Who we are
Pear Tree Community School is a social justice-informed Montessori elementary school. In the 2018-2019 school year we will offer TK-4th grade (and are growing each year). Our students use projects to engage in design theory, to problem pose and problem solve. Students interact with hands-on materials to deepen critical thinking, literacy, and high level math skills. Through mixed-age classrooms students explore an intentional social emotional curriculum to help deepen relationships with themselves, peers, and the larger community.
Prospective families are invited to learn about our innovative curriculum, connected teacher model, and dynamic community of families. We would love the opportunity to meet you and see if we can fulfill your family's educational needs.
Information sessions take place from 10am-noon on the select Saturdays October through March. The dates for 2018-2019 are October 13, November 3, December 8, January 12, February 9th, and March 9th. Children are welcome. If you plan to attend please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that we know to expect you.
Private weekday tours are available by appointment.
Pear Tree Community School offers an array of enrichments.
Visual and Performing Arts
In small groups and individual pull outs, students are exposed to visual art, music classes, poetry writing, and theater classes & performances.
Sports and Physical Education
Pear Tree's physical education program supports children's development of small and large motor skills. We offer a variety of developmentally appropriate activities including soccer, martial arts, and dance.
Pear Tree's gardening program is connected to our botany and environmental study and is fully integrated into each classroom.
Our school prepares and serves healthy organic lunch and snacks for all students. Lunch is an integrated part of the curriculum. Students pick foods from our organic edible garden to prepare meals and share with classmates. Through this, students practice culinary skills, social graces and explore a variety of foods from different cultures.
Field trips are an important part of Pear Tree curriculum and are connected to areas of study in the classroom. In the 2015-2016 school year students visited the Egyptian Museum in San Jose, the Tech Museum in San Jose, the Oakland Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker, the Chabot Space and Science Center, the Botanical Gardens in Castro Valley, visited tide pools, the Aquarium, the Little Farm, and went on a weekend camping trip with classmates and their families.
Pear Tree Community School thrives with a loving and diverse community. There are many opportunities for family involvement. We have bimonthly parent and family trainings, field trip chaperones, enrichment volunteers, and membership in the PTA. Families are involved in our cultural studies and provide presentations, food tastings, and cultural artifacts for student exploration.
Interested families are encouraged to schedule an observation and tour. Applications are available following the observation. Student interviews are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. Students entering grades TK-1st are asked to participate in an assessment February 11-14. Students entering 2nd-5th grade will be assessed February 19-22.
Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year is $24,300, which includes fees for 8 weeks of summer camp. Morning and after care are available for an extra fee. Pear Tree uses a modified year-round schedule. Our summer session includes light academic mornings and otherwise resemble typical summer camps with weekly themes.
School Hours & Before and After School Programs
The school day begins at 9 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. Pear Tree offers before and after school care for an additional cost.
Admission Information: Admissions@peartreecs.com
Other Information: Michele Hamilton, Director of Academic Programs:
Info@peartreecs.com or (510) 915-1070