Peninsula School is a parent and staff-owned school for 252 children, aged 3 to 14 years, located in Menlo Park, California. Peninsula offers a non-competitive, non-authoritarian learning environment. As well as addressing the acquisition of academic skills, there is a strong emphasis on the arts. Hands-on experiential learning, conflict resolution, choice options, and social and emotional growth are the foundation for learning in the school.
Children are grouped in multi-age classes, typically with 16–21 children in a group. A teacher is expected to create an intimate, open and safe atmosphere which nurtures friendship, consideration and directness. Initiative, responsibility and a healthy respect for children characterize the teaching staff. The school is informal and relaxed. Play is considered to be one of the most important sources of learning.
Peninsula School does not discriminate in enrollment of students or hiring of staff on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, political belief, sexual orientation or marital status.