The Courtyard Difference
One of our greatest strengths is our Courtyard Community. Our community consists of students, parents, educators, and caregivers who have come together to create a special place where children thrive. At Courtyard, both students and parents are known and their input is solicited, welcomed, and valued. Parents are very involved in the school and campus life and have many opportunities to be actively involved.
“I didn’t just have friends in my class but in all grades. We are all just a big happy family.” –Former Courtyard student
Courtyard students experience service learning throughout the school year. They develop connections to their community through volunteer activities, fundraising, and planning special events.
Hands-On Science Instruction
From simple physics experiments in TK to advanced dissections in middle school, students at Courtyard experience science instruction far beyond the textbook.
Field trips/ Overnights
One of the most exciting and meaningful ways to learn is through hands-on, practical experience, which is why Courtyard makes field trips a high priority. Our students visit museums, attend performances, experience scientific field learning, and go on overnight field trips that include Marin Headlands, Yosemite Institute, Astro Camp, and the Santa Monica Mountains.
“Another thing I like about Courtyard is the overnight field trips. I have gone on one every year since third grade.” – 6th grade Courtyard student
Living History Days
History comes alive when students reenact historical events. Sutter’s Fort, American Patriots, British Redcoats, the Silk Road Merchants, food, battle scenes, oratory, costumes…it was all real back then and helps us understand our community today.
Performing and Visual Arts
A part of the regular school curriculum, all students at Courtyard attend Drama and Music, and participate in multiple performances (concerts, poetry recitation, and plays). This repeated and early exposure to various performing art forms provides an invaluable foundation for building creative expression and self-confidence.
Students in all grades at Courtyard receive Spanish instruction. From learning through songs, dancing, and storybooks to structured grammar and speaking skills, students not only learn a foreign language but gain appreciation for many cultures through our Spanish program.
Both the body and the mind need daily exercise. At Courtyard we have a dedicated and experienced P.E. teacher who leads our daily developmental physical education program. Courtyard also offers after-school sports leagues that even our kindergarteners can join.
Public speaking skills are developed at each grade level, from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. Students have a variety of public speaking opportunities to develop confidence and hone their public speaking skills through classroom presentations and reports, performing arts, and school performances.
Courtyard uses Wise Skills Character Education to encourage a positive culture of character. Each month, we focus on a character trait and students take part in activities revolving around the monthly character trait. Students from each class are recognized for these character traits during our monthly assemblies.
“Courtyard teaches not only the core subjects, but character traits like responsibility, self discipline, and respect.” – Former Courtyard student
Before and After School Care
A great source of pride at Courtyard is our Extended Day Care program (EDC) which is available from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students enjoy fun and enriching clubs and activities that include art, music, sports, and free play. Study hall allows our students to complete most of their homework at school. Our outstanding EDC program is also supplemented by vendors that come to Courtyard to offer lessons in voice, piano, guitar, and dance.
“My school…lets the students participate in fun activities after school that allow all ages to have fun.” – Courtyard student