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Prospect Sierra School

Prospect Sierra School is a coeducational private traditional school for students in grades Kindergarten through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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Prospect Sierra School says

Prospect Sierra School embodies several key assumptions in philosophy and daily practice: that learning is the young person's pathway to personal growth; that school should be both challenging and joyous; that school is a community through which students, teachers and parents develop trust, demonstrate cooperation, show respect, and acquire an understanding of the rights and needs of others; and that diversity, in its many human forms, brings quality and strength to our welcoming and inclusive school.

The school also believes that positive expectations and relationship-based teaching are essential to the learning process. We intend that our students maintain a lifelong love of learning; to become reflective, critical thinkers; and to become responsible citizens of the global community.

Prospect Sierra is an independent co-ed school located in El Cerrito. Two campuses, elementary (grades K-4) and middle school (grades 5-8) create the feel of a small school while providing the resources of a large one. Both campuses have excellent grounds and facilities. New buildings at each campus include expansive libraries, science labs, performing and fine arts buildings.Service learning is integral to the curriculum kindergarten through grade 8. Although 47% of our students come from Berkeley, students come to Prospect Sierra School from as far south as San Leandro and as far north as American Canyon.School bus service is available from Oakland, Berkeley, and Kensington.


The educational program at Prospect Sierra strongly emphasizes an integrated curriculum based on a framework of established themes. Mathematics, literature, writing, art, music, science, world languages (French and Spanish language instruction begins in the fifth grade), social studies, service learning, physical education, and computer technology are incorporated into a positive experience for each student. The faculty, librarians, and staff work closely together to connect the subject matter in meaningful ways.The project-based curriculum is designed to promote understanding and thoughtfulness. Students are asked to think deeply and reflectively about facts, ideas, and experiences in an increasingly diverse society. They are encouraged to make connections between their learning at school and their growing awareness of the outside world.Prospect Sierra was named model "School of the Future" by the National Association of Independent Schools.Prospect Sierra co-hosted a TEDx conference on Compassion in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center of UC Berkeley.

Mission Statement

Prospect Sierra students are passionate about learning. Our exceptional teachers inspire students to seek deep, meaningful understanding; to develop strong academic skills; and to become creative and independent thinkers. Prospect Sierra cultivates compassion, fairness, respect, and individuality within a community that celebrates diversity, authenticity, and service.



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  (510) 236-5800

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 480
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Kindergarten 41
1 40
2 38
3 48
4 50
5 53
6 72
7 66
8 72

Prospect Sierra School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Prospect Sierra School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1
Gender 47% Male / 53% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 59%
Multi-racial 26%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 6%


There is an excellent after school program as well as enrichment classes and sports until 6:00 PM. Please visit our website, for further information.
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  • Flag Football
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

State or regional independent school association

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

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