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Infant - Kindergarten

Since its founding in 1982, the Bay Area-based educational organization, Early Learning Institute, has been offering innovative, high-quality programs for young children. These include child development centers (ages birth to six) and private, non-sectarian schools (grades 1-8) in Palo Alto, North San Jose, and Pleasanton, as well as summer writing programs (grades 2-8) and Chinese-English immersion programs.

The child development centers borrow from the best model programs and make use of the most recent educational research. The infant-toddler and twos programs use play and learning games to help lay the necessary foundation of all future learning.

The preschool program employs a modified Montessori curriculum and incorporates art, music, and imaginative play into the traditional emphasis on practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, science, and cultural activities.

Emerson School and Hacienda School combine a Montessori curriculum with the most recent advances in language, mathematics, and science curricula to craft an accelerated, yet in-depth program for first through eighth graders. The two schools, in Palo Alto and Pleasanton respectively, are conveniently located near the HeadsUp! child development centers.

The ELI Difference

INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION

Students develop their essential academic skills at their own rate; unlike traditional school environments, the curri..
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INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION

Students develop their essential academic skills at their own rate; unlike traditional school environments, the curriculum never moves either too quickly or too slowly.

ACCELERATED LEARNING IN BASIC SKILLS

Because all students develop a firm foundation before proceeding to the next step, there is no time wasted..
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ACCELERATED LEARNING IN BASIC SKILLS

Because all students develop a firm foundation before proceeding to the next step, there is no time wasted doing remedial work in steps that were not understood originally and no child needs to wait for his or her peers before proceeding to the next step.

RICH, FULL CURRICULUM

In addition to the “core” subjects, students are exposed to a wide range of important subjects: art, music,..
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RICH, FULL CURRICULUM

In addition to the “core” subjects, students are exposed to a wide range of important subjects: art, music, physical education, and languages (Spanish and Chinese for every child from age two), as well as “grace and courtesy” (Montessori’s name for interpersonal skills) and Scouting.

FULL DAY, YEAR-ROUND BUSINESS-FRIENDLY CALENDAR

The centers and schools are closed only 10 days per year, which means that ..
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FULL DAY, YEAR-ROUND BUSINESS-FRIENDLY CALENDAR

The centers and schools are closed only 10 days per year, which means that parents do not have to scramble for outside care on “minimum days” and non-traditional holidays, and parents can schedule family vacations for times that fit their work schedules and when travel arrangements are easier and less expensive to make.

ONE PRICE FOR ALL ACTIVITIES

All students receive all components of the curriculum for the published price (exception for..
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ONE PRICE FOR ALL ACTIVITIES

All students receive all components of the curriculum for the published price (exception for bilingual program materials) without the traditional “nickel-diming” to cover various add-ons and the appeals to make contributions to the school.

INVOLVEMENT OF PARENTS

Parents are encouraged to be active participants in their children’s development through detailed semi-annual..
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INVOLVEMENT OF PARENTS

Parents are encouraged to be active participants in their children’s development through detailed semi-annual conferences and frequent communications, including individualized daily notes home for center parents that provide a glimpse of some of the activities in which their students have participated.

EXPERIENCED ORGANIZATION

ELI began testing its programs in 1979 and was incorporated in 1982. It now reaches 600 students and employs..
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EXPERIENCED ORGANIZATION

ELI began testing its programs in 1979 and was incorporated in 1982.  It now reaches 600 students and employs over 100 teachers.

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The HeadsUp!® Approach

Researchers at Early Learning Institute have developed an approach to learning that builds upon foundations laid down by predecessors such

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Dr. Charles Bernstein’s interview with the Epoch Times

Working with Imagination: Falling in Love with Writing through Creative Writing. Let the children express themselves Charles D. Bernstein, Ph.D,

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Now Hiring a Montessori Upper Elementary Teacher

MONTESSORI UPPER ELEMENTARY TEACHER Hacienda School, Pleasanton Want to make a difference? Bring your talents and enthusiasm and help our

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Our locations    

Emerson School

2800 W Bayshore Road

Palo Alto, CA 94303

(650) 424-1267

Hacienda School

3800 Stoneridge Drive

Pleasanton, CA 94588

(925) 485-5750

HeadsUp! Pleasanton

4671 Chabot Drive

Pleasanton, CA 94588

(925) 463-2885

HeadsUp! San Jose

2841 Junction Avenue, Ste. 100

San Jose, CA 95134

(408) 432-1644

HeadsUp! Palo Alto

2800 W Bayshore Road

Palo Alto, CA 94303

(650) 424-1221

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Enlighten Enrichment School

1921 Clarinda Way,
San Jose, CA 95124

(408) 377­-2888

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San Ramon Valley Chinese School

P.O. Box 282
San Ramon, CA 94583

(925) 301-­8653