PHS is back in session for our 100th year!
Last week students arrived back to campus for the beginning of our 2017-18 school year- our most momentous year to date. Faculty and staff have been hard at work this summer setting up the school and there have been many summer projects underway- including an entirely new roof yard fence- and the work all culminated in a wonderful first week. Below is a video from our first all-school assembly for this year. Every first assembly starts with a tunnel... Read More
In mid-June, just after the end of the school year, the Center for Progressive Education at Presidio Hill School held its first-ever Summer Institute organized around the theme of Inquiry to Action in the Classroom. More than 50 educators from schools around the Bay Area (as far north as Napa and as far south as Santa Cruz) gathered for the full-day event that included nine workshops from presenters, including faculty members from Presidio Hill School and other like-minded independent and... Read More
Last week Presidio Hill School's first-grade class learned more about diversity through the lens of National Parks. In 2015, 78% of the people who visited National Parks were white. Since then, the National Parks Service has tried to increase diversity in their parks through outreach such as videos and interviews. The first-grade students- who have the opportunity to visit our neighboring national park, the Presidio, at least once weekly- focused their learning on topics of diversity and the... Read More
This spring, PHS middle school students had the chance to serve at the Glide Memorial Church on three trips. Glide serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to San Francisco community members who need a meal 364 days a year and 60 percent of their work is provided by volunteers. PHS' latest trip included a mix of sixth and eighth-grade students- both veterans and newcomers. The students and staff members were greeted at the venue by Amar, the volunteer coordinator, who discussed with them the meaning... Read More
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