A Private Elementary School and Middle School In Berkeley, CA

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“When my husband and I found The Academy, we felt we had found a safe haven from the turbulent waters of local public education.”
– Parent of seventh grader and first grader



About Us

The Academy is a private, co-educational school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school offers a traditional and accelerated academic program, rich in the arts and music, for motivated and eager learners. The Academy promotes academic excellence, creativity and self-expression. Standards of excellence are fostered in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere that encourages all students to succeed.


Class sizes are small, enabling academic cohesiveness while also accommodating individual academic needs. The limited class size allows us to provide individualized attention to students and close communication with parents. It also ensures that no child has concerns or issues that go unnoticed.


The school has a warm family atmosphere. Its community is diverse ethnically, culturally, and socio-economically and this range of ideas and experiences is celebrated at the school every day. Students get to know each other across age and background differences to build a tight community, and many friendships are formed that last well beyond their years at The Academy. Many of our former students return for annual or special events and stay in close touch with the school years after they have moved on.


At The Academy, parents are always welcome in the classroom. We encourage mothers and fathers to participate in their children's daily activities. Teachers maintain an ongoing and open line of communication regarding student progress. Parents receive regular report cards, ERB test results, and attend individual parent-teacher conferences. Equally important are the informal conversations that take place every day among teachers, parents and students.


The Academy is owned by the Lombardo Family - the sons and daughters of founder Marshall H. Lombardo. The Lombardo Family believes in nurturing students' curiosity and enthusiasm, encouraging their creativity and originality, and above all, ensuring that young learners are treated with the utmost respect. Please watch the video below to learn more.

2722 Benvenue Ave. | Berkeley, CA 94705 | 510.549.0605