At the core of our program is the philosophy that natural materials in a simple, soothing and structured environment create a place where children can thrive. About 80% of our teaching materials are Montessori based. Our aesthetics, affinity for all that is natural and not branded, and emphasis on natural rhythms, imaginative play, and storytelling are directly borrowed from Waldorf philosophies; while our emergent curriculum driven by the students’ personal interests is influenced by Reggio teaching principles.

The themes in our curriculum are designed to lead into each other for a rich and profound understanding of the world we live in.

The  preschool program operates yearly and focuses on teaching empathy, sharing, role-playing, and the development of good listening and communication skills. The preschool program is a full persian language immersion program.  

Music is an important part of the preschooler’s experience. Singing songs and poems with creative movement helps children learn language while expressing themselves physically; they also develop an understanding of pitch, rhythm, and movement.

Practical life activities such as sorting, pouring, and manipulating are daily activities for the children. Our art programs are exceptionally rich and exciting. Children learn to work with different media (water colors, tempera, collage, pastels, etc) by fully exploring each of them such that they are able to understand how each looks and feels. Art projects are never product driven, rather the richness of the experience is in the journey itself.  Our science and nature programs help to support a child’s deep understanding of the world we live in.

To get a glimpse of our school in action, please click here.

We currently have a long wait list for our preschool.  To apply for your child, please click here and complete the preschool application form. For more information about the program email

Our preschool facility number is: 073408266


I am always excited to get Golestan kids at Rosa Parks Public Elementary in Berkeley.   These kids tend to be curious, caring, thoughtful and dedicated students.  Golestan really prepares kids to not only enter our system, but to thrive.

-Paco Furlan, Principal Rosa Parks Elementary School



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. 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.