A New Home, A Community Connected

The new Sterne School campus unites our programs under one roof at the intersection of three of the San Francisco's most culturally rich neighborhoods.

Boasting nearly 50,000 square feet in total, the campus at 838 Kearny Street was largely completed to LEED for School standards in 2011.

The building's western wings and lower level remain unfinished, providing Sterne with an unprecedented opportunity to develop state-of-the art classrooms to support innovative programming in science & engineering, fine & performing arts, and athletics.

Upon completion, the 838 Kearny Street campus will achieve major goals identified by Sterne's leadership over the past decade of growth.
  • Innovating space for teaching and learning
  • Supporting whole student programming
  • Uniting our community from within and connecting with the community outside
  • Putting Sterne on the map

Project Plans & Timelines

The 838 Kearny Street Project is planned to unfold in three phases. Timing of construction is largely dependent on the pace of the Anniversary Campaign, an extraordinary capital initiative to fund the project.

Phase I - Classroom readiness and moving expenses, Summer 2017

Phase II - STEM Lab, Fine Arts Studio, and Classroom Spaces (West Wings, Floors 3 & 4), Spring 2018

Phase III - Gymnasium, Performing Arts studio, and kitchen (lower level), Summer 2018 - Winter 2019

The Anniversary Campaign: Funding the 838 Kearny Street Project

The 838 Kearny Street Project will be funded through The Anniversary Campaign. This extraordinary initiative represents the largest fundraising drive in Sterne's history -- a fitting distinction as it coincides with this most significant event.

Named in honor of Sterne's 40th Anniversary in 2016, the Anniversary Campaign launched quietly in August of that year with an historic $1,000,000 matching challenge to provide resources for Sterne School to explore a move to the Kearny Street campus.

As of October 2017, the Campaign stands at $2,000,000. Information on how our families can support the campaign will be available in Spring 2018.

Team and FAQs


Ed McManis, Head of School
Janet Chen & Constance LaFlamme, Boards of Directors and Co-Chairs, 838 Kearny Street Site Committee
Luke & Alexandra Bergstrom, Co-Chairs
Jaime Tollas, Director of Development and Campaign Manager, The Anniversary Campaign
Anne Paxton, Finance & Business Manager
WRNS Studio, Architects
Skyline Construction

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the projected maximum enrollment in the new campus? When do you expect to reach that figure?
The maximum enrollment in the new building once the unfinished spaces are completed is between 220-240 students. We expect to reach this number in the next five years.

Small class sizes are what drew us to Sterne. Will these be compromised as we grow?
Sterne is committed to keeping class sizes to under 15 students in the Middle School (with two teachers), and under 18 in the High School (students requiring more differentiation may be placed in smaller classes as appropriate). Plans for the unfinished spaces include three 400 square-foot classrooms, which will allow us to add more classes in our larger grades; moving arts and science to dedicated spaces will also free up classrooms for smaller classes.

Is there any way to finish the gym faster?
The proposed timeline assumes that the Anniversary Campaign will take approximately 18 months to reach goal. It is necessary to prioritize the 3rd & 4th Floor lab and classroom spaces to create suitable learning environments for our college-preparatory science and math curricula, and alleviate pressure on the classrooms and staff offices. However, in the presence of funding there are economies of timing. If we raise the necessary funds to complete all construction in tandem, we can commence the gymnasium build-out sooner.

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