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Enrichment Programs

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Fountainhead provides access to third party providers who offer various types of field trips and other enrichment programs. These are not Fountainhead programs, but solely the programs of the third party provider. The third party provider is solely responsible for the content and activities of the program, although the program may be conducted at a Fountainhead site. Enrollment in any of these programs is through the third party provider and all amounts payable are paid to the third party provider, with the third party provider also assuming all responsibility for the program offered.

Free On-Site Field Trips

Fountainhead offers access to various on-site "field trips" at no additional cost. These programs are held each year and are available to currently enrolled children. They are presented by outside educational organizations during a series of visits to the school.

Each Spring we welcome the ZooMobile to our schools.  The students in our Preschool/PreK and PreK/K classes have a close encounter with a variety of animals and learn more about a variety of animals with experts from the Oakland Zoo. Past visitors have included a hedgehog, a rabbit, and a turtle! You can learn more about this program at:

The Zoomobile has visited every campus this spring!  Please check back for next year's dates!

Every Spring we welcome the InsectMobile to our schools. San Francisco's Insect Discovery Lab comes to campus to show students how insects impact our environment and eco-system. Children get a hands-on opportunity to learn about millipedes, beetles, walking sticks and other anthropods. You can learn more about their program at

InsectMobile Dates:

  • Coming in Spring 2018

After-School Programs
Fountainhead offers access to after-school programs which are conducted at some of our campuses by third party providers. These optional programs are an additional cost and are subject to change at any time.


Enrollment is open to children who are age five by January 2017.

Studies have found that chess improves test results in reading, science, and math, and encourages growth in critical cognitive skills. Beyond academia, chess influences social behavior, including self esteem, respect for others, patience, and good sportsmanship. Students at all levels of skill are welcome!

The Berkeley Chess School (BCS) is a nonprofit organization offering chess instruction from elementary through high school since 1982. "Coach Cris" has been teaching chess since 2004, both after school and in private lessons.  He enjoys working with children and bringing them the benefits of chess.

Boards and sets are provided for our classes.  Each hour includes 20 minutes of instruction and 40 minutes of supervised play.

Elementary Classes Only: 

Class Dates: Wednesdays, November 29, 2017 - January 17, 2018

Location: Fountainhead Library

Time: 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Cost for the 10 sessions is $150.  The Elementary class minimum is 10 and maximum is 16.  Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis and classes tend to fill quickly.

Cooking Round the World

Cooking Round the World gives boys & girls, the opportunity to learn about countries around the world by cooking…. and eating!

Cost is $160 for the 7-class session. Each class is 1.5 hours.
Pricing includes an apron, food that we cook and eat, and all recipes emailed at the end of the session. Classes limited to 12. This class is an amazingly fun way to introduce your child to new foods and fun projects in the kitchen!

Allergies: Cooking Round the World is a nut free program. There are no tree nuts or peanuts in any recipe. If your child has another allergy, please contact Director Mindy Myers, 510-593-5285, before signing up.

Primary Class Dates: Tuesdays, October 24th - December 12th
(No class on November 21st)
Time: 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

If you would like to register, please go to Click on "Afterschool" then on "Fountainhead Afterschool Program." Phone registrations not accepted.


Piano and Guitar lessons with Farida Nelson (Elementary Students Only)

With over 15 years of international musical experience as a professional music educator, performing artist, recording musician, songwriter and arranger, Farida Nelson has won multiple contests and music awards. She has many years working as a performing pianist and a singer, and teaching private and group piano lessons, specializing in giving lessons to children. Farida can also assist your student in participating in the Music Teachers' Association of California Certificate of Merit Program

Farida will offer guitar lessons on Tuesday afternoons and piano on Wednesday afternoons, beginning October 31st.

To register your child, go to:

Piano lessons with Bernadette Hu (Elementary Students Only)

Bernadette has been playing the piano since she was 5 years old. Over the years, she took numerous music theory, piano and music history classes. She worked her way through high school and college teaching children piano. Bernadette's piano classes will give your child an introduction to music, and will teach them how to read music, have rhythm and understand basic theory.

Bernadette will offer piano lessons on Tuesday afternoons.

To register your child, go to:

Science Program

Orinda Campus Only-children ages 4-6
Len Paterson offers after-school science programs. These programs are designed by Len and offered by him individually, and are not part of the regular Fountainhead curriculum.  Len has been teaching science to young children for 15 years at Berkeley Montessori School. He received his Montessori Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University in 1988. He has been a head teacher for six years and directed an after school program that focused on creative arts and crafts. He uses the FOSS (Full Option Science System) specifically designed for early childhood.

Len was trained at the Lawrence Hall of Science in the nationally recognized ‘Peaches and Gems' Program. This hands-on experiential learning is engaging and very appealing to young learners.  Please note, you are not charged for child care time while your child is in science class.

Balance and Motion

Session 2: Wednesdays, October 25th - December 6th
(No class on November 22 - Thanksgiving)

Time: 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Students will explore balance using clothespin counterweights placed on cardboard objects and pencils. They will also observe motion, particularly rotation. For hands on experience with rotation, students will design and construct various toys, such as spinning tops, "twirler-birds", cars with wheel and axle systems that roll and finally a "roller-coaster" for marbles.

The cost for this 6-session class is $115 and space is limited as classes are nearly full with returning students.

To enroll, please email Len ( directly.

Young Engineers - LEGO Challenge

Dublin Campus
The LEGO Challenge program introduces elementary school children (ages 6-12) to the basic principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). By integrating basic arithmetic learned in school with an intuitive active learning process, children grasp a better understanding of the fundamentals of physics and engineering concepts.

Cost for the 8 week session is $200.00

Dublin Elementary Classes:

Open to all Elementary students.

Primary Class Dates: Thursdays, January 25th - March 15th
Time: 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Elementary Class Dates: Fridays, January 26th - March 16th
Time: 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.

For additional information about the program, click here!

Kidz Love Soccer

For more than 30 years, Kidz Love Soccer has been providing communities in California, Oregon, Washington and now Texas with fun, organized soccer classes and camps for children ages 2 to 12 years. We create a lively, positive and safe environment for kids to learn how to play soccer and develop a lifelong love for soccer and sports. Just ask one of our 600,000 graduates!

Kidz Love Soccer has a team of trained instructors that love teaching and bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the soccer field. Using our field-tested and age-appropriate proprietary curriculum, our youth classes teach kids all the fundamentals of soccer in a high-energy, non-competitive program designed to encourage good sportsmanship and a love for sports.

Primary Class Dates: Thursday, 11/09/2017 - 12/14/2017
(No class on November 23 - Thanksgiving)
Time: 3:15 to 4:15 pm (Class is FULL)

Elementary Class Dates: Thursday, 11/09/2017 - 12/14/2017
(No class on November 23 - Thanksgiving)
Time: 4:15 to 5:15 pm

The cost for this 5 week program is $75.

If you would like to enroll, please click here.

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By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.

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Goals of the Classroom

Our classrooms, which we call the prepared environment, will allow your child a great deal of independence within a defined structure.

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Choosing the Right Class

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About Our Staff

Ninety percent of our head teachers have over 10 years of Montessori classroom experience. They are loving, creative, respectful, and supportive educators.

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Observe a class and see if Fountainhead is the best placement for your family. By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.