Aurora School’s mission is to nurture children’s love of learning by cultivating academic excellence, emotional intelligence, and social engagement. 

Aurora is a progressive K-8 independent school where teachers foster academic strength and the ability to solve problems with a focus on social justice. Social/Emotional Learning is essential to our curriculum, with an emphasis on self-awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Our community of students, parents and staff practice empathy, kindness, and inclusivity and move through the world with positive intention. 

Our most unique trait is our multi-grade classrooms, where students in grades K/1, 2/3, 4/5 and middle school  share learning spaces. Older students have the opportunity to mentor younger students, who become mentors themselves the next year. They form friendships beyond their age group, and support learning at all levels. 

Our Middle School program focuses on experiential learning with STEM- and humanities-focused Quests, where students work collaboratively to explore real-world issues, stemming from questions like “Are we alone in the universe?” to “How do we transcend our limits?”

Established in 1988, we have one of the lowest teacher/student ratios and largest libraries of any East Bay independent school. Aurora’s curriculum features robust academics integrated with STEM,  art, music, Spanish, woodshop and physical education. All of this happens in the indoor and outdoor spaces of our lovely, historic campus located in Upper Rockridge, off Highways 24 and 13.

If you’d like to learn more about Aurora School and what we can offer your child, visit, or contact to schedule an information session or campus tour. Come see the power of small for yourself!

Aurora School

40 Dulwich Road
Oakland, CA 94618

Admissions contact: Lisa Piccione

Grades: K-8
Category: Academic, Independent