Welcome from Admissions
你好! Hello! We are delighted you are considering Presidio Knolls School!
Families that join our community are committing to a rigorous, joyful, and utterly unique experience.
As an immersion school, we are committed to helping our students become both comfortable and competent as speakers, readers, writers, and explorers in English and Chinese.
As a proudly progressive school, we are equally committed to putting each individual student at the center of their own education. We want our graduates to know themselves and know what a difference they can make in the world.
There are multiple ways you can learn about our program, whether it be an information session and tour, a phone call, or exploring the PKS Blog. But the first step is filling out our admissions inquiry form to stay up to date on our admissions process and events.
Selecting the right school for your child can feel daunting, and we are here to help. Reach out with any and all questions. You may have Chinese-language background in your family; you may have no second language background at all. We are happy to welcome you and help you explore PKS as the right fit.
As a school that places extraordinary value on diversity, we are excited to meet and get to know your family.
Thank you 谢谢 and we look forward to meeting you!
Andrea and Claire
The Admissions Team
Andrea Banks, Admissions Director
Andrea Banks has over 10 years of admissions experience in independent schools, both in upper school and lower school. Most recently she was the Assistant Director of High School Admissions and International Student Recruitment Coordinator at San Domenico, a day and boarding school in Marin County. She has experience in international admissions and has done outreach throughout Asia and Europe. But her experience with lower school admissions, coupled with her (somewhat) recent venture into motherhood and being the product of a multicultural family, are what bring her to Presidio Knolls School.
With African-American and Filipino roots, she understands firsthand how important it is for children to celebrate multiculturalism. She grew up in a multilingual household with experiences that differed from her classmates, and she was eager to share these experiences with her friends. Children learn best when they share their days and classes with students from a diverse range of backgrounds and learning styles. Furthermore, children are more enthusiastic about their education when their love of learning is instilled at a very young age.
Andrea was born and raised in Los Angeles and received her BA from the University of Southern California. She is also certified in child development assessments. She loves spending her rare extra time as a dance instructor at a fitness studio in Oakland. She shares her heart and love with her husband Isaac, her three-year-old son Isaiah, and her dog Monty.
Claire Lingham, Admissions Associate
Claire Lingham joined the PKS admin team in 2016 after graduating summa cum laude from Connecticut College with a degree in East Asian Studies. Before moving to San Francisco, Claire studied enology in Ningxia, China as an intern with Zhangyu Pioneer Wine Co., Ltd. She has traveled throughout China teaching English to primary school students and studying Mandarin at Harbin Institute of Technology.
Her passion for immersive education stems from her own public school experience in a K-12 French immersion program. Throughout her college career Claire was interested in young education, primarily how multicultural learning environments affect the social-emotional well-being of a child.
Working primarily in admissions at PKS, Claire also plays a role each afternoon in the extended care program as assistant to the Auxiliary Director. She enjoys the quality time she has with the kids each day and how it positively impacts her work in admissions.
On most weekends you can find Claire hiking the hills of the Bay Area's many state and local parks, or reading in good book in a quiet cafe.