A Personal Appeal from Dr. Paul Astin Founder and Head of School

Welcome to Manzanita School! There has never been a more critical time to nurture the genius in our youth.  The 21st century needs committed and dedicated young people, capable of becoming fully engaged in their lives.  Our students connect to the earth, to each other, and to themselves. They develop their inborn gifts and capacities in a powerful and nurturing community of mentorship.  We would love a chance to speak with you and welcome you for a campus tour.  Please contact us on the Admissions page and we will get back to as soon as possible.  


"Dr. Astin didn't treat us like mere kids in a classroom. He gave us a new perspective on life and our goals. He held us accountable for being citizens of the world and it is because of that, we stepped up to the challenge of growing to be better people, not just students."
Victoria O,
Former Student 

“Paul is one of the most innovative educators of our generation. His strategies for learning engage students' imagination and awakens a deep personal sense of purpose.  They become completely committed to their studies and their own development as effective human beings.”
Dr. Caprice Young, 
President, Education Growth Group, former founding director of California Charter Schools Foundation.

“Dr. Paul Astin is committed to equity and educational excellence. That said, he realizes that teaching and learning are complex phenomena that vary though engaged human interaction. Dr. Astin values learning and people; he will lead with equal measures of curiosity, justice and integrity.” 
Dr. Michael Babb,
Superintendent, Mesa Union School

“Paul Astin is by far one of the most talented, innovative and visionary educators I have ever worked with. We team-taught in the inner city in 2001, and I continue to be impressed by his creative genius. With charisma, passion and deep integrity, Paul teaches and leads by example. His gift for inspiring the best and highest among colleagues and students creates the conditions for greatness to emerge.” 
Laura McMullin,
Teacher and PhD candidate, NYU

“Paul possesses the qualities we expect of our best educational leaders--integrity, a commitment to democratic ideals, deep knowledge of good teaching and a dedication to the academic and personal success of every child.”
Dr. Eugene Tucker, 
Professor, UCLA’s Educational Leadership Program