The San Francisco School

300 Gaven St, San Francisco, CA 94134

Interested in establishing a school based on the principles of Italian physicist and educator Maria Montessori, a small group of preschool teachers and parents formed the San Francisco Montessori School in a church basement in the city’s Portola District. Its rapid growth led to the school’s move to its present location and the addition of grade 1 in 1969. Organic growth continued through the 1970s, and the school consciously shifted from the Montessori method to a progressive approach that combined Montessori ideals with current teaching practices. In the 1980s, the school added a middle school program and assumed its current name. SFS’ increasingly demanding educational program is integrated and articulated across grade levels, with specific goals and objectives set for each subject area. The preschool combines traditional Montessori teaching tools with blocks of various sizes and shapes, a playhouse, toys, board games and manipulative materials. In the elementary program (grades 1-5), children compile journals, assume classroom responsibilities, embark on field trips and overnight excursions, and engage in environmental studies. Spanish is introduced in grade 2. Students in the middle school (grades 6-8) follow an integrated curriculum that emphasizes the development of study and organizational skills. Boys and girls choose from elective minicourses in such areas as painting, video production and book discussion. Seventh graders explore areas of vocational interest by undertaking a field experience that enables them to spend up to three days in the workplace.

General Information

Academic OrientationPre-Preparatory, Montessori
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 3)-8
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address300 Gaven St, San Francisco, CA 94134
Year Established1966
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorSteve Morris
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment275
Day Students275
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