Founded in 1974, Pacific Primary provides a full-time, year-round preschool for San Francisco’s working families. Pacific Primary’s educational philosophy has been designed to support the whole child and to foster growth and creativity. Pacific Primary has developed a reputation as one of the most innovative preschools in the US and is recognized today as a national leader in fully integrating all forms of diversity into its curriculum and school environment.

Pacific Primary now enrolls 155 children with broad ethnic and family structure diversity. The School has had only four directors in its 38 year history, providing stability and strong leadership. Governance is provided by a Board of Directors comprised of 18 parents. The School is managed prudently, operating consistently within budget. In 2010, Pacific Primary became a Preschool For All site.

Our Families
Total Enrollment 155
Yellow Sun School 80
Orange Sun School 75
Receiving financial aid 20%
With special needs 5%
Total tuition assistance awarded $319,172
As a % of total tuition 8%
Bilingual children 10%

African American/Bi-racial 14%
Asian/Bi-racial 24%
Hispanic/Latino/Bi-racial 13%
Other 12%
Caucasian 37%

Family Diversity
Single Parents 22%
LGBT 13%
Adoptive Parents 6%

We have 47 staff members, and a student/teacher ratio of approximately 6-to-1. All of our teachers have full ECE units and most have a BA or MA. The average teaching tenure of our staff is 8 years. The staff also includes Music & Movement Specialists and Expressive Arts Specialists, as well as two full-time Chefs.

Staff Contacts:
Belann Giarretto, Executive & OSS Director
Lynn Turner, YSS Director

Board Officers:
Meera Chary, Co-President
Nina Kim Schultz, Co-President
Katie Skoog, Vice President
Mitch Dailey, Treasurer
Vanessa Alexander, Secretary
Anu Cairo, Officer-at-Large
Jane Stafford, Officer-at-Large


Yellow Sun School
The original campus – the Yellow Sun School – is a single-story, 4,400 square foot facility on the corner of Grove and Baker, with a playground space of 5,600 square feet. The Yellow Sun School accommodates 80 children and is owned by Pacific Primary.

Orange Sun School
Completed in August 2008, the Orange Sun School (OSS) is directly across the street from the Yellow Sun School (YSS) and accommodates 75 children, as well as housing all of Pacific Primary’s administrative offices. This facility is two-story, with 7,400 square feet and a 3,600 square foot playground. The building is ADA-accessible and contains a variety of environmentally sensible features including solar power and radiant heating. The facility is also owned by Pacific Primary.

Finances – 2017/2018 Budget

Tuition 3,945,440
Tuition assistance (319,172)
Fundraising 356,700
All other income 122,400
Total revenue 4,105,368
Staff costs 2,903,181
Benefits 473,156
Food 102,671
Utilities/custodial 118,045
Program expenses 118,045
All other expenses 403,805
Total operating expenses 3,997,984

Elementary Schools Attended by 2017 Graduates

Public Schools Independent Schools
Chinese Immersion at DeAvila
Claire Lilienthal
Creative Arts Charter School
Harvey Milk
New School
New Traditions
Ross Public School
William Cobb
Alta Vista
French American
Live Oak
Marin County Day School
Marin Prep
School House
SF Day
St. Finn Barr
St. Hillary
Stuart Hall
The Berkeley School
Town School for Boys