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Terra Schools


Why Contribute

We have a rare opportunity to build an exceptional school from the ground up.


Today, we invite you to co-create a lasting foundation for the Terra Schools – named after the Latin word for “earth” – while developing a new paradigm of education for the 22nd century.


Our school brings together the best educators and best practices from three pillars of education that have not been combined before – outdoor nature-based education, project-based learning, and language immersion then infusion – and merges them into one year round PK to 8th grade program. While these educational philosophies exist in separate schools, they have never previously existed in one program – until the Terra Schools.


Like most independent schools, an individual child’s tuition does not cover the full cost of their Terra Schools education. The generosity of our community makes our high quality program accessible to more families.


The Need

As the world of work evolves faster than ever before, children need the knowledge and skills to become adults who can lead, not follow; ask good questions, not memorize facts; and bridge divides, not create them.

Our Opportunity

Terra Schools graduates are equipped to meet the challenges of the future with confidence, creativity, and empathy.


We cultivate leaders, problem solvers, and bridge-builders by flipping the paradigm of education.


Children are center stage – their interests and passions drive the topics discussed in class, while teachers facilitate their cognitive, social, and emotional skill acquisition.

How we do this is what sets us apart:


  1. Experiential, project based learning centered on children’s interests (Reggio Emilia-inspired)

  2. Student-led discussions facilitated with openended questions (Harkness table discussions, circle time)

  3. Nature-based education to cultivate a sense of wonder and curiosity (Earth Education, Outdoor School, Gardening Class)

  4. Academics tailored to skill level to stretch students just beyond where they are (Banded scheduling in math & world languages)

  5. Multilingual immersion then exposure to develop empathy and cultural appreciation (Spanish and Mandarin, Diverse Community)

Our Program in Action



of families donate to the Terra Schools



of families volunteer with the Terra Schools



of families receive scholarships



of students are multi-ethnic



of teachers are multi-ethnic






revenue in the last 5 years ($600K to $2.5M)



number of students served in the last 5 years (15 to 91)



number of summer camp students in the last 5 years (40 to 600)


Engaged Families

Terra San Francisco

Capital Campaign

$19 Million


Help us renovate and furnish Terra San Francisco, providing our students with an inspiring and modern environment in which they will learn and grow.


An updated facility will also improve student and teacher recruitment.


Partner with us in our $20M campaign to expand and revitalize The Terra Schools over the next 3 years

Terra Schools

Annual Fund

$1 Million


Unrestricted gifts enable the Terra Schools to meet the most pressing current needs of our program, students, and teachers and keep our program affordable.


We ask every member of the Terra Schools community to make a pledge to the Annual Fund each year.


We will invest the money into an endowment, and the interest will be available to balance our annual budget in perpetuity.


Some priorities we will invest in each year include:

  • Safety & health of kids & staff

  • Teacher training

  • Shuttle repairs for Earth Ed, morning & afternoon commutes, and field trips


Invest In Our Children’s Future

Ways to give

  • Cash

  • Check

  • Online

  • Bequests, trusts, and property transfers

  • DAF (donor advised funds)

  • Stocks

  • IRA rollovers

Get in touch

If you’d like to learn more about how you can invest in the Terra Schools, please email or call (415) 906-2220.

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