Best Elementary Schools in the Bay Area

These Private Elementary Schools were voted the Bay Area’s 2021 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

San Francisco & Marin

Gold: La Scuola International School. This school has students from a wide range of backgrounds and hosts an International Baccalaureate program. 735 Fell St., San Francisco. 415-551-0000. lascuolasf.org.

Silver: Pacific Preparatory. 2443 Fillmore St., #380-7575, San Francisco. 314-722-7737. pacificpreparatory.com.

Bronze: St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School. 3801 Balboa St., San Francisco. 415-221-2711. sfsta.org.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Primary Plus. Teachers make learning fun, maintain high expectations and make strong connections with their students. The curriculum consists of hands-on learning opportunities, field trips and extracurricular activities. Multiple locations. 408-244-1968. actiondayprimaryplus.com.

Silver: Canyon Heights Academy. 775 Waldo Road, Campbell. 408-370-6727. canyonheightsacademy.com.

Bronze: Almaden Country Day School. 6835 Trinidad Drive, San Jose. 408-997-0424. almadencountrydayschool.org.

East Bay

Gold: Redwood Day. This independent K-8 school aims to keep every child engaged and growing, with a world-class curriculum, excellent teachers and a focus on the individual student. 3245 Sheffield Ave., Oakland. 510-534-0800. rdschool.org.

Silver: East Bay German International School. 1070 41st St., Emeryville. 510-679-2199. ebgis.org.

Bronze: The Renaissance International School. 3650 Dimond Ave., Oakland. 510-531-8566; 5201 Park Blvd., Piedmont. 510-328-1127. therenaissanceschool.org.

Peninsula

Gold: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School (New name: Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew). Grounded in the Episcopal tradition, the school’s core values are academic excellence, service to others, respect for diversity and fostering a compassionate community. 16 Baldwin Ave., San Mateo. 650-274-0700. stmatthewsday.org.

Silver: The Nueva School. 6565 Skyline Blvd., Hillsborough. 650-350-4600; 131 E. 28th Ave., San Mateo. 650-235-7100. nuevaschool.org.

Bronze: The Carey School. One Carey School Lane, San Mateo. 650-345-8205. careyschool.org.