Baywood Learning Centers

Community Subscriber

Private School
15 students
Email: enroll [at]
Oakland, CA
Program Type: 
Alternative school, Homeschool program, Independent study, Micro school, Special needs support

Baywood Learning Centers is a parent operated alternative school for gifted (high-ability, but sensitive and intense) students. BLC specializes in providing an individual customized curriculum for every learner. We are currently offering open enrollment across each of our four micro schools. Your high ability learner will meet true peers and learn to love learning again. BLC micro schools operate in small groups and offer individualized curriculum including exciting enrichment options serving exceptional interests. BLC is offering a new hybrid home-school program satisfying all state requirements for a complete education with options for advanced placement.

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Parent Q&A

  • Experience with Baywood Learning

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    I would love to hear any more recent reviews of Baywood Learning. We've been interested in their model in the past, but with the transition to remote learning, we feel it's worth exploring alternative schooling for our kids. How has their program worked for your child/children? Concerns about their strategies, administration, or anything else? Thanks!

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Archived Q&A and Reviews

Oct 2008

Re: Middle school for bright active shy boy
I have a right 10 year old and i have him in a most amazing school. the school is Baywood learning centre call the head, her name is grace and she can talk to you about bright, shy little ones. you can tell her that josefa rec you to the school. josefa

May 2008

My child is GATE identified and not thriving in their current public school environment. I have heard of the Baywood School in Oakland for gifted children but there isn't much on the BPN archives. Any thought? Pros ,Cons. Do you have a child who wasn't flourishing in their old school who transferred to Baywood and is now doing well? Gifted curious

Dear Gifted Curious, I think it is wonderful that you are considering making positive change for your child. Our child attended Baywood school, but later in the school year I decided to withdraw our child from the program. It was a difficult choice. The Baywood campus is beautiful, and there are some wonderful qualities about the program. What did not work for me was that Baywood offers a very loose and unstructured curriculum, where children essentially can do what they desire throughout the school day. There is a new teacher now, so things might be different, but previously, the teacher offered minimal instruction and children were free to roam. If your child thrives better with some structure, like for instance, a set lunch time, or if your child needs guidance in particular academic areas but would be reluctant to request help on his/her own, or if your child needs guidance with social interactions, I would strongly suggest you seriously think over your decision, and ask a lot of questions from both staff and parents regarding any particular needs of your child before enrolling your child. If your child is an independent learner, and is fairly mature regarding taking care of him/herself socially and academically, then Baywood might be an excellent choice. Also consider that the school is new and parent involvement (a big time commitment) is essential. Good luck with your decision! Anon

The previous poster is correct, Baywood Learning Center started in September with an unstructured environment, which was put in place by a teacher who is no longer with the program. The program has since changed to include a flexible structure that includes choices, classes and regular snack and lunch periods. Classes are offered throughout the week by specialists who are experts, professors or professionals in their field. For instance a mathematician comes in to work in small groups and one on one with the students at their individual level. A Historian leads history, an astronomer leads astronomy, etc. An overarching thematic unit provides rich learning content. Right now the theme is oceans. During ''Choice'' times children have the freedom to choose from many interesting activities around the theme, develop their own project or work on their independent project. We are very pleased with how this is working out. Anyone interested in learning more about it is welcome to schedule a site tour or send me an email.
Grace Neufeld
Director, Baywood Learning Center