What Parents and Professionals Say


“This school has been instrumental in the positive development of our son who truly needed a school and teachers to mold to him, not him molding to the system. The teachers are full of love, support, and each one has a special bond with him. He is excelling and we look forward to our younger daughter joining him soon. What a lifesaver Caulbridge has been for us!”

James Knowles & Monica Egan
Monarch Chiropractic

“To be honest, I was nervous about moving Valentino from public school to private school.  My wife really felt Val needed a change because he wasn’t learning.  But we had spent a lot of time establishing his IEP and I felt that we might not get the attention he needed in private school.  I was completely wrong.  Caulbridge School is such a better fit for our son. We couldn’t be happier.”

Michael Alvarado, MD
UCSF Surgeon, Assistant Professor of Surgery

“Caulbridge has empowered my children to excel where they are gifted while getting the attention where they need support. We are so impressed with the academic growth our boys have experienced during their time at Caulbridge!”

Shea Morgan
Young Life Area Director, Marin County, CA

“Instead of a child that came home from school un-regulated and un-focused, I now had a child that came home completely calm, happy and eager to keep learning. Now he is in 1st grade at Caulbridge School, and his aptitude for numbers and math is shining through.  He continues to impress me with his burgeoning vocabulary: “disintegrate” and “evaporate” are examples. We are so grateful for this school’s common-sense approach to learning, where kids have movement breaks, access to nature, and each child’s interests and abilities can be fully realized. Thank you Caulbridge!”

Stephanie Williams
Development Manager, North Marin Community Services

“Every morning our son wakes up excited to go to school and comes home every evening happily sharing new things he has learned with us. His teacher knows exactly how to engage with him to help him learn the best. We’re very happy to find Caulbridge School.”

Tomoko Isogai, RN
School District Nurse at San Francisco Unified School District

“Our son has been thriving with the smaller class size and more individualized attention as well as the focus on daily physical activity and outdoor time for learning and playing. And, despite the smaller class size, the socialization aspects of school are continually practiced and developed at Caulbridge School because of the group learning and activities. As business owners ourselves, we were attracted to the idea of a school that has combined the best of the other education models and created what I have affectionately told others “is the school you would create if you were building your own school.” We are seeing first-hand that a happy child is a more eager learner and we are all happy with our decision to switch to Caulbridge School.”

Paula Lawhon
Lawhon Law & Mediation

“Caulbridge has been an amazing experience for our family.  As soon as we switched my son to Caulbridge he was a different person – happy and excited to go to school!

We switched our son mid-year (in Kindergarten) because he was so bored and unhappy at our local public school and not progressing in his learning.  Within the first couple of weeks at Caulbridge (literally) he was reading with enthusiasm and wanting to learn more!  His math sense and passion for numbers and understanding of complex math equations has been astounding. And this learning has only accelerated now that he is in first grade.

The teachers are amazing and due to the small class sizes, they are able to give Aidan a lot of personal attention.  Their knowledge of all the kids’ learning styles and their ability to differentiate so that each child is getting what they need has been transformative.

The campus itself is stunning…. Full of nature and beauty.  The kids are outside a large part of the doing hands on projects, exploring topics related to their units of study, getting fresh air and movement, and of course lots of fun during recess!

He comes home full of knowledge about their different units of study which seemed to be filled with facts and well thought through science projects, handcrafting, and more. And he is inspired to learn more about these subjects brimming with deep and thoughtful questions at the end of the day.

My only regret is that we did not find Caulbridge sooner.  I didn’t even know such an amazing school could exist.  It has exceeded my wildest expectations.”

Narahya Byrne
former Middle School Teacher, San Rafael, CA

Professionals and Practitioners

“I had a fantastic visit to Caulbridge School. It was a complete joy to watch my student so engaged and learning so dynamically.”

Patty Tobini, M.S.
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

“In my 20 years as a pediatric occupational therapist, I have never seen a school quite like Caulbridge. Focus, as Debra writes, can (and I think should) be taught. In a wholistic and developmentally appropriate way, this school attends to the sensory motor, emotional, academic, and social needs of our children. Caulbridge School is a gift to the Bay Area.”

Lindy Joffe, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist

“As a psychotherapist, I see the impact of our non-adaptive educational system on people from all walks of life. Our fast-changing world is making ever-increasing demands on all of us. Ms Lambrecht is insightful as she eloquently presents a new model of education that I believe will go a long way in contributing to raising happy, healthy children.”

Vicki Goodman

“Why are we inspired about Caulbridge? Because Caulbridge School understands that behavioral issues at school is a communication of an unmet need at school. Our job is to identify what that unmet need might be, then work on ways to meet that need. It should never become a power struggle. Learning comes from a state of self-regulation. If a student is dysregulated, like fidgety or anxious, our job as educators is about prioritizing self-regulation first, so students can then be in the right state for great academic learning.”

Julie Hartman, PhD
Clinical Psychologist

“Small class sizes along with excellent research-based core curriculum, teaching techniques and philosophy make Caulbridge School very responsive to unique learners, including kiddos with anxiety. Debra has spent years and years as an educational consultant coaching schools in best practices, and recently opened a school based in all the tenets she has been teaching about — including, learning starting in the body.”

Diana Kennedy, MA
Board Certified Educational Therapist
Chair, Marin Educators in Private Practice

“That’s what is so great about what Caulbridge is doing.  Observation skills, courageous learning, and positive self-concept: these are what it takes to show up, understand what is happening, jump in, and start making change for the good of the community.  I think Caulbridge School is a bit ahead of the curve and truly that is what it is to be leading, breaking trail.”

Peter Poutiatine
Marin Educator and Evaluation Consultant
Edutopia / George Lucas Education Foundation

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