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Serving Junior Kindergarten to 8th Grade
We are currently accepting new students
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Sonder Creek Academy

Learn About Us

Welcome to Sonder Creek Academy

We are honored that you would like to learn more about our program.  We are a private, independent Junior Kindergarten through 8th Grade school in Walnut Creek.  We offer a challenging, engaging program in a supportive, diverse and welcoming community. All schools are unique, and we invite you to learn as much as you can about our program, our approach to learning, and the families, teachers and staff that make up Sonder Creek Academy. Welcome!


Our Approach

Our approach to education starts with our beliefs about children.


Children can do more – Children can learn and do so much, from infants to teenagers.  Some adults may be surprised by how much young learners can accomplish.  Not us.

Children want to do more – Children are naturally curious and motivated, but they may lose both if their environment does not encourage them to learn about and engage with the world.

Children can grow their talents – And this is about more than IQ.  Talents include creativity, planning, team work, and more.  We all have different starting points, but we can grow our talents with the right effort and guidance.  


Across all grades at SCA, we share a common approach:


Challenge all and engage learners in deep, meaningful work – Growth comes from being challenged.  Not only challenged with another worksheet, but challenged to think a big thought, to complete a stimulating project or to view a problem in a new way.  Students will take to being challenged and will view their work as meaningful especially as it relates to their interests and experiences.

Expose students to a diversity of people, ideas and experiences – Students can better connect different ideas, place new insights into context and challenge their assumptions by gaining a multitude of perspectives.  We aim for our students, staff and curriculum to be as rich and diverse as the world around us.

Support the whole child – Students do their best learning when they are in a safe, supportive environment and surrounded by educators who are attuned to their emotional, social as well as academic needs.  Inquiry requires taking risks.  Learning involves ‘failing forward’.  We are intentional in building an environment that promotes learning


See how we translate our approach into action.

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JK & Kindergarten

We focus on strengthening social skills, developing mathematical thinking (vs. just drilling numbers), building competencies in phonics and early literacy.

Lower School

We build a strong foundation in the core subjects of math, reading, spelling, writing and science while also exposing our students to electives, such as Spanish, Art and Computers, to help them develop their interests.

Upper School

We provide our students with a ‘high-school-like’ experience by offering a shortened home room time followed by individual subjects taught by teachers who are experts in their discipline.


Learn more about our students, staff and programs.


Inspired, confident and ready!


Happy Students, Alumni and Parents

Michael Parker SAID

Our family is proud to join the Sonder Creek community and build a new school. We are unstoppable!

Emma Smith SAID

I taught at Palmer School for 5 years and I'm very excited to join SCA and be reunited with so many students and fellow faculty.

Why choose us


80 years in the community

Small class sizes

Strong enrichment programs

No religious affiliation, racially diverse and inclusive to all

School hours

  • Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4:00pm
  • Aftercare 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Office 8:00am - 6:00pm

Our first day of school is September 9. We will be starting the fall semester with remote learning.


School hours

  • Mon-Fri 8:30am - 4:00pm
  • Early Care 7:00am - 8:30am
  • After Care 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Office 8:00am - 6:00pm

Our community is over 80 years. We go to school together, socialize together and we are raising our children together. We used to go to school on Jones Road in Walnut Creek.


We are a private, independent JK - 8th grade school. We have a rigorous academic curriculum led by experienced teachers.


Our Old School was a feeder into De La Salle, Carondelet and other top competitive high schools. We continue to maintain those relationships.


We are located in the East Bay. About twenty-five miles from San Francisco.


Our homeroom classes have 18-22 children. We then split into small skill-based groups of 8-12 children to focus on the core subjects of math and reading.


We do not have any religious affiliation and welcome students of all backgrounds into our community.

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