Golestan Elementary School

With an English language  TK-5  elementary school that integrates a hands on pedagogy, we take a larger step in global citizenship by reserving two to four hours per day for immersing students in Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian languages (and others in the upper grades).

The elementary school focuses on the beauty of humanity – and all that we share in common – and celebrates the heritages and cultures of each community.  While building a strong academic foundation in each child, we are creating a microcosm of the global society we envision for a peaceful future.

As of September 1st, 2018, Golestan is an International Baccalaureate* (IB) candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP). This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School in the spring/summer of 2020. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education.

The school curriculum integrates research-based best practices in the classroom (both indoors and outdoors) such as Common Core and NCSS Science Standards, with a  hands-on, experiential pedagogy.  Our elementary school is the place where students nurture their love of learning, their humanity, and their innate sense of justice.  It is a school where every child is a changemaker who is empowered to create positive change by being resourceful, kind, innovative, conscious, creative, and engaged.  It is a school where the individual child and the collective community of children are equally valued.

This idyllic space, with complex chemistry in cooking class, abstract math in the maker’s lab, and hands-on messy science, feels more like a beautiful home than an institution. It is a place that smells like baked bread, tastes like fresh greens, and sounds like the United Nations.

We are currently enrolling for September 2019.  To learn more about our elementary school admissions process, please click here.


Admissions Process During the Covid-19 Closures 

Elementary School Catalogue 

Staff: Meet our Teachers 

Tuition Information

If you have questions about the elementary school please email primary@golestankids.com.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), the Diploma Program (DP), or the Career-related Program (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For more information about the IB and its programs visit http://www.ibo.org.

Master Plan

Click on the highlighted sections to learn more about the different areas.

Entrance Plaza

• Mature Olive Tree

• Wood or Wire Sculpture

• Climbing stumps

• 5-foot tall vertical climbing logs


• Two rows of trees

• Emergency access

• ADA Ramp

• Running water fountain

• Gate

Water Play Area

• Hand pump releases water into natural materials creek – soil, stones, and plants that are watered by the play activities

• Creek also receives runoff from the basketball court to slow and clean the water

• Water from play is recycled into the farm for irrigation

• 2 bins near water play to store waterproof pants, boots, water equipment

Pre-K, K Play Area

• Fence is composed of moveable bins

• Hay Bales & Cobb Domes

• Raised veggie beds and olive tree(s)

• Weaving and Music walls

Shade Pavilion

• Outdoor classroom with hammocks

• Reading nest adjacent

Indoor/Outdoor Art Room

Tables on wheels

Outdoor Classrooms

Each lower grade class (PreK to Grade 1) will have it's own private indoor/outdoor classroom with retractable walls for seamless access and flow

Sports Court Area

• Junior Basketball Hoop

• Wall Ball

• Four Square

• Mural wall along building

Mound/Climbing Area

• Rope bridge, vertical buried logs

• Climbing stumps and logs buried into mound

Lawn/Soccer and Basketball Area

Benches for spectators

Obstacle Course & Track

• Rope tunnels

• Stumps, rocks, balance beams and other obstacles

Water Play Area

In the water play area, runoff from the asphalt court and part of the roof will travel into the water play creek. The swale mimics a natural creek and is made of soil, sand, stone, plants, and logs. Students will have a chance to learn about how the soil and plants, and the living biota in the soil, clean and remove pollution from runoff. They will also be able to participate and manipulate the physical processes of erosion, hydrology and gravity by pumping water and moving the soil and stone. Water, a precious resource, will flow through the creek to feed riparian trees and plantings along the edges.

Cobb Domes

Sand Box & Flower Garden


Pre-K & K Courtyard

• Wood, rocks & ropes for climbing

• Pathway

• Rain barrels & gardens, water sculptures

Composting Bins

Animal Enclosure

Chicken & Sheep

Tool Shed

Outdoor Kitchen

Pizza oven & outdoor kitchen


Table for meals and projects

Edible School Yard


Golestan admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Golestan does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.