Best Language Immersion Programs in the Bay Area

These Language Immersion Programs 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 international school’s language immersion program starts with Italian, and offerings are expanded to include Spanish in fourth grade. 735 Fell St., San Francisco. 415-551-0000.

Silver: Lycee Francais de San Francisco. 755 Ashbury St., San Francisco. 610 Coloma St., Sausalito. 1201 Ortega St., San Francisco. 415-661-5232.

Bronze (tie): The Crayon Box Preschool. 3215 Cesar Chavez St., San Francisco. 415-821-9008.

Bronze (tie): The Growing Tree School. 1028 Balboa St. and 1984 Great Highway, San Francisco. 415-668-2918.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Cherrywood Elementary School Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program. Students are taught using California State Standards in English as well as Mandarin. Both languages are taught daily and the students interact in both languages. 2550 Greengate Drive, San Jose. 408-923-1915.

Silver: Word of Grace Chinese School. 2360 McLaughlin Ave., San Jose. 408-826-2878.

Bronze: River Glen. 1088 Broadway Ave., San Jose. 408-535-6240.

East Bay

Gold: The Renaissance International School. The program begins with immersion in French or Spanish for preschoolers and changes to a tri-lingual immersion program in elementary school. 3650 Dimond Ave., Oakland. 510-531-8566; 5201 Park Blvd., Piedmont. 510-328-1127.

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

Bronze: Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley. 1009 Heinz Ave., Berkeley. 510-549-3867; 901 Grayson St., Berkeley. 510-549-2851.


Gold: Orion Alternative Elementary at John Gill School. Students in the school’s dual language immersion program attain fluency in communication, reading and writing in both Mandarin and English. 555 Avenue del Ora, Redwood City. 650-482-2406.

Silver: Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School. 170 Selby Lane, Atherton. 650-482-2415.

Bronze (tie): College Park Elementary. 715 Indian Ave., San Mateo. 650-312-7691.

Bronze (tie): Sonrisas Spanish Immersion. 2724 Holland St., San Mateo. 650-389-4511; 1632 Newbridge Ave., San Mateo. 650-315-8003.