Middle School Challenge Days is a period of three consecutive days during our spring semester where all middle school students sign up for a "challenge"- a group project that incorporates collaboration and experiential learning. Challenge Days change every year and every year they are a wonderful way for students to learn something fresh and interesting with a group of their peers. These days are less structured and small groups of students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades work together for all... Read More
The fifth-grade students spent much of last semester on a project to introduce our new library to PHS. The goal of the project was to use any tool (either high tech or low tech) to design a way to orient people to the new library and it's sections.
Students proposed ideas for how to create engaging maps and/or make the orientation into a game. Students chose their own tools and partner groupings and spent about three months designing and implementing their design/game. The students had to... Read More
The 7th graders are taking on the role of PHS Historians – examining both secondary and primary sources to learn about our school’s rich history. Our guiding essential question for this study has been: What are the core values and traditions that define Presidio Hill School? We first examined a secondary source - Presidio Hill School: 90 Years of Child Centered Learning - to gain a foundation of our school’s history. This week, we are examining primary sources from the PHS archive in search of... Read More
We asked our Kindergarten students about their winter break plans and what they will miss most about PHS during the break. Check out their answers!
What are your plans for the winter break?
Will- my grandma and grandpa are coming to my house for Christmas
Olivia- I am going to Hawaii. I get to open lots of presents because of my sweet family
Benjy- I'm going to North Carolina to see my grandma.
Cualli- I'm going to sleep over my grandpa's house and play video games. (My brother and I) are... Read More
The fourth grade class visits the Institute on Aging monthly during the school year. The class walks down to the senior center where they play games, draw, sing, and talk with the elders there. Students learn some of the elders' favorite songs like, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," and "Home on the Range." As one fourth grade student put it, "It's like stepping into the past for a little bit." This service project is a memorable and fun experience for students and the elders they visit.
The... Read More
In a recent physical science project to investigate forces of tension and compression, eighth grade students were challenged to design and build a bridge from drinking straws, straight pins, masking tape, and string. The bridges needed to span a 45cm gap between two lab tables and support at least a baseball, maximizing carrying capacity while minimizing material cost.
The research phase of this project included watching and reading selections from Building Big: Bridges by David Macaulay,... Read More
Expressing Unity, Celebrating Variety... Stepping into a great new school year!
As we step into a brand new year here at PHS, our artists, both big and little, have been busy at work creating two major collaborative art installations. Celebrating variety and emphasizing unity, our students created a “stepping stone” exhibit, featured in the theatre, and a Peace Rock Garden, on display in the lower yard.
Peace Day this year was festive and colorful. The lower school gathered around the rock... Read More
Students began the 2016-17 school year at Presidio Hill School today!
Although everyone was excited to see new and returning friends and to find their own cubby, backpack hook or locker, they were perhaps most excited to see the new spaces in the school, especially our expanded play yard!
Welcome to our new students and teachers!
Over fifty Presidio Hill School parents, students, staff and friends marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade this year! Our marchers, the most participants we have had in over a decade, ranged from three years old to over sixty years old and we marched, skipped, waved, and juggled our way through downtown San Francisco in the city's 46th annual parade.
PHS, the first Independent school in San Francisco to march in the parade, joined a contingent of seventeen other Bay Area Independent... Read More