Frequently Asked Questions

One of our founding core values is the combination classroom where children are viewed as unique individuals and curriculum is student-centered and developmentally appropriate. They spend two years in most classrooms, allowing teachers to deepen their understanding of each child’s learning styles and developmental needs, while students learn to negotiate, compromise, and collaborate with peers both younger and older than themselves.


Children generally spend two years in a classroom, experiencing the role of a younger student one year and an older student the next. Curriculum is based on a two-to-three-year rotation.

TK & KGrades 1 & 2Grades 2 & 3Grades 4 & 5Grades 4 & 5


Humanities and science are taught in cross-aged classes of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The expectation for student work and grading in these classes are different according to grade level and ability. The curriculum is based on a three-year rotation. 

Ancient HistoryEarth ScienceCreative Writing
Early Modern World HistoryPhysical Science 
American HistoryLife Science 

Assessments are authentic, varied, and comprehensive to reflect each child’s learning experiences, including their social and emotional growth. These assessments include teacher observations and notes, discussions, portfolios, teacher-developed tests, and student self-reflections.

TK-5 students receive a skills checklist that is shared with parents during parent-teacher conferences twice a year. Middle school students receive both grades and a written evaluation each trimester.

Address: 1387 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Phone: 415 567-6177

Fax: 415 567-0607


For 2023-2024: 189 students

For 2023-2024: 52% Students of Color

For 2023-2024

Kindergarten 11:1

1st – 3rd Grades 9:1

4th – 5th Grades 10:1

6th – 8th Grades 12:1 to 24:1 depending on subject matter

Specialist classes 12:1

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

8:30 AM – 2:10 PM Wednesdays

3:00 – 6:00 PM

2:10 – 6:00 PM Wednesdays

Open to all Synergy families; no waiting list ever.

For 2023-2024:

TK-5 – $25,900

Middle School – $27,400

30% of families receive financial aid

Online application: Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) program powered by Independent School Management

Athletics: Basketball, Cross-country, Futsal, Volleyball

Performing Arts: Band elective, Choir

Student Groups: Eco-Team, LGBTQ+ Student Alliance, People of Color in Independent Schools and Friends (POCIS & F), Student Councils, and Yearbook

Visual Arts: Lunch time art club