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El Cerrito, CA
Students enrolled: 470
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960 Avis Dr
El Cerrito, CA 94530

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(510) 528-5800
(510) 232-7615
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March 13, 2015
Everyday I am thankful we found Prospect Sierra! My child s classroom is bright, spacious, well designed and well stocked. The walls are covered with vibrant child-centered art, creative learning tools and diverse family photos. My child doesn t sit at a desk, but instead goes from center to center exploring foundational concepts in reading, writing and math in an integrated highly creative way. My child gets to attend art, music, library, PE, Spanish and science lab every week. Individual attention and differentiated learning are the norm. The teachers are professional, happy, supported, collaborative and accessible. There is a low student/teacher ratio. The school has a well-developed, fully integrated K-8 social emotional learning (SEL) program. Snack and lunch are eaten outside at picnic tables in spacious age appropriate play yards. There are numerous volunteer opportunities and coffees to engage and build community with the parents, administration and teachers. This school lives and breaths their tag line, Heart, Mind, Community . The children at Prospect Sierra are given an environment that fosters the love of learning which will last a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
When I was looking for a school for my children, I wanted a school that would foster a lifelong love of learning. I wanted a place where my children would be safe and comfortable and learn in a way that was suitable to their unique personalities. I toured many schools, both private and public, and narrowed down and applied to 3 schools. We were fortunate to have been accepted in all 3 but in the end decided that Prospect Sierra was the right fit for our family and children. We were very impressed by the warm and welcoming atmosphere. The teachers and staff were very dedicated and they all seem to love the children and were willing to meet the kids at their level. We felt a very sincere sense of community and openness from the parents, who were all very happy to volunteer and actively participate in their children s education. Now that we are Prospect Sierra parents, we can honestly say that this is definitely true. The parents and families love Prospect Sierra and the kids love Prospect Sierra!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
A middle school that works to help students become thoughtful and creative citizens who think globally and independently? This is it! Our son is thriving here. He loves everything about the school and so do we. The academics are stellar and so are the arts and music programs, Dedicated teachers who love their jobs and have the support and autonomy to build classes and assignments with contextual meaning, independent and collaborative problem solving, and cutting edge technology make this place very dynamic for learning. In our experience Prospect Sierra delivers everything they promise and the children are incredible there. Also the place scores pretty well on a culturally, racially, and economically diverse community; definitely worth visiting and seeing if it's right for your child.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
We are an African American Family - our son attends Prospect Sierra and is a 7th grader. He was immediately welcomed into the school community. His transition went extremely well and has made some really good friends.The strong sense of community is driven by the Head of School (Katherine) and Head of Middle School (Heather) - Great and effective leaders! I like the collaborative, supportive and warm feel we get from Admission,Business Office and Admin. Support Staff; The faculty is a strong collective of committed and talented educators. They also effectively communicate to parents on their child s progress. The essential academic program is strong; effectively prepares students for the skills they will need for high school. The Arts, Drama, Music and Sports programs are all also very good! The class diversity numbers at the school (in terms of students of color) is not where they would like it to be The new Director of Admissions and Director of Diversity and Inclusion are committed to having a diverse and inclusive environment. I would urge all families (especially families of color) to strongly look at and consider Prospect Sierra Middle School for their child!!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
I found this school to be extremely unwelcoming of my child, who did not quite fit the mold. The facilities are very nice, but that's about it.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2013
This school has had so many problems for me, but maybe because I am personally not an "excellent" student. I mean if your child has extraordinary talents and enjoys school then they will love prospect sierra, but one thing that I do have to say is that the arts program is amazing. I would not recommend this to an average student like myself.

- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2013
This school was great in k-5. 6-8 the school starts to fall apart. i guess it's because the students start to not care. the teachers really try their best, but they think they know the students when they don't. I discribe PS school as a pink bubbly box in a very dark society. They dont do a good job in prepping the students to endure the harsh enviroment in the outside world. This is my rating for each of the subjects (out of 5) Science: 3 Humanities: 4.2 Math: 2.5 World language (Spanish): 3.5 P.E: 4.5 Art: 4 Music:4 Drama: 4

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2011
I have never imagined that there existed an ideal school, however for our family Prospect Sierra continues to provide our children a wonderful education. The school's leadership across the board is talented, inspiring, and compassionate. The curriculum is challenging and thoughtful for its spiraling effect from the lower grades to eighth. We have built a relationship of trust with the school that continues to grow. We remain confident that regardless the issue this program is focused on the best outcome for our children. Fiat Lux!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
Our daughter recently entered Kindergarten at Prospect Sierra. In our experience to date , they offer top notch education combined with helping children develop into socially empathetic and literate individuals. The administration, teachers and staff are top-notch and you feel that you are investing in the future of not only your own child but of a healthy society.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
We thank our "lucky stars" to be able to send our children there. In our minds, it offers an amazing education while developing the WHOLE child. We could not be happier with Prospect Sierra School.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2010
I graduated this year from PS and i had a wonderful time while it lasted! The teachers were so caring and dedicated to getting us to our full potential. I remember transferring in 6th and everyone was very easy to get along with. And i made the best of friends. Homework isn't excessive if you manage you time well. I think service learning is well incorporated in to this school, you'd think it be boring but actually is great. It helps you bond with teachers and classmates. I would recommend this school to any kid. i loved this school. sadly its on to high school

- submitted by a community member
March 01, 2010
Prospect Sierra is run with a great deal of thought and care, from the top down. The teachers are seasoned, enthusiastic and dedicated. Our two sons have been very engaged by the environment here: we couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2010
We continue to be impressed by the overall thoughtfulness of the school. Every decision seems to be made in such thoughtful manner. We really appreciate the schools' attention to the whole child - the motto of 'heart, mind, community' is not just lip service and is integrated into our child's day in so many creative and innovative ways.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
The teachers at Prospect Sierra are excellent. Not only are they warm, and caring, but also they are in tune with each student's learning needs. They catch academic and social difficulties early on, and suggest practical and workable solutions. They focus on what I see as life skills - organization, planning, time management, problem solving, service learning, and teamwork.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2010
The thing that sets Prospect Sierra apart is its inspired teaching. Grade after grade, year after year, on a whole, our two children have a stimulating, tailored and varied teaching experience. The teaching is really the background to great programs at Prospect Sierra. On top of that, great parent community and kids who are really interested in learning --as well as being 'just kids.'

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 17, 2010
Prospect Sierra School is a great shool,it has the best teachers, perfect class size, and a big campus.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
I have worked at many Bay Area independent and public schools and I have always found my way back to teaching at Prospect Sierra. I love working here.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 05, 2009
Prospect Sierra is the best priveate school you can go to! I love love love this school!!!!

- submitted by a student
February 13, 2009
I love Prospect Sierra and all the kids in it. I have tons of friends and its just so amazing. Its the best school you can go to.

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2008
As a parent, I love Prospect Sierra. It is both academically challenging and socially stimulating for the kids. My daughter is currently in Kindergarten at PS and couldn't be having a better year. They make the transition from pre-school into Kindergarten seem effortless. The school has exceeded my expectations on every front. My child is thriving academically, making wonderful friends, and loves learning and going to school. The sense of community amongst the parents is very strong. Yes, there are many affluent families who attend, but I am not one of them, and I have to say that I have not once gotten a whiff of snobbery from anyone.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2007
Dec. 2007: We have two children at Prospect Sierra, a girl (3rd grade) and a boy (1st grade). They are very different, but both happy and thriving at Prospect Sierra. The school has met and exceeded all of our expectations. Our kids take the bus to school and have made good use of the AfterSchool and Enrichment Programs, which are outstanding. The art and science at the elementary school campus has been thrilling and exciting for them. Both Jen (art) and Phil (science) inspire our kids. The teachers are hardworking and dedicated to each child, and to working each each at his or her level. Our kids have had different teachers and all have been excellent. The kids are doing very well at reading and math. Of course, there is the development of a sense of community service, which is important to many of us who live in the East Bay.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2007
Prospect Sierra is an excellent school for K-8 graders academically. The teachers are dedicated and the curriculum is broad based (including an emphasis on community involvement and respect for self and others). As another poster comments, there is a fair amount of homework, but my two boys have not had any problem keeping up. They have made several very good friends at the school and the parent's seem to be of a like mind (focused on education and a positive learning environment). The school is fairly expensive (though not more so than other Independen Schools I would imagine) and appears to be attended by primarily upper middle class families. There is a bit of a snob mentality by the parents, but the children don't seem to notice. Also, there could be a bit more diversity. The ethnic make-up appears to be predominantly caucasian.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
Prospect Sierra's strongest assets are its teachers, who are talented and dedicated; however, I don't approve of the excessive amounts of homework that students are often asked to do. My child has made many friends at Prospect Sierra, but says he misses the diversity of the Berkeley Public Schools and finds PS 'preppy.' Nonetheless, he will be well prepared to meet the demands of a challenging high school program, which is very important to our family for his long-term success and happiness.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2006
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May 08, 2006
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April 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
Excellent school with low teacher/child ratio (I believe it's 12 to l in the lower grades). Teach not only academics, but community and social skills as well. Emphasis on respecting self and others. Students take music, science, art, p.e., and weekly library time. Parents are very involved. A 'classroom parent' (volunteer) organizes time that other parents participate both in and out of the classroom. I would love to send my daughter here. (former teacher's asst)

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2004
each class has a head teacher and an assistant teacher. Usually the assistant teacher leaves in a year. This is good school if your child is above average in class and has the ability to have parents help with large amount of homework. There is no help for children who are average or have need for remedial help.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2004
Both of my children have gone K-8 at Prospect Sierra. (Originally Sierra) It is a wonderful, creative and safe school. All of my sons teachers have been very helpful with his ADD. The school has made huge improvements in working with learning differences. I am very glad my children went there.

- submitted by a parent

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Prospect Sierra School
960 Avis Dr, El Cerrito, CA  94530
(510) 528-5800
Last modified Prospect Sierra School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Prospect Sierra School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top