Peninsula School – Grads Doing Well


In 2007, I wrote the blog entry “Peninsula School – A Successful Alternative” about the school my daughter Jessica attended from age three through 8th grade. Last weekend, many of her Peninsula School alumni classmates gathered at the annual Spring Fair in Menlo Park, California, to celebrate their 10th anniversary.  Although they started at an alternative school with no grades or tests, she and her friends have done very well indeed.

Here is where they were in 2007:

  • Academy of Art University (San Francisco)
  • Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)
  • California College of the Arts (San Francisco and Oakland, CA)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) – Jessica
  • Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, CA) 2 going
  • Portland State (Portland, OR)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI, Troy, NY)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, CA) 2 going
  • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)
  • University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of California at Davis (Davis, CA) 2 going
  • University of California at Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA) 3 going
  • Wesleyan (Middletown, Connecticut)

What Jessica was able to discover about her class at their reunion:

  • Motion animation business founder
  • Social worker
  • Online outreach specialist for a national non-profit (Jessica)
  • Still at the university – studying abroad or in graduate school (at least six)
  • Serial Silicon Valley technical entrepreneur
  • User experience software designer
  • Photographer
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Ultimate frisbee – professional sports player
  • Deputy US Marshall
  • Financial professional in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jessica was graduated in 2012 from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA, with college and university honors, Phi Beta Kappa. She is now working at Polaris Project in Washington DC.


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Jessica and I traveled in Jordan and Lebanon together in February 2013.  Here we are in Petra, Jordan:


Images Copyright 2013 by Katy Dickinson

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