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Admissions FAQs

What are the grade levels?

Young 5s and K-8th Grade

How many students are in the school?

Depending on the year, there are between 40 and 50 students.

What about the faculty?

Our credentialed special education teachers are highly trained in multi-sensory approaches to learning and utilize teaching styles that are most successful for each student's needs. We are proud of the longevity of our teachers at Arbor Bay School and their commitment to our students.

What is the student to teacher ratio?

Classroom Instruction: Approximately 1:4 in the lower grades and 1:6 in the upper grades. There are approximately 6-14 students per classroom, allowing for small group and individual instruction.

What additional services are offered by the school?

Additional individual speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy are available both during the school day or as part of our after school program for an additional fee.

What are the school hours?

Typical school hours are:

Kindergarten: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

First-Fifth grades: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Sixth-Eighth grades 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday Early Dismissal: 1:30 p.m. for all classes.

Do you have an after school program?

Therapeutic After School Program is offered daily for both students and non-students until 5:00 p.m. Social skills groups, speech therapy and occupational therapy are provided during the after school program for an additional fee.

What about Parent/Teacher conferences?

Formal conferences are scheduled twice per year or at the request of parents or teachers.

Where is Arbor Bay School located?

We are located in the heart of San Carlos, right next to Burton Park. Students enjoy recess at Burton Park and have access to the San Carlos Youth Center as well. Our address is: 1017 Cedar Street, San Carlos CA 94070.

What about longevity?

Many Arbor Bay School's families view Arbor Bay School's small and nurturing environment as a preferred choice for their child's education. At the same time, some of our families work with their teachers on a plan to transition their child to a larger school setting after their student is given the tools to succeed through Arbor Bay School's program.

Does Arbor Bay School provide transportation?

Arbor Bay School does not provide transportation between school and home. Families come to Arbor Bay School from Marin, the East Bay and the South Bay and carpooling is encouraged.