Golden Bridges School
5.00 (2 reviews)
Tel: (415) 912-8666
With an expansive outdoor school curriculum and a firm commitment to social justice, Golden Bridges School offers a holistic education that nourishes a deep connection to the land and community of San Francisco.
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-6|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Summer Program Details||Link to Summer Program Details|
|Total Students||95 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 45%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||15 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||6:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
- Golden Bridges School offers an innovative, place-based education steeped in the urban outdoors of the southern neighborhoods of San Francisco. With a passionate commitment to the development of the whole human being, we strive to harmonize the physical, emotional, and intellectual life of each child. By bringing developmentally appropriate academic rigor through hands-on experience, nourishment of the imagination, care for the earth, and a commitment to social justice, we equip our students with the tools to become free-thinking, moral human beings.
- Golden Bridges School is operating a fully outdoors Dandelion Preschool program on our school farm.Grades Kindergarten through 2nd will begin full in-person instruction on Tuesday, November 3.Grades 3-6 will begin full in-person instruction on Tuesday, November 16.
- We are currently enrolling students for Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Grades.We have begun the enrollment process for the 2021-2022 school year for Dandelion Preschool through 7th Grade.We are hosting weekly Virtual Informational Sessions on Thursday mornings and two weekend dates.
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Nearby Private Schools
The nearest high school to Golden Bridges School is St. Elizabeth School (0.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Cornerstone Academy-cambridge Campus (0.0 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Cornerstone Academy (0.3 miles away)
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- San Francisco Grades: 6-8 | 150 students
501 Cambridge St
San Francisco, CA 94134
(415) 585-5183 0 6-8
- San Francisco Grades: PK-8 | 882 students
801 Silver Ave
San Francisco, CA 94134
(415) 587-7256 0.3 PK-8
- San Francisco Grades: K-8 | 243 students
450 Somerset Street
San Francisco, CA 94134
(415) 467-3700 0.5 K-8
- San Francisco Grades: NS-9 | 175 students
450 Somerset St
San Francisco, CA 94134
(415) 468-3247 0.5 NS-9
Our family has been at GBS almost since the school started, but we are just now getting around to writing a review. I can't say enough how lucky we feel that our children are seen for their gifts and are thriving in so many ways. Right now, during the pandemic, we are particularly grateful, as they are having hikes with their friends in McLaren Park, and the school has taken so many precautions to keep everyone safe. My 6th grader has had the same inspirational teacher since 1st grade, so they know each other and have grown together. The model of staying with the teacher is a powerful one. They have Spanish and movement and music and incorporate art into every subject. The parent community is incredible, supporting families in so many ways that are hard to capture in a review: from meal trains to rides, food in difficult times, doing personal work together around social justice, and so much more. I'm proud to be a part of this school, and I honestly believe that my children are more curious learners as a result — able to tackle difficult tasks, able to show empathy for others, and capable in so many ways. I'm that person that continues to research other schools, both public and independent, and I really haven't found any school that compares to Golden Bridges in terms of celebrating the earth, beauty, creativity, and equity.
- Posted by Parent - Parent to three children (6th grade, 3rd grade, and Kinder)
My children have attended Goldens Bridge School for the past 5 years, and I can say wholeheartedly that this decision has been a good one for my children and my family. The focus on outdoor education and farming has provided the movement and nature that my active, outdoorsy boys need, while nurturing them to become good stewards of the earth. The class sizes are small and the "Main Lesson Teacher" for each grade stays with their class from 1st through 8th grade. This allows the children to form an intimate relationship with their teacher and their classmates and ensures that their teacher knows them well, and can tailor their curriculum each year to meet the specific students in front of them. I have a 6th Grader and 2nd Grader and both are inspired by school and so eager to get back to school after the summer. The small size of the school and intimate relationships also allows for a lot of creativity and flexibility in teaching and curriculum. When the COVID shelter-in-place happened in March 2020, I was happy to see my children's teachers quickly adapt to distance learning over Zoom, setting up scavenger hunts, exercise classes, craft projects, music lessons, and other online and outdoor activities to safely keep my kids occupied, learning, and engaged during Shelter-in-Place. My kids were "in class" (online) from 9 to 12 or so Monday - Friday every week. Compared to my friends' children at other schools, I thought this was the best possible outcome, given the circumstances. Approaching the new school year in Fall 2020, we're confident that Goldens Bridge will be able to lead safe outdoor education that meets the children's academic needs, because they have already been doing this for the past eight years, and have a lot of experience with rigorous, hands-on, outdoor learning through hike days, visits to public parks, etc. For example, the younger grades might work on arithmetic and math skills using found objects outdoors like pine-cones and sticks. I remember my oldest child's class in 2nd grade had a whole market economy going on in Golden Gate Park where kids were selling and bartering sticks, pinecones and other things they had collected on walks. My 6th Grader this year will probably be studying Botany and Geology outdoors, spending time making observations, taking notes and measurements and drawing in a sketchpad that they carry around with them. Golden Bridges is a unique and special school, and I feel so lucky to have this as a resource during these tough times we are all going through right now.
- Posted by Parent - Jill
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