The history of our School has been one of enormous growth and change. Since 1963, we have transformed from a tiny school of twelve students into the thriving community of 387 students we are today. We believe strongly in our mission and are leaders in the new direction of education in the East Bay.
School Profile: Redwood Day is a K-8, coeducational, independent school located in Oakland, California. It is situated in a residential setting, approximately thirteen miles east of San Francisco. We are a nonprofit corporation directed by a Board of Trustees.
Accreditation: Redwood Day is accredited through the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We are members of CAIS and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). We are actively involved in the Bay Area People of Color in Independent Schools group (POCIS).
Campus & Facilities: Redwood Day has been located on Sheffield Avenue since 1994. We own our campus, located on a 4-acre site nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood. We are proud of our spacious classrooms, small and large gymnasiums, two multi-purpose rooms, library, computer lab, music recording studio, garden spaces, and large outdoor play areas. In 2016, we opened a new state-of-the-art K-8 building in the center of our campus. This building includes 3 science labs, an Innovation and Design Studio, a Lower School Art Studio, and Middle School classrooms. Our immediate neighbors are family homes, an EBMUD reservoir, and a city park.
Enrollment: Redwood Day's enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year is 387 students. Between our classroom teachers, full-time teaching assistants, and specialist teachers, we offer an academic student-teacher ratio of nine-to-one. Our class sizes typically range from 15-20 (ranges vary depending on the grade-level) with an average class size of 19 students.
Diversity: Diversity is an essential element of education at Redwood Day. Close to half of our students identify as being students of color, and close to half identify as being white. Our community includes families with a wide variety of economic experiences and is made up of LGBTQ, heterosexual, adoptive, and biological families as well as families with single or multiple households or parents.
We support and guide our students in becoming well-informed individuals who care about their community, are empathetic and compassionate, and are able to navigate our complex global society. A diverse faculty, staff, and student body encourage us all to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others.
Student Body: We are committed to enrolling students of diverse geographic, economic, religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds. In our admission process, we strive to build a diverse learning community that includes all of these factors, as well as a breadth of learning styles. Nearly 40% of Redwood Day students enrolled for the 2016-17 school year self-identified as students of color.
Redwood Day attracts families from all over the East Bay area. While a majority of our families live in Oakland, we have many families from Berkeley, Alameda, San Leandro, Piedmont, Hayward, El Cerrito, Richmond, Albany, and Contra Costa County.
Athletics: Redwood Day middle school students enthusiastically participate in co-ed cross country, flag football, soccer, track-and-field, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee teams, as well as boys' and girls' basketball teams. Each year, approximately 75% of middle school students play on at least one athletic team. Redwood Day belongs to the Middle School Sports League (MSSL).
Tuition and Tuition Assistance: Cost of attendance for the 2016-17 school year is $25,250 (grades K-5) and $27,500 (grades 6-8). Tuition includes morning extended care, field trips, outdoor education, books, athletics, drama productions, musical opportunities, school photos, and yearbook expenses.
Redwood Day is committed to representing our larger community in our own student body, faculty, and staff.
- Over 26% of Redwood Day students receive need-based grants
- 18% of tuition revenue is allocated to tuition assistance
- Grants range from $1,000 to 95% of tuition.