Private Schools

See Also:

Growing up in Santa Cruz Independent Schools Guide

Private Schools – Alternative Education
Private Schools – Special Education

School Directories and Guides – National, State and Local
for all non-pubic schools, boarding schools, arts schools, etc.

California State and National Programs

Idyllwild Arts Academy
www.idyllwildarts.org/about.aspx
Idyllwild, California
(951) 659-2171
Offers a “close-knit, working community of students and teachers whose passion for the arts is balanced by a dedication to learning,” for both college-preparatory academics for grades 9-12 as well as pre-professional arts training – focusing on education in creative writing, dance, film & video, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual art. Students from all over the country board at the school.

Santa Clara County

Bellarmine College Preparatory
www.bcp.org/
960 W. Hedding St., San Jose
(408) 294-9224
Catholic school offers a Jesuit Education geared toward preparing students to enter the University of California and other universities, along with student activities in athletics, clubs, and campus ministry.

Santa Cruz / Monterey

Carden School of Santa Cruz
www.cardenschoolofsantacruz.com/
319 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
831-460-2600
The Carden School of Santa Cruz provides classical instruction for junior kindergarten through sixth grade.

Chadeish Yameinu Community School
www.cysantacruz.org/cyschool.htm
Offers various small-size classes with individualized instruction in Jewish Studies for children ages 9-13, as well family-centered events, programs, and services throughout the year.  Flexible individualized program

Gateway School
www.gatewaysc.org
126 Eucalyptus Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
831-423-0341 x 302
Gateway is a private, non-profit, K-8 school with a challenging academic program integrating core subjects with visual and theatre arts, music, life lab science, Spanish, PE and technology.

Good Shepherd Catholic School
www.gsschool.org
2727 Mattison Lane, Santa Cruz, CA
831-476-4000
Offers Christian Centered school program, preschool, and afterschool care for pre-K -8th grades

Green Valley Christian School
www.gvcs.org/
376 S. Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA
831-724-6505
Offers Christian Centered academic school program for K-8th students and a homeschool option as well.

Georgianna Bruce Kirby School
www.kirby.dreamhosters.com
425 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA
831-423-0658
BK is an independent, private, non-sectarian college preparatory school for grades 6-12.

Glen Brae Learning Program
831-419-4856  or  831-662-0277  -  Contact Liza
Alternative middle school program, with classroom and homeschool instruction

Holy Cross School
www.holycsc.org
50 Emmet Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-423-4447
Offers Catholic Centered preschool and Academic elementary and junior high program.

Magic Apple School
2120 Trout Gulch Road, Aptos, CA
831-688-1753
Non-sectarian program for grades 2-6, with 1 teacher per 8 student ratio.

Merit Academy Elementary Program
www.meritworld.com
2392 North Rodeo Gulch Road,
831-462-5655
The Merit Academy curriculum offers students advanced elementary instruction, as well as homeschool programs and consultation.

MCP Middle and High School
http://exploremcp.org/wordpress/
117 Fern Street, Suite #150, Santa Cruz, CA
831-458-9800
MCP provides personalized education programs for 6th-12th grade students through small classes for unique, gifted and talented students, including those with learning differences.

Monterey Bay Academy
www.montereybayacademy.org
783 San Andreas Road, La Selva Beach, CA
831 728-1481
Seventh Day Adventist Christian Co-educational High School, for boarding and day school students, focusing on religion, academics, and lifeskills.

Moreland Notre Dame
www.mndschool.org
133 Brennan Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
831-728-2051
Moreland Notre Dame serves 266 students in kindergarten through eighth grade; the school is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Education Association.

Mount Madonna School
www.mountmadonnaschool.org
491 Summit Road, Watsonville, CA
408-847-2717
Offers independent, small class size preschool through 12th grade “whole child” program, with college preparatory high school.

Santa Catalina School
www.santacatalina.org/
1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA
831-655-9300
Offering a Catholic co-educational day program for Pre-K – 8th grades and a college preparatory residential and day high school program for young women.

Salesian School Elementary and Junior High School
www.salesian-sisters.org/
605 Enos Lane, Watsonville, CA
831-718-4700
Offers Catholic co-educational K-8 program focused on religion, academics, music and art, and computer instruction.

St. Francis Catholic High School
www.stfrancishigh.net/index.html
831-724-5933
St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School focuses on academics, athletics, religion, and the foundations of life-long learning: logical and creative thinking skills, an awareness of issues of justice and peace and a tolerance and respect for others.

St. Lawrence Academy
www.saintlawrenceacademy.com
2000 Lawrence Court, Santa Clara, CA
831-335-0328
Offers Catholic, college-preparatory high school community.

Spring Hill School Advanced K-8 Education Santa Cruz, CA 95060
www.springhillschool.org
250 California Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-427-2641
Spring Hill School is a K-8 Private School offering an advanced curriculum for bright, motivated and gifted students.

Stevenson School
www.stevensonschool.org
The Upper School
3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA
831-625-8300
info@stevensonschool.org
Independent Co-educational College Preparatory boarding and day School for Grades   9-12.

The Lower and Middle School
PO Box AP, Carmel, CA 93921
831-626-5200
lmsinfo@stevensonschool.org
Independent non-sectarian K-8 day school for ‘academically promising’ students.

Tara Redwood School
www.tararedwoodschool.org
5810 Prescott Road, Soquel, CA
831-462-9632
Preschool to 5th grade program focused on ‘whole child’ learning, including educational, as well as emotional and inner development.

Twin Lakes Christian School
www.tlcs.us/
2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos, CA
831-465-3301  or  831-464-1344
K-6th grade Christian program with lower student ratio.

VHM Christian School
www.vhmchristian.com/VHM_Christian/Welcome.html
427 Capitola Rd. Ext., Santa Cruz, CA
831-475-4762
Christian preschool-8th grade program focused on academic and personal development.

York School
www.york.org
9501 York Road, Monterey, CA
831-422-4299
York School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory Episcopal day school enrolling 225 students in Grades 8-12 in charter school and home school programs in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.  Offers sports, arts, music, and student clubs experiences.