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Halstrom Academy - Walnut Creek

Halstrom Academy - Walnut Creek is a coeducational private school for students in grades 6 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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For students who struggle in the traditional classroom, Halstrom Academy’s personalized one-to-one approach to teaching and flexible scheduling options helps students in grades 6-12 succeed in school. Students with ADHD, Dyslexia, or social anxiety, or students with special scheduling needs such as athletes and artists, welcome Halstrom as an alternative to the traditional school model. Since 1985, Halstrom Academy has helped more than 16,000 students achieve educational success with the 1:1 instruction model it pioneered. Dr. Karen Bishop, who founded Halstrom Academy (formerly Futures High School), envisioned a private middle school and high school that was committed to fostering academic growth and success for all attending students by providing individualized instruction on a one teacher to one student basis. Because optimum learning occurs when the learner actively participates in the process, instruction at Halstrom focuses on the student's skills, interests, needs, and learning pace.

At Halstrom, students and instructors work together to set learning expectations and personalized goals, developing mutual respect for one another. In many cases, Halstrom instructors develop mentoring relationships with their students. Students quickly learn to take pride and responsibility in the learning process. The self-discipline required to work independently transfers successfully to college and a wide range of careers. Halstrom offers open enrollment for full-time students, as well as part-time students who want to remediate or accelerate their traditional school curriculum. Halstrom offers more than 150 college prep and 18 AP courses, as well as a variety of social activities and clubs. At Halstrom, you will find a school that fits your needs. Halstrom is WASC accredited, UC/CSU certified and NCAA approved.


Teachers and staff at Halstrom Academy work closely with students to help them attain their academic goals and achieve their personal dreams. Higher education is envisioned by most of our students, and we want to prepare them for the best colleges and universities they can attend. Like other private middle and high schools, Halstrom Academy is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Each student can choose from nearly two dozen advanced placement (AP) courses, nearly a hundred UC/CSU approved courses and NCAA certified courses in science, English, fine arts, foreign language, math, computer science, personal development, health and social science taught by expert teachers. Hands-on instruction is critical at Halstrom. For example, our fully equipped science laboratory is designed to conduct both wet and dry labs so students can get involved and experiment.

Mission Statement

Since 1985, Halstrom Academy has positively impacted the lives and futures of over 16,000 students through our one-to-one teaching approach. Halstrom’s mission and vision is to continue to grow and support our students academically and remain California’s premier choice for a non-traditional private middle and high school, with one-to-one instruction and a customized learning plan to help students reach their full potential.


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Curriculum Information

Halstrom teachers use numerous teaching techniques to present the course work in a more creative, fun way so your child will relate to and enjoy the learning process. We also continue to stay on the forefront of ever-changing technology tools and platforms and are committed to using cutting-edge software and hardware for instruction and assessment. Your student will learn to work independently, and develop the self-discipline and personal accountability needed to succeed in college and beyond. Our curriculum is delivered through a variety of channels such as e-textbooks, learning apps, smart tablets, online scheduling and grading, video, field trips, interactive experiences and real-time online interaction with teachers. Business technologies such as videoconferencing are used to offer real-time online virtual courses where students anywhere in the world can experience the one-to-one difference.

Learning Outcome Information

The fact is, every child learns differently. No one strategy works for every student. The individualized instruction, approach and strategies used by each Halstrom instructor are uniquely tailored and customized to meet the individual strengths, weaknesses and comfort of your child. Each campus provides a small, caring environment that fosters strong three-way communication among parents, students, and teachers. Halstrom alumni cover a wide range of career interests and include such notable professionals as Olympic silver-medalist figure skater Sasha Cohen, film star Blake Lively, Olympic diver Haley Ishimatsu and professional skateboarder Ryan Scheckler. Our alumni also include many business professionals, CEO’s, consultants, doctors, marketers, engineers and developers just to name a few.

Student Life Information

At Halstrom, it’s schoolwork, not homework. This is extremely helpful for students and parents alike! Halstrom provides two designated spaces at each campus that students can call their own. The “Hangout” offers a relaxing atmosphere to socialize with friends, watch TV, play music, and work on group projects. The “Study” provides workstations and a computer lab to finish assignments and study for tests. Each Study is staffed with a tutor to help students master the content outside of the classroom. This frees your student up from homework and you as a parent from the struggle of trying to understand what is required.

Teaching Philosophy Information

One-to-one means just that – one-teacher and one-student class sizes. This approach ensures that no student will get lost in the back of a crowded classroom. At Halstrom, your child is the singular focus of their teacher. One student and one teacher work together to set learning expectations and personalized goals to achieve content mastery, which means passing each lesson with a score of 80% or higher before moving forward.



Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.



Academic Calendar: Semester

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP European History
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • American Sign Language

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 14
Student Teacher Ratio 1 : 1
Gender 57% Male / 43% Female
Dress Code Casual
Campus Director   Carol Rupp


One-to-one class size doesn't mean learning alone. At Halstrom, we know it is important for our students to experience that right fit…a school where they feel comfortable and can excel. Making connections and creating a positive school community and social life is vital. We ensure that students have opportunities to study, work, volunteer and socialize together. They can attend field trips, student government and a variety of clubs including leadership, yearbook, dance and theatre, just to name a few. In our school environment, there is no bullying, distractions, or peer pressure. This familial atmosphere encourages your child to make new and long-lasting friendships with students from different backgrounds and cultures outside of class and on campus.
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