WALNUT CREEK — Since the Walnut Creek School District board decided in November to open a new kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school — adding a seventh school to the district — little was known about what the curriculum at the new facility would be.

That changed Tuesday, when Walnut Creek School District Superintendent Patty Wool gave an audience of parents and board members a sneak peak into what she called “a 21st century project based learning” school during a board meeting Tuesday.

Set to open in the fall near Parkmead Elementary where the private Dorris-Eaton School currently resides, the new school — yet to be named — will open as a kindergarten-through-sixth-grade and eventually go up to eighth grade. It will be an “opt-in” school, which means parents within the district will have to apply to get their children enrolled there.

And to draw parents to apply, the school will have a science, technology, robotics and engineering focus, Wool said.

“The draw is it will be a K-8 school where the curriculum is all moving together,” she said. “We are trying to make it a cohesive school.”

The school year would end annually with a science and tech fair for the entire school.

Also, the school will offer sixth-graders the chance to take two electives, staying for an extra period of school, Wool said. Electives to be offered include Spanish, band and potentially Japanese, since that is already offered at Las Lomas High School.

More information such as the new name, an informational meeting night and how parents can apply will be available in the next few weeks.

Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her on

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