301 El Camino Real
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 866-3777
License #414004440

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About Us

Parkside Day School is a Mandarin Immersion program for children ages 24 months to transitional kindergarten. The young child in our program is shaping and developing his mind and body, building his brain architecture and constructing knowledge through play and Mandarin acquisition.

Language is how children connect with people, build relationships, and increase self-esteem. Mandarin Chinese does not need to be the child’s first language. Children from all language backgrounds will flourish in an immersion program with caring teachers who will allow them to experiment, make decisions, take risks, learn from their mistakes and solve problems in Mandarin.

Mandarin Immersion Program

  • Focus on proficiency in Mandarin to increase executive functioning, academic success, and lifelong learning
  • Mandarin acquisition and proficiency is developed through exploratory lessons, story time, activities, drama, arts and crafts, cooking activities, and much more
  • Children and teachers converse, share experiences, and recognize that language and conversations are central
  • Play-based learning in a rich learning environment that incorporates children’s ideas and interests, offers a variety of open-ended experiences, and utilizes indoor and outdoor areas to facilitate play and learning
  • Each child’s individual needs and interests are recognized to offer meaningful and nurturing interactions
  • Nurturing bonds instill empathy, embrace differences and create social responsibility
  • Practices that empower children to resolve differences with others in cooperative and constructive ways
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio fosters deep relationship-building opportunities to increase social-emotional intelligence and competence
  • Family style meals include a daily warm lunch, morning snack, and afternoon snack

Our Programs (24 months to Transitional Kindergarten)

Toddlers (potty-training not required)
  • Supportive play, open exploration, creative art projects and relationship development
  • Strong emphasis on increasing self-care, confidence, independence, problem-solving and social interaction skills in uplifting ways
  • Sensory rich environment for meaningful experiences and stimulation of the brain
  • Hands-on, active and diverse opportunities for self-expression
  • Varied activities and content areas: art, music, movement, creative expression cooking, drama, sciences, nature, story-telling, group games and field trips
  • Children work independently and cooperatively in a classroom full of social interactions and engaging, developmentally appropriate activities
  • Strong emphasis on social-emotional, intellectual, physical, and creative skills
  • Language and writing skills involved into all aspects of the curriculum
  • Phonetic approach allow children to link sounds and symbols
  • Introduction of mathematical concepts through hands-on materials that prepare children for later abstract reasoning
  • Varied activities and content areas: art, music, movement, creative expression cooking, drama, sciences, nature, story-telling, group games and field trips
Pre-Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten
  • Children work as independent thinkers, problem-solvers, keen observers and joyful explorers
  • Strong emphasis on shared responsibility, individual accountability, effective communication and kindergarten readiness skills
  • Engaging and challenging academic curriculum that is individualized to each child’s level
  • Phonetic approach allow children to build and decode words
  • More complex mathematical concepts utilizing concrete, tactile materials
  • Social studies focus on earth and continents, people, food and culture
  • Varied activities and content areas: art, music, movement, creative expression cooking, drama, sciences, nature, story-telling, group games and field trips


Tours are available. Please call our school to make an appointment.

Please contact us at info@parksidedayschool.com or (650) 866-3777 for more information.

Enrichment Programs

  • Soccer

    Class Our soccer program utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. It will also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation. Through fun games, songs and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active.

  • Little Chefs

    An essential part of our curriculum is cooking. Children are introduced to dishes from around the world. Children learn valuable math, language and fine motor skills while discovering many cultural aspects of the world they are in.

  • Field Trips
  • Gardening
  • Music Class

    Music is great for developing brains but also develops all domains of learning. We are excited in our music rich environment in the school while offering extra music classes.