A progressive Mandarin immersion 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 in preschool, elementary school, and middle school, with plans to add one grade each year until we are a full preK-8 school in Fall 2020.


The Presidio Knolls Mandarin immersion preschool program is steeped in the principles of our progressive mission. We believe children are full of curiosity and creativity, and our Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum emerges from children’s ideas, thoughts, and observations. Our central goal in preschool is to cultivate a lifelong passion for learning and exploration. Through projects, song, dance, play, and art our students not only develop strong Mandarin skills, but also a firm foundation for elementary school and life. Learn more...


Elementary School

Like adults, children are inspired by big ideas. They are most engaged when facts are presented in context so they can see how seemingly disparate themes fit together. Our progressive curriculum centers around four Units of Exploration (UoEs) that integrate work in English and Mandarin Chinese with a focus on inquiry, literacy, science, math, and social studies. Students are challenged to think critically and explore what matters to them. Elementary school culminates with an optional trip to China where students can deepen and extend their academic work. Learn more...

Middle School

Middle school is a unique and critical time of development for children, and immersion during middle school is critical for true bilingualism and biculturalism. At PKS, we believe the middle school years should be joyful, challenging, and transformative.  Our middle school students engage in rigorous, collaborative, hands-on learning in both Mandarin and English that includes extensive exploration off campus and outside of San Francisco with yearly trips to China so they can authentically use their language skills. Learn more...


PKS is fully accredited for grades PK-6 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools,
Western Association of Schools and Colleges.