"Dream, do, try" is the inspirational motto of the Lower School Design Thinking program.

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a process, applicable to all walks of life, of solving complex problems and creating innovative ideas.

“Our students develop the ability to think critically and analytically, to become excellent communicators and collaborate effectively with others, said Laurie Brae, Librarian and Design Thinking Lead. "We are using Design Thinking as a pathway to developing these essential skills.”

An integrated instructional team composed of library, science, drama, design, tech and classroom teachers guides students in the process of discovery from brainstorming, through developing, building and testing an invention or idea.

The Scripps Design Center, inaugurated in fall 2015, serves as an incubator for innovation, allowing students to employ both traditional tools and modern technologies.

Our students are learning to take risks, to persevere on difficult tasks, to work together productively and to hold themselves accountable to the principles of scientific inquiry.
As we equip our students with 21st Century skills, we prepare them to become architects of their own destiny.
We are integrating design thinking into instruction at all grade levels. 
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