Our Mission

Maybeck, established in 1972, is a vibrant community dedicated to learning, where all forms of diversity can flourish amid mutual support, respect, and responsibility. Through our small classes, high expectations, academic excellence, and programs outside the school, students prepare for college and acquire the tools to engage actively and creatively in the wider world.

A vibrant community
Our small classes foster close relationships between students and the faculty; student-teacher dialogue frequently extends outside of the classroom. Students forge life-long friendships with each other as well as with faculty members.
Dedicated to learning
Our faculty teach with passion and expose students to a wide range of methods, study skills, and academic topics. Students are pushed to think critically and independently about challenging material.
All forms of diversity can flourish
Maybeck welcomes students of all backgrounds and provides a safe, supportive environment where they can explore their self-expression and be themselves. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form.
Mutual support, respect, and responsibility
Our seminar-style classes encourage students to be fully present in the classroom. Each student has a contact teacher whom he or she can consult about any issue, and our counselor works closely with students up to and throughout the college application process.
High expectations, academic excellence
We expect our students to be responsible and personally invested in their education. Maybeck graduates are accepted by and attend a wide range of universities, colleges, and professional schools. Our advanced academic electives resemble college seminars, and graduates regularly tell us how well Maybeck prepared them for college.
Programs outside the school
We start and end each year with a whole-school camping trip that encourages students to work together as a community and appreciate the natural environment. We reserve two weeks each spring for Special Programs, during which students intensely pursue a specialized activity. Local programs have included bicycling, mural and oil painting, snowboarding, kite making, and surfing. Travel programs have taken students to China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, France, Mexico, Spain, and Vietnam. We hold sports days and film festivals, sponsor student plays, host an annual Film and Arts Night, and take trips to local theatrical productions.
Engaging actively and creatively in the wider world

Each student completes a 60-hour community service project. Our graduates have founded local companies, become faculty members at Columbia and UC Berkeley, and reported from the front lines in Iraq. Maybeck’s focus on the larger world encourages all students to begin an educational journey that will last a lifetime.