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Lower School Information

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EBIA Programs

Our Teachers and Administration use a combination of Project Based Learning and Blended Learning models in addition to Innovation and DesignThinking to bring depth to their instruction on each subject. Review our software and programs that make EBIA unique.

6th Grade

The essential focus of 6th grade is for students to be supported in their transition into middle school through a supportive, gradual release model.  Across all their courses students will focus on their changing role as a young adult – developing their sense of identity as an individual, thinking about their role in the broader school community and learning how to collaborate with others.

7th Grade

7th grade represents a transitional time for students – an opportunity for them to continue their work in 6th grade by beginning to think more deeply about their relationships with others.  With a developing sense of agency and awareness, students will investigate how to form a positive, interdependent relationship with their peers and the world around them.

8th Grade

In their 8th grade year, students are encouraged and supported to act as agents of change in their world – exploring the ways in which they can use their skills and knowledge to create positive change in their communities and act as allies and advocates to and for others.

Lower School


I value spending time with young people, collaborating with them to develop the necessary skills to fulfill their potential.

Lansine comes to EBIA from Breakthrough Oakland, where he served as the director of this academic program that supports under-resourced, highly motivated middle-school students on the path to college.   Previously, he taught and served as assistant principal at Saint Peter Claver Catholic School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and worked as a mentor and teacher for at-risk youth at several organizations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Lansine has a B.A. in History and African American Studies from Marquette University and is beginning a Master’s program in Counseling at the University of San Francisco in fall, 2015. In his free time, Lansine likes to work out, spend time with his wife and explore the Bay Area’s sights and food scene. – Lansine Toure, Director of Equity and Social Emotional Learning


Students who are underserved by traditional education can grow in ways we hadn’t even imagined when given the opportunity to engage with learning through an authentic, meaningful project.

Zach has spent his career pushing the boundaries of traditional education. He taught project-based science for 8 years and founded Team Blend, an international service-learning organization for young engineers. He comes to EBIA from the New Tech Network, where he was a School Development Coach for over a dozen different project-based schools in California, Texas, and Oklahoma. He feels strongly that schools should empower kids take control of their own learning and give them the skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world. He earned a BA in physics at UCSD and a Masters in Science Education from UC Berkeley. He has taught English in Bulgaria, built trails in Colorado, and taken students to Nicaragua to design and build bike-powered machines. When he’s not at EBIA, Zach likes to spend time riding bikes, tending bees, tearing apart then rebuilding his house, and making delicious food. – Zach Powers, Director of Innovative Instruction Lower School

What’s Happening at the Lower School


Dear EBIA families, For those who haven’t met me yet, I am the new chief of operations and finance for EBIA. Thank you so much for welcoming me into the fold - it's been amazing to get to know the team, students and you better. I’m writing today to share about EBIA’s...

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