Who we are
The Pear Tree Community School is a social justice-informed Montessori elementary school. 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 ages classrooms students explore an intentional social emotional curriculum to help deepen relationships with themselves, peers, and the larger community.
Please join us Saturday February 4th 10AM-12PM for an information session and tour. Unable to make it? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for application materials and to schedule a weekday tour.
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 a parent sponsored weekly community breakfast, 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.
Pear Tree Community School is a year round school. Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $21,600. Tuition assistance is available and is based on need.
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.
Michele Hamilton, Director of Academic Programs