Beginning the Application Process at Quarry Lane

Lower School

The application process at Quarry Lane School provides us with a comprehensive method of identifying and offering admission to the students whom we feel would thrive in our rigorous college preparatory environment. The general application process for admission to all grade levels is very similar.

Families interested in pursuing an application to the school should schedule a campus tour or attend a school Open House, which provides them with an opportunity to get acquainted with the school firsthand. The next step is to complete an application form and parent statement, and to submit a nonrefundable application and testing fee. Additionally, each application must include a copy of the student’s school records and teacher recommendations. The last part of the Quarry Lane application consists of an entrance examination and an interview, during which the applicant will shadow a Quarry Lane student for a day and then meet with a member of the Admissions Committee.

To get more information about our academic program or to begin the application process at Quarry Lane School, contact us at (925) 394-4644. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the application process for our lower, middle, or high schools located in Dublin, California.

Mandarin Chinese: A World Language on the Rise

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More and more adults are encouraging their children to study Mandarin Chinese at school and through other language immersion programs. Fueled by a desire to invest in their children’s futures, parents are taking note that Mandarin is the most popular first language in the world, beating out English by five million speakers. Mandarin is also the second most popular language on the Internet. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of having your child learn Mandarin Chinese.

Early Language Learning
Most language programs begin at the middle school or high school level. Children who begin learning another language before adolescence, however, have the ability to acquire the language the same way they acquired their native tongue, as long as they have an immersion experience. In order for children to have a successful immersion experience, they must be immersed by a native speaker at least once a week for a significant period of time. Enrolling your child in a Mandarin Chinese program makes this possible.

Cognitive Advantage
There are many cognitive benefits to learning Mandarin. Children who learn a second language at a young age score higher on the SAT than those who don’t. Learning to write Chinese characters helps with the development of fine motor skills, and studying Mandarin stimulates unique parts of the brain because it is so distinct from English.

Preparation for the Future
As a major economic and cultural presence in the global marketplace, China has become a key player in the international business world. This has spurred many parents to promote the learning of Mandarin so that their children can be competitive when they enter the workforce. Enrolling your child in Mandarin language classes and immersion programs will help to prepare him or her to successfully navigate the increasingly globalized world.

Are you interested in having your child learn another language? At Quarry Lane School, a private preschool in Pleasanton, California and Jr.K-12 college preparatory school in Dublin, California, we offer exciting and unique educational opportunities for learning Mandarin Chinese. Call us at (925) 394-4644 or visit our website to find out more about our extracurricular Mandarin Chinese classes for our K-5 students or our Mandarin language programs for middle school and high school students.

Upcoming Admissions Events at Quarry Lane


The Quarry Lane School offers a great academic environment from Jr. Kindergarten through high school at the Dublin location and Infant through Pre-Kindergarten at the Pleasanton campuses. If you are interested in checking out our school, we welcome you to come to one of our upcoming admissions events!

For the upcoming academic year, we offer open house events at the Dublin campus from 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon on Sunday, November 3; Sunday, January 26; and Sunday, March 2. If you’d like to learn specifically about our kindergarten, you can come to an informative meeting on Wednesday, November 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The open house events at the Pleasanton campuses will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon on Sunday, November 3; Sunday, January 26; and Sunday, March 2. In addition to these events, we are happy to offer personal campus tours—to schedule one, simply call our admissions office.

Stop by to see why our students and their families love The Quarry Lane School, located in Dublin and Pleasanton, CA. To learn more about our programs or our admissions process, please give us a call at (925) 394-4644. We look forward to meeting you.

Tips for Writing an Outstanding College Admissions Essay

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Students who have excellent grades, test scores, and extracurricular activities are not guaranteed entrance to the nation’s top colleges. In fact, your college admissions essay can make or break your application. Here are some pointers for making your personal statement stand out.

Do Your Research
Sitting down to write can be challenging. Ease into the process of writing by reading some sample essays for inspiration. Read the essays of professional writers, as well, to get a sense of how they guide a reader toward meaning in artful ways.

Decide on a Theme
What makes you unique? Create a list of the qualities or experiences you’d like to showcase. If you’re lost, try asking friends or family members how they would describe you, and think about using a narrative that highlights your positive qualities. Create an outline to help you structure the essay before you begin writing. You should make sure that you don’t try to say too much. Writing about something specific in an interesting way is often much more meaningful and memorable than writing about a general topic.

Although they can seem intimidating, the members of the admissions committee who will read your essay are regular people who will enjoy a good story and have a sense of humor. If you focus too much on what you think they want to hear, you will likely end up writing something generic. Write in your own voice, and allow your personality to come through.

Write, and Then Rewrite
After you write your first draft, ask a trusted friend, relative, teacher, or counselor to look over your work. Make sure that your editor is both proofreading and giving you feedback on the content of your college admissions essay. During the revision process, try to make your essay as concise as possible and ensure that it is free of errors.

An education at a college preparatory school can give students an advantage in the college application process. For more information about preparing for college, contact The Quarry Lane School, a K-12 private school in Dublin, California. You can reach us at (925) 394-4644.

Selecting an Academic Track at Quarry Lane

Academic Tracks at Quarry Lane

A tailored academic program can help any teenager enjoy learning and get the most out of a private education. At The Quarry Lane School, we offer our middle and high school students three distinct academic tracks. This allows us to create the most beneficial learning environments for students with varied skills, interests, and goals. All three tracks are designed to challenge students and prepare them for higher education.

IB Track
The International Baccalaureate (IB) High School Diploma Programme is prestigious and gives students an advantage in the college admissions process. Students must apply for this two-year curriculum during the spring of their sophomore year. The program is rigorous, focusing on high-level critical thinking and the goal of multicultural communication and understanding. Quarry Lane is the only private East Bay high school to offer an IB diploma.

SET Track
Our Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Track helps students with interests in these areas develop skills that will prepare them for their academic and professional futures. This track offers students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in hands-on lab settings, interact with professionals, and develop the ability to create, collaborate, and problem-solve. SET Track students have access to cutting-edge technologies and get to enjoy projects involving robotics, game design, electric vehicle design, and more.

CP Track
Students on our College Preparatory (CP) Track are held to high academic standards and graduate from high school fully prepared to take on the challenges of college. Advanced placement (AP) classes are offered, which help students get a head start on their college credits. This track also offers a well-rounded curriculum of English, math, science, social science, languages, arts, and physical education.

Students from preschool through high school can receive a high-quality private education at The Quarry Lane School in Dublin, CA. We offer campus tours and open house events to help parents and potential students get to know our school. To learn more about what our school has to offer, give us a call at (925) 394-4644.

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