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Facts & Figures

2016–2017 Enrollment
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. Schoolwide teacher:student ratio is 1:15, including classroom, specialist and after school teachers.

46% students of color
7% students from LGBTQ-headed households
9% students from single parent households

20 San Francisco zip codes represented, plus Alameda, Contra Costa and San Mateo counties 
24% students from Noe Valley, Castro, Glen Park neighborhoods
19% students from Mission, Bernal Heights neighborhoods

2016-2017 Faculty and Administration
23 administrators and support staff
64 faculty members
23% faculty male
32% faculty people of color 
68% head teachers hold master’s degrees

2016-2017 Sliding Scale Tuition
$1,600 - $29,870 annual tuition
28% students paying sliding scale tuition
$11,231 average tuition of students paying sliding scale tuition 
19.3% gross tuition supports sliding scale

Extended Program Fees
Before and after school program, $2.50–13/hour depending on sliding scale and size of hours block purchased.

Enrichment classes: $50–$324 per 10-week class
Vacation camp: $15–70/day
Summer camp: $15–$70/day (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

2016–2017 School Calendar
August 31, 2016 to June 2, 2017

School Hours
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 in San Francisco on Dolores Street (333 Dolores) between 16th and 17th Streets, directly across from Mission Dolores and behind Notre Dame Plaza building (347 Dolores). Middle School campus located in San Francisco on Dolores Street (601 Dolores) at 19th Street, directly across from Dolores Park. 

Two Campuses
Sunny, 1.2 acre main campus (home to the Early Childhood and Lower School Programs) with organic garden and farm (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)