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Pacific Primary School

1500 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 346-0906


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

"Pacific Primary provides an exceptional learning environment that supports the whole child and places the needs of the children first. The program is designed to foster growth and creativity within each child in many areas of development such as: Emotional - the staff helps children understand their emotions and find acceptable ways to express them. The staff is skilled in positive discipline techniques and appropriate limit setting. Social - the children learn how to handle conflict through problem solving and communication so that they become confident and capable individuals who respect others and embrace differences. Cognitive - the staff uses a variety of approaches so that the children become excited and confident learners in literacy (reading and writing readiness), pre-math, science, the creative arts and all areas of the curriculum. Physical - the school's program helps build healthy bodies, encourages the development of physical skills, a love of outdoors, and a sense of wonder and respect for nature. Our curriculum is designed to encourage children to enjoy the process of learning and to love school. We want children to explore their environment. Experiential 'hands-on' learning activities and child-initiated activities are encouraged and supported by the teachers. We implement both: Emergent curriculum - the exploration of projects by the class inspired by the area of the children's interests. Thematic curriculum - which includes activities that the teachers recognize as interesting and engaging to children. The curriculum is age-appropriate recognizing the predictable sequence of growth and development of children, respecting the way young children think, feel and interact and acknowledging each child's unique abilities. At Pacific Primary each child feels respected, loved, secure, and open to learning. In the school's warm and supportive community, families as well as the children thrive. Each child leaves Pacific Primary ready for the new demands and opportunities of elementary school and beyond. " Extracted from Pacific Primary's website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our educational approach is to help the child build a foundation for a full life of learning, creativity and connection with others. These broad goals are reflected in the school's emphasis on process and not product.

Attention is placed on the development of social and conflict resolution skills. The school has a strong commitment to the creative arts with dedicated specialists in music, movement and the expressive arts. Pacific Primary provides an exceptional and nurturing learning environment for young children.

The school makes use of a variety of educational approaches with the goal of achieving deep and meaningful learning. The curriculum includes: learning through hands-on exploration and play, expressive arts, and teacher and child-inspired work. The staff guides the child's unique social, emotional and intellectual growth with considerable attention being placed on the child's conflict resolution skills. The child's experience at Pacific Primary is the foundation for a life of learning, caring and creating.

The diverse community of the school expands opportunities for the children to learn from those whose life experiences differ from their own. It is reflected in the family structures, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of the children and staff. Economic diversity is supported by the tuition-assistance program. The appreciation of these differences is not an abstract concept at Pacific Primary; it is a natural part of the child's experience.

The involved and supportive community of Pacific Primary is united by a genuine dedication to the children. The family role as partners in their child's school experience is supported through communication with staff, parent education and abundant opportunities to volunteer. The expected active participation of the parents allows the school to achieve its goals.

The school seeks out the highest caliber staff, supports their continuing education and aims to compensate them well. The staff is the school's most valuable asset.

Founded in 1974, Pacific Primary's original mission remains fundamental to the school today: focus on the children, foster a strong, diverse community, provide tuition assistance, support working parents, emphasize the creative arts, and support an outstanding staff."

*Extracted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school