Education – Private

Even with stellar public schools, private schools thrive in the community. Besides stellar standardized test scores, the 10 public and seven private schools in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills excel by many measures – resources, facilities, results and satisfaction.

One of the many reasons parents choose to send their children to private schools is the anticipated student teacher ratio. At Pinewood, classes start with about eight students in kindergarten, and grow to around 14 at other grades.

Overall, Los Altos attracts parents who focus on education. At the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, play is the foundation of elementary education. At the high school, the curriculum is interdisciplinary, focusing on moral reasoning and intellectual development.

Pinewood School

477 Fremont AvePinewood School
Los Altos CA 94022
Phone: (650) 949-5775

Founded in 1959, Pinewood is an independent, non-profit, coeducational college-prep school. Located 1/2 mile apart in Los Altos, the K-2 campus enrolls a maximum of 125 students; the campus for grades 3-6 enrolls 175 students. Approximately 300 students in grades 7-12 attend the upper campus, located in Los Altos Hills.

Los Altos Christian School

625 Magdalena AvenueLos Altos Christian
Los Altos, CA, 94024
Phone: (650)967-2783

Los Altos Christian Schools (LACS) integrates biblical teachings with a challenging academic environment. LACS students aspire toward Christ-like character through accepting personal responsibility while positively influencing the world around them. LACS provides a curriculum that encourages critical thinking and creative, effective skills application. LACS also seeks to partner with parents in providing a quality education grounded in Judeo-Christian values.

St. Simon Elementary School

1840 Grant RoadSt Simon
Los Altos, CA, 94024
Phone: (650) 968-9952

St. Simon Parish School is a Catholic, coeducational school enrolling approximately 550 students in kindergarten through eighth grade from Los Altos and the surrounding communities. The school is committed to educating the whole child in a student-centered atmosphere, which reflects the Gospel message and fosters each student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, aesthetic, and physical growth.

St. Nicholas Elementary School

12816 El Monte RoadSt Nicholas Elementary
Los Altos Hills, CA, 94022
Phone: (650) 941-4056

St. Nicholas School has been educating children for over fifty years in grades Kindergarten through eight. The school teaches a comprehensive academic program which promotes intellectual, social, spiritual, and emotional development. The school encourages Catholic stewardship, a spirit of community, outreach to those in need, and an appreciation of diversity.

Waldorf School Of The Peninsula

11311 Mora Drive
Los Altos, CA, 94024
Phone: (650) 948-8433

Waldorf School of the Peninsula envisions a comprehensive school with a strong early childhood program and lower school, a distinct and rich middle school, and an enriching, diverse and fully developed high school in a physical environment that supports and enriches its program and mission. The school community includes a comprehensive adult education program and cultural that serves the greater Silicon Valley community.

Miramonte School

1175 Altamead DriveMiramonte School
Los Altos, CA, 94024
Phone: (650)967-2783

Miramonte School was founded in 1920 and is owned and operated by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church’s educational system. The school offers Pre- Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The intimate campus allows teachers to get to know each child’s abilities and learning style. Faculty and staff maintain a tradition of encouraging and nurturing children to develop and perform at their highest potential.