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School nameDistrict nameWesbiteGradesTK cutoff
(Birthdays 2020-2021)
Student populationFocus, philosophy, charter, etc.
(Information obtained primarily from school websites)
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Cherry Valley
(Mary Collins at Cherry Valley)
Petaluma City Schoolshttps://www.petalumacityschools.org/cherryvalleyTK-8Sep 2 - April 2
(Priority given to Sep 2 - Feb 2)
411Year-round (same calendar as Penngrove)
Charter school
Multi-age classes
Project-based learning
Performing arts
Environmental education
Music (instruments, choral)
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Cinnabar CharterCinnabar Elementary School Districthttps://www.cinnabar.org/ TK-8TK: Sep 2 - Feb 2
Early TK: born after 2/1/2020; admission at the discretion of the District
252Traditional calendar
Charter school (single school district)
STEAM school; art, drama, music
2014 California Distinguished School recipient
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Corona Creek ElementaryWaugh School Districthttps://wesd-ca.schoolloop.com/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1514016328942&vdid=i24e13qs64n7TK-6Sep 2 - Feb 2471Traditional calendar
Art, music, band
"Our GATE program is primarily an after-school optional participation experience"
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Dunham Elementary Charter SchoolDunham School Districthttp://dunhamsd.org/TK-6Sep 2 - Feb 2185Traditional Calendar
Charter school (single school district)
Majority of students live outside district boundaries
Environmental awareness & stewardship
Music, drama, garden
Outdoor education/overnights
Community outreach
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Grant ElementaryPetaluma City Schoolshttps://www.petalumacityschools.org/grantTK-6Sep 2 - April 2
(Priority given to Sep 2 - Feb 2)
402Traditional Calendar
Inquiry-based, student-centered learning
Community involvement
Music (instruments, choral)
Afterschool enrichment (music, sports, engineering, gardening, etc.)
2010 California Distinguished School recipient
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La Tercera ElementaryOld Adobe Union School Districthttps://www.oldadobe.org/Domain/10TK-6Sep 2 - Dec 2
(Later based on availability)
351Traditional calendar
STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) focused school
"We offer your child a "hands-on” approach to learning in our classrooms, science lab, and state-of-the-art makerspace"
Aftercare subsidized by ACES grant, so more affordable
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Liberty ElementaryLiberty Elementary School Districthttps://libertysd.org/TK-6Sep 2 - Feb 1206Traditional calendar
Single school district
Weekly music, afterschool band, drama club, art program
After school enrichment classes: art, cartooning, drama, Spanish, CPR, etc.
2020 & 2018 California Distinguished School recipient
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Live Oak Charter SchoolChartered through Petaluma City Schools (separate application/lottery from PCS)https://www.liveoakcharter.org/TK-8June 1 - Feb 2
(Birthday range is not flexible)
285Traditional calendar
Charter school
Registration by lottery (students in PCS district get some priority) - March 4, 2022 application deadline
Waldorf (art, music, movement)
"2 year kindergarten:" TK/2 Year Kinder DOB for the 2022-23 School year is 06/2017-2/2/2018
Kindergarten is DOB 6/2016 - 5/2017
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Loma Vista Immersion AcademyOld Adobe Union School Districthttps://www.oldadobe.org/Domain/9TK-6Sep 2 - Dec 2
(Later based on availability)
459Traditional calendar
Dual immersion program (Spanish) - recommended that students start in TK/K to get the most out of immersion program
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McDowell ElementaryPetaluma City Schoolshttps://www.petalumacityschools.org/mcdowellTK-6Sep 2 - April 2
(Priority given to Sep 2 - Feb 2)
257Traditional calendar
Spanish Dual Language Immersion (new program for TK fall 2022)
Boys & Girls Club aftercare only $20/month
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McKinley ElementaryPetaluma City Schoolshttps://www.petalumacityschools.org/mckinleyTK-6Sep 2 - April 2
(Priority given to Sep 2 - Feb 2)
372Traditional calendar
Project-based learning
Academic focus on STEAM
Accelerated program (grades 4-6)
Spanish Language Program
Music (instruments, choral)
Petaluma Accelerated Charter (PAC) middle school on McKinley campus (McKinley students get some priority with admission): 2019 California Distinguished School recipient
Boys & Girls Club aftercare only $20/month
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McNear ElementaryPetaluma City Schoolshttps://www.petalumacityschools.org/mcnearTK-6Sep 2 - April 2
(Priority given to Sep 2 - Feb 2)
360Traditional calendar
MakerSpace & Robotics
Afterschool performing arts program
environmental science education
Music (instruments, choral)
School garden program
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Meadow Elementary SchoolWaugh School Districthttps://wesd-ca.schoolloop.com/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1514016328944&vdid=i24e1q5s564piTK-6Sep 2 - Feb 2409Traditional calendar
Art, music, band
"Our GATE program is primarily an after-school optional participation experience"
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Miwok Valley Elementary Charter SchoolOld Adobe Union School Districthttps://www.oldadobe.org/Domain/11TK-6Sep 2 - Dec 2
(Later based on availability)
339Traditional calendar
Charter school
Aftercare subsidized by ACES grant, so more affordable
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Old Adobe Elementary Charter SchoolOld Adobe Union School Districthttps://www.oldadobe.org/Domain/8TK-6Sep 2 - Dec 2
(Later based on availability)
351Traditional calendar
Charter school
Arts & ecology focus (school-wide edible garden)
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Penngrove ElementaryPetaluma City Schoolshttps://www.petalumacityschools.org/penngroveTK-6Sep 2 - April 2
(Priority given to Sep 2 - Feb 2)
442Year-round (same calendar as Cherry Valley)
Charter school
STEM Focus
2010 California Distinguished School recipient
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River Montessori SchoolChartered through Old Adobe Union School District (separate application/lottery from OAUSD)https://www.rivermontessoricharter.org/TK-6July 1 - June 30175Year-round (different calendar from PCS year-round schools)
Charter school
Registration by lottery (students in OAUSD district get some priority) - March 11, 2022 application deadline
Multi-age classes
Montessori curriculum
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Sonoma Mountain Charter SchoolOld Adobe Union School Districthttps://www.oldadobe.org/Domain/12 TK-6Sep 2 - Dec 2
(Later based on availability)
470Traditional calendar
Charter school
Fine Arts focus (visual/performing arts)
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Two Rock ElementaryTwo Rock Union https://www.trusd.org/TK-6Sep 3 - Feb 2
5 after Feb 2nd are placed on waitlist for Preschool age, accepted based on availability
163Traditional calendar
Single school district
2008 California Distinguished School recipient
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Valley Vista ElementaryPetaluma City Schoolshttps://www.petalumacityschools.org/valleyvistaTK-6Sep 2 - April 2
(Priority given to Sep 2 - Feb 2)
269Traditional Calendar
International Baccalaureate Candidate Program
Spanish Language Program
Inquiry-based learning
Music (instruments, choral)
School garden program
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Wilson Elementary SchoolWilmar Union School Districthttps://wilsonschoolpetaluma.org/ TK-6Sep 2 - Feb 2
(Waitlist for younger kids, depending on space)
220Traditional calendar
Single school district
Outdoor education (6th grade), field trips, academic competitions, student council.
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**The majority of this information was obtained from the individual school websites. Please check with schools to verify information is correct/up to date.
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