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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:

  • Livermore - Wednesday, February 1
  • Danville - Thursday, February 2
  • Pleasant Hill - Friday, February 3
  • Orinda - Tuesday, February 7
  • Dublin - Friday, February 10
  • Dublin (make-up) - Thursday, February 16


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.


Early childhood involvement in art presents compelling evidence connecting students to a wide spectrum of academic and social benefits. These studies document the habits of mind, social competencies and personal dispositions inherent to arts learning. Research has shown that what students learn in the arts may help them to master other subjects, such as reading, math or social studies. Students who participate in arts learning experiences often improve their achievement in other realms of learning and life.

Kids and Art (Age 3-5): 

  • Dates: Every Thursday,  3/30/17 through 6/08/17 (no class on 4/20 - Spring break)
  • Time: 3:15 p.m.
  • Room Location: Red Tailed Hawk

Junior Explorer (Age 6-12): 

  • Dates: Every Tuesday,  3/28/17 through 6/06/17 (no class on 4/18 - Spring break)
  • Time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Room Location: Willow

Cost for the 10 sessions is $150, plus a $20 Materials fee.
To register, go to: Above and Beyond Rendering - Art Class Registration


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: 

Dates: Every Wednesday,  3/1/17 through 5/10/17 (no class on 4/19 - Spring break)

Time: 4:15 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. To register, go to: The Berkeley Chess School website

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.


Wednesdays, April 12th - May 24th  (no class 4/19)

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

Students will create personal weather journals entering pictures and weather words describing each day. They will also measure the temperature using thermometers and study wind, rain, evaporation and cloud types. Finally, we will graph the weather for an entire month building columns of weather symbols from our class calendar.

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.

Every Thursday, 4/13/17 through 6/08/17 (no class on 4/20/17)

3:45-5:00 pm - Hana's Room

Click here to download the registration form.

For additional information about the program, click here!

Challenger Sports-Mini Kicker Soccer Program

Pleasant Hill Campus Only children ages 2-5.
Sign up for weekly professional coaching from one of Challenger's professional British Trainers. The mini kicker program provides a series of weekly instructional classes that will focus on developing the individual technical ability of each player with emphasis on ball familiarity, dribbling, individual moves, turns, passing control, and shooting.


Thursdays, 4/27/2017 - 6/1/2017, 1:30-2:15

The cost for this 6 week program is $105.

If you would like to enroll, please click here.

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