In light of recent challenging current events, it is more important than ever that the Presidio Hill School community provide this support and comfort for each other and our students.
Presidio Hill's small, loving, inquiry-based community supports students as they lean into difficult conversations. As the latest events at the United States Capitol Building unfolded, Presidio Hill developed age-and-grade-appropriate lesson plans, shared resources with families, and facilitated staff support... Read More
For most San Francisco schools, businesses, and people, the coronavirus pandemic truly is unprecedented. For our small, progressive independent school located in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, the pandemic signals a return to our founding practices and principles.
Founded in 1918 by pioneering artist-educators (and sisters-in-law) Flora Arnstein and Helen Salz, Presidio Hill School’s over 100-year history began in the middle of San Francisco’s last pandemic - the Flu... Read More
A note from Presidio Hill Head of School, Lisa Jeli:
After receiving notice last week from the San Francisco Department of Public Health that PHS was approved to reopen, Presidio Hill School staff have been training on protocols, revisiting and setting up classroom spaces, determining schedules, and–most importantly–supporting our students as they get ready to transition to our new on campus/distance learning models!
Today, PHS transitional kindergarten through second grade students had... Read More
Presidio Hill School Kindergarten students are learning about and creating collages inspired by the art of Howardena Pindell. Pindell contributed meaningfully to the art world both through her paintings and her position as the first black woman curator at the MOMA in New York. As curator, Pindell worked to uncover the injustice and lack of representation of Black artists at the museum, while simultaneously experiencing these injustices and struggling to have her own work exhibited as a Black... Read More
Presidio Hill School instituted our very first summer academic camp this year– Ready, Set...Back to School–and we have over 80 students in second through eighth grade participating! The goals of this program are to build social connection, welcome new students to PHS, help students get used to being “in school” after time away, build confidence, and strengthen basic skills in key areas of math, writing and reading for their grade level. Sample lessons include a yoga and recipe-creating language... Read More
Third grade focused on Power and Representation in their Cultural Studies Curriculum and in their People in Profile unit this year students were tasked with examining how activists and small groups develop and exert power to create change (a"change-making process"). To inspire third grade students' social justice lens and activist identities, they delved into an issue they are passionate about such as climate change/justice, environmental justice, sustainability and conservation, food justice,... Read More
On Monday, PHS received the announcement that San Francisco, as well as five other Bay Area counties, would be under a shelter-in-place mandate that evening. Our plan to distribute student materials and have an extra planning day for teachers was necessarily moved forward and the entire PHS team rallied to get students and families their classroom supplies, technology needs, and extra-curricular library books and art supplies. Families were flexible and generous with each other; those who were... Read More
It is day four of distance learning over here at Presidio Hill School and students, teachers, and families are getting into the swing of our new routine! Our transitional kindergarten students have been learning new ways to say hello during morning meeting (konichiwa!), second grade students have started a “fitness friday” routine with their apprentice teacher, Allison, and middle school students have easily transitioned to using Google Classroom and are having a wonderful time connecting with... Read More
This week it became clear that the best way to promote the health and wellbeing of our community was to move to distance learning. The PHS Board of Trustees, Head of School, and administration have decided that we will close our campus beginning Friday, March 13th at the conclusion of parent/guardian-teacher conferences and our afterschool program. Please see our PHS COVID-19 webpage for details about how we reached our decision and resources for our community.
We know this outbreak is... Read More
Grandparents and Special Friends Day is a unique opportunity where our loved ones are invited to campus to see the incredible learning and teaching that happens every day. Guests come from near and far and get to enjoy time in the classrooms, as well as a special musical performance. It's a great way for PHS and our students to be able to show off this special school!
This year we had almost 150 guests join us! Grandparents and special friends together with their student created watercolor art... Read More