Elementary School Admissions

Thanks for your interest in the Presidio Knolls Elementary School - we look forward to getting to know your family! As always if you have any questions, please email pks.admissions@presidioknolls.org or call us at (415) 202-0770.

Please note, no Mandarin skills are required for Kindergarten, but are required for grades 1 and above.

Process and Timeline

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  • Let us know you’re interested in PKS! Filling out the inquiry form will allow us to keep you up-to-date on all admissions news and deadlines.

  • Sign up for a tour. This is a great way for you to get a feel for our school and decide if Presidio Knolls is right for your child and your family.

  • Optional: Register for one of two Saturday open houses to meet PKS faculty, staff, and parents to learn more about our community and our educational philosophy.


  • If you feel like PKS is a good fit, submit an application form online along with the $100 fee. Applications should be submitted by January 9, 2020 at 10:00am (PT). We suggest applying early so you have your choice of dates for the parent interview. Note: If the $100 application fee is a hardship for your family, please let us know.

  • For families applying for Kindergarten, once you’ve submitted your application, you will be able to sign up for the student only Kindergarten simulation on Saturday, February 29. Other elementary applicants will have a similar simulation on the day of their assessment. This simulation will give your child an opportunity to meet and interact with our teachers and other similar age students in a classroom setting.

  • Sign up for a student assessment.

    • Kindergarten Applicants
      Kindergarten applicants meet one-on-one with an independent child development consultant for a 60-minute Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, which allows us to better understand your child’s academic, physical, and socio-emotional strengths.

    • Grade 1-5 applicants
      Grade 1-5 applicants participate in individualized Mandarin, math, and reading assessments. Assessment dates are flexible and will be held in January and February.

  • Schedule a 30-minute parent interview. These interviews give us a chance to get to know prospective families on a more personal level.

  • Email us your child’s previous school records. Forms can be found here:

  • For those who would like to apply for tuition assistance, please note that the deadline to apply for tuition assistance is prior to the acceptance deadline, but has no impact on the admissions process.


  • Elementary decision letters will be emailed on Thursday, March 19, and we ask for your decision by Thursday, March 26.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Frequently Asked Questions about our preschool.

For More Information

Check out the PKS Blog for day to day projects, photos, teacher profiles, and more.