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The Quarry Lane School

Private | K-12 | 850 students

We are best known for accelerated curriculum.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $425,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,980.

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Posted March 25, 2014

Greatschools.org is a wonderful place to post a review about a school. I love checking out reviews myself. I know, however, when I am investigating even something as trivial as a new restaurant, to take each review with a grain of salt. It seems that most people who post a review either love or are really dissatisfied with the business they re reviewing. Few people feel compelled to comment when they simply have a satisfying and fulfilling experience. It s the extremes that give folks the urge to post, especially on a website that protects their anonymity. We want everyone to have a fantastic experience at our school and are proud of our commitment to meeting the emotional and educational needs of our students to encourage further social and academic exploration. If a student or parent doesn t have the experience he or she expected we want to make it better, but we can only do so if you take advantage of our open dialogue and let us know. We realize that Quarry Lane isn t for everyone and that families have other choices. We are, however, just right for our 850 families who continue to re-enroll year after year. Additionally, we ve gotten great accolades from Bay Area Parent Magazine readers who voted our School the Best in the East Bay for several consecutive years. This magazine has a readership of over 130,000 in the East Bay and almost 8,000 ballots are completed for the Best of Bay Edition. Please visit our website at www.quarrylane.org and see the news feed that has an updated list of where our students have been accepted to college, a great measure of success. Feel free to contact me any time for any questions you might have. Casey Johnston, Director of Admissions, The Quarry Lane School, cjohnston@quarrylane.org.

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted September 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted March 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 6, 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


Posted July 14, 2006

Poor leadership results in high teacher turnover. School rules are rarely enforced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 2, 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


Posted April 4, 2006

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


Posted December 7, 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


Posted November 2, 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 40% 11%
White 40% 26%
Black 10% 6%
Hispanic 10% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 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 The Quarry Lane Preschool
Colleges most students attend after graduation Harvard
Columbia
Stanford
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Italian
Korean
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Best of the Best by Bay Area Parents Magazine (2011)
  • Best of the Best by Bay Area Parents Magazine (2012)
  • Best of the Best by Bay Area Parents Magazine (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Honors Society (2013)
  • California Scholarship Federation (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Dance club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Sabri Arac
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NIPSA
Fax number
  • (925) 846-9495

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Futsal
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Futsal
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Model congress
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
More from this school
  • 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.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically come from these schools
The Quarry Lane Preschool

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Harvard
Columbia
Stanford
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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6363 Tassajara Road
Dublin, CA 94568
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Phone: (925) 829-8000

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