School Life

Summer

The San Francisco School’s summer camps in arts, music, language, and play-based learning engage students in a world of imagination and creativity.

Registration for Summer 2020 starts February 14, 2020, at 10:00am  

GENERAL CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm with morning (8:00-9:00 am) and afternoon (3:00-5:00 pm) extended day care for preschool, elementary, and middle school students.

  • Campers should wear clothing and shoes suitable for active and creative play!
  • Lunch and snacks are not provided. Pack a nut-free lunch with a water bottle and strive to pack in re-usable containers so we can reach our goal of Zero Waste! No candy, cookies, cake, or soda please. 
  • Prepare for San Francisco summer weather by applying sunscreen to your child and packing extra layers in a backpack
  • Preschool/K students should also pack a change of clothes that can remain at camp

Please note this registration system is separate from the Extended Day registration portal and new users will need to create a username and password to access the list of camps. In the event camps are under-enrolled, families who have registered will be informed via email on April 1, 2020. Over-enrolled camps will automatically generate a waitlist through the online registration site. We will be posting more information on SFS Dribble for Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-8 as well as a new camp partner called Camp Half-Blood for Grades 1-5.

REFUND POLICY

  • Up until May 1: Receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee per session cancelled.   
  • May 2 until June 1: Receive a refund minus a cancellation of $100 per session.
  • After June 1: No refunds
  • Policy applies to all cancellations, regardless of sign-up date
  • All refunds will be credited via original payment method.  

Contact Sharon Ng (sng@sfschool.org ) with any questions. 

PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN CAMPS

Rising Preschool four-year old - rising Kindergarten, Fee– $450 ($360 for Week 3)

It’s going to be a Sensational Summer! We are excited to offer full-day camps for Preschool and Kindergarten students, taught by our own SFS staff members, during the weeks of June 15, 2020 through August 07, 2020. Students fill their days digging in the dirt, experimenting with science and technology, exploring multicultural music, and creating a variety of arts and crafts, all the while challenging their minds to become innovative thinkers!

This year we are partnering with Travesuras to offer land art and outdoor education in Spanish. Camps take place in our expansive preschool/kindergarten classrooms, our Adventure Playground, Library, and Community Center, along with opportunities to explore the Portola neighborhood’s Palega Park, Portola Library, St. Mary’s Park, and more! 

Week 1 - June 15-19 Unicorn Camp
Week 2 - June 22-26 Rainbow Camp
Week 3 - June 29-July 02 Miniature Pixie
Week 4 - July 6-10 Colorful Us
Week 5 - July 13-17 Travesuras (Spanish)
Week 6 - July 20-24 Land Art
Week 7 - July 27-July 31 Land Art
Week 8 - August 03-07 Land Art

ELEMENTARY CAMPS

CITIZEN GIRL
Rising 2nd Grade - Rising 6th Grade, Fee– $450 ($360 for Week 3)

Citizen Girl is for girls who love sustainable art, activism, and adventure. Citizen Girl offers spontaneous and planned adventure, friendship, and female mentorship by leading SF artists, activists and social enterprise change makers. Empowering girls to be bold and compassionate is the goal of this new SFS camp led by SFS instructor Angelica Faustino and experienced SFS extended day teaching artists Jeanette Au and Mallory McDaniel.

Week 1 - June 15-19 The Art of Protest
Week 2 - June 22-26 3D Textile Art Explorations
Week 3 - June 29- July 02 Hear Us Roar - Women Artists and Mixed Media
Week 6 - July 20-24 Say It Loud, Paint It Proud
Week 7 - July 27-July 31 Animal Heroes: Voices for the Voiceless

SMALL WORLD WOW - COUNTRY FOCUS: JAPAN?
Rising 1st Grade - Rising 6th Grade, Fee– $450

Students will explore different cultures and develop a greater understanding of the world that lies outside our borders. Students will enjoy globally inspired cooking classes, art workshops, and local field trips. This week will focus on the world’s excitement for the Olympic Games and the 2020 world host Tokyo, Japan. Students will learn onigiri, amen and mochi making. Manga fanatics will create their own comics inspired by the Japanese manga style from Astro Boy to Dragon Ball, compete in sketching contests, then show off their work at camp Comic Con on the last day! We will sample different types of Japanese snacks as well as making and flying our own koinobori fish kites. This class will be led by SFS alum and cooking enthusiast Alex Ahrens.

Week 5 - July 13-17
Week 6 - July 20-24

EARTH CAMP
Rising 1st Grade - Rising 6th Grade, Fee– $450 ($360 for Week 3)

The earth is our only home - how should we protect it? Each week, students will have fun in nature and with each other, drawing inspiration from wildlife to dream up their own home in nature by building their very own dens using foraged materials!

Students will also learn about the history and contemporary practice of Land Art, complete with field trips to the Presidio to see landmarks such as the Spire, Tree Line and Earth Wall by Andy Goldsworthy followed by outdoor nature exploration at McClaren Park, Glen Park, and Alemany Farm. where they will create their own art installations which will be photographed for parents. Along the way, students will challenge themselves at an obstacle course, trek through the forest, make friends, and take away a deep experiential understanding of why the natural world needs to be protected.

Activities include:

  • Hiking and scavenger hunts
  • Team-building sports, games and obstacle courses
  • Outdoor education such as rope skills, starting a fire, using tools, building structures with natural scavenged materials

Week 1 - June 15 - June 19
Week 2 - June 22 - June 26
Week 3 - June 29 - July 02
Week 4 - July 06 - July 10
Week 8 – August 03-August 07

RIVER CAMP: RIVER TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH!
Rising 3rd Grade - Rising 6th Grade

Session 1: June 15-26, $1040 (10 days)
Session 2: June 29-July 10, $936 (9 days)

River Camp get’s earthy this year! Partially inspired by Jules Verne’s’ Journey to the Center of
the Earth, young architects and storytellers will work individually and together to create a fantastic
underground river landscape. Each child will invent a “land” along the descending route which
may be inhabited by animal communities, exotic gardens, lost tribes of humanity, fairy
houses, mythological figures or secret hi-tech installations. Real cascading water will flow down through a series of giant grotto’s culminating in a vast underground sea! Along the way Campers will learn about architecture, hydrology design and a bit of biology and geology. The finished 35-foot river landscape will be the centerpiece for a Grand Tour for parents and friends!

Gregory Gavin visual artist, designs public art and educational projects for schools, museums
and public places. He’s been commissioned by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the de Young
Museum and has piloted summer camps for the Bay Area Discovery Museum and MOCA.
Dolores Elkin has over 28 years of experience teaching (21 of them at The San Francisco School). She
has a CA teaching credential for art, along with a CA credential for teaching grades pre-K-12.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPS

JUNIOR COUNSELOR IN TRAINING
Rising 7th - Rising 9th Grade, Fee– $300 ($240 for Week 3) 

Junior Counselor in Training Camp, is an outstanding opportunity for current sixth, seventh, and eighth graders to take on a leadership role during the summer. This camp will partner each JC with a lead counselor who will help them better understand how to work with students in a professional setting.

All JCs will meet with our camp staff each week to go through professional development workshops in addition to their responsibilities supporting our campers throughout the week. Based on the number of campers, we can accommodate up to two JCs per camp.

Requirements:

  • Completion of 6th Grade or higher by June 2020
  • Completion of online application
  • Letter of reference from a non-familial adult
  • Commitment to at least one full week of camp from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm

Fees include:

  • Training
  • Supervision and mentoring
  • 1-on-1 evaluations
  • JC camp t-shirts
  • Lunch on Fridays

SSAT SUMMER COURSE*
Rising 8th Grade, Fee– $400 

Many families find it useful for their child to take a SSAT preparation course the summer before 8th Grade. This summer, SFS welcomes Ron Shalita, owner and operator of SSAT Forum, to offer a test preparation course.

*This program is only open to SFS students.

Week 9 - August 10-14, 2020, 9:00 am - noon

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LEGARZA SPORTS
Legarza Sports will be hosting K-8th Grade All Sports Camps at SFS the following weeks:
Week 1 - June 15-19
Week 2 - June 22-26
Week 7 - July 27-July 31

To register for their camps visit: https://www.legarzasports.org/