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About NLS

Why Northern Light School?

 
Northern Light School is a leading independent Oakland, CA non-profit, preschool through 8 organization that provides excellent education to children from across the Bay Area.  At Northern Light School, we are committed to being a Bay Area school that builds a school family and is dedicated to offering children an excellent education that will enhance not only their academic growth but also their emotional, physical, and spiritual development.  As a faculty, we are here to teach and nurture the children in an environment of challenges, exploration, structure and LOVE.   Northern Light School is designed to benefit all of us: children, faculty, families and the community.
 
NLS at a Glance
  • Founded September 1989 as an indepedent school in Oakland
  • 15 full-time and 7 part-time faculty members
  • Need-based tuition assistance
  • Serving students in preschool through grade 8
  • Small class sizes (20 maximum in lower school and 22 maximum in middle school)
  • AM/PM Extended Day Program, 7:00-8:05 a.m. and 3:40-6:00 p.m.
  • Summer & After School Programs
  • Athletics Program - Including basketball, volleyball and soccer
  • Over 200 alumni
  • High rate of private high school acceptance on full or partial scholarship

Educating the Whole Child

 
A child who enters school healthy and feels safe is ready to learn. A student who feels connected to school is more likely to stay in school. All students who are supported and have access to challenging and engaging academic programs are better prepared for further education, work, and civic life. These components must work together, not in isolation.  This is the goal of "Educating the Whole Child" at Northern Light School.
 
Engaged
  • High Quality Teachers with Subject Matter Expertise
  • Extended Day Program
  • Visual Arts Program
  • Outdoor Education Opportunities
  • Impossible Is Nothing Speaker Series
Healthy
  • SPARK Physical Education Program
  • Athletics Program
  • Classroom Tower Gardens
Challenged
  • Standards Based Learning
  • Spanish Language Program
  • Technology
Supported
  • Morning Circle
  • Sense of Family
  • Parent Teacher Community
  • High School Guidance Counseling
  • Donors
  • Volunteers
Safe
  • Tribes Learning Communities
  • Oakland Hills Location
  • Restorative Justice Approach to Discipline
  • Emergency Preparedness Plan
  • Celebrate and Embrace Differences