The Quarry Lane School
|The Quarry Lane School|
|The official school logo|
|6363 Tassajara Rd.
Dublin, CA 94568
|President||Dr. Sabri Arac|
|Grades||Pre-K - 12|
|Number of students||950|
The Quarry Lane School is a private college preparatory and International Baccalaureate school in Dublin (Alameda County, California), that currently offers education for students from preschool to their senior year in high school. Quarry Lane School is owned by Dr. Sabri Arac, who presides over the school as Head of School. Ms. Gabrielle Kaplan is the Lower School (Jr-K through 5th) Director, and is the Dr. Cheryl Burleigh Upper School (Middle and High School) Director, Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs, with Mr. Burke Wallace Upper School (Middle and High School) Dean of Student Affairs.
The mission statement of the Quarry Lane School is:
... to create an atmosphere that inspires a lifelong love of learning and nurtures each student to reach his or her fullest potential -- emotionally, socially, academically and physically -- in order to assume responsibility as a future citizen of the world.
The Quarry Lane School was founded in 1991 by Dr. Sabri Arac as an infant/toddler preschool and was expanded into an elementary school at its original Pleasanton, California campus. In 2000, Dr. Arac opened a campus in Dublin, California to accommodate the elementary school that was rapidly growing. The Pleasanton campus was open only to preschool students, while elementary students studied at the Dublin campus. In 2004, Dr. Arac opened the second Pleasanton preschool campus, the Pleasanton West campus. In 2005, the Dublin Campus expanded to include an Upper School program, consisting of Middle School and High School, with its first graduating class being in 2010. The newest facilities include an indoor gym, four science labs, a computer lab, Art studio, Library, outdoor sports field, tennis court and 33 additional state-of-the-art instructional classrooms. Quarry Lane School currently offers college preparatory, honors and AP classes. The Quarry Lane School Offers East Bay’s ONLY International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme in a private school setting and offers an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.
Awards and recognition
The Quarry Lane School has been accredited by NIPSA, WASC, NCPSA and is an IB World School. It was also voted to be the 2013 GOLD "Family Favorite" in Bay Area Parent magazine for Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. Students have won awards in the Exploravision contest, the Optimist Speech Contest, and the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge. Over 75% of students qualify as gifted and talented, and over one half of the middle and high school students were on the honor roll, with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 or higher.
The Quarry Lane School has a lot of student involvement in the Upper School (grades 6-12). Both the middle school and high school have their own student council, and leadership is a required class for the Upper School.
Clubs and activities
Current Upper School clubs include Band, Jazz, Orchestra, Chess, Drama, Photography, Journalism, Economics, Environmental, Red Cross Club, Arts/Literary Journal, Improv Club, Leadership and more. Clubs are student driven and formed based on interest throughout the year.
Lower School students can participate in a variety of afterschool programs, including Chess taught by the professionals at the Berkeley Chess School, Stage Presence Acting Theater and language courses in Hindi and Mandarin.
Quarry Lane Robotics is offered after school for elementary through high school students. Elementary and middle school students discover robotics and develop their engineering skills using the LEGOs NXT robotics system. They plan to compete in a future FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition. For middle school and high school students, they enhance and challenge their robotics invention skills using the more challenging VEX robotics kit. In their first year, 2007, Quarry Lane Robotics Team 212 competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge in the Northern California Region. Team 212 placed 4th in the qualifiers with a record of 4-1-0, and finished as NorCal Championship Semi-Finalists.
As of the 2012-2013 school year, the following athletics teams are available for High School: Boys Varsity Soccer, Girls Tennis, Co-Ed Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, Boys JV Basketball, Girls JV Basketball, Varsity Basketball, Varsity Co-Ed Badminton, Boys Tennis, Co-Ed Swimming, Co-Ed Track and Girls JV Soccer.
As of the 2012-2013 school year, the following athletics teams are available for Middle School: Co-Ed Cross Country, Boys Flag Football, Co-Ed Soccer, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Co-Ed Track and Girls Volleyball.
Leadership is optional for High School students. Leadership class is currently headed by Mrs. Liz Paz-Rumore, College Counselor, for the Upper School. Leadership, especially for the high school, is focused on improving one's self and college admissions. Students draft a version of their college application essay in this class, learn vocabulary for the SAT or ACT tests, and also learn about what colleges look for in an application. In grades 6-8, Leadership Class is mandatory and the goal is to develop critical thinking, teach organizational skills, and instill social and moral values. Leadership class also focuses on practicing Leadership skills by requiring every student to plan and run an event during the year, such as a school sponsored social event or a community service project.
Leadership students work closely with Student Council to plan and organize a variety of community outreach fundraisers. Every year during the holiday season, students in High School Leadership organize a collection to be donated to the McHenry House fundraiser. The goal of this project is to fulfill the wish list of families in need. In addition to this annual fundraiser, the high school and middle school Leadership classes organize, plan and execute a variety of charitable causes throughout the year, including canned food drives, shoe drives, prescription eyewear drives and most recently, a Halloween Costume Drive to make the holiday special for children in the community without access to costumes.
Student council is a central element to the Quarry Lane Upper School. The student council was designed by students to bring up issues that are bothering them to the faculty. Both the Middle School Student Council and the High School Student Council are headed by Mrs. Liz Paz-Rumore.