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.
Student / Teacher Ratios
P1 Preschool: 4:1
P2 Preschool: 6:1
Middle School: 8:1
Instruction in Mandarin
Preschool and elementary: 80%
Middle school: 50%
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
Head of School: Chris Livaccari (bio)
Head of Preschool: Simona Chongo (bio)
Assoc. Head of Elementary (K-2): Lorraine Chao (bio)
Assoc. Head of Elementary (3-5): Denise Svenson (bio)
Head of Middle School: Mike Levy (bio)
Chinese Curriculum Director: Jiayi Spolarich (bio)
Permanent address: 250 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Temporary entrance: 1415 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Business office: 1390 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
PKS is fully accredited for grades PK-6 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.