Our Beliefs

At Children’s Day School, what you learn and who you become are equally important. CDS is a welcoming community in San Francisco: We have a farm and garden among urban streets, we advocate for responsibility to others as well as individual achievement, and we are ultimately an independent school with down-to-earth values, always asking how we can do this better. 

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  • Learning is Active

    Students best develop a love of learning and an ability to think and understand through active participation in personally and socially meaningful work. Ranging from Preschool and Kindergarten to Lower School and Middle School, the CDS curriculum is grounded in the world around students, from global issues to challenges in our city and neighborhood.
  • Differences Lift Us

    Our community is woven together with families from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, races, faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identities. We believe our differences lift us as people and learners.
  • Community Matters

    CDS is a warm community where people look out for each other, families find partners to help bring up their children, and everyone can feel safe, seen, and known. We are open to connecting with others, which leads to a sense of belonging and trust. Students learn to take this spirit of openness out into the world.

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  • 25%

    of students pay sliding scale tuition
  • 460

    Total enrollment
  • 52%

    of faculty are people of color
  • 7%

    of students are from single-parent households.
  • 38

    zip codes are represented.
    Including San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Solano counties
  • 1:8

    Teacher:student ratio in preschool
  • 7%

    of students are from LGBTQ-headed households.
  • 50.8%

    of students are people of color

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Children's Day School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  Learn More