Diablo Kids Section August 2012 : Page 1

| special adver tising section | diablo kids just wanna When it comes to your child, finding kids have fun high quality schools and educational opportunities is top priority. The East Bay boasts resources of every kind—the trick is in locating them and identifying the ones best matched to your son or daughter’s unique talents. To help, we’ve gathered together information on schools, classes, and extracurricular experiences for kids of all ages. Whatever the individual needs and interests—from academic tutoring to social skills, gymnastics to bocce ball, horseback riding to science—you’ll discover rich offerings throughout the region to challenge and engage your child. Bentley School One Hiller Drive, Oakland 1000 Upper Happy Valley Road, Lafayette (510) 843-2512, www.bentleyschool.net Celebrating 92 years of academic excellence, Bentley School is a K–12 college-preparatory day school with cam-puses in Oakland and Lafayette. Bentley School believes that inspiring tenacious, enriched intellectual inquiry cre-ates capable lifelong-learners poised to fulfill their highest potential. From passions to peak learning experiences, Bentley School changes lives. Member NAIS and CAIS. DIABLO 53

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When it comes to your child, finding high quality schools and educational opportunities is top priority. The East Bay boasts resources of every kind—the trick is in locating them and identifying the ones best matched to your son or daughter’s unique talents. To help, we’ve gathered together information on schools, classes, and extracurricular experiences for kids of all ages. Whatever the individual needs and interests—from academic tutoring to social skills, gymnastics to bocce ball, horseback riding to science—you’ll discover rich offerings throughout the region to challenge and engage your child.<br /> <br /> Bentley School <br /> <br /> One Hiller Drive, Oakland<br /> 1000 Upper Happy Valley Road, Lafayette<br /> (510) 843-2512, www.bentleyschool.net<br /> <br /> Celebrating 92 years of academic excellence, Bentley School is a K–12 college-preparatory day school with campuses in Oakland and Lafayette. Bentley School believes that inspiring tenacious, enriched intellectual inquiry creates capable lifelong-learners poised to fulfill their highest potential. From passions to peak learning experiences, Bentley School changes lives. Member NAIS and CAIS.<br /> <br /> The Saklan School<br /> <br /> 1678 School Street, Moraga<br /> (925) 376-7900, www.saklan.org<br /> <br /> Reach higher! The Saklan School challenges students to think creatively, act compassionately and live courageously. Since 1954 we have provided a balanced approach to education. Our small class sizes allow active student-to-teacher interaction. Foreign Language, Music, Science, PE and Art classes are taught at every grade level, Pre-K through 8th. What’s more, public speaking, leadership skills, experiential learning and teamwork are integrated into our curriculum. Schedule your visit today at admissions@saklan.org. Van transportation is available.<br /> <br /> Heather Marchman, Marriage and Family Therapist<br /> <br /> 171 Front Street, Suite 102, Danville<br /> (925) 407-7549<br /> www.danvillecounseling.com<br /> <br /> Parenting can be a daunting task these days, especially with the technological advances and globalization of our society. Children are far more exposed to information then ever before. Trying to even relate to your child’s world is a challenge in itself. Heather Marchman offers counseling to teens, parents, individuals, and couples.<br /> <br /> Fusion Academy & Learning Center<br /> <br /> 3003 Oak Road, Suite 150, Walnut Creek<br /> (866) 620-7922<br /> www.fusionacademy.com<br /> <br /> Fusion Academy & Learning Center is a one-to-one, college-prep private school for students, grades 6–12 who are better suited in an alternative to traditional environment. With the ultimate in flexible scheduling, classes are self-paced and personalized for each student’s individual interests, emotional health, and learning style. Each campus has a state-of-the-art recording studio, a full mixed-media art studio, and a teacher-assisted Homework Café®<br /> <br /> Splash Swim School<br /> <br /> 2411 Old Crow Canyon Road, Suite S, San Ramon<br /> 1531 Third Avenue, Walnut Creek<br /> (925) 838-SWIM (7946)<br /> www.splashswimschool.com<br /> <br /> Voted a Best of the East Bay winner for Best Swim Lessons in 2012! At Splash Swim School, we believe that learning to swim should promote lifelong skills and be fun. We offer a comprehensive learn-to-swim program in a warm, loving environment. We are proud to offer small class sizes and weekly, year-round lessons in our specially designed indoor teaching facility. We love to swim, and our students learn to love it too!<br /> <br /> Seven Hills School<br /> <br /> 975 North San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek<br /> (925) 933-0666<br /> www.sevenhillsschool.org<br /> <br /> The Seven Hills School is an independent school serving 390 preschool through 8th grade students. For fifty years, and with a mission to “develop the intellect, engage the spirit, and foster respect for—and responsibility to—our world,” Seven Hills teachers have gotten our students ready for the next academic adventure and the next community to which they will contribute. Our campus, nine acres of former ranchland, provides plenty of room for creativity and exploration. On any given day, you might see Shakespeare performed or Beethoven rehearsed, a rocket launched, or an essay perfected. Our spacious library has room for quiet, introspective readers and a stage for gregarious storytellers. Seven Hills has the highest accreditation from the National Association of Independent Schools based on academic quality, student abilities and teacher talent.<br /> <br /> Iron Horse Equestrian Center<br /> <br /> 5959 Camino Tassajara, Pleasanton<br /> (925) 324-8485<br /> www.ironhorse-eq.com<br /> <br /> Iron Horse Equestrian Center offers a beautiful and comfortable environment where new and mature riders can feel at ease while developing robust riding skills. Our award-winning trainer, Hilary Johnson, customizes programs for each rider to help them gain confidence and not only achieve their goals, but surpass them. At our facility, we understand the relationship between horse and rider is a very special and unique bond. We have devoted trainers and barn staff who care for your horses 365 days a year to make sure they are happy and healthy. Call us today to schedule a tour of our ranch and see for yourself how we can enhance your equestrian experience.<br /> <br /> Color Bundles Art Studio<br /> <br /> 220 Alamo Plaza, Alamo<br /> (925) 727-3137<br /> www.colorbundles.com<br /> <br /> Color Bundles, the new clay studio in Alamo is an exciting outlet for your creative mind. Ages 6 and up can enjoy art sessions Mon. to Sat. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment. The students will learn to transform their ideas into drawing and ultimately into 3D arts. Private parties, family art nights, and camps are available. All the supplies will be provided. The students will take home confidence, self-esteem, and new skills in addition to their masterpieces.<br /> <br /> Cool Tops Cuts For Kids<br /> <br /> San Ramon<br /> (925) 867-1836<br /> Oakland/Rockridge<br /> (510) 601-6502<br /> Pleasant Hill<br /> (925) 798-5214<br /> www.coolcutsforkids.com<br /> <br /> A five-time Best of the East Bay winner! The original hair salon catering to children and parents for more than 10 years. Featuring not only haircuts, but tinsels, feathers, and up-do’s. Schedule a Glamour Party and order products on-line.<br /> <br /> College Nannies + Tutors<br /> <br /> Danville/Lamorinda<br /> (925) 550-6738<br /> Walnut Creek/Concord<br /> (925) 951-3881<br /> www.collegenannies.com<br /> <br /> We are the nation’s largest resource for customized nanny and tutor services. Locally owned and operated, we have the passion and the means to provide a role model precisely targeted to your family’s needs. We all want the best for our children. Count on College Nannies + Tutors to help you provide it!<br /> <br /> The Quarry Lane School<br /> <br /> Dublin<br /> (925) 829-8000<br /> www.quarrylane.org<br /> <br /> The Quarry Lane School offers three distinct academic tracks—International Baccalaureate High School Diploma Programme; Science, Engineering, and Technology; and College Preparatory—to prepare students for top university study. Accredited WASC, NIPSA and NCPSA; K–12 College Preparatory.<br /> <br /> Stratford School<br /> <br /> Danville Blackhawk, (925) 648-4900<br /> Danville Sycamore Valley, (925) 648-0500<br /> Pleasanton, (925) 737-0001<br /> www.stratfordschools.com<br /> <br /> Discover Stratford School. Take a personal tour and see for yourself how we nurture the inquisitive and creative nature of children in a warm, welcoming environment. Preview a video of Stratford’s enriched private preschool through elementary school programs online and learn more about the opening of our new campus in Pleasanton!<br /> <br /> All-Star Swim School<br /> <br /> Danville<br /> (925) 967-0900<br /> www.allstarswimschool.com<br /> <br /> All-Star Swim School, voted Best Swim Lessons in Diablo’s Best Of East Bay four out of the last five years, is a year-round facility with 90° water. Lessons range from six months old up to adults, beginner through competitive training. Each lesson is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual student. All-Star empowers students to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed, while teaching water safety skills and refining proper stroke technique.<br /> <br /> A Nanny Connection<br /> <br /> P.O. Box 1038, Danville<br /> (925) 743-0587<br /> www.nannyconnection.com<br /> <br /> Voted Best Au Pair/Nanny Service by Diablo readers. We place particular importance on finding a nanny with the skill and experience to suit your specific needs. Dedicated to finding the perfect nanny, we provide you with full or part-time, live-in or out-placement. No fee until the nanny is placed.<br /> <br /> Patti’s Swim School<br /> <br /> Castro Valley<br /> (510) 331-6610<br /> www.pattisswimschool.com<br /> <br /> Established in 1982, Pattis’s Swim School has taught more than 8,000 children, adults, and students with special needs. We offer year round swim lessons in a private 90° pool outdoors May through September and indoors October through April. For your enjoyment The Red Cross method is used for teaching Learn to Swim, Water safety, and stroke improvement.<br /> <br /> Valley Christian Schools<br /> <br /> Preschool–12th Grade<br /> 7500 Inspiration Drive, Dublin<br /> (925) 560-6262, www.valleychristianschools.org<br /> <br /> Technology is a driving force in our world; the same is true of the educational setting. We view integration of the two to be crucial in preparing our students well. This year, VCS will launch an iPad program into our classrooms as a primary teaching tool for our teachers, with access to photos, videos, newspapers, and resource materials that enhance our curriculum. Come take a tour, learn about our culture, and join us on the Road to Excellence.<br /> <br /> Bay Area SAT Academy<br /> <br /> Lafayette<br /> (925) 323-0246<br /> www.bayareasatacademy.com, info@bayareasatacademy.com<br /> <br /> Winner of Diablo magazine’s Best SAT Prep Course for 2012, Bay Area SAT Academy is an elite SAT tutoring service specializing in one-onone test prep. We provide individualized courses that give students the tools and confidence necessary to excel on the SAT. Whether you’re just starting to study or looking to score a perfect 2400, our experienced instructors can help you achieve your academic goals. Call us today to schedule a consultation!<br /> <br /> Head-Royce School<br /> <br /> 4315 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland<br /> (510) 531-1300<br /> www.headroyce.org<br /> <br /> Founded in 1887, Head-Royce is an independent, college-preparatory school for grades K–12. Focusing on scholarship, diversity, and citizenship, the school educates tomorrow’s leaders in our global society. Transportation and financial aid available. Bay Area Green Business.<br /> <br /> The Next Step Dance Studio<br /> <br /> Danville and Blackhawk<br /> (925) 831-0777<br /> www.nextstepdance.com<br /> <br /> 25 years and still dancing at The Next Step! Offering challenging recreational classes to accelerated programs for all ages, styles, and levels. Students build determination, confidence, and poise while learning to balance academics and their passion for dance in preparation for success in life. Now accepting Fall registration.

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