She began at QL in middle school and will be entering 9th grade this coming school-year. When she began at QL, she was already 1 year behind the QL elementary school students in certain academic areas...especially math. She was floundering in Pleasanton elementary school and was also bullied substantially. At QL she has thrived academically and in self-confidence. The teachers, principal, and headmaster make extra efforts to know each student very well and help shape them to succeed. The Co-Directors of the Upper School, Ms. Paz-Rumore, and Dr. Tom Keating, are nothing short of phenomenal. And the Founder/Headmaster, Dr. Arac always has the students uppermost in mind as he steers his magnificent school into the future. This school is all about "applied learning" where mere knowledge gained from a textbook is not enough. Further, in addition to the AP classes, QL is the only private school in the East Bay that offers an International Baccalaureate (IB) program which will provide motivated students with an extra edge. Google IB to learn more. Thank you QL!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2011
Quarry Lane has the most well rounded program in the bay area. The curriculum is rigorous but interesting. The students have passion for what they re learning due to the expertise and enthusiasm of the teachers and administrators. I cannot believe some of the high level thinking my lower school student is doing! She has developed great communication skills too. The students at Quarry Lane aren t pushed to achieve by teachers and administrators. They move at their own pace but are consistently challenged. It s not just about test scores at Quarry Lane. While they teach at a gifted and talented level, they support students to get there. Many enrichment opportunities are also available. My child can develop creativity and showcase her writing, performing, and leadership skills. She can solve real world problems using the critical thinking skills she has developed at Quarry Lane. They provide a full education. The results prove it. Take a look at what the kids at Quarry Lane are doing. They aren t academic robots like students in other private schools. QLS kids are super stars!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
My son has been attending Quarry Lane for 3 years now. Preschool and Kindergarten were great experiences for him and us (as parents). We chose this school after being underwhelmed by Carden West. As time goes on, however, I have learned that Quarry Lane seems to be more concerned with making money and receiving the next accrediation rather than truly meeting the needs of each student. I completely agree with another post that states to look for other options from middle school and beyond. Even other parents in my son's class are looking to other schools for that time period. We are considering other options even for 2nd grade. Our son has excelled in all subjects up to this point, but his confidence is being crushed by his current teacher (and yes, we have addressed this concern on multiple occasions with his teacher and the lower school director to no avail). The fact that our son has gone from loving to not at all liking some of his subjects has us very concerned. He's in first grade and we think that the teachers should be making sure every child has a positive learning experience rather than pushing the student to over achieve for testing score purposes.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
My daughter is attending the Pleasanton campus for Preschool and we are very happy with Quarry Lane! The school is very clean, the teachers are great and the classrooms are cheerful! I would recommend the school without reservation! As for the comments about it being a business; of course it's a business! Every school is, public or private! If you want a high level education for your child it is going to cost you!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2010
I have been a parent at the Quarry Lane School for 7 years. My children began in the preschool programs and have continued thorugh the elementary and now are currently attend teh middle school program. Quarry Lane is more than a school to my family, it is their home away from home. The faculty makes such an effort to connect to each child individualizing thier experience. My children are very different in terms of performance in the classroom and both have been able to flourish in the Quarry Lane environment The acess to administration and their true dedication to the students is demonstrated in the classroom and thorugh the community events. The school is growing and there are changes, all positive. Every new faculty memebr brings a different educational and life experience to the community and the influx of new , motivated, and diverse students makes lunch time an education for your child i and of itself. Quarry Lane is an amazing place where my children have been led through their education with kindness, support, opportunities and passion. the vision of teh school is clear and once you join this community you will become part of that vision.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
It is interesting that reviews on Greatschools are bi-modal, love it or hate it. I guess "just satisfied" people do not write reviews. I am only familiar with the elementary school. In any case, I have been underwhelmed by our experience at Quarry Lane. This is truly a for-profit organization. It's hit or miss if you have a good teacher, leaving me with the impression that overall school procedures and standards are not well developed. There is strong evidence that the owner is a businessman, not an educator. Giving Quarry 2 stars might seem harsh, but I want to send an effective warning flag to other parents. Certainly if you are considering middle school and above, do not waste much time investigating Quarry; there are better options. I can't argue with parents who give this school 5 stars. Their teachers might be different, and the individual class environment for their children might be good. But it's possible that these parents and children would be better satisfied at a different school, we might never know.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
This is our families fourth year at Quarry Lane and we could not be happier. The teachers have been excellent-each year my child has been inspired to do her very best. The teachers expectation for behavior, academics and social interaction are always clear and consistent. The Lower School Director is truly invested in making the environment at this school positive and supportive of all students. Her goal of making sure that the best and the brightest teachers are employed has resulted in a staff that is dedicated to making the school great. The owners vision for creating an outstanding educational institution that will give students the ability to attend the college of their choice, is now a reality. He worked hard to build a K-12th campus and continues to seek the best teachers to offer the most opportunities to students-recently adding the IB program at the High School.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2010
As an involved parent at Quarry Lane School I can tell you first hand the dedication the administration and staff have for my children. They started as infants and are now in the elementary program. I pay the price literally, because I see results each year. As a type A personality I visited many schools before deciding on QLS. Montessori just wasn t my thing, I prefer a more traditional setting with teacher direction and group learning. I am not in to the faith based curriculum the local church schools offer. My only other choice was Carden West, but they didn t offer me the K-12 program Quarry does. Carden s class sizes drop dramatically in the elementary program, which makes me worry about their stability. I am proud of the progress my children have made and can t wait until they join the list of top universities the graduates of QLS attend.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
Quarry Lane Elementary School has been a great disapointment. They have a very high teacher turnover rate due to the difficulty to work with their Headmaster (owner of school). The school is more interested in quantity (tuition money) and not the "quality" of education. Their elective classes are hard to measure and are not frequent. The environment of the school is sterile and cold and the teachers are often not qualified.

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January 25, 2010
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December 01, 2009
I am a parent of a Kindergarten student at QLS Dublin. I am very happy with the well-rounded curriculum at Quarry Lane. My son went from being unhappy, bored and unsure at school to being confident, independent and eager to learn. He is genuinely happy. The only reason I gave the school 3 stars instead of 5 is that the number of early dismissal/school's-out days seem to model those of public schools, which is A LOT. This poses major logistical difficulty to working parents with demanding jobs, and it is hard to rationalize considering the high tuition. Challenger has the competitive advantage here since it hardly has any dismissal/school's-out days when most companies are open. I really hope I don't have to make a switch, but since my job determines whether or not I can pay tuition, I might have to face that decision next year.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2009
I am a parent of a bright child who is not a great student. I am amazed at how the teachers at Quarry Lane in Dublin truly go 'above and beyond' to motivate her. They are available before and after school to support all students. We have been to several different schools and I have never seen such commitment and dedication to all students' learning as I have at Quarry Lane.

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June 26, 2009
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no rating March 05, 2009
My child attends the Dublin QLS high school. We thought the small class size and individualized attention he'd get there would surpass anything he could get in the large public high school in our town. Unfortunately, he as not performed up to expectations. Part of this is him, but frankly we've gotten very little support from the teachers. There are a couple teachers that are truly excellent, but the few brand new ones (new to the school, not to teaching)leave much to be desired. No efforts to contact us to put together a strategy on how we can help him improve. The teachers seem quite inflexible and punitive rather than facilitative. IN addition, the school is for-profit, and I agree with other posters that the owner seems more interested in the bottom line than in achievement. We are probably not going to place our son there next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2008
Last year I was a true believer (2007/8) because my child had a G:R:E:A:T teacher for first grade. Although we started the year a bit rough (some issues with bullies which we worked hand in hand with the Director and the teacher to resolve) and when the issues were resolved my child flourished. Unfortunately at the end of the year most of the teachers left, the Lower School Director stepped down. Like most parents we were scared - but we kept our child in QLS because we believed. Well with new teachers came a new school. This school year is lack luster and the teacher does not communicated effectively with the parents. Our child is not flourishing anymore. I am investigating other options - public and private. It's unfortunate that we went from hot to cold in less than 2 months of this new school year (2008/9).

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
My son went to pre-K and we were amazed with results. In less than 8 months of only half day classes he learned whole alphabet, writing, reading, numbers to 100 and so much more. Right now kindergarten is a breeze! Excellent teachers, caring and professional administration staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 27, 2008
This school is entirely focussed on the bottom line and the children suffer. My child was there for one LONG year and it was horrible. Thankfully we have moved her to another private school and are thrilled with how we are treated. Please look at all private schools before considering putting your child at Quarry Lane. I did not do my homework and my child suffered due to this.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
This school is more concerned about getting your money than anything else. If you are still considering the school, I would highly advise you to review the curriculum and ask very specific questions. You'll find out that the computers are not used as often as you may think and only used for a short time. Ask your child specfically what she learns in a specific class. She may not be able to tell you because it's not much.

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March 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2008
My children have attended Quarry Lane for the last three years. As a parent I am thrilled with the level of attention my children receive. The link from school to home allows my family to be an active part of the school community.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
Unfortunately the schools seems to be imploding with morale and financial problems. There are several quality teachers and strong parents. Consider public schools before committing to this situation.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
This is not a good environment for children. The playground is like a jail and not very safe. They don't let the lower school children play on the fields for recesses or in the gym on rainy days. The teachers care about their students but are handcuffed from doing what is best for the students. There is very poor communication from the school administration. There is no sense of community or attempt at creating one with a mere one social event at the beginning of the year. Parent Association is useless and focuses on the primary school needs rather than the elementary age. If you are considering going to Quarry Lane, look long and hard and talk to as many parents as you can and not school given ones, if possible. Look at their newsletters and weekly communication for the year - they tell the story.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2007
I couldn't be happier with the education my two children are receiving at The Quarry Lane School. The faculty have incredible expertise and PASSION! They know these students and work to engage each one individually. My children have blossomed as students and individual since attending Quarry Lane. They love to learn! I couldn't be happier with our decision to pull my oldest from the over-crowded public schools and invest in their future at Quarry Lane, where the administration, faculty and staff are as committed to my children's success as we are.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
The owner seems only to be concerned with your monthly fee. The newest director is inexperienced and not able to solve complex issues. There are much better schools, public and private, available.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2007
School rules are not followed. Bullies are allowed to stay in school past the 3 strikes rule. School very money oriented and new Pleasanton Director ineffective in handling job.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2006
I have both an elementary and middle school student at QLS. I pulled both of them 6 years ago from the Danville public school system due to lack of challenge and overall desire to teach my children to be the best they can be. QLS has been such a fantastic experience. The teachers are of superior quality in background and commitment. They are willing to allow students to reach their highest level on an individual basis. They are caring and give personal attention to each student having 15 in a classroom. The money I have spent to educate my children was well worth it. They are both in excellent position for high school and college.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2006
My pre- k son loves the school and the teachers are fantasctic handling the kids in an effective manner. For the people who say that the school is inferior to the public schools in the Danville area -they obviously never attended them. As a graduate of the Danville public school system I found their public school inferior to Quarry Lane. I would put my son at Quarry Lane no matter where we lived.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2006
Poor leadership results in high teacher turnover. School rules are rarely enforced.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2006
For K-5th, the education quality can measure up, but after that, the high teacher turnover doesn't invite much positive momemtum for a school.

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June 21, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
May 02, 2006
My child attended The Quarry Lane School from K-5 and we found the education to be adequate and equal to public school. Parent involvement is high yet it feels like you are making up for the lack of basics. Today, many of the students are those that just don't fit in the public schools. Save your money, get a better total experience for your child - go to the public schools in The Quarry Lane School area.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2006
Energetic, overly-qualified, intelligent and caring teachers. Responsive administration. Highly involved parents. Expanding, state-of-the-art facilities.

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March 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
Our son is in the pre-k program. Been very happy with the school. He had a tough time adjusting to going to school for the 1st time and they were very understanding and sensative to him. His writing skills have improved dramatically over the 1st 2 months and he just loves going to school. His teachers are great and he has been exposed to many different areas (music, art, computers, sign language, spanish, science, etc.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2005
Quarry Lane is an excellent school. We have four children (3 went through Public School) and our last is in Quarry Lane in Dublin. He went to public school for k-3 and was very bored, though he was in the gifted program. He is now challenged and he loves learning.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
Fantastic school! With current pressure on parents to be sure to give their child the best advantage in life, Quarry Lane School has assured that my child will be ready for kindergarten. Academic program, that allowed my child to develop at his own pace and fostered the social and emotional development. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
Excellent program and teachers. Take active interest in students.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
Overall quality of academic programs is average to public schools and in some areas considerably inferior. A very limited music program is available, but again less than public elementry schools in the area. Art is available and is at an average level. Parent participation is very high and one of the strong points of the school. Library is small and limited. Computers are available but are few and under utilized. Teacher turn over is high and indicates a severe lack of leadership and lack of true interest in the students. Revenue is the MOST important issue to the owner and administration. Bottom line... your child can receive an equal if not superior education from public schools in the Pleasanton and Danville area. The cost is in excess of $10,000 per year - one tip, Quarry Lane is in great need of students, so negoiate very strongly with the owner!

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2003
QLS has the most committed teachers. The school offers personal attention to your child - and really crafts an educational plan that is particular to your child. If you want to make one decision about where to send your child from infancy to high school, this is the right place.

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The Quarry Lane School is fully accredited by The National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA), The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and an IB World School and prides itself on its outstanding faculty and staff. Our teachers have excellent educational backgrounds and experience. They are dedicated to the needs of the students both academically and emotionally and bring valuable experience to our school. We enjoy working with parents and welcome their involvement.

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The Quarry Lane School
6363 Tassajara Road, Dublin, CA  94568
(925) 829-8000
Last modified The Quarry Lane School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
The Quarry Lane School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top