A hallmark of Hayward’s development as a city is its embrace of “cradle to career” learning and it is one of the few cities in California to have both a community college and a state university.
It begins with the Hayward Unified School District, serving more than 20,000 students from pre-kindergarten through high school. The district is composed of 21 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, an alternative high school, an adult education center and a child care center for preschoolers. The district offers award-winning visual and performing arts programs, career pathways, state-of-the-art facilities and dual language immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin. Students graduate from HUSD proud to be Made in Hayward and prepared with the skills needed for life beyond the classroom.
Private school education includes 10 preschools and elementary schools. California Crosspoint Academy is a Christian middle and high school known for excellence in academics as well as extracurricular activities that give its students opportunities to become well-rounded, productive and caring citizens. Moreau Catholic High School is a Holy Cross college-preparatory institution where nearly all graduating students advance to higher education. Silver Oak High School is a public Montessori charter school that provides a college preparatory education based on the principles of individualized mastery learning and student participation in the construction of knowledge.
Chabot College is a comprehensive community college where students of all ages and backgrounds can get a high quality education at an affordable price. Students can choose from over 160+ associate degrees and career training programs. The college awards associate degrees and certificates, and specializes in university transfer, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities. Chabot College partners with local private and public sector industries to build workforce development opportunities to help meet the industry need for a skilled and educated workforce with relevant technical and soft skills.
California State University, East Bay is known for award-winning programs, expert instruction, a highly personalized learning environment and a choice of more than 100 career-focused fields of study. The university’s mission centers on providing Cal State East Bay’s diverse student population with rich, culturally relevant learning experiences that prepare them for meaningful life work; to meet the educational needs and contribute to the vitality of the city of Hayward, the East Bay, the state, the nation and global communities; and to nurture philanthropy that transforms students’ lives and empowers future generations.
Life Chiropractic College West offers the doctor of chiropractic degree and is internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in chiropractic training.
Other educational institutions serving Hayward include Carrington College, which offers certificate and associate degree programs toward health care careers; the University of San Francisco’s campus in nearby Pleasanton; and Unitek College, which offers programs in vocational nursing and medical assisting.
Further options for lifelong learning can be found through the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program and the HUSD Center for Education and Careers (Adult School).