Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Bay School was founded in 2004 to provide something truly groundbreaking.
We create a project-based, multidisciplinary learning journey in a community organized around the principles of mindfulness and equity. The result is an innovative and supportive, yet challenging, experience that sets us apart from other Bay Area high schools.
Our students develop integrity, self-knowledge, an adept intellect, and an expansive approach to learning. They are more than just prepared for college: They are equipped to bravely approach the challenges of an unpredictable world.
Community Takes Us Further
Community at Bay is more than a buzzword. It sustains us and allows us to go further in both our intellectual and personal development. It fosters collaboration, human-centered problem solving, and an aspiration to live in relationship with one another. Community is more like a verb for us, practiced in Morning Meetings and in the many ways students engage with their peers and the staffulty.
Our Home in the Presidio
In keeping with the Bay Precept of living with kindness and honesty and being careful truth tellers, we acknowledge that the Bay School campus sits on the land of the Village of Yelamu, which is the traditional, unceded territory of the Ramaytush-speaking people, one of eight nations now referred to as Ohlone. The Bay Area was the site of trade, travel, gathering, and healing for more than a dozen Native tribes, many of whom continue to live and thrive here. We further acknowledge that colonization is ongoing and continues to adversely affect indigenous people here and around the world. The Bay School is committed to providing an education that works to dismantle ongoing legacies of settler colonialism by expanding our understanding of history; recognizing the hundreds of indigenous nations who continue to resist, live, and uphold their sacred relations across their lands; and considering how to repair historical and present harm.
In 1776, the Presidio’s long history as a military outpost began with the Spanish incursion and ended with its decommissioning by the US military in 1994, when it was transferred to the National Park Service.
Built in 1912 as army barracks, our building at 35 Keyes is a national historic landmark. It also once served as the home of the military’s School for Cooks and Bakers. The building was restored to create a home for The Bay School, which has received numerous architectural and environmental awards for its LEED-certified design.
Our building and outdoor spaces are purposefully designed to bring us together. These include our Great Room, where we gather for Morning Meeting, our dining hall, and our courtyard. We are fortunate to be part of the vibrant Presidio community, which includes businesses, nonprofits, and foundations focused on the environment, arts and culture, science, technology, and global issues. Adjacent to the main building, the Bengier Project Center provides a carpentry and machine shop, additional art studio space, and the headquarters for our Senior Signature Projects program.
The history, natural features, and surrounding businesses of the Presidio provide an extended classroom and a deep well for discovery by our students.
Where Do Students Go After Bay?
The Bay School of San Francisco admits students of any sexual orientation or gender identity expression (SOGIE), race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or ancestry to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of SOGIE, race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or ancestry in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, flexible tuition programs, athletic programs, and any other school administered programs.