The Saklan School is a pre-kindergarten through 8th-grade independent school offering a safe and nurturing community with small class sizes. The Saklan School has one class per grade level. Saklan challenges its students to think creatively, act compassionately and live courageously. Since 1954, Saklan has offered a well-rounded education with Foreign Language, Music, Science, Physical Education and Art classes taught at every grade level. In addition, public speaking, leadership skills, experiential learning, and teamwork are integrated into our curriculum.
The Saklan School also focuses on emotional resilience building through the use of Project Happiness curriculum. By the time they graduate, our students have developed the skills, confidence, and resilience to thrive in any setting they choose
The Saklan School offers Summer @ Saklan, a summer camp program for ages 3-11 with culture and language enrichment in the mornings and summer fun in the afternoons.
The Saklan School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Established in 1954. The Saklan School was originally founded in Lafayette as a preschool named The Gertrude Nielsen Learning Center. The school moved to Moraga in 1966, was renamed The Carden School and expanded through fifth grade. In 1978 the school was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. In the 1990s the school expanded to include grades 6-8 and changed its name to "Saklan" after the local Native American tribe "Sacalanes" that inhabited Moraga and the San Leandro Creek area.
Our Head of School
Peter Metzger became Head of School at The Saklan School in 2012, with 26 years of international school leadership under his belt. For nineteen years, Peter was in Northern Italy as Director of the Udine International School and the Director of the International School of Trieste. For the previous 7 years, Peter was the Head of School at the German American International School in Menlo Park.
Our small classes foster creativity, compassion and courage.
Daily bus service from Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Lafayette & Orinda.
Enthusiastic member of the Project Happiness "Happiness Coalition."