Francis Parker School has been preparing generations of San Diegans to achieve their dreams since 1912.
More than a century ago, Clara Sturges Johnson and her husband, William Templeton Johnson, established a school with a learning environment where the individual talents and strengths in each student could be uncovered and nurtured.
They opened Francis Parker School in a Mission Hills bungalow with just three students. From those humble beginnings, Parker has grown to serve an annual enrollment of 1,230 students and has become one of the most respected independent schools in the nation.
While inspiring students to reach "as far as the mind can see," Parker remains committed to the educational ideals pioneered by the School's namesake, Col. Francis Wayland Parker, also known as the "father of progressive education."
Active learning through study trips, creative opportunities and challenging hands-on projects are essential elements of the Parker experience built on the principles put forth by Col. Parker.
Today, the historic Mission Hills Campus houses the Lower School, with classes from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5. The modern Linda Vista Campus is home to the Middle School, Grades 6 to 8, and the Upper School, Grades 9 to 12.
As the School enters its second century, Parker has a well-earned reputation as a welcoming, inclusive community, with students coming from more than 91 ZIP codes across San Diego County.
The School's mission is to create and inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.