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 23 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 21%
With special needs 10%
Total tuition assistance awarded $302,496
As a % of total tuition 9%
Bilingual children 8%

African American/Bi-racial 15%
Asian/Bi-racial 24%
Hispanic/Latino/Bi-racial 12%
Other 4%
Caucasian 45%

Family Diversity
Single Parents 10%
Gay & Lesbian Parents 5%
Adoptive Parents 5%

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:
Nina Kim Schultz, Co-President
Jane Stafford, Co-President
Caroline Barlerin, Vice President
Mitch Dailey, Treasurer
Vanessa Alexander, Secretary
Anu Cairo, Officer-at-Large
Kate Reeder, 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 – 2016/2017 Budget

Tuition 3,793,692
Tuition assistance (284,926)
Fundraising 343,740
All other income 119,401
Total revenue 3,971,907
Staff costs 2,717,744
Benefits 469,910
Food 102,671
Utilities/custodial 91,974
Program expenses 116,475
All other expenses 317,960
Total operating expenses 3,816,734

Tuition Assistance Endowment Fund
(as of 8/31/16, $1,757,704)
Pacific Primary’s Tuition Assistance Endowment allows the school to draw from interest earnings in order to increase accessibility, diversity and affordability. In 2016-2017 the school will withdraw $50,000 of interest earnings for this purpose.

Elementary Schools Attended by 2016 Graduates

Public Schools Independent Schools
Alice Fong Yu
Chinese Immersion at DeAvila
Claire Lilienthal
Creative Arts Charter School
Marin USD
New Traditions
West Portal
French American
Live Oak
Marin County Day School
Mt. Tamalpais
Notre Dame
SF Day
St. Brendan
St. Cecilia
Saints Peter & Paul School
Stuart Hall
Town School for Boys