Best Elementary Schools in the Bay Area

These Private Elementary Schools were voted the Bay Area’s 2017 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

East Bay

Gold: Redwood Christian Elementary School. This kindergarten through fifth grade school provides a Christ-centered education and has dual accreditation through both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International. 19300 Redwood Road, Castro Valley. 510-537-4288.

Silver: Aurora School. 40 Dulwich Road, Oakland. 510-428-2606.

Bronze: Saklan School. 1678 School St., Moraga. 925-376-7900.


Gold: Alto International School. As an International Baccalaureate school, Alto features inquiry-based academics and offers both German and English instruction as well as extracurricular programs ranging from art to sports to coding. 475 Pope St., Menlo Park. 650-324-8617.

Silver: Serendipity Elementary School. 2820 Ponce Ave., Belmont. 650-596-9100.

Bronze: St. Mathew's Episcopal Day School. 16 Baldwin Ave., San Mateo. 650-274-0700.

.Silicon Valley

Gold: Oakwood School. Offering preschool through high school, Oakwood School cultivates values like citizenship, respect and compassion among students and teachers. 105 John Wilson Way, Morgan Hill. 408-782-7177.

Silver: Almaden Country School. 6835 Trinidad Drive, San Jose. 408-997-0424.

Bronze: Action Day/Primary Plus. Multiple locations.

San Francisco/Marin


Gold: St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School. This school is dedicated to  providing a strong Catholic/Christian community, a solid doctrinal foundation in the Catholic tradition, academic excellence and an environment in which each child is encouraged to achieve full potential. 3801 Balboa St., San Francisco. 415-221-2711.

Silver: St. Finn Barr Catholic School. 419 Hearst Ave., San Francisco. 415-333-1800.

Bronze: French American International School. 150 Oak St., San Francisco. 415-558-2000.

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