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Presidio Hill School552in San Francisco, CA 94118
about Presidio Hill School:
Deadline for applications: Early January
Presidio Hill is a co-educational, K-8 school with an enrollment of approximately 200 students. Grades K-5 have one section per grade, averaging 16-18 students per section. Grades 6-8 consist of two sections with a total of 28-30 children per grade. In addition to a one-year kindergarten, the school offers the option of a two-year kindergarten program to serve younger five-year-olds born in the late summer and early fall.
Founded in 1918 by two artists who sought a creative, active learning environment for their children, Presidio Hill School is the oldest continually-operating progressive school in California. The school is committed to multiculturalism and the development of its students into active and responsible participants in the world.
The small size of the school encourages close involvement among teachers, students, and parents, and promotes a strong sense of community.
Presidio Hill's educational program can best be described as uniform in philosophy and diverse in method. Academic standards provide consistent curricular strands across the grades, with the shared goal of fostering creative, independent thinkers through hands-on, integrated, and active child-centered learning experiences. Individual teachers are given considerable latitude to use their own professional judgment in choosing teaching strategies and tactics that best fit the curricular goals and learning profiles of a given class.
Every subject area includes projects, field trips, co- and cross-curricular activities, and interactions among various grade levels.
Core values are used as an ethical base from which limits and consequences are set and community or individual problems solved. Teachers are clear with students about what values the community holds dear and work toward maintaining them in all activities. Parents model effective community involvement as dedicated volunteers at the school - in classrooms, on field trips, on the Board of Trustees, and on committees.
Class Size: Class Size: 16-18. Current enrollment is 194.
Facilities: Original, historic building extensively renovated and expanded in 2002. The school is now more than double its original size at 17,000 square feet, with three play yards, additional classrooms for art, drama, and Spanish, a new theatre, library, and educational resources. The middle school (grades 6-8) has expanded to two sections of 14-16 students with a total of 28-30 children per grade. Middle school facilities also include a science laboratory with prep room, rooftop garden, and weather station. Wheelchair accessible.
Programs: Art, Music, Drama, Spanish, and Team Sports
Lunch Program: No
Afterschool Program: Yes, until 6pm on school days and on some school holidays.
Report Cards: Comments (K-5th); Grades and comments (6th-8th)