Sunnybrae Elementary School

OUR Mission & VISION

OUR Mission & VISION

Sunnybrae Elementary is a committed community of students, educators, families, and staff that supports the whole child and honors diversity so that all students can reach their full potential in order to become global citizens who are caring, open-minded, critical thinkers.

Sunnybrae students will be nurtured in a welcoming and academically engaging environment that supports the whole child while embracing their culture and identity. Our students will exhibit high academic achievement and social-emotional skills, develop life-long learning skills, and relationships through the IB program.


Inquiring<br />Minds

We at Sunnybrae, are a diverse community of caring and open-minded learners. We ask questions to understand our world and take action to make it a better place. Read more about our school.   

5th grade exhibition

5th grade exhibition

In the final year of the IB program, students participate in a culminating project known as the Exhibition.   5th Grade Exhibition

building community

building community

Building community is an important part of Sunnybrae's  open minded culture.  We celebrate and embrace our similarities and learn from our differences.

professional development

professional development

High-quality teaching is essential for student success. Sunnybrae teachers  work collaboratively to expand best practices and student learning.

celebrating the season

celebrating the season

Our International Holiday Sing along is an annual favorite celebrated right before winter break. This is a not-to-miss school community event filled with inspiring international holiday selections.


  • You can scroll through our website to learn more.
  • Your can view this Introductory Slide Deck with many videos to learn learn more.


  • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS): Our school is implementing the Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) to ensure that all our students receive instruction and supports that challenge or support them them according to their level. 
  • We are an IB school: As an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, Sunnybrae Elementary is a member of a worldwide network of schools sharing the same mission and pedagogical framework. Sunnybrae uses the International Baccalaureate framework to support our school’s mission and vision while at the same time teaching to the California Common Core standards. The aim of IB programmes is to develop internationally minded-people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world. Learn more about IB.

  • Students learn a world language: Spanish instruction is provided to all students in grades kinder through fifth grade once a week. Our goal is for students to learn to appreciate other cultures and have an understanding of the language.
  • Students learn social-emotional skills: Weekly Social-emotional  lessons are provided by our school counselor and follow a clear scope and sequence so that students develop important life skills that support their well-being and academic learning. Our school is also implementing the Responsive Classroom Approach for engaging students in academic and social-emotional learning. 
  • Content is taught through inquiry-based units: Students learn all content areas using a transdisciplinary approach. Math, reading, science and social studies are taught through a unifying theme. 
  • Enrichment clubs: Students have access to enrichment clubs during lunchtime. Some these clubs include the art club, the gardening club and the reading club in the school library. 

Important Dates/ INFORMATION

School Site Council Vacancies for Next School Year 2021-22

Our Sunnybrae School Site Council will have two open positions for parents for the 2021-22 school year. The purpose for the School Site Council is to develop the Single Plan for Student Achievement document. This document describes our school goals and connects them to  funding. If you are interested in participating in the School Site Council, please  complete an application at the school.

San Mateo-Foster City School District Summer Programs

Our district is offering a robust list of summer programs that includes summer school and summer camps. These are FREE and students can enroll on a first come-first serve basis. Please see the district flyer  for more information. 

PAL Summer Program

The PAL program has invested a lot of resources into education, specifically tutoring. Partnered with a local tutoring agency, The Right Approach to Education, to provide services to PAL members as well as students enrolled in the distance learning program offered by the parks and rec dept.  Also, feel free to check out their website PAL Program and

  • Start: Week of June 21st
  • End: Week of August 2nd
  • Where: King Center and their location (1150 W. Hillsdale Blvd)
  • When: Every Tues, Wed, Thursday from 9:30am-12:30pm OR 1:30pm-4:30pm

From the Sunnybrae PTA

The Sunnybrae PTA invites you to stay connected over the summer by joining the PTA facebook page 

Summer Lunch Information

Lunches will be provided over the summer at four school locations. Please see the flyers (English/ Spanish)

Sunnybrae 2021-22 Calendar

Please see the 2021-22 Sunnybrae calendar 

Sunnybrae Bell Schedule for 2021-22

Please our bell schedule for the following school year



Please visit our COVID-19 page on the side bar to get all the information about our distance learning program and hybrid program.


  • August 10th- Classes are posted 
  • August 12th- First day of school
  • August 19th- Back to School Night (Virtual)