This Earth Day, we celebrate PHS 8th grader Natalie Cavander who recently placed as a winner in the California Coastal Commission's 2021 Climate Video Challenge! This year, students were asked to answer the question: What does climate justice look like to me? Natalie's video won 2nd prize in the statewide competition and is linked here. Below, we asked Natalie a few questions about this competition, her work toward climate justice, and her hopes for the future. Amazing video, Natalie, and we... Read More
PHS alum Andre "Dre" Campbell ‘2012 was recently named one of San Francisco’s 2021 Heart Sculpture Artists and created a heart sculpture titled “Justice” which focused on the Black Lives Matter movement and San Francisco. See his sculpture and information about his life and inspiration below:
ANDRE “DRE” CAMPBELL
Born and raised in San Francisco, Andre “Dre” Campbell is closely tied to the community. Both his mother and father work at ZSFG – his mother a nurse and his father a... Read More
PHS' very own Kindergarten Teacher, Larissa Hsia-Wong, was interviewed for a recent Local News Matters article: "Magical memories of growing up with the Chinese New Year Parade, canceled because of COVID-19". We asked Larissa a few additional questions about her educational journey and how she encourages her students to explore their individual identity and celebrate and learn about all cultures; her responses are inspiring!
Q: How do you feel your educational experience influences the way... Read More
Presidio Hill was founded by poet/activists in 1918, and students continue to value and celebrate diversity and the arts and work toward a more equitable world, even more than 100 years since our founding.
In 4th grade, PHS students learned about the six times in history a president chose to have a poet read an inaugural poem, including Amanda Gorman's historic first on Wednesday, January 20th, at President Biden's inauguration. Students explored why they think a president would choose to... Read More
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