Presidio Knolls Elementary Program

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We provide our K-5 students a rich, authentic, and rigorous curriculum through the lens of meaningful experience, dialogue, and inquiry-based learning in both Mandarin Chinese and English.

We continually seek new ways to challenge and inspire our students with a course of study that encourages them to ask questions, deepen their understanding, think critically, and explore what matters to them.

Our teachers are creative collaborators who help students build higher-level thinking and find connections between the classroom and the real world. Learning at PKS is about engagement and connection, responding to the individual strengths and needs of each student, and growing together in a supportive environment.

Units of Exploration (UoEs)

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Our progressive curriculum centers around four Units of Exploration (UoEs) that each last 6-8 weeks.

Each UoE incorporates work in two languages and all major disciplines, with additional daily classes in math and English to ensure a firm foundation in these core subjects.

Read more in our curriculum guide.

Each day students also engage in two periods of outdoor recess, movement / mindfulness class, and a specialist class (Maker / Science Lab, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Multimedia). Each specialist class meets daily for an entire quarter, providing our students with the same deep, sustained explorations they get through their UoEs.

Elementary school culminates with a fifth grade trip to China where students deepen and extend their academic work. Through travel, students develop a rich sense of the country and get a chance to authentically use Mandarin to complete tangible projects. International travel continues throughout middle school, with the goal of completing a homestay during eighth grade.