The Bay School of San Francisco

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"Encouraging students to see the Presidio as a resource: that's one of the reasons why teaching here is so exciting. Students use this incredible natural environment as a place for inspiration." - Ascha Drake, Visual Arts Teacher

The Bay School’s campus is located in the Main Post area of the Presidio. The only high school located in a national park, Bay is surrounded by expansive open space, including 24 miles of trails, the beach at Crissy Field, and incomparable views of the Golden Gate Bridge and bay. The school is part of the vibrant Presidio community, which includes businesses, nonprofits, and foundations focused on the environment, arts and culture, science, technology, and global issues.

Built in 1912 for original use as army barracks, Bay's building, Building 35, is a spacious 62,000 square feet, and has been designated as a national historic landmark. The building was designed and restored to create the ideal home for Bay's innovative teaching and learning community and has received numerous architectural and environmental awards.
Community spaces, such as the 3,000-square-foot Fulbright Library and the 4,500-square-foot Great Room used for all-school gatherings and performances, are emblematic of Bay's warm, welcoming community. All members of the Bay community enjoy meals and socializing in Bay's cafeteria and dining hall, with fresh, organic meals prepared on-site by Acre Gourmet. A courtyard adjacent to the dining area provides outdoor space for students to eat, play basketball, and socialize. For athletics practice and and arts performances, Bay partners with nearby organizations in and beyond the Presidio to provide students with state-of-the-art facilities and experiences.