Golestan operates on a quarterly schedule:
- Fall: September-November
- Winter: December-February
- Spring: March-May
- Summer: June-August
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are enrolled as spots become available (usually in September). Each student is selected by age and gender in the order his/her application was received. Priority is given to children with siblings at Golestan, children of past and present employees, and children of Board members.
We are accepting applications for preschool programs for Fall 2015 and beyond. Also accepting applications for after-schoolers (grade school age) for fall 2014 and beyond. Applicants are encouraged to submit their forms at their earliest convenience as many families apply when they are pregnant.
Each age group may participate in the programs below – all lesson plans follow a monthly themed schedule that applies to the entire school, but are adapted by each class to be developmentally appropriate – all children are encouraged to understand the world around them through exploration and experimentation.
- Art (developing emotional, cognitive, and motor development through art)
- Language (basic alphabet up to reading and writing)
- Movement (dance and yoga)
- Rhythm (learning classical Iranian rhythm and traditional songs)
- Nature (gardening, environmental sciences, and ecology)
- Performing Arts (theater, song/dance performance, puppet shows)
- Practical Life (cooking, courtesy, general social sciences)
- Science (basic physics, chemistry, and biology)
All programs are in Persian/Farsi only and are conducted within the framework of the general daily Golestan heuristic philosophy. With the exception of teaching letters and numbers for Kindergarten preparedness, no English is ever spoken in the classroom.
After schoolers may enroll in as little as two programs per week. All preschool aged children must be enrolled in at least 4 daily programs per week. Children that are not exposed to Persian/Farsi on a daily basis at home must enroll in multiple programs for a total of 5 days of attendance per week.
To view our 2013-2014 handbook, please click here
“It’s amazing what transformations the kids have gone through in such a short time at Golestan. Immersing the kids in [this] environment has helped them become comfortable speaking Persian. Within these bright children, the desire to learn more grows with each enriching day at Golestan.” – Former Golestan teacher’s aide
Golestan Kids 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. It 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.
Per the Alameda County licensing board, no student may attend more than 12 hours per week per program in each three month session.