Private schools in Los Altos: A Comprehensive Guide

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Most home buyers look at buying a home in Los Altos because of the strength of our public schools, widely considered some of the best in the state.  However, we also have a wide range of high-quality private schools considered some of the best in the area.  The list below shows the full range of private schools available in Los Altos including specialty schools.  The cost a private school education varies widely and I suggest contacting each school to find out the latest prices.  Most of these are very reasonably priced, especially the preschools.

In general, you'll want to set up a meeting to talk to the admissions director at each school to discuss their available programs and educational approach.  During this initial discussion you'll hopefully get a tour of the school and see the students and teachers in action.  After that meeting, you'll be asked to come back with a completed application.  Upon review of that application, you'll be asked to schedule a time to meet with your child (or children) to have them evaluated.  If there is a fit, you'll be asked to complete admissions information and formally sign up for the school.  While this program varies a bit from school to school, most schools follow this same process.

Starting with preschools and ending with specialty schools, here are the private schools in Los Altos:


Stepping Stones Pre-School  (GRADES Pre-K only)     REVIEWS FROM: Greatschools     Yelp

1122 Covington Road, Los Altos, CA  94024      650-960-1303

This school is located on the Blach Middle School campus in a well-designed and secure set of grounds since 2005.  They've been in business since 1983.


Montecito Pre-School   (GRADES Pre-K to K)     REVIEWS FROM: Greatschools     Yelp

1468 Grant Road, Los Altos, CA  94024      650-968-5957

This small school with about 80 students has been in operation since 1960 and has a fun, playful learning environment for kids on their way to elementary school.  There is also a drop-in program for older kids.


Children's Creative Learning Center  (GRADES Pre-K only)     REVIEWS FROM: Greatschools 

2310 Homestead Road, Los Altos, CA 94024     408-736-7400

This school focuses on creating self-awareness and social skills while working to develop the unique aspects of each individual child.  They offer extended hours and work closely with parents to build a long-term relationship.


Los Altos Christian  (GRADES Pre-K-8)     REVIEWS FROM: Greatschools     Yelp     PrivateSchoolReview

625 Magdalena Road, Los Altos, CA  94024     650-948-3738

This is a coed and Baptist-affiliated school has strong ties to many of the most highly regarded local private high-schools.  Along with a strong educational program, they have a very good athletics program and compete with other private schools in the area.

Canterbury Christian School  (GRADES K-6)     REVIEWS FROM: Greatschools     Yelp     PrivateSchoolReview

101 N. El Monte Road, Los Altos, CA  94022     650-949-0909

Canterbury Christian School, Los Altos, CaliforniaThis non-denominational Christian school has been in Los Altos since 1974 and continues a tradition of offering a Christian-centered education.  While open to anyone, they do require parents to agree with the Christian educational philosophy.  There has been substantial new construction on the site and they welcomed a new headmaster and principal in 2010.  While not the most well known of the private schools, it is one of the largest. 










Pinewood (GRADES K-8) (Two campuses)     REVIEWS FROM: Greatschools     Yelp     PrivateSchoolReview

327 Fremont Avenue, Los Altos, CA  94024     650-949-5775

The Pinewood schools are located in three locations in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills with the K-2 and 3-8 schools located on Fremont Avenue in Los Altos.  The high school is located on West Fremont Ave in Los Altos Hills.  Pinewood has long been considered on of the best private schools in the area.


St. Simon School (GRADES Pre-K - 8)     REVIEWS FROM: Greatschools     Yelp     PrivateSchoolReview

1840 Grant Road, Los Altos, CA  94024     650-968-9951

St. Simon's School, Los Altos, CaliforniaThis Roman-Catholic school is open to all faiths and is located on the large St. Simons church site.  The curriculum is extremely well done and they have 49 years of service to the community.  One of the larger private schools, it has 542 students.  Their program is very well rounded covering a wide range of topics that compare very well to the highly rated public schools in nearby.  In addition, they have an excellent sports program and a gym with plenty of room for big events.

Entry is done by admissions review that includes an application and a brief interview/test session with the child.  The child meets with the teacher for their incoming grade and possibly other applicants and students.  The school is prompt in notifying parents about acceptance or denial.  If you'd like, they do offer tours of the school while it is in session to see how the students work and how the school operates.  Having personally been there, it appears very well run.



St. Nicholas School   (GRADES K-8)     REVIEWS FROM: Greatschools     Yelp     PrivateSchoolReview

12816 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA  94022     650-941-4056

This is another Catholic school but parents are not required to attend the church, although preferential pricing is offered to church members.  This school has long and strong community ties with about 230 students.


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Bryan, this is a great idea to provide a list of private schools in your local area for potential homebuyers with school-age children. Hope they find this blog post!

Jul 11, 2011 12:00 PM #1
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Excellent information for buyers coming to your area.  You certainly are the source for information on Los Altos, CA

Jul 11, 2011 04:08 PM #2
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Excellent idea for a blog giving folks all the data they need to contact the school. We have the same situation here in Katy and people move out here due to the schools.. 


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