Sunnyside Micro-School

At the Sunnyside Micro-School, we are building a world that values cognitive diversity — a world in which gifted and twice-exceptional children feel safe to demonstrate their skills, knowledge, and values in a personal and meaningful manner.

The Sunnyside Micro-School educationally and emotionally supports gifted and twice-exceptional students as they develop their talents and abilities. We do this in two key ways: Firstly, we provide one-on-one educational coaching in the areas of math and language arts. Secondly, we offer an inclusive and compassionate Maker learning environment that values freedom, choice, and creativity.

We believe that when freedom and growth are held in equal esteem, gifted and twice-exceptional children thrive.

Sunnyside Micro-School is located in the Lakeshore neighborhood of Oakland, CA. We invite learners to find their best-fit schedule by enrolling for two, three, four, or five days a week.

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The Sunnyside Micro-School is founded and led by Jade Ann Rivera with the support of 4.0 schools. Jade is an educator specializing in building micro-schools for neurodivergent learners. In 2016, her book Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget was released by GHF Press. That same year she was recognized by the California Association for the Gifted for her distinguished service. Jade’s training in Nonviolent Communication and her Montessori credential inspire her educational philosophies and practices. She graduated with a degree in Chemistry, in 2002, from The Evergreen State College. Shortly after, she was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for study in Thailand. After a brief, successful, yet unfulfilling career as a chemist, she  made the switch to alternative education. Jade’s been designing dynamic, out-of-the-box learning environments ever since.

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