About Synapse

Synapse students at Denali National Park, Alaska

Synapse School combines social-emotional learning, leading-edge academics, and the practice of innovation to develop young learners into the change makers of tomorrow.



Synapse School prepares exceptional learners to create lifelong success.

An independent K-8 elementary and middle school in Menlo Park, CA, Synapse offers an innovative academic curriculum fully integrated with social emotional learning (SEL). The program is carefully designed as a model school to demonstrate the power of blending Six Seconds’ emotional intelligence programs with leading-edge instruction (brain-based, project driven, constructivist learning in school-wide themes).

Learn about our exciting new Brainwave Learning Center, established in collaboration with Stanford University!


"Synapse is a school I wish I could have attended when I was younger! It's a testament to our teachers and all the hard work they put in throughout the year. The integration between different subjects is impressive and shows how well Synapse makes connections with core subjects and real world problems." 

- Level III Teacher


Synapse is dynamic, creative, experiential, and nurturing.

A snapshot of Synapse students in their classrooms, no matter what grade or teacher, would capture eyes shining with curiosity and fingers busy manipulating pencils, scissors, papers, clay or whatever else comes within their grasp. Each school year we choose an overarching theme for the curriculum that makes it meaningful and engaging for our students. This theme guides the students as they acquire knowledge and skills and work with their peers and mentors. This program envelopes each student in its creative and world-relevant themes, fully engaging their minds in the learning process.


Learn more about our curriculum themes!


See inside our classrooms