History

How We Began

Like many Silicon Valley start-ups, Synapse School began as a great idea in a Palo Alto garage. In 2009, with just 8 students, Bay Area educational pioneers, Karen McCown, founder of Nueva School, and Anabel Jensen, president of Six Seconds, set out to create a school that would truly blend academic and social emotional development. They created a lab school school that would showcase the impact of a program that fully integrates an emotional intelligence program and a robust, constructivist curriculum. Karen and Anabel redefined education by combining the latest neuroscience research with social-emotional learning and the practice of innovation. Nine years later, and after much iteration and perspiration, Synapse has 240 students spanning four buildings on its campus in Menlo Park. And in many ways, it still feels like we are just getting started.

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