Mission & Philosophy

Our mission

Educating a Community of Change Makers


We aim...


To be an aspirational and inspirational model of a learning community.


To be a joyful, grateful, and humble community, “walking the talk.”


To be a world leader in the teaching of innovation and social and emotional learning.


Synapse's Philosophy



Synapse History


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 The 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 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. Ten years later, and after much iteration and perspiration, Synapse has 265 students spanning four buildings on its campus in Menlo Park. And in many ways, it still feels like we are just getting started.