The elementary school focuses on the beauty of humanity – and all that we share in common – and celebrates the heritages and cultures of each community.

With an English language TK-2 elementary school that integrates a hands on pedagogy, we take a larger step in global citizenship by reserving two to four hours per day for immersing students in Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian languages (and others in the upper grades).

The elementary school focuses on the beauty of humanity – and all that we share in common – and celebrates the heritages and cultures of each community.  While building a strong academic foundation in each child, we are creating a microcosm of the global society we envision for a peaceful future.

As of September 1st, 2018, Golestan is an International Baccalaureate* (IB) candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP). This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School in 2021. IB World Schools share a common philosophy – a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education.

The school curriculum integrates research-based best practices in the classroom (both indoors and outdoors) such as Common Core and NCSS Science Standards, with a hands-on, experiential pedagogy. Our elementary school is the place where students nurture their love of learning, their humanity, and their innate sense of justice. It is a school where every child is a changemaker who is empowered to create positive change by being resourceful, kind, innovative, conscious, creative, and engaged. It is a school where the individual child and the collective community of children are equally valued.

This idyllic space, with complex chemistry in cooking class, abstract math in the maker’s lab, and hands-on messy science, feels more like a beautiful home than an institution. It is a place that smells like baked bread, tastes like fresh greens, and sounds like the United Nations.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programs: the Primary Years Program (PYP), the Middle Years Program (MYP), the Diploma Program (DP), or the Career-related Program (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. 

Tuition Information

Tuition includes two healthy snacks and a warm wholesome lunch prepared in-house every day. Information on our food can be found here.

Annual tuition for elementary school for the year of 2020-21 is $23,927. All families are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance (see below), even if they don’t think they will qualify.

A non-refundable deposit of 10% of annual tuition is due upon enrollment.

Annual materials fee: $450

The balance of tuition and fees are payable:

  • In full by June 1 (for a $190 tuition discount)
  • Monthly, in 11 installments, from May through April (excluding February because this month a deposit to secure the spot for next year will be due)

Tuition Assistance

All families are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance through our partners at School and Student Services (SSS) NAIS Parents’ Financial Statement, an organization that provides need-based financial aid analysis to private and public schools nationwide, to process applications for tuition assistance.

There is a one time $49 application fee. If you have questions while filling out the SSS form you may contact 800-344-8328 or email

Golestan School’s code for School and Student Services is 9444.

Please note: In case of divorce or separation, both parents are required to complete the following steps in their entirety.

For more information on admission to Golestan Elementary program, please visit Admissions.

Golestan Kids 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.