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


  • 340+ 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)

  • 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)

Tuition 2019-2020

  • $31,240


  • 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

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