Welcome to Park Side!

Park Side is one of two elementary public schools P3280020_1.JPGin the Sebastopol Union School District in Sebastopol, CA serving approximately 220 children in Kindergarten through grade five.  

Where is Park Side?

Park Side is located in the center of Sebastopol, just a few blocks from downtown, the public library, and Ives Park with a playground, pool and baseball diamond. It is very accessible for dropping off and picking up children.  Our address is 7450 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA  95472.

The entire staff at Park Side has an invested interest in developing students to become thoughtful, imaginative, progressive, and compassionate people. The curriculum goes far beyond academics to foster our children’s desire to learn about the people and world around them.

— Deborah, third grade parent

What is special about the school?

There are two special programs integrated into the classrooms and culture at Park Side:

1.     Park Side is an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) School, the only public school in Sonoma County offering the IB Primary Years Program (PYP). IB schools were founded to encourage a global perspective in all subjects. Spanish language instruction is provided in grades 1 through 5, and teachers work in teams to develop units to study that each year focus on six universal themes:IMG_4101_1.JPG

    • Who we are
    •  Where we are in place and time
    • How we express ourselves
    • How the world works
    • How we organize ourselves
    • Sharing the planet

The heart of the IB Program is the Learner Profile that teaches students to become thinkers, inquirers, communicators, risk takers, open-minded, balanced, caring, principled, knowledgeable and reflective.  

The instructional foundation of IB is an inquiry-based program that develops critical and higher-order thinking skills, and focuses on the development of the whole child. The aim of the PYP is to engender "international-mindedness" in its students so that they leave here with an understanding of the global impact their actions and values can and do have on the planet we all share. To learn more about IB, please visit the website at http://www.ibo.org/.

2.     Park Side uses the Toolbox Project, a social-emotional learning curriculum that fosters the development of resilience, self-mastery, and empathy in students. Examples of some of the 12 tools that students are encouraged to use include the Listening tool, the Apology and Forgiveness tool, the Personal Space tool, and the Courage tool.

After recently relocating to Sebastopol we were drawn to the International Baccalaureate program offered at Parkside Elementary for our kindergartener and second grader. The IB learner profile is an excellent match with our family goals and values, for education and for life. It has been great getting to know this wonderful school community.    


Who attends Park Side?

Park Side families choose the school for a variety of reasons — the unique IB program, convenience, a commitment to public school education, an interest in being part of a school community that values its diversity and is committed to globally-minded citizens.

When relocating to the Santa Rosa area, we chose Sebastopol primarily because of Park Side School and CASTLE (the before and after-school program located on campus). We were impressed by the diverse student population, the cohesive and exciting curriculum resulting from the IB program, and the excellent art and drama programs.

   Mark, parent of kids in second grade and Kindergarten

Is there a childcare program?P3160008_1.JPG

The Sebastopol Union School District offers an extended child care program for grades K-6, as well as a preschool for children ages three and four, on-site at Park Side Schools from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Care is provided before and after school as well as on school vacation days and during the summer. CASTLE (Children's After School Transitional Learning Environment), provides flexible hours and accepts subsidy payments.  For more information, see their website: http://sebastopolschools.org/castlechildcare.html.

Park Side offers a rare combination – a public school serving a diverse community, combined with an alternative approach that goes far beyond the basic curriculum.


   Renata, first grade parent


Can I visit Park Side?

We invite you to visit anytime. Please stop by the office during regular school hours, or, if there is something in particular you would like to see, give us a call at (707) 829-7400.