CDS at a Glance
- Total enrollment – 469
- Early Childhood Program – 85
- Lower School (grades K-4) – 216
- Middle School (grades 5-8) – 168
- Classroom teacher:student ratio in preschool is 1:8.
- Classroom teacher:student ratio in kindergarten is 1:12.
- School-wide teacher:student ratio is 1:15, including classroom, specialist and after school teachers.
- 46% of students are people of color
- 7% of students are from LGBTQ-headed households
- 9% of students are from single-parent households
- 20 San Francisco zip codes are represented, plus Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties
- 24% of students are from Noe Valley, Castro, and Glen Park neighborhoods
- 19% of students are from Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods
2017-2018 Faculty and Administration
- 23 administrators and support staff
- 64 faculty members
- 23% of faculty is male
- 32% of faculty are people of color
- 68% of head teachers hold master’s degrees
2017-2018 Sliding Scale Tuition
- $1,500-$31,770 annual tuition
- 28% of students pay sliding scale tuition
- $9,583 is the average tuition of students paying sliding scale tuition
- 19.3% of gross tuition supports sliding scale
Extended Program Fees
- Before- and after-school programs: $3.50–$11.50/hour depending on sliding scale and size of hours block purchased.
- Enrichment classes: $75–$350 per 8- to 10-week class
- Vacation camp: $25–75/day
- Summer camp: $55–$350/week (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
2017–2018 School Calendar
- Monday, August 28, 2017 to Friday, May 25, 2018
- Before-school program: 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
- School opens: 8:00 a.m.
- Preschool: 8:25 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
- Transitional Kindergarten: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
- Kindergarten: 8:25 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
- Grade 1: 8:25 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Grade 2: 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Grade 3: 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
- Grade 4: 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
- Grades 5-8: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- After-school program dismissal: 6:00 p.m.
Main campus located at 333 Dolores Street in San Francisco (between 16th and 17th Streets, directly across from Mission Dolores, behind Notre Dame Plaza building). Middle School campus located at 601 Dolores Street in San Francisco, at the corner of Dolores and 19th Streets, directly across from Dolores Park.
Sunny, 1.2 acre main campus (home to the Early Childhood and Lower School Programs) with organic farm and garden (home to chickens and sheep), basketball court, swings, climbing structure, sandbox. Middle School campus of 18,000 square feet and rooftop garden, two science laboratories, and performing arts space.
Historic building partially renovated in 2007 and 2008, and three bungalow classrooms (26,000 total square feet); David Minus Science Center; Internet connection and computers in all classrooms. Two classrooms and most administrative offices located in adjacent building added to CDS campus in February 2008.
Volleyball, cross-country, basketball, indoor soccer (futsol); compete in Independent School Athletic League; students may participate starting in fifth grade
Founded as preschool in 1983; incorporated as non-profit preschool to eighth grade independent school in 1996; graduated first eighth graders in 2006
501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by Board of Trustees
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
- Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP)
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
- Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA)
- Bay Area People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS)
- California School-Age Consortium (CALSAC)
- Children of Lesbians & Gays Everywhere (COLAGE)
- Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
- Elementary School Heads Association (ESHA)
- Independent Schools Business Officers Association of Northern California (ISBOA)
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
- National Middle School Association (NMSA)
- Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)