"We are best known for international academic standards and bilingual programs."
Students enrolled 217
Hours 8:30am - 3:00pm
School leader Mr. Jon Fulk
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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410 Alcatraz Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

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4 stars
Based on 29 ratings

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December 16, 2013
I have a 5th grader at EBI, entering in to 6th grade next year. Many have written about EBI's warmth, culture, and community which are all from my experience very unique. My son has flourished in the reflective and thoughtful environment. But even more fundamental is that I am struck, weekly if not daily, at how amazing the International Baccalaureate program is from a learning perspective. The way he is learning, both language, arts and math/science, is so much deeper than I experienced as a child. The level of reasoning, confidence, presentation and problem solving skills, etc shown by his fellow fifth graders is truly impressive. Having been at EBI for many years, it feels like the "start up" days are largely over. We have had excellent teachers for multiple years in a row, and will be moving into the middle school program next year with outstanding, experienced teachers in place. Combined with the incredible culture of families and values, great leadership/support/communication from the head of school, and the tri-lingual instruction its just better than I ever imagined for my child. (Wish I could go back in time and go through the program myself!)

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
We've have children at this school and find it outstanding. All 3 of our kids (with very different personalities) have thrived.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2012
At EBI we have found everything that we would hope for in a school. We were first drawn to EBI for the Spanish immersion. It had been a deeply held priority that our children be fluent in Spanish and English. Then, as we learned more about the IB program- its scope, sequence, and style, we found that the IB approach resonated just as deeply as the Spanish immersion. The program is well-thought out, thorough, and educationally spot-on. The teachers have been incredible, so warm and enthusiastic, knowledgeable and kind. It has truly been a pleasure to become part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2012
We chose EBI not only for its bilingual program but also for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. IB requires that the school invests in ongoing teacher development, and it clearly shows in the innovative teaching and learning methods applied. In 1st grade last year, my son's class project included building a 3-d model of a city as a way to learn about his community. One of his 2nd grade project this year entails re-designing the playground it in a way to accommodate different needs. He's applying math, writing, and science to perform skills such as polling, research, measurement, spatial understanding and presentation. Wish I could go back to school!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
Our current 3rd grader transferred to EBI in the middle of Kindergarten. His teacher and the Head of School set up weekly meetings with us to make sure the transition was going smoothly and that my son was being adequately supported in the classroom. Not only did my son fall in love with the school, as did we, he picked up the spanish and couldn't wait to get up and go to school in the mornings. Now our daughter is in K at EBI and they are both engaged, challenged and developing a love of learning. We love the IB curriculum (which is successful world wide), the languages (Spanish and Mandarin) and the warm and loving community of parents and teachers at EBI.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2012
The environment at EBI is truly exceptional. Don't believe me? Talk to the students. They are extraordinarily engaged, polite, funny and they have an individualism that shines. Rather than homogenizing the children, the IB program teaches kids, to celebrate their differences. The fact that at age 9 my daughter is fluent and comfortable in two languages, and learning a third (Mandarin) is a fantastic bonus.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2012
After a couple of years at EBI, we moved our child to another independent school. While we were very excited about the program to start, we found it is just not ready for prime-time. The plusses: spanish immersion is great and some (but not all) teachers are warm. However, the academics are uneven though generally subpar; communication from school / teachers is mediocre. The school is stretching to expand with two campuses and without the solid foundation / experience / underpinnings (and increasing turn over). Different methods / policies are still in the works. Staff and teachers are not all on the same page as to how to "live" the vision and there appears to be core competence issues with some key staff members. The aspirations are laudable, the execution is not there YET. If language immersion is your top priority, and you are open to being part of a start-up, with the growing aches and pains, lack of attention to the whole child, and have the time to do a little home-schooling to make up for academic deficiencies, then I would say go for it. Mostly, I think this is a good pre-school and kindergarten program, but be cautious with higher grades.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
Our son just started at EBI this fall, in kindergarden. He entered with no Spanish background and we do not speak it at home (he is already picking it up; Spanish words are creeping into his speech.) This school is incredible. The teachers are loving and exceptionally talented, the school administration couldn't be better, and the parent community is welcoming, friendly and energetic. We also are very happy with the IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum -- if you are unfamiliar with it take a bit of time to learn its approach to education; in my view it seems tailored to prepare our kids for the future that awaits them -- with an economy and culture that is going to be complex, diverse, rapidly changing, and global. Last -- check out some of the recent articles on the benefits of bilingual education for the development of children's brains and critical thinking skills specifically when you have a chance -- that alone should get lots of parents seriously interested in EBI, but there is so much more to appreciate -- in the East Bay this school is one of a kind.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2012
We have been at the school since it opened six year ago and it is everything we dreamed of in a school: Deep bilingual experience (from the front desk to P.E. to music and everything in between), an incredible international curriculum that is inquiry-based and organized by projects / themes. The school has a big music focus with an incredible curriculum in this area: students play in ensembles as early as first grade, and are improvising at their concerts by 5th grade. But perhaps most importantly, on top of great academics and holistic learning, the curriculum stresses postivie character traits, and is structured around strong interpersonal interactions.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
For the past two years, EBI has been a second home for our kids. The first-rate staff hail from all over the globe, providing a truly international perspective. A close-knit community of parents are deeply involved in every aspect of the school's development. Under the leadership of a dedicated director, the school is on the cusp of receiving a coveted authorization from the International Baccalaureate to teach the Primary Years Program, an amazing achievement. We feel extremely lucky to have been a part of the EBI community.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
When my kids leave EBI, they will be ready for the world...and to help the world. They will be able to identify problems and opportunities in places beyond their backyards, have to the tools to take on the challenge or take on the opportunity, and will be motivated to do so.

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April 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
EBI is a wonderful school full of strong parent support and fantastic school leadership. The school has come so far in such a short time. Now there is a library, a Mandarin program, in addition to Spanish. The music and arts programs are amazing, as all are the performances put on by the student body. I am proud to be a part of the EBI community.

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no rating November 04, 2009
EBI has what is, in my opinion, the most important thing in a school: dedicated and committed teachers and staff.

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no rating November 02, 2009
The staff are very caring and loving. The head of the school makes sure he knows each and every student personally. The staff stands in front of the school every morning and after school to say good bye to the children. Some even gives hugs. The children love this closeness.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
EBI is an amazing school. They approaching learning from a global perspective, teaching children to consider themselves citizens of the world. Diversity is embraced and every child is welcome and celebrated. The teachers and faculty truly care about my childrens' emotional well-being as much as they care about their intellectual, creative and social development. My children are developing a wonderful sense of community and watching my children grow and learn under the care of EBI is a joy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
EBI's community, teachers and PYP curriculum make it unique and wonderful! We love the international emphasis, multilingualism and energetic, interesting and interested community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2009
This school is an addiction to my 5 year old in her third year. She is always bringing home some new song or project she has worked on. The staff gives regular updates to their progress and what is going on in the school. We had an opportunity to enroll her into a Berkeley public Spanish bilingual program, but couldn't imagine her anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
EBI is truly an amazing institution and community. We have two children at EBI, one in second grade and one in the preschool. We don't speak any Spanish at home, but our second grader is reading and writing Spanish and English and just started Mandarin! EBI is implementing the International Baccalaureate Program, which is just about everything a parent could want from an educational program (addresses whole child, emphasis on global citizenship, etc.). The community at EBI is fantastic as well - over 50 percent of the families are of color or mixed heritage.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
I love EBI b/c the school truly reflects the values we want to see our children and our community embrace in thought and action! The kids who go to EBI are becoming living examples of critical thinkers and global citizens. They are multi-lingual, culturally competent lovers of the earth who are developing a firm understanding of how their actions and ideas can impact, for better or worse, our common humanity. They are caring, thoughful problem solvers who are learning how to think for themselves. I could not be more proud of all that EBI and its dedicated faculty, families, staff and students have accomplished in a few short years. The success of this school is a testimony to the power or being the change you want to see in the world.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
In addition to providing both a loving and stimulating environment, EBI is committed to helping develop kids who are truly thinkers, risk takers, confident, respectful, compassionate...all the things we should all be when we're at our best. I know my child will not only be bilingual and biliterate but will, through his experience at this school, be able to identify a problem or situation that needs changing anywhere here or abroad....be motivated to do something...and have the skills to follow through. Bottom line: this school creates children who care, who can, and who will. What more could we want for our children and the future leaders of this world?

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
Teachers & staff really care. Superb international environment & Attitude from both the school & the parents. Great learning place

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
EBI is an amazing place to learn and thrive. The curriculum is trans-disciplinary and inquiry-based. What that means is that students fully explore a concept (not just facts) across all subject areas so that they have a deep knowledge of it. But it doesn't end there because it is not enough to know about a concept; students learn that they have a responsibility to do something with their knowledge. They have to take action in some way. This, coupled with the international perspective and 3 languages (Spanish/English immersion and conversational Mandarin beginning in 3rd grade) makes me believe my child and her classmates truly are our future leaders.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
EBI fosters inquisitive, life-long learners -- engaged thinkers and problem-solvers -- compassionate citizens who care about their local and global communities. The teachers and staff are as passionate about this as the children and their parents. And they're doing this in two languages!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Fabulous teachers, great curriculum, tight community of parents and staff, all in a world cultural contect...love it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
The teachers are very caring and supportive and work with you to develop an individual plan for your child based on how they learn best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Fantastic implementation of IB PYP program and my son is fully bilingual!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
My daughter loves waking up very morning to go to school. She loves learning new words and concepts in Spanish. The teachers are amazing and treat the children as their own. The children are engaged, enlightened, and learning not only about their community but about the world as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
My sons are fluent in Spanish, happy, engaged, cared for, encouraged, challenged, and hugged. What more could a parent want?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
My son is fluent in spanish conversation...He is reading a writing the teachers are excellent with the children...

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
My kids are truly happy at EBI, which is the main reason I love this school. They are engaged, challenged, enlightened, nurtured and loved by the staff. Diversity is not only seen among the students, but is cherished, sought after and lifted up in the curriculum. Students at EBI are learning to be global citizens starting in the preschool classrooms, where they learn respect, patience, and kindness as they enjoy music, art and pretend play. Where else can you find that?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
My daughter started in pre k and is now in kindergarten she loves it the staff is amazing nurturing of the kids social and emotional as well as their educational needs. The parent involvement is very high so its easy to get to know everyone and we're able to offer really great enrichment programs. It's truly a gem of a school and we feel fortunate to there.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2008
EBI's situation is still green, but the amazing teachers, the great parent participation and the fact that they are bringing a new head of school with an International resume promises a brighter future. Vamos EBI!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2008
EBI is a new school with associated challenges. We need flexible parents at the moment. We faced some tough realities this year. The generous financial aid and low tuitions made it extremely difficult to offer compensation packages that were competitive enough to attract and retain the numbers of quality bilingual teachers we needed this year. Chronic staffing shortages led to a lot of instability. The board has made some hard decisions, raising tuition and discontinuing the half day program to address this issue for next year. The strength and energy of the overall school community has largely sheltered my child from the problems and I truly believe this school will soon be one of the best schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
Both of our daughters go to EBI and they love it! We have been very happy with the teachers, the curriculum, the Spanish immersion program, the music program and the staff. It is a great community of parents and is more diverse than any other independent school we looked at in the area. It is an international community and the teachers represent 11 countries! It is a new school and like all new schools has had some bumps in the road. But it has a dedicated board, parents and staff and will surely become one of the best schools around.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
My son has been at EBI for two years. He entered speaking no Spanish (we are, unfortunately, an English-only family), and he is, at this point, nearly as fluent in Spanish as he is in English. Along the way, we have encountered truly dedicated and amazing teachers, who are excited about the opportunity to teach in their native language and to share their culture with the students. Similarly, the parent community is nothing short of amazing. I think I saw a statistic the other day that 55% of the kids are from families of color or mixed heritage. Additionally, there are many non-traditional (single parent, two mom, etc.) families. EBI is definitely at the beginning of a journey. But the trip so far has been very rewarding for our family.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
I see a great disparity between the school's vision and its execution.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
EBI is a wonderful school. My son has been in the pre-k program since the doors opened last year. He loves it. His teachers are warm and bright and his classroom activities are age-appropriate and stimulating. The school community (which is very diverse, racially, culturally and socio-economically) is strong, and there is significant family involvement. People are genuinely excited about being there. Oh, and of course the language -- my son spoke only English when he started, and it is gratifying to hear him now chattering away with his teachers and friends in Spanish. Yes, there have been bumps in the road, but really, far less than I anticipated from a brand new school. In my experience, teachers and administrators are very committed to the school, and responsive to the needs/concerns of parents and children. I feel lucky to be a part of EBI.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2007
Unfortunately I have to echo the concern of the parents who say they love the vision but seriously worry about execution.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2007
I have two children at EBI. Both have attended since its doors opened. They love it! Therefore so do I. Parental involvement is one of EBI's strengths (as it is for most great schools). My children actually speak/understand Spanish now (not their primary language). The teaching philosophy (International Baccalaureate Organization/Primary Years Program) is inspired and internationally recognized. My eldest child is the kindergarten program which seems quite strong. I am very excited about EBI's future.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2007
We love Escuela Bilingue's vision, we have been a little less excited about its execution of this vision. Its a new school so it can only improve but be ready to get involved as they really need parent support and involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2006
We chose EBI for Spanish immersion and because it will continue through 8th grade, so our son will become truly (academically and socially) bilingual. We are very pleased with the high quality of teaching, the curriculum, the diversity, warmth, facilities and parent participation at EBI. Our son loves his school!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
High-quality Spanish-English immersion schools with openings are hard to come by in East Bay. I was thrilled when EBI opened its doors this year and was not surprised by the demand: Parents immediately volunteered to prepare the building for opening day. The school opened with 80 children enrolled in pre-K and kindergarten. The curriculum is structured and play-based and taught by native speakers of Spanish. The teachers are highly-educated: my son's preschool teacher, who is from Mexico, has a Master's degree in education and 20 years of teaching experience. The student to teacher ratio is 6 to 1, which allows for one-on-one interaction. There is an afterschool program and extracurricular activities: karate, flamenco dancing, Spanish classes, ceramics and more.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
Escuela Biling e Internacional is a new bilingual independent school. My child has just started in the kindergarten class. She is very happy there. They offer a Spanish immersion curriculum and have specialists in English, Music and Art. The school has a very dedicated parent group and excellent teachers and leadership.

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Escuela Biling?E Internacional
410 Alcatraz Avenue, Oakland, CA  94609
(510) 653-3324
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Escuela Biling?E Internacional Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top