"Encouraging students to see their environment as a resource: that's one of the reasons why teaching here is so exciting. Students use this incredible and natural environment as a place for inspiration." - Ascha Drake, Visual Arts Faculty
The Bay School’s campus is located in the Main Post area of the Presidio
. Surrounded by expansive open space, it has spectacular views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge and is situated in the midst of the vibrant Presidio community – comprised of 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, Building 35 is a spacious 62,000-square-foot building that has been designated as a national historic landmark. It underwent a complete year-long restoration in 2004-2005 designed to transform it into a state-of-the-art facility, the ideal home for a 21st-century high school. The Bay School campus has received numerous architectural and environmental awards.
The building is ideal for school use because of its high ceilings, large spaces, efficient traffic flow, excellent natural light and ventilation. Community spaces, such as the 3,000-square-foot Fulbright Library
and the 4,500-square-foot student commons called the Great Room, are located on the ground floor. A full-size catering kitchen provides delicious organic meals that are cooked on-site and shared by all members of the school community in the spacious 2,000-square-foot dining room. In an inviting outdoor courtyard adjacent to the dining area, students enjoy eating together, socializing and playing informal games of basketball and ping-pong.