Coastside Leadership Academy combines multiple research-based best practices in education to create the ultimate learning environment for girls. CLA is led by experts in all girls education who understand that when a girl’s spirit is nurtured and they feel connected to a community, they are able to learn, grow, and lead. CLA puts healing and mindfulness at the forefront of the Academy experience.
Students experience the power of homeschooling while attending CLA, Skyline College, and engaging in their own extracurriculars. As homeschool students, they have flexibility in their curriculum, expertise, and hobbies. Learning expands from a classroom model to engaging in the local and global community as leaders.
Research shows that girls learn best when they feel supported by a community. CLA provides a small class environment for girls in grades 9-12 all learning together.
CLA tunes into the cycles of the earth and human bodies to promote health and wellness. CLA's daily schedule, four day school week, and yearly cycle prioritize rest and sleep to help student brain development.
Mindfulness and movement in nature are central to developing self awareness. CLA's classrooms are outdoors and focus on Social Emotional Learning.
Student-led days are a beloved Coastside Leadership Academy tradition. At CLA we have an established daily routine that acts as scaffolding for students to lead the day and manage our group when we are out and about doing world learning.
On selected days, our students are empowered to plan our entire day of programming from check in and closing circle, mindfulness and movement activities, the lessons we engage in, and how much time each activity is allotted.
Student leaders learn the value of preparation, time management, and how to navigate around new locations in a group. Some favorite student-led day locations have been Purisima Creek, thrift shopping in Burlingame, Martin’s Beach, and an escape room in San Francisco.