Presidio Knolls School At a Glance


To nurture the young heart and mind in a joyful learning environment, where the convergence of progressive education and Mandarin immersion ignites curiosity, connectedness, and engagement in the world.


  • 2008: Presidio Knolls opens as a two-room Reggio Emilia-inspired Mandarin immersion preschool near the Presidio.

  • 2011: The Board of Trustees votes to open a K-8 program in response to demand, relocating to our current space in SoMa.

  • 2016: Purchase our current property, paving the way for a large-scale renovation as we transform our campus into a 70,000 sq ft San Francisco Institution.

  • 2021: Our first 8th graders graduate.

Grades Served


  • 380+ students

Instruction in Mandarin

  • Preschool and elementary: 80%

  • Middle school: 50%

School Hours

  • Early drop off: 7:30am

  • P1 Preschool: 9:00am-3:30pm (Wed. @ 3pm)

  • P2 & P3 Preschool: 9:00am-4:00pm (Wed. @ 3pm)

  • Elementary school: 8:30am-3:30pm (Wed. @ 2:30pm)

  • Middle school: 8:40am-4:00pm (Wed. @ 2:30pm)

  • Extended care ($): Until 6:00pm

Academic Leadership

  • Head of School: Chris Livaccari (bio)

  • Head of Preschool: Simona Chongo (bio)

  • Head of Lower Elementary (K-2): Lorraine Chao (bio)

  • Head of Upper Elementary (3-5): Denise Svenson (bio)

  • Head of Middle School: Mike Levy (bio)

  • Chinese Curriculum Director: Jiayi Spolarich (bio)

Tuition 2019-2020

  • $31,240

Contact Us

  • Address: 250 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Presidio Knolls School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for grades Pre-K through 6.