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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 2019 starts February 1, 2019, at 10:00am  

General Camp Details

Camp Hours: 9:00 - 3:00 pm with morning (8:00-9:00am) and afternoon (3:00-5:00pm) Extended Day

Summer Camp 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. 

Summer 2018 Elementary and Middle School Programs 

River Camp: County Fair, Carnival & Circus (entering 3rd through entering 6th Grade) 

This summer, each young architect will design and construct a unique contribution to our County Fair, Carnival, & Circus! Creating this whimsical universe together suggests a wide range of options from wild amusement park rides, circus wagons, haunted houses, art collections, show animals, agricultural displays, musical venues, futuristic intentions, and more…all this with a river running right through it! Along the way campers will learn about architecture, design, and storytelling, and tackle some hands-on science and engineering. The finished 35-foot river landscape will be the centerpiece for a Grand Tour for parents/guardians and friends!

NOTE: This camp presumes an interest in developing craft-skill and demands periods of collaboration, creative focus, and self-direction. 

Session 1: June 18 - June 29

Session 2: July 2 - July 13 (no camp July 4) 

Makers Studio (entering 1st through entering 2nd Grade) 

In a teacher-guided open studio format, children are introduced to a wide range of art materials and discover various media. Each day begins with students experimenting with new materials. We work with clay, experiment with printmaking, sketch, paint, and make sculptures. Sample projects include pendulum paintings, birdhouses, and watercolor landscapes. Campers develop their skills through the process of experimentation, focusing on the process rather than the product. 

Any day at camp includes songs, games, and sensory activities. Campers will read about well-known artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, and Pablo Picasso. Structured activities will be balanced with free time and outdoor play, and each day will end with a calming and centering yoga practice.

Week 1: June 18- 22

Week 2: June 25- 29

Splat! Art Camp (entering 1st through entering 3rd Grade) 

Isn’t it amazing to see what kids will create when they are given the freedom to explore? In this week-long camp, kids reach beyond the basics and tap into their imaginations to create unique pieces while having a blast and getting messy. Media can include paint, clay, chalk, recycled materials, mosaics, tie-dye, and found art, i.e. turning everyday objects into magnificent masterpieces. Each week features different projects, so register for multiple weeks to maximize the fun! 

(You may have noticed I said “messy,” so please leave your formalwear at home and remember to bring a large t-shirt (men’s shirt would be best) to wear over your clothes.) 

Week 1: July 9 - 13

Week 2: July 23 - 27

Week 3: July 30 – Aug 3

Week 4: August 6- 10

Play With Your Food Camp (entering 1st through entering 4th Grade)

A little science, a little art, a lot of fun!  In “Play With Your Food” camp, entering 1st-entering 4th Grade students will use common ingredients from the kitchen to grow a crystal rock garden, create scratch-and-sniff watercolors, dye colorful fabric, or mix up java dough.  Flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, corn starch, corn syrup, potatoes, coffee grounds, and powdered drink mix will be transformed into batteries, volcanoes, puffy paint, gummy worms, and more.  

We will also create and play food-related games like a life-sized version of Candyland, read food-related stories like “Fanny at Chez Panisse,” and occasionally indulge in a treat or two (Banana Split Relay Race, anyone?).  

This is not a cooking class, so students must bring their own nut-free lunches. 

Week of July 16- 20

Introduction to Robotics (entering 3rd through entering 6th Grade)

In this week long camp, students are introduced to the fundamentals of robotics design and programming using the VEX IQ robotics platform. Students form teams to compete in challenges using a robot of their design and construction. All projects are hands-on, engaging, and focus on the engineering design process of Think-Do-Test. In addition to robotics design and programming, campers will explore the outdoors, have some down-time to relax and be creative, and socialize with team-building activities.

Week of July 16 - July 20

Intermediate/Advanced Robotics (entering 4th through entering 9th Grade)

In this week long camp, students build on the fundamentals of robotics design and programming, using the VEX IQ robotics platform. Students form teams to compete in challenges using a robot of their design, and will also have ample time to work on intensive individualized programming and design. All projects are hands-on, engaging, and focus on the engineering design process of Think-Do-Test. In addition to robotics design and programming, campers will explore the outdoors, have some down-time to relax and be creative, and socialize with team-building activities.

Week of July 23 – July 27

Tinkering Lab (entering 3rd through entering 6th Grade)

Students in this camp will build 21st century skills using the Electric Motors Catalyst™ to conquer challenges requiring the construction, design, and creation of simple machines and tools.  Explore elements of engineering design, circuitry, motion, stability, and balance while problem-solving with peers in this hands-on camp. In addition to project-based learning, students will take full advantage of our outdoor spaces and local parks to test out their inventions.

Week of July 30- August 3    

Summer 2018 Preschool/Kindergarten Program 

Sensational Summer (entering four-year-old Preschool – entering 1st Grade)  

It is 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 16, 2018 through August 10, 2018. 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! 

Camps take place in our expansive multi-age Preschool/Kindergarten classrooms, our Adventure Playground, outdoor yard spaces, school 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 18- 22

Week 2: June 25- 29

Week 3: July 2- 6 (no camp 7/4)

Week 4: July 9-13

Week 5: July 16-20

Week 6: July 23-27

Week 7: July 30- August 3

Week 8: Aug 6- 10