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Stanbridge Academy

Map515 E. Poplar Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94401
  • Independent School
  • Special Education School


Stanbridge is a caring, inclusive K–12 school in San Mateo for students with mild to moderate learning differences and social communication challenges.

Many, if not most, of our students, struggle with multiple challenges, including students diagnosed on the autism spectrum. We have found that this balance encourages students to benefit from their classmates' strengths and to respect their differences.

Stanbridge uses an individualized, whole student approach so that students thrive and develop their academic, social, executive function, and emotional capabilities to their fullest potential.

Small class sizes at all grade levels (8:1 max student-to-teacher ratio) allow for differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners. California content standards form the foundation of our curriculum.

The development of social-emotional, self-regulation and executive functioning skills are embedded into our curriculum and throughout the school day. All students participate in social learning classes once per week.

Our program integrates experiential learning through overnight and day trips, as well as on-campus assemblies and curriculum-based projects. We also provide a comprehensive school experience with electives, afterschool clubs, arts programs, and sports teams.

Transition counseling for our high school students and their families includes building life skills, preparing for college, and training for the workforce. Stanbridge also offers a post-secondary program for students needing additional assistance after graduating from high school.

Founded in 1982, Stanbridge Academy has been fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1998, and in 2018 we received a maximum seven-year accreditation term from both the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and WASC through June 2025.

Stanbridge Academy accepts applications for new students throughout the school year and offers a commute shuttle for students living in San Francisco, as well as those in the San Jose area.

More information can be found on our website where you can also request a personalized tour to visit our campus and learn more about our program.

Additional Information:

Contact Name: Kirsten Gamb
Number of Students Enrolled: 90–100
Average Class Size: 6-8 students
Year Established: 1982
Grades served from: Kindergarten
Through Grade: 12th grade
County: San Mateo
Annual Tuition Range: $43,950
Teacher Ratio: 1:8
Admission Deadline: Rolling
Require Uniform: no
Accreditations: California Association of Independent Schools
National Association of Independent Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Courses & Services Offered: A-G Courses
Athletic & Sports Program
Community Service
Computer Technology
Field Trips
Financial Aid
Fine Arts Instruction
Internship Opportunity
Music Instruction/Band
Parent Participation
Performing Arts
Special Education/Learning Differences
Standardized Testing Administered
Summer School
Transportation Service

Quick Facts:

About Stanbridge

K–12 school with small class sizes to allow for differentiated instruction

Experiential learning, curriculum-based projects, arts, and athletics

Technology integrated at all grade levels to enhance instruction

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