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Redwood Day School

Private | K-8 | 355 students

RDS is known for our differentiated instruction and diverse, intimate community.

 

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted January 12, 2009

My daughter was at RDS for many years, but we pulled her out because they never really understood diversity. Although they pay lip service to it, and boast high numbers of people of color, most of those people don't stay at the school for long periods of time because they realize that the diverstiy is very superficial.


Posted August 28, 2008

We love this school! They really foster a child's individuality and the parents are great! Everyone seems to have the same goal that they want a well rounded kid and want to keep learning engaging and fun with out high pressure. There are weekly assemblies that every parent is welcome to attend and you can see how connected the school is from K-8. There is never any disappointment about getting the 'wrong' teacher because there are no 'wrong' teachers. The location is tucked away in a great space that is easy to get in and out of w/out lots of traffic. The administration really listens to the parents. Mike Riera (head of school) is amazing and is a very accessable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

We just finished our kindergarten year and I felt compelled to write about how wonderful my daughter's experience was. The school community is very active with almost all parents participating in some way. The kindergarten teaching team is amazing and my daughter learned so much. She had Spanish, art, music, PE, computer and gardening classes each week. The afterschool program offers lots of enrichment classes (for a fee). The Head of School is truly an amazing person who leads with his heart as well as his head. There are many great choices for private school in the East Bay and we feel so lucky to have found Redwood Day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2007

My children have been attending this school for the past three years and I am very happy with the school as well as my children's progress. It is a very small nit community and feels like a family learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2005

This school has a wonderful lower school art and middle school music program. There has been much transition in the last year. How it fares, time will tell...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

This school is wonderful! It has been through many changes this past year, most of which have been for the better. The new Head is very experienced and dedicated. He is backed by a qualified administative team and faculty. Starting in Kindergarten, students take Spanish, music, art, movement, and PE in addition to their normal classes. The academic program is rich and integrated. I have ben a very involved parent, but it seems that parents can choose their level of involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2005

The individual attention children get at Redwood Day School makes an enormous difference in bringing out each child's best. The school's administration and teachers are outstanding. We are delighted to be part of the diverse community, and we feel total confidence that our child will emerge from Redwood Day School both academically and socially prepared for her future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

I cannot say enough about the high quality of Redwood Day. The integrative curriculum is supurb, the plethora of specialists (art, music, spanish, computers, PE, etc) provides expertise in all area, and the commitment to social/emotional development as well as academic learning is innovative and well thought out. The kids are bright, active, decent and happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2003

Redwood Day offers a great education, wonderful enrichment, and a strong, diverse community. But above all, the children are seen as individual people with unique talents and a variety of learning styles. My child is *happy* in her school--nothing could be better than that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

An awesome curriculum, excellent teaching and support staff and a truly diverse community make RDS the ultimate choice for academic fortitude!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 56%
Two or more races 21%
Black 11%
Asian 10%
Hispanic 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • John Loeser, Head of School
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • High School Placement Counsel
  • Mentoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab

Extended Care (after school program)

About the program
  • We strive to provide the necessary balance between structure and free-play. We believe in modeling as a powerful teaching opportunity and look at after-school activities as a way for children to connect with and learn from adults with whom they identify.
Types of activities
  • Academic
  • Arts
  • Athletic
Operated by
  • Meredith Spencer
Days offered
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
Start time
  • 3:00 pm
End time
  • 6:00 pm
Is enrollment limited to students who attend the school?
  • Yes
What grades can participate?
  • K-8
Is there a fee for the program?
  • Yes
Is financial aid available?
  • No
How can parents find out more about fees?
  • Call
  • Visit website
Website
Phone number
  • 510-534-0800
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Floorball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Floorball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Diversity Club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
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
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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January 16, 2014

 
 
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What are your chances?


3 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
60
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
180

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$20000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
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3245 Sheffield Ave
Oakland, CA 94602
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Phone: (510) 534-0804

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