A Leader in CREATIVE Education SINCE 1925

Peninsula School

Our Mission

Peninsula School creates a space where children thrive and develop their full promise as confident contributors in the world. Here they learn about themselves and others, discovering their passions and growing intellectually in an inclusive community rich with choices, exploration, and play.

Core Values


Peninsula School's core values are long-standing, deeply held, grounded in the Progressive Education tradition, and put into practice daily throughout our community.


Authentic Interactions

Children learn to communicate honestly and directly and to make decisions conscientiously.



Children learn the value of personal connections and membership in a diverse community committed to local and global justice.



Children are individuals; their differences are recognized, appreciated and honored in the classroom and school community.


Freedom and Responsibility

Children learn best by experiencing daily opportunities for making important  choices and reflecting on the results.


Meaningful Academics

Children explore their world and develop strong critical thinking skills through a progressive teaching and learning program, with opportunities to discover,  problem solve, and meet challenges.



Children need ample time and space for safe, open-ended exploration in our richly varied environment.

Core Beliefs


Each child is a unique individual whose intellectual, social, emotional, creative and physical self must be honored and nurtured.


Time and space for making choices and for play are essential to children’s learning and development.


Relevant and effective curriculum must include hands-on learning grounded in the arts and the natural world.


Teachers need to have the freedom to develop excellent age-appropriate curriculum and to be authentic in their teaching styles.


Providing an equitable and supportive environment for a diverse population is essential to an excellent education.


We honor childhood, encouraging children to develop skills and mastery through age-appropriate, non-competitive, relationship-based learning.


The Peninsula School community supports the school’s mission by modeling our core values through interactions across all age groups, with the larger community, and the world.

"It is not a common school."
—7th grader (age 12)



Tel: 650-325-1584  •  info@peninsulaschool.org