Choosing a school for your little one can be a daunting task, and then only the test of time will tell if it’s the right match for your child — and for you! Some families want a school connected to their religion. Others want Montessori or Waldorf. Some want non-denominational. And, of course, location, value and quality are also important factors. When you visit the websites of these schools, you will see smiling students in idyllic environments. Only when you delve deeper do you find that each school has its own personality, character and educational style. We recommend you visit any school you are considering. Take a tour, attend an open house, talk to parents, and check out our post about choosing a school for little one. As usual, if if we’ve left anyone on the list, please let us know! In some cases, the schools responded to our inquiries for information; in others, we pulled information from their websites. Our goal, quite simply, was to provide a list of private schools in one place to help you if you are considering private school for your child. We did not include all the private daycare facilities that exist in Napa, contact Community Resources for Children, which can assist you in finding child care. We will continue to update this directory as new information becomes available.

AMERICAN CANYON

Calvary Baptist Christian Academy
(Baptist) K-12 117 Theresa Ave.
American Canyon, CA 94503
707-642-1143
mindy.stevens@cbcac.org
Calvary Baptist Christian Academy was founded in 1999 to provide a Christian alternative to the humanistic education offered in other private and public schools. All subjects are taught from a Biblical, conservative, fundamental, Baptist point of view. We emphasize wholesome Christian living, personal salvation through Jesus Christ, obedience to the Word and will of God, and using our talents and gifts for the glory of God. The purpose of the school is to direct the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual development of each child. The primary directive of Calvary Baptist Christian Academy is to train young people to serve Jesus Christ.

Napa Valley Montessori    OPEN HOUSE: Wednesday, October 1
(Montessori)
K-5
120 West American Canyon Road M9
American Canyon, CA 94503
707-647-1066
info@napavalleymontessori.com
The Napa Valley Montessori Learning Center accepts children between the ages of 2.6 and 12 years old. Our individualized program is designed in accordance with each child’s social and emotional needs, as well as his or her academic and physical development. Napa Valley Montessori’s academic curriculum consists of reading, math, practical life, sensorial, geography, cultural subjects, and music. Our main goal is to provide quality Montessori education and childcare to Napa Valley and neighboring areas, to empower children by giving them the opportunity to achieve their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, caring, and productive citizens.

Noah’s Ark
(Christian)
PK-K (starting at 2 years old)
2 Andrew Rd.
American Canyon, CA 94503
707-644-0576
office@amcanchurch.org
Noah’s Ark Christian School is a year-round, state-licensed, nonprofit tuition based center for children. We believe children are natural learners who seek to understand and explore the world around them. We offer age and developmentally appropriate activities that will help foster learning and independence. Our curriculum promotes literacy with pre-reading and pre-writing skills. Your child will experience art and music, and explore math and science concepts. With the use of instructional aids such as computer tablets, listening and academic centers, your child will participate in an array of activities that will make learning fun. Other activities include social skills and safety awareness groups. These groups allow children to share and speak of their favorite items, and develop safety awareness skills. Our staff is highly trained, motivated, and use creative teaching strategies to help every child learn to the best of their ability.

ANGWIN

Pacific Union College Elementary School
(Seventh Day Adventist)
K-8
135 Neilson Court
Angwin, CA 94508
707-965-2459
pucelementary@puc.edu
Students at PUC Elementary build a solid foundation of study skills and habits that lead to a life-long love of learning. In small classes students get focused personal attention from highly qualified and experienced teachers. Students consistently achieve more than one year of academic growth as measured on nationally standardized achievement tests.

CALISTOGA

Hearts and Hands Preschool
(non-denominational)
PK
1504 Myrtle St.
Calistoga, CA 94515
707-942-1224
info@heartsandhandskids.com
Widespread research demonstrates the effectiveness of early childhood education for success in all future education and life experience. In 2016, Hearts and Hands Preschool celebrates thirteen years of outstanding education. Since its beginning, almost 500 youngsters have benefited through Hearts & Hands. Public school teachers have remarked that our children are well-prepared and fully ready to enter Kindergarten. Hearts & Hands is a non-profit, non-sectarian, state-licensed preschool, and the only full-day preschool in Calistoga, open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hearts & Hands affords parents a safe and caring learning environment with qualified teachers and a top-quality curriculum that develops mind, body, and social skills.

Highlands Christian Preschool
(Christian)
PK
970 Petrified Forest Road
Calistoga, CA 94515
707-942-5557
Sound, Biblical character development produces great leadership qualities in our youth. Highlands Christian Preschool (HCP) strives to positively impact our youth by imparting the principles of self-responsibility, respect for authority as well as for peers, manners, cheerful obedience and above all, truth about God and His will for our lives. HCP provides a quality program in a non-competitive environment for preschool students, primarily ages 2 through 6, promoting individual growth based on the personality and learning style of each student. Highlands Christian Preschool is located on Petrified Forest Road, near the intersection of Foothill Blvd. We are on the West side of the street and can easily be seen when coming into Calistoga from Mark West Springs Road or Calistoga Road. We are the only preschool in the Napa Valley that is home to Kids Shapers founder, Teena Ingram.

NAPA

A Place of My Own
2590 First Street (CrossWalk Community Church)
Napa, CA
PK (don’t need to be potty-trained)
707-224-8667
Director@aplaceofmyown.org
Our keys to success at A place of My Own (APOMO) are Child, Program, Staff and Parents. At A Place Of My Own, we believe that every child is an individual, deserving unique focus and attention. We are sensitive to each child’s emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. We want our children to become aware of their own cultural identity, while instilling a respect for others. By teaching the children to become positive members of our classroom community, we in turn are introducing them to their lifelong participation in the community as a whole.

Blue Oak School
(Progressive)
K-12
1436 Polk Street Napa, CA 94559
707-261-4500
msanchez@blueoakschool.org
Blue Oak School is Napa Valley’s first and only independent, progressive school. Blue Oak’s progressive approach invites students to delve deep into a subject matter and discover the why of what they are learning. The learning process is malleable and is shaped according to students’ interests and findings. The integrated curriculum is child-centered and developmentally appropriate, allowing learning to take place in a meaningful context while nurturing students’ internal motivation. The emphasis is on experiential, hands-on learning experiences. As empathetic citizens of a democracy, students learn to be responsible to and for each other.

First Christian School of Napa   OPEN HOUSE: 2/13 (K-8), 2/16 (Preschool)
(Christian)
PK-8
2659 First Street, Napa, CA 94558
707-253-7226
admissions@fccnapa.org
First Christian School opened its doors in 1998 with the vision of creating a private, non-denominational Christian school to serve the Napa Valley. Since that time, the school has grown to include five preschool classrooms (2 years to Pre-K) and a full elementary and middle school (K-8th grade). The school’s mission is to assist parents in raising their children by providing a challenging academic education instilled with Christian values. In addition to a strong academic program, students also have weekly art, technology, physical education and Spanish classes.

Harvest Christian Academy     OPEN HOUSE: May 22, 2017
(Christian)
1-12
2800 Jefferson St Suite 7
Napa, CA 94558
707-889-0190
harvestacademypsp@gmail.com Website: Style: We are a Christian PSP (Private Satellite Program) We enroll students in grades 1-12 Harvest Christian Academy was established in 1994 for the purpose of serving and supporting families who choose to home educate their children. Our desire is to assist parents in the nurture and development of their children so that each child, to the best of their ability, may excel academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

Hopper Creek Montessori
(Montessori)
PK-K
2141 Second Street
Napa, CA 94559
707-252-8775
info@hoppercreekmontessori.com
Hopper Creek Montessori School was originally established in Yountville in 1978 before moving to downtown Napa. The school promotes the growth of each child individually. Love, safety, intimacy with parents and children alike make Hopper Creek Montessori not only a “school” but a “home away from home” for its students. Classroom curriculum includes Practical Life, Sensorial, Science, Handwriting, Art, Geography, Math and Language. Our philosophy is to guide each child through the process of loving to learn, being part of a family group, accepting responsibility for their own choices and independence. Respect for each other and the materials are pivotal for achieving good self-esteem. The school offers an afternoon enrichment program for ages 3 to 6 as well as a Spanish immersion program for 5 to 6 year-olds.

Kolbe Academy and Trinity Prep   OPEN HOUSE: January 28
(Catholic)
TK-12
2055 Redwood Rd.
Napa, CA 94559
707-258-9030
office@kolbetrinity.org
Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep is a Catholic school for families with children in Grades T-K – 12 providing a high-quality, classically-influenced Catholic education in an academically challenging, faith-filled environment. The school is dedicated to forming the whole person—mind, body, and soul—in order to renew the world through children and young adults who possess the highest educational, moral, civic, and spiritual values.

Le Petit Elephant Le Petit Elephant Nursery and Preschool
(Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia and RIE philosophies)
Infant (6 weeks) through Pre-K
2645 Laurel St.
Napa CA 94558
707-690-8797
Admin@LePetitElephantNapa.com
Le Petit Elephant Nursery and Preschool promotes an environment where children become independent, confident, lifelong learners with a strong sense of self. We proudly offer a positive, child-centered, play-based preschool experience that fosters a love of learning in a nurturing community. We utilize a thoughtful combination of child development strategies from both the Reggio-Emilia Approach and the Waldorf philosophy. We play, learn, dance, read books, make music, practice yoga, grow an organic garden tended by the children, learn about green living, speak Spanish, and we serve healthy and organic snacks. Our infant center is a natural, home-like environment filled with only safe, high quality, non-plastic, non-toxic toys and materials. Our loving and bilingual infant teachers follow the RIE caregiving philosophy, respectfully allowing each child to develop at their own pace and explore their environment. We are cloth diapering, baby-wearing and bilingual friendly. Come grow with us!

Little Oak Nursery School
4149 Linda Vista Ave
P.O. Box 2213
Napa
Toddler-PK
707-258-6310
director@littleoaknursery.com
We offer a preschool experience to children who are 2 years old through entry into kindergarten. We are open Monday –Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Little Oak Nursery School operates from mid-August through June. The school is open to any child who can benefit from the program regardless of race, religion, creed or national origin. Little Oak Nursery School is licensed through the state of California.

Napa Christian Campus of Education    OPEN HOUSE: May 16, 2017
(Seventh-Day Adventist)
K-12
2201 Pine Street
Napa, CA 94559
707-255-5233
info@napachristian.com  Napa Christian is a K-12 Seventh-day Adventist School in Napa that has been educating Napa’s youth since 1923. We are dedicated not only to academic excellence but to the development of a personal relationship with God. Offering K-12 education, NCCE nurtures students from the earliest stages of childhood to young adulthood.

Napa Montessori Children’s House
(Montessori)
PK-K
29 Winestone Court
Napa, CA 94558
707-252-2562
The Napa Montessori Children’s House provides a quality Montessori environment and dynamic learning experiences which are designed according to the developmental characteristics and needs of children; to guide and nurture each child — intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

Napa Valley Nursery School
(Parent Cooperative)
Toddler-PK
641 Randolph St.
Napa, CA 94558
707-224-3319
NVNS@outlook.com
A parent cooperative, Napa Valley Nursery School program offers a balance of activities designed to promote the preschool child’s development. Each day’s schedule offers flexibility to meet the needs of every child. Mz. Lori, as she’s known to preschoolers and parents alike, is dedicated to the philosophy of Cooperative Schools. She says “Together We’re Better: children, parents and teachers.” Since most of the day-to-day operation of NVNS is administered by its membership, Mz. Lori is able to focus on developing a creative, integrated curriculum and most importantly, she is able to focus her attention on the children. Mz. Lori stresses the value of play, communication and social skills as key elements to the ‘validation of self’ and ‘cooperation with peers’. She is very attuned to children’s varying needs and abilities and teaches them to value their individuality while stressing the importance of working together as friends.

Nature’s Way Montessori
(Montessori)
Toddler (2 years)-grade 3
3051 Browns Valley Rd.
Napa, CA 94558
707-226-5437
Nature’s Way Montessori offers beautifully prepared environments, both indoor and out, that meets the developmental needs of children. Our peaceful classrooms and compassionate staff nurture a respect for self and others, foster a strong sense of community and stimulate independent thinking. Students carry with them a strong foundation for learning, a belief in the dignity of work and a sense of responsibility for their own development as happy and productive human beings. We offer an all day, year round schedule. Our curriculum includes a year round organic garden to table program, bi-lingual Spanish classrooms and hiking.

St. Apollinaris Elementary School   OPEN HOUSE: February 2, 5:30-7 pm
(Roman Catholic)
TK-8
3700 Lassen Street
Napa CA 94558
707-224-6525
acardwell.adminsec@gmail.com
St. Apollinaris Catholic School offers a comprehensive, accredited Catholic education for grades transitional kindergarten through 8th grade. St. Apollinaris Catholic School’s mission is to provide a Christ centered, faith-filled community where each student develops as an active Catholic, a life-long learner, an effective communicator, and a responsible, ethical, caring and contributing person in society. St. Apollinaris offers many extracurricular activities including art, athletics, cheerleading, choir, traffic patrol, and SALT (their leadership program).

St. John the Baptist Catholic
(Roman Catholic)
K-8
983 Napa Street Napa, CA 94559
tgarcia@sjtbcschool.org
St. John the Baptist Catholic School is an educational ministry of St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish in Napa, California. We offer a challenging academic program in a safe, stimulating and Christ-centered community. Our faculty, in cooperation with parents and parish, provides our students in opportunities, values and experiences to become conscientious and contributing members of society. We believe all St. John Baptist Catholic School students are a reflection of Jesus Christ and His teachings. In partnership, parents and educators guide students to become active persons of faith, engaged learners and responsible citizens.

St. John’s Lutheran School    OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, January 26, 6 pm
(Christian)
Preschool (3 years old by September 1) through 8th grade
3521 Linda Vista Avenue
Napa, CA 94558
707-226-7970
kgoller@stjohnsnapa.org
St. John’s Lutheran School (SJL) has been a part of the Napa community since 1938.The school’s purpose is to help students grow in their relationship with Christ and develop the knowledge and skills to be confident, academically capable individuals who serve Christ, His church, and His world. SJL offers a challenging curriculum that includes a full range of academic subjects, as well as music, art, Spanish, PE, and technology. Extracurricular activities include a sports program, a robotics club, a theatre and drama program, and a dance team. SJL has dual accreditation through the National Lutheran School Accreditation and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Sunrise Montessori of Napa Valley
(Montessori)
PK-6
1226 Salvador Avenue
Napa, CA 94558
707-253-1105
info@sunrisemontessorinapa.com
It all began in 1978 when a group of Montessori teachers and parents formed a small preschool. After the toddler year, all of the Montessori school’s programs are multi-age. Multi-age education is the practice of teaching children of different ages together in the same classroom without dividing the students or curriculum into steps labeled by grade designations. Students progress along a continuum of simple to more complex material at their own pace. They make continuous progress, rather than being promoted to the next grade at the end of the school year. Students who stay will have the same teacher for 2-3 years and generally two-thirds of the students remain together from year to year, with only the oldest students advancing to the next group.

Yellow Brick Road Preschool
2211 First St & 222 Spring St Napa, CA
707-255-1124 or 707-255-9289
Toddler-PK (don’t need to be potty-trained)
At Yellow Brick Road, the main concern is the wellbeing, health, and safety of each child here–a foremost consideration in providing a happy environment. Our goal is to supply the child with the well-prepared environment that will blend with our total development program, stressing self-confidence and learning to get along with others; always making these areas challenging. We believe independence comes naturally when children are encouraged to find their own solutions. A major factor in our program planning is recognition of the needs and abilities of each individual child. We attempt to present all academics in a matter both fun for the child and positive in effect.

Young World of Learning
(Christian)
Toddler (age 2)-age 10
3765 Oxford Street
Napa, CA 94558
707-252-9330
ywol@aol.com
This program is based on the assumption that children learn at their own rate. Therefore, the educational philosophy is based on meeting the developmental needs of the children. We will emphasize the knowledge of colors, shapes, pre-reading skills (we use primarily the itl-program), pre-math skills through the use of games, puzzles, stories, worksheets, art experiences and block-building experiences.

ST. HELENA

Foothills Adventist Elementary School
(Seventh Day Adventist)
711 Sunnyside Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574
PK-8
707-963-3546
Info@foothillselementary.org
Since 1902 Foothills Adventist Elementary has been providing a quality Christ-centered education in the heart of the Napa Valley. Foothills prides itself in creating an environment in which all children can learn and succeed to become service oriented members of the community. With an emphasis on life skills and building family relationships that will last a lifetime, Foothills has developed a rich program that integrates high academic standards and solid Bible-based learning into a safe environment kids enjoy.

St. Helena Catholic School
(Roman Catholic)
PK-*
1255 Oak Ave.
St. Helena, CA 94574
707-963-4677
office@sthelenacatholicschool.org
St. Helena Catholic School, a fully-accredited teaching institution, has consistently received the highest level of certification by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA). Because we believe in the guided growth and nurturing of the “whole child”, St. Helena Catholic School provides enrichment educational programs in environmental science, the fine arts, and performing arts as well as academic achievement emphasis.

St. Helena Cooperative Nursery School
(Parent Cooperative)
1201 Niebaum Lane
Rutherford, CA 94573
707-963-7212
Children learn through play. Our program emphasizes the development of the whole child through social interaction, multi-sensory activities and active parent involvement.The St. Helena Cooperative Nursery School is licensed by the State of California, Community Care Licensing Division. We are also a member of the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools, and are proud to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).We welcome families of all cultures, religions, races and ethnic backgrounds. We are a parent-run, not-for-profit organization.

St. Helena Montessori
(Montessori)
NS-9
880 College Ave.
St. Helena, CA 94574
info@sthms.org
St. Helena Montessori was founded in 1981 by Mrs. Elena Heil and Mrs. Olga McAdam, who taught the first Montessori Primary Class. In 1985, the school expanded to include a Montessori Elementary Class. In 1989, it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation and a Board of Directors became the governing body of the school. In 2008, an Adolescent Program / Farm School was added. The Adolescent Program maintains a farm on the school’s 20-acre parcel on the east side of St. Helena, which became the permanent home to the entire school in the fall of 2013. St. Helena Montessori offers three levels of Montessori education: a five-day-per-week Primary program for children from the age of 2 ½ years through 6 years, an Elementary program for 6 through 12 years, and an Adolescent / Farm School for 12- to 15-year-old students.

Sun and Stars Montessori School
(Montessori)
Toddler-K
1425 Oak Ave St. Helena, CA 94574
1310 Adams St. St. Helena, CA 94574
707-967-1984
sunandstarsmontessori@gmail.com
Sun and Stars Montessori School, formerly Montessori Family Center (MFC) established in 1981, serves families with preschool, toddler, and Kindergarten children ages two through six years of age. Providing Montessori education for children from Calistoga to Napa, Sun and Stars also currently provides extended care programs for working families of the area. We are licensed to educate and care for 56 students between our two locations.Sun and Stars offers a variety of schedules that include half day and full day school as well as morning and afternoon care options. Spanish is practiced daily in both classes and French is optional two days a week. Music is incorporated daily into circle time in both classes. Ask about our Music Together Program!

Wine Country Day School
PK
6554 Yount Street, Yountville, CA 94599
1315 Salvador Ave, Napa, CA 94558 Napa, CA
707-252-9290
Wine Country Day has no website and limited information on their Facebook page. We have reached out to them for more info and will add it when we hear back.