Redwood Day School
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Redwood Day is a vibrant K-8 school with over 385 students and 80+ faculty and staff all learning together on our four-acre campus in the heart of Oakland. Everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other’s differences, and honor their diverse community. We find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives.


Central to Redwood Day is the mission of promoting, exploring, and learning from a diverse and inclusive community. Diversity is considered quantitatively and qualitatively at Redwood Day. This is accomplished at the classroom level, through professional development, in admission and hiring practices, and through the Parent and Guardian Association.

Our mission statement captures the importance of diversity at  Redwood Day in three words: “diverse, inclusive community.” We want our community members to develop the habit of trying on others’ worldview, whether in a discussion of US history or during a playground interaction. The result of these interactions is a respect for and an appreciation of difference of all kinds. 


The mission of the Redwood Day Teaching Assistant program is to create a collaborative teaching relationship where both the Mentor and Assistant encourage each other to reflect upon their teaching, create a learning environment that inspires all members and promotes the development of best teaching practices, which will result in a deeper learning experience for our students.

John has written extensively for teachers in training and enjoys every opportunity to help new and veteran teachers hone their craft. He has led many initiatives in schools including those focused on differentiated instruction, curriculum development, faculty professional growth, diversity, social-emotional development, service learning and long-term sustainability.

John Loeser

Head of School

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Redwood Day School

3245 Sheffield Ave
Oakland, CA 94602

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 3pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

Redwood Day School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, transitioned, transitioning or perceived to be transitioning), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy and breastfeeding, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, military and veteran status, and physical or mental disability, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful. In addition, Redwood Day does not permit discrimination based on dressing consistently with one’s gender identity or gender expression, or preferred gender, name or pronoun usage.