Welcome from the Head of School


Dear Families,

Welcome and 欢迎 (huānyíng) to one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting educational institutions! At PKS, we provide a joyful bilingual learning experience that fosters our students’ mental flexibility, increases their global competencies, and helps them find new ways of seeing the world. We honor our students’ capacities to inquire, discover, and create and make meaning for themselves, and we prepare them to be engaged, thoughtful, and ethical leaders as well as responsible citizens. 

Over just the past year, we have accomplished so much together as a community. We received full seven-year accreditations (valid through 2026) with the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We also opened our middle school, expanded our preschool program, and completed construction of our new building, the U-Wing, on 10th Street. Our new home is the launching pad from which we will complete our evolution from start-up school to world-class educational institution. 

At PKS, we honor the traditions of progressive education and the Reggio Emilia approach as well as those of Chinese language education, and combine them with the dynamism, creativity, and intellectual excitement of the San Francisco Bay Area — a uniquely effective laboratory for joyful and rigorous learning, innovation, and global citizenship. Each day our teachers teach, refine, and improve our innovative and dynamic curriculum, a program that is already becoming a global and national model for progressive, inquiry-based learning in a bilingual, bicultural environment. And each day our students learn, grow, make, think, and stretch themselves intellectually and personally. 

We ask our students and our community as a whole to learn from the world each and every day, inside and outside the classroom, and to be curious, engaged, and empathetic global citizens. If this appeals to you, we ask you to explore our website, visit our classrooms, and share your thoughts, wisdom, and guidance with us! We’ll be here to welcome you.


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Chris Livaccari
Head of School

To learn more about Chris through his writing, presentations, and interviews, please visit: https://sites.google.com/view/vowelfusion or read his bio here.