Golestan Education

Program Type: 
Garden Classrooms, Kitchen Classrooms, School Cafeterias, Academic Classrooms, Support Organization
Grade Level/Age Group: 
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, Adults/Professionals
Number of Individuals Program Serves: 
Year Founded: 
About the Program: 

At Golestan, we value nature, kindness, creativity, diligence, curiosity, and responsibility.

With the encouragement of altruism and empathy, we strive to foster a community of confident, caring, and compassionate children that value Iranian culture while being responsible and inspiring citizens of our ever-changing, multi-cultural world.

Golestan applies a heuristic approach to teaching and a holistic approach to living.  From the rich lesson plans, to the wholesome foods the children eat, every detail has been thought out and is practiced with the utmost authenticity.

This is a full immersion program. While no English is ever spoken at the school, this is not a language program. The children become native Persian speakers by being fully immersed in this nurturing and loving environment, not through direct instruction.

Golestan offers three programs: daily preschool programafter school program and a summer camp program. Through our Colab, Golestan provides probono support and opportunities for collaboration with schools all over the world.

Golestan was the first preschool to be selected as an Ashoka Changemaker school.


Our Approach to Food

Our kitchen is the heart of our school.

At Golestan we nurture our children with love, kindness and also good food! We only serve whole foods – all meals and snacks are prepared in-house by our chef. We even bake our own crackers and bread.  All our ingredients are fresh, organic and to the extent possible, local. All our meat is grass fed and pastured/free range, delivered directly from Marin Sun Farms. Fruits and vegetables are seasonal/local – some come from our garden (lettuce, herbs, kale, cucumbers…) and others from the Berkeley Farmer’s Market or Monterey Market.

We only serve full fat organic dairy products, our yogurt comes from Strauss Family Creamery.


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    snack time at Golestan

At Golestan, we promote healthy and conscientious habits from an early age; this includes eating habits. We continually expose them to different ingredients and flavors so that they may develop a palette that is open to a variety of tastes. The children sit around the table with their teachers and enjoy family–style meals.

One thing our chefs have always enjoyed is that we teach the children about a new country every Friday – on those days, our chef creates a full meal from that country!