The San Francisco School Preschool program is a Montessori-inspired, two-year program that encourages children to become more self-reliant and responsible and to learn through their experiences.

Over the years, The San Francisco School has blended Maria Montessori’s educational techniques with the best of other early childhood approaches. Children are busy, happy, engaged, and social. SFS provides a safe environment where children learn to make friends, work together, and resolve conflicts.

Our two multi-age classrooms of approximately 24 students and a team of 4 teachers offer a diverse social-emotional curriculum as the older children share their experience and model behaviors for their younger friends. Daily activities include independent and small-group work periods, circle time, outdoor play, and time for academic focus on themes like phonetics, math, Spanish, music, art, PE, and science.

The program builds the groundwork for young children’s sense of empathy and responsibility, humanitarian promise and courage in learning. It is based on current research in teaching, learning, and brain science while making it as inclusive an experience as possible.

This year, in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the San Francisco Department of Public Health guidelines, SFS has divided preschool students into three- and four-year old classes. Each classroom has a head teacher and three assistant teachers. Specialists in Music, Health & Wellness, and Spanish meet with different age groups. 

At SFS, we believe students learn best when the following tenets are an integral part of their experience: curiosity, challenge, collaboration, courage, and compassion. For more please visit the website and read about our educational philosophy.

At The San Francisco School your child will….

  • Learn

  • Have Fun!

  • Make Friends

  • Take Risks

  • Wonder

  • Play

  • Create

  • Discover

  • Get Messy