A progressive Mandarin immersion preschool and elementary school

Presidio Knolls School was founded in 2008 on the idea that a progressive educational model can be combined with rigorous Mandarin immersion to create a vibrant, innovative school where children will thrive. We currently serve students from preschool through fourth grade, with plans to add one grade each year until we are a full preK-8 school in Fall 2020.


The Presidio Knolls preschool program is steeped in the principles of our progressive mission. We believe children are full of curiosity and creativity, rather than empty vessels waiting to be filled with facts and figures. Our Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum is flexible and emerges from children’s ideas, thoughts, and observations. The central Reggio goal is to cultivate within children a lifelong passion for learning and exploration, and this is our mission each day.

Elementary School

Like adults, children are inspired by big ideas. They are most engaged when facts are presented in context so they can begin to see how seemingly disparate themes fit together. Presidio Knolls students learn through units of exploration that integrate language and linguistic constructs around meaningful math, science, and social science concepts. Through progressive learning, we give our students conceptual tools to solve the many ethical, analytical, logistical, and creative problems they will encounter in life.