Best Middle Schools in the Bay Area

These Private Middle 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 International Baccalaureate school “inspires brave learners to shape the future.” 735 Fell St., San FraGold: 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.

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

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

Silicon Valley

Gold: West Valley Middle School. A balanced education combines core fundamentals, small class size, dedicated teachers and enrichment opportunities. 801 Hibiscus Lane, San Jose. 408-985-2138.

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

Bronze: Old Orchard School. 400 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell. 408-378-5935.

East Bay

Gold: Redwood Day. Visual arts, performing arts, athletics, outdoor education, service learning and community service are at the heart of the middle school program at this independent K-8 school3245 Sheffield Ave., Oakland. 510-534-0800.

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

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


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.

Silver: Menlo School. 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. 650-330-2000.

Bronze: Crystal Springs Uplands School. 10 Davis Drive, Belmont. 650-645-1000.