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Mission & Core Values

Presidio Hill School has been true to its values for over a century. The mission statement below draws on a foundation created by previous mission statements and describes our purpose, identifies what we hope for our students and families, and defines progressive education at PHS. 

Presidio Hill School Mission


Dedicated to progressive education since 1918, Presidio Hill School challenges young people to imagine, inquire, and create. Our students engage San Francisco and The Presidio as an extended classroom and become empowered learners who are responsible, committed to justice, and optimistic about the future.

Presidio Hill School Core Values

Presidio Hill long ago established core values that continue to guide our work with children. These values include:

  • A child-centered educational approach designed to engage every child
  • A creative and integrated curriculum designed by dedicated professionals
  • The teaching of fine arts and the use of the arts in the classroom as integral to the learning experience
  • Using the city and surrounding environment as an extended classroom
  • Providing opportunities for cross-age interactions
  • Open communication throughout the community in the spirit of mutual respect
  • Instilling the joy of learning throughout the school experience
  • A commitment to environmental sustainability in the curriculum and the operations of the school, with a special emphasis on our neighbor, the Presidio
  • Assessment practices that are authentic, valid and involve students in order to further learning
  • Giving back to the community through service learning projects
  • Helping each child to find his or her own voice and nurturing the confidence to use that voice creatively and compassionately