Peninsula School is the best example
of what a small, progressive school can
be. Parents choose Peninsula School
because it is a place where children love
coming to school. And it's no wonder
With a high teacher to student ratio
and a focus on the social and emotional
development of children, every student
is known and respected.
We provide ample time and space
for children to be children - to roam our
expansive, natural campus and to have
the freedom to make choices throughout
Our time with children is used well.
Skillful teachers incorporate their students'
natural curiosity and interests,
foster their creativity with abundant
arts, and stimulate their intellects with
teaching that favors questioning, analysis,
and depth over breadth.
Because Peninsula is known for values
that include embracing diversity,
inclusivity, and a commitment to social
justice, we attract families who place a
priority on community.
Peninsula has a long history of nurturing
each individual's interests and
talents, and our graduates are a testament
to this. They enter a wide array of
high schools, colleges and universities
and stand out as enthusiastic lifelong
learners who are curious, creative, and
community minded. Later in life,
Peninsula alumni have chosen varied
paths in life from astronauts to musicians,
engineers to authors, business
owners to teachers.
Engaged Teachers Who Engage Children.
Peninsula teachers are dedicated
to the development of each
child and are skilful practitioners
of progressive education.
The opportunity for teachers to
form close bonds with students,
to have a voice in how they
teach, and to continually update
and deepen their practices
through generous funding for professional
development, makes Peninsula
such an exciting and fulfilling place to
teach that many teachers spend their
entire careers here.
Peninsula teachers recognize individual
learning styles and adapt lessons
to provide multiple paths to learning.
They are practiced at asking questions
that lead students to inquire, experiment,
take risks, explore and think critically
to broaden and deepen their understanding.
They have the autonomy to
approach their teaching with flexibility
They know how to engage students
to be active participants in their learning
and to advocate for their needs.
Our teachers place great emphasis
on diversity and on respect for individuals
for their similarities and for their differences.
Peninsula teachers understand the
essential role that joy and wonder play
Peninsula Makes Learning Irresistible!
Teaching that is responsive to the
interests and abilities of students and
creative instructional approaches have
been hallmarks of Peninsula's progressive
philosophy of teaching for over 90
Academic subjects are approached from
a number of perspectives; they are
woven into class projects and learning
activities and presented through games,
manipulatives, and other experiential
ways of learning.
Our focus is on building deep, critical
thinking and engaging students to be
active participants in their learning in a
non-competitive environment. As a
result, our students learn naturally and
enthusiastically and immerse themselves
in topics to satisfy their own intellectual
Classrooms for younger students
(five- to ten-year-olds) are multi-aged,
allowing us to group children in classes
that match their social, emotional, and
cognitive level where they feel both supported
Play at Peninsula is indispensable to
learning. Our curriculum is steeped in
play from the very early years right up
through eighth grade. With younger
children play, including digging in sand,
building with blocks, and pretending
with friends, builds the foundations of
social and intellectual development. For
older children, play is broad and wideranging
and integrates with academics
as a catalyst for critical analysis creativity,
and questioning - maintaining
child's innate curiosity for a lifetime.
Social and Emotional Skills Are as Important as Academics.
Learning to be a strong individual
while honoring the strength of diversity
and community are essential lessons for
life in a rapidly changing world and
form the very core of Peninsula School
Teachers spend countless hours with students,
in both structured and unstructured
settings, helping them appreciate
the power of listening and reflection to
better understand the perspectives and
feelings of others and to better comprehend
the depth of their own feelings.
Every classroom has a class meeting
each day. Class meetings may appear
simple, but a closer look reveals children engaging in social democracy, finding
their voice, learning how to resolve conflicts,
and building consensus. They
learn how to compromise, how to disagree,
and how to take responsibility for
their choices, and they develop confidence
and autonomy in the process.
We are excited that you chose to explore
Peninsula. School. We invite you to visit
for a more in-depth look.
Children Feel Ownership
Creating opportunities for children
to have choices and to make decisions
provides them with lessons they will use
at every stage of life. Having choices
and a voice in decisions are fundamental
elements of a Peninsula education dating
back to our founding in 1925
Choices throughout the day may be
simple or complex: where to play and
what to play, which activity class to
take, how to solve a math problem, what
project to work on, where to camp and
what to cook for trips. Older students
often lead class meetings and have input
on the agenda. Peninsula teachers are
particularly skilled in guiding students
in analyzing choices and discussing the
responsibilities and impacts of their
Here are a few examples of how
having choices and a voice have resulted
in activism at Peninsula:
When contractors began to remove
a large mound of dirt left-over from a
campus excavation, eight-year-old students
made a proposal to school administration
to keep it as a play feature.
Their proposal was accepted!
Seventh- and eighth- grade students
wanted an interscholastic basketball
team. They organized themselves, made
a request, and discussed it w i t h
their teachers. As a result, several teachers
agreed to coach them and - schedule
games with other schools.
After studying the Civil Rights
Movement of the 1960s, nine-year-old
students decided to publish a "Book of
Dreams" inspired by Martin Luther
King, Jr. that contained stories art aid
poetry. They sold copies of the book
raising $1,000 for the International
"Activities" time occurs for one
hour each day. Beginning with six-yearolds,
children choose the activity they
will attend on that day. With options
that include weaving, art, woodshop,
music, ceramics, science, library, and
physical education, it can be a tough
choice! Activities classes are multi-age
which allows friendships to develop
across age ranges and strengthens community
We invite you to visit us and experience
Peninsula School for yourself.