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Suggestion for a Pre K in Sunnyvale, San Jose, Mountain view or Palo Alto


Ananyabhasin January 8, 2013

Hi all,
I have a four and half year old that is currently attending Appleseed Montessori. He is not really happy in this school. He's also been to challenger which is all about academic. we are looking for a well rounded school. We are debating whether to send him in Stratford or Carden Day School. Does anyone have any experience with both schools? I appreciate any suggestions.

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SteveHarmon January 9, 2013

Stratford is similar to Challenger in that it is a for profit private school. Found a good but older review at:

Carden has 2 schools - Sunyvale and Santa Clara. It is a collection of schools based off Mae Carden's teachings.

The good thing is that there are a lot of good PreK schools in Silicon Valley. If you are wanting to keep your kid in private school for K-8 then choosing a PreK program at the same school makes sense for getting in.

Almaden Country is only a few miles from Appleseed Montessori, but it can be pricey.

If you're thinking of Catholic highschools you may want to choose one of their PreK-8 schools. St Leo and St Lucy run good PreK programs and have good acceptance rates at Bellarmine, Mitty, etc.


daragon January 31, 2013


I had my two boys enrolled at Carden Day School and it's all about academic there as well. You may want to check out Sage Vista School ( - located in San Jose).

My boys have been at Sage Vista for two years now and it has been a great place for them. The school provides a dynamic and exciting curriculum that is integrated across the subjects. They focus the materials to meet the individual needs of each students allowing unique talents and personal creativity to be celebrated and practiced. The school combines rigorous academics with social-emotional curriculum to help these bright children become well-rounded, and compassionate citizens.

Also, the school offers Art, Music and Drama, Spanish and P.E. providing a truly exceptional program overall. SVS also offers enrichment for parents and the community through free seminars each month and family activities. Sage Vista is a really wonderful experience for the whole family.


ixthya February 11, 2013

I do not know if already found a PreK. my daughter goes to a small preschool named Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran School in San jose.. They have 9 kids with two teachers... no aids.. they are so caring and my child loves it..just in case that you are looking..


user5444263 February 9, 2014

Come and take a tour at Circle Time in San Jose... You can call the center at 408-538-0200 for tour times...

Your child will have a blast there!


user5549373 May 9, 2014

when my daughter was about to attend a Pre school, I contacted 40+ such schools, visited 16 schools and sat in the class with the children, spent totally 2 months. The final best one was: Happydays in Cupertino. Believe me, it's the best. The reasons: happy and nice teachers and Principal, 1:8 teacher/student ratio, bathroom inside the classroom, semi-indoor playground - a special design to avoid sun-burn, fresh on-site cooked hot lunch.... everyday, no matter how early I went there to pick up my daughter, she kept playing there, till the last one, the Principal was going home, had to chase her out to lock the school....

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