School for Independent Learners is a nurturing, private high school for grades 8-12.

WASC-Accredited, with UC-Approved coursework in one-to-one and small group classes, our curriculum is college preparatory with a full host of Honors and Advanced Placement courses designed to situate students for success through high school, into college, and beyond.  Our student body is comprised of Full Time Students, Dual Enrollment/Part Time Students for credit-transfer to another school of record, Home School Students, and Tutoring & Test Prep Students in all a-g subjects.

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  • advanced placement

  • UC-honors classes

  • grade remediation

  • academic tutoring

  • standardized-test prep

  • student mentoring

  • college counseling

  • special education

Thinking of education as a preparation for something that happens later can overlook the fact that the first sixteen or eighteen years of a person’s life are not a rehearsal. Young people are living their lives now.
— Sir Ken Robinson

individualization and collaboration are hallmarks of our approach
with mastery learning at the core of our educational model.

Personalized instruction is a collaboration between student and teacher, allowing students to fearlessly explore questions, discover connections, and demonstrate authentic understanding through mastery of each subject.


I love SIL. The overall environment is so positive and is aimed toward a person’s understanding of the content instead of just being able to ace a test.
— dual-enrolled student, Los Altos High School
Everyone at SIL seems to have a vested interest in how my child is doing. I feel like they care as much as we do as parents. I know that the future success of my child is being formed now at SIL.
— Parent of full-time student

sil graduate - Student FIlm
(20 mins)