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Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to Children’s Day School, a thriving, inclusive, and progressive pre-eighth grade school located in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. It is an incredible privilege to represent this community as the new Head of School, and I look forward to connecting with students, parents, educators, and community members who make up the CDS family.

This is an exciting time for the school as we celebrate all of our classrooms being fully ADA-compliant with the addition of our elevator in St. Joseph’s Hall and a remodel of the reception area. The fact that we are now accessible to all members of the community aligns with our values of inclusion.

CDS recently had a very successful re-accreditation visit from the California Association of Independent Schools, and their recommendations are in alignment with our comprehensive strategic plan, Collective Innovation. All of what we do at CDS focuses on our mission of educating passionate citizens who change the world.

My family's return to the Bay Area after seven years out of the country has provided a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on growth, change, and tradition. We are embracing the memories, and we are excited to go on new adventures exploring how San Francisco has grown while still remaining the city we love. We came to CDS because of the way the school lives up to its ideals of inclusion and social justice, as well as the deep commitment to valuing children on their individual journey.

We welcome your inquiries — whether you are looking at CDS as a fit for your child, or a business from the neighborhood who shares our values, or a fellow educator with an interest in our program — because we know that partnerships and connections are part of what make a wonderful community.


Shelly Luke Wille
Head of School