The Hacienda Difference

Located in Pleasanton, CA, Hacienda School is a non-sectarian private elementary school for students from first grade through eighth grade. It takes an integrated approach to learning that builds on the classic foundations of Western civilization and addresses the future needs of students and their families with a Montessori school curriculum, Hacienda School offers an approach to learning that builds on the classic foundations of Western civilization, while also addressing the unique needs of students and their families. Philosophically and in practice, it maintains continuity with the full infant day care, preschool, and kindergarten programs of the HeadsUp! child development centers.

Hacienda School’s reliance on an individualized pace for the development of basic skills means that individual progress is optimized and, in general, accelerated when compared to traditional private elementary schools. Students are typically placed in mixed-age group classrooms spanning two to three years of age without grade distinctions. These multi-age groupings help to create a program that is customized for each student, thereby accommodating a wide range of learning styles and personalities.

Both our Hacienda School and Emerson School incorporate subjects that are often ignored or neglected by other schools, such as bilingual education, art, music, movement and physical education, as well as human values and cultures,  interpersonal communications. In addition, our Montessori school approach helps young students build practical life skills such as cooking, recycling, and first aid. As with our child development centers, Hacienda School is a full-day program so all work is completed during the school day, leaving evenings for family interactions. The year-round schedule means that student progress is not lost during extended vacation periods and families have the flexibility to take vacations when work schedules and weather permit.

The key features of Hacienda are:

A rigorous, self-paced curriculum in the core subjects (reading, writing, numeracy, logical thinking)

Multi-aged groupings to accommodate learning differences and peer tutoring

A wide-ranging curriculum that includes non-traditional subjects (art, music, languages, PE)

A balanced focus on broad-based skills (physical, social, emotional, creative)

The nurturing of critical personal characteristics: persistence, curiosity, initiative, resilience.