Welcome to Lower School

"Faculty nurture students' natural curiosity by engaging them in a program rich with exploration. Students learn to perservere, work collaboratively and develop the best version of themselves in a supportive environment."

- Dr. Bob Gillingham, Head of Lower School
Academic excellence is at the core of the Parker experience. Since 1912, our educators have been encouraging students to stretch academically, to solve authentic problems using in-depth analysis, to work effectively in partnership with others and to become knowledgeable, empathetic, global citizens. 
A student-centered approach to learning is employed in each grade-level classroom, allowing students to build a knowledge base in the core subjects of math, literacy and social studies through experience-based learning. 
Curriculum in the Lower School is enriched by an array of specialty classes woven into the daily schedule including drama, art, technology, science, music (vocal, band and strings), physical education and a hybrid world language program in Spanish and Mandarin. In the Scripps Design Lab, students marry the principles of scientific inquiry and design thinking to discover the process of innovation.

Experience Lower School

Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to 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.

Mission Hills Campus Lower School

4201 Randolph Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Linda Vista Campus Middle/Upper School

6501 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
858 / 569-7900