Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,
On behalf of more than 350 students and their teachers, I thank you for exploring our school. At The Bay School, we balance challenging academics and innovative thinking with a mindful approach to learning and life. You will discover that we offer abundant opportunities for students to develop the skills, habits and values that prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.
Located in the nation’s largest urban national park, The Bay School’s 1,400-acre Presidio campus
offers a spectacular natural environment for learning and recreation, minutes away from the diverse resources of San Francisco. The Presidio is a hub of Bay Area innovation and sustainability, boasting over 200 green businesses and nonprofits to which Bay students have unique access.
The Bay School is a diverse, inclusive community strengthened by powerful student voices, participation, and leadership. Students, staff, and faculty strive to promote optimism, purpose, and respect for people and ideas. Cross-grade friendships grow as students take advantage of extracurricular
opportunities. The more students engage with teachers and each other, the more they unlock their potential to become powerful, ethical citizens and leaders in the future.
To ignite a passion for learning and discovery in every one of our students, Bay’s curriculum offers more than 70 advanced-level electives
across eight disciplines. Students take full advantage of these electives after completing core course requirements during 9th- and 10th-grades. Bay teachers are skilled, passionate subject-area experts who are deeply committed to the young people whom they teach. They connect with their students in small classes and also as advisors, coaches and extracurricular activity mentors. The trimester schedule and 80-minute, project-based classes encourage students to delve deeply into complex, real-world issues.
In addition to advanced electives, outstanding mentorship and time for focus, Bay offers students the space and tools to apply their skills and knowledge. Adjacent to the main building, the Project Center
provides a carpentry and machine shop, additional art studio space and a headquarters for our Senior Signature Projects
program. Bay’s highly-evolved tech program and sophisticated network platform give students unique opportunities to connect with others, conduct significant research and develop content.
I invite you to explore our website further, join us for an upcoming open house event or arrange a visit to experience The Bay School firsthand.
Luke W. Felker
Head of School