The San Francisco School is an independent, coeducational day school. Founded in 1966, the school is an established, vibrant educational community with a multicultural enrollment of 270 students, an experienced and dedicated faculty, and supportive and involved parents.
- The preschool program centers on the ideas of Maria Montessori.
- The elementary and middle school program reflects the ideals of a progressive, child-centered approach.
The school also includes an extended care program, parent education opportunities, and summer recreational activities.
Suitably characterized by a parent as “an urban school with a village atmosphere,” the school embraces San Francisco’s ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity. Our progressive approach to education encourages children to develop self-reliance, solid academic skills, integrity, and a sense of social values.
The school is respected for a strong sense of community, personal attention to students, and a dynamic arts program. Our students graduate academically prepared, inquisitive, compassionate, and eager for the challenges ahead.
The San Francisco School is committed to ethnic and cultural diversity, with over 50% students of color and an inclusive ethos. Family economic diversity, also an important goal, is achieved through a moderate tuition, the school’s location in a modest neighborhood, and a strong indexed tuition program which supports 30% of students on reduced tuition.
Parents, staff, and faculty form a collaborative atmosphere, where there is a clear sense of adults working together in a vibrant learning community. Both teachers and parents serve on the Board of Trustees. The administrative model recognizes the value of strong faculty leadership and serious professional development. All are committed to creating a school where students can live and learn with confidence and joy.