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This is such a hidden gem! It's faculty and staff are committed to promoting a student/teacher/caregiver community and strives to educate the whole child. Lots of individualized attention to the needs of every student (intellectually and emotionally).
April 10, 2016

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Northern Light School
Grateful to: no rating

Posted April 10, 2016
- a school leader
Our generous donors and stakeholders! We are blessed to have a wealth of emotionally and financially donors and stakeholders who contribute to our school's success.

Northern Light School
Teacher effectiveness: no rating

Posted April 10, 2016
- a school leader
Opportunities for professional development outside of the school; colleague mentoring and peer review; again, the collaborative teacher run model provides for ample opportunities for effective teacher development, sharing effective strategies, problem solving, and alignment of expectations.


Northern Light School
Amount of homework: no rating

Posted April 10, 2016
- a school leader
2 hours in Middle School. There is a need for re-practicing the day's lessons for muscle/mind memory. In lower school grades, it is grade/age level appropriate and designed with a specific skill (not just busy work).

Northern Light School
Develops grit: no rating

Posted April 10, 2016
- a school leader
Again, and emphasis is placed on Muhammid Ali's quote about 'Nothing is impossible' and there's an 'Im possible' in the word 'impossible'. It encourages a sense of persistence and provides motivation.

Northern Light School
Develops respect: no rating

Posted April 10, 2016
- a school leader
All students are expected to respect their peers, teachers, administrators and caregivers. This is modeled through the daily behavior of the teachers/faculty and also with them sharing how the democratic process works in a school. Kids understand the need for respect ( and the respect for disagreement-when manifested in a respectful and meaningful way.


Northern Light School
Develops empathy: no rating

Posted April 10, 2016
- a school leader
There are core values which are emphasized throughout the year and teachers vote on students who have exemplified those values. The 'Student of the Month' is a highly regarded nomination and isn't given lightly. It encourages integrity, compassion, empathy, leadership, etc. The student is recognized and students, faculty, and

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Develops honesty: no rating

Posted April 10, 2016
- a school leader
They have a morning circle that is across grades and is a time to honor exceptional students, reflect on values, and encourage the peer mentoring between grades. They also bring in speakers who have impactful stories. Discipline is handled in a way that is restorative rather than punitive and builds emotional intelligence.

Northern Light School
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Posted April 10, 2016
- a school leader
This is such a hidden gem! It's faculty and staff are committed to promoting a student/teacher/caregiver community and strives to educate the whole child. Lots of individualized attention to the needs of every student (intellectually and emotionally).


Northern Light School 4

Posted March 03, 2015
- a parent
My daughter has been a student since pre-K. She's an eighth grader now and has loved the experience. The learning, faculty, and community is top notch!

Northern Light School 4

Posted June 30, 2014
- a parent
My children are and have attended a wonderful school called The Northern Light School, serving families from pre-school, to 8th grade. The eldest of my three just graduated and thanks to NLS, he's on his way in September to attending one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country, and oh yeah, on a full scholarship, valued at over $57,000.00 annually. NLS has partnered with me and my family to prepare my son academically, emotionally, socially, to embark on a path that will undoubtedly lead to success in college and beyond. All my children have become aware of the need to actively help others in the community, as well as around the world. The class sizes are small and the staff is nurturing, young, energetic and caring. Nonetheless, the children are encouraged to pursue their dreams and strongly believe in the concept, "Impossible is Nonething." I feel my children are not only developing educationally, but also emotionally and socially. The life skills they have learn will continue to enhance their well being as they approach adulthood . If you're familiar with the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child," then you will embrace the philosophy of The NLS.

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Northern Light School
3710 Dorisa Avenue, Oakland, CA  94605
Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. (510) 957-0570
Last modified Northern Light School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
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