head-royce parent portal

by Prof. Nels Pollich 5 min read

What kind of school is Head Royce School?

Head-Royce School. Head-Royce School is a diverse K–12 community nestled in the Oakland hills that serves families seeking a transformative educational experience. We cultivate lifelong learners who lead with joy, purpose, and compassion, and are well prepared to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future. Welcome!

How do I get my child into Head Royce?

Anon We are a very happy lower school family at Head Royce. There is no secret way to get into the school. The admissions people are just looking for the right fit. Your child's age, school readiness, personal flexibility, readiness for a big school, and ethnicity all play a role. Specific preschool doesn't matter.

Is there a K-8 program in Head-Royce?

If you are looking for a K-8 program, I highly recommend and hope you will take a look at Head-Royce School (although FYI, Head-Royce is technically a K-12 school -- Lower School comprises of K-5, Middle School comprises of 6-8, and High School comprises of 9-12).

Where can I find out more about Head Royce?

I strongly encourage you to check out the school's website to see what Head Royce does at lower (k-5), middle (6-8), and upper (9-12) grades. Www.headroyce.org Parent of another creative kid

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Student-centered. Mission-driven

Head-Royce School is a diverse K–12 community nestled in the Oakland hills that serves families seeking a transformative educational experience. We cultivate lifelong learners who lead with joy, purpose, and compassion, and are well prepared to embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future. Welcome!

Lower School

The Lower School provides a strong foundation in a wide range of disciplines through a whole-child approach. K-5 students learn through a dynamic and innovative curriculum that emphasizes hands-on activities, simulations, and community engagement.

Middle School

The Middle School provides a developmentally-appropriate sequential program for grades 6-8. Students master the analytical, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills they’ll need for high school in a small, nurturing environment.

Upper School

The Upper School provides a challenging and stimulating liberal arts curriculum that allows students to develop critical thinking skills, take intellectual risks, work in collaborative settings, engage in creative and imaginative learning, and practice ethical decision making.

What is the curriculum at Head-Royce?

Head-Royce provides all students with a well balanced curriculum including a strong arts program focusing on performing and visual arts. Throughout middle school, the students have the opportunity to take classes in filmmaking, songwriting, or studio art. In addition, they can choose to join the middle school band or middle school chorus.

What is our school?

Our School is a place of experiential learning where students are challenged to be inquisitive problem solvers. This year, a group of educators created an election simulation as a way to help students think about the complicated concepts of democracy in a real way. Watch this video to learn more.

Why do parents choose Head-Royce?

Because of the tremendous diversity within the community , there are parents from many kinds of backgrounds, experiences and educational histories. I think the best way to get to know the other parents and to fit-in is to get involved at the school. But generally, I would say the parents are a great group of down to earth people who want their children to have a balanced and fun education.

What is a head Royce?

Head-Royce is a place that encourages intellectual risk-taking. Our Lower School Head once said that Lower School is a place where kids should be free to ask questions, to be curious, and not to be stopped from learning for fear of making a mistake. And I have really seen this in action.

What grade did Head Royce go to?

Head Royce was amazing for my daughter,changed her outlook on life. She went there in 11th grade, moved cross country from high powered Washington DC private school. At HRS, she realized she was smart, confident, etc. This was 2011-12.

Why did I choose H-R over other schools?

We chose H-R over the other 3 east bay schools because after many visits we all felt like it was the most welcoming, comfortable and exciting place to be, and the right size. The 2 full-time college counselors have done an outstanding job of shepherding the 82 seniors through their process this fall. Many kids have already received early acceptances into the colleges of their choice. I did not believe that my son would do this on his own, on time, but his counselor really got to know him and guided him with weekly meetings and e-mails. They help the kids find colleges that are a good personal fit rather than trying to channel everyone into an ivy league school.

Is Head-Royce School going to return to public school?

I can't say enough good things about Head-Royce School. We will not return to public for high school and yes, I do realize how fortunate we are to have this choice.

Parent Q&A

There are not many recent reviews and I wanted to ask about people's experiences with the Head Royce Summer Program. My kids are in K and 3rd grade.

Archived Q&A and Reviews

I am looking into Head Royce's Lower School Summer Program for this summer (for child entering 4th grade) and would be interested in hearing reviews/feedback from parents of children who have attended the program in the last 2 years or so.

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