Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet 2019-10-18T15:29:38+00:00


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 27%
With special needs 5%
Total tuition assistance awarded $401,939
As a % of total tuition 9%
Bilingual children 12%

African American/Bi-racial 19%
Asian/Bi-racial 23%
Hispanic/Latino/Bi-racial 10%
Other 6%
Caucasian 42%

Family Diversity
Single Parents 10%
Adoptive Parents 3%

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:
Anu Cairo, Co-President
Katie Skoog, Co-President
Jennifer Jackson, Vice President
Chris Tatro, Treasurer
Sue Schultes, Secretary
Tim Caraher, 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 4,063,803
Tuition assistance (401,939)
Fundraising 563,069
All other income 173,005
Total revenue 4,379,938
Staff costs 3,121,063
Benefits 476,650
Food 97,671
Utilities/custodial 84,397
Program expenses 139,657
All other expenses 337,048
Total operating expenses 4,256,486

Elementary Schools Attended by 2018 Graduates

Public Schools Independent Schools
Chabot Elementary School (OUSD)
Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila
Claire Lilienthal
Creative Arts Charter School
New School of San Francisco
West Portal
Children’s Day
Chinese American International School
French American
Live Oak
Marin Prep
Marin Primary
Mission Montessori
Presidio Hill
SF Day
SF Friends