Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. ― Aristotle

Almondale is an innovative Community School situated on 5 acres of serene countryside in Orangevale, CA. Our mission & philosophy is to provide a dynamic environment where educators engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection. We draw on the best practices of leading research to help expand knowledge, develop the essential skills to navigate an ever-changing world, and contribute in a meaningful way to one’s community.

Almondale’s experiential approach includes: traditional CA standards based, project-based education, outdoor and environmental learning, weekly off-campus expeditions, and service learning in multi-age classrooms. Faculty and students work in active collaboration to nurture and hone the intellectual, physical, social, and moral capacities. 


Virtues, ethics, and genuine respect for each individual are the foundation stones at Almondale. Every 6 weeks we focus on a specific virtue that helps to promote both individual and collective greatness. The chosen virtues for the 2018-2019 school year are: Responsibility, HonorGraciousness, Resilience, Discernment, and Sincerity. To learn more about our approach, please click here.


Free Visit Day: We invite you to come experience Almondale for yourself. Prospective students are welcome to attend a full day of classes for free so that they may get a true feel for our unique campus environment. Please call our office at 916-988-8611 to make arrangements for a visit.