300 Gaven Street
San Francisco, CA 94134
|Play- based||mostly teacher led||not formally in curriculum||conducive environment|
|Nursery rhymes, poems, songs|
|Emerging literacy skills|
|Math & number sense||
|Time & space||
|Sci. reasoning/physical world||
|Other subjects taught||Social justice, equity, and environmental sustainability.|
Teachers have a wealth of experience and offer differentiated instruction for students based on their developmental level. Teachers meet daily to collaborate and discuss the individual needs of children in the classroom.
School Mission Statement:
The San Francisco School cultivates and celebrates the intellectual, imaginative and humanitarian promise or each student in a community that practices mutual respect, embraces diversity and inspires a passion for learning.
For more information about school programs and philosophy, visit www.sfschool.org
Preschool & Kindergarten Daily Schedule
Children choose materials and activities in the classroom, guided by the teachers: practical life, sensorial, math, language, writing, art, science, dramatic play, puzzles, and manipulatives.
Children may choose to continue working inside. Free choice of outdoor activities, crate building, parallel bars, sand toys, garden, structure, ball play, trikes.
Morning Circle or Group Time
Music, stories, games, problem solving, presentation of materials, sound of the week, opportunities for verbal expression in a group.
Handwashing & Snack Time
Snack provided by The School.
All children have the opportunity for outdoor physical activities and play. Teachers offer art projects and other activities. Music, Art and P.E. are offered at this time.
Hot lunch provided by The School.
The youngest group retires to nap/day care room.
For the two older groups.
Focus on Science, Social Studies/Culture, Math, Calendar, etc.
Afternoon Work Time
Wake Up Time for the Nappers
Getting ready for dismissal: communal jobs, announcements, or songs.
Children await pick up on benches in South Yard.
Children attending daycare are given a snack.
Teachers and parents stay in close contact via phone calls, email and personal contact.
In May, before the end of the school year, all new families are invited to spend time in the classroom with their children during a wecloming event. Over the summer, teachers send home postcard photos of themselves so that children can begin to familiarize themselves with their teachers. At the start of the school year, the school offers a "Preschool Separation Talk" for the parents to provide them with the skills and education on how to appropriately handle the separation process. Part of this transition is the school's "phase-in" process. On the first day of school, only returning students are invited to attend class. After the first day, new students starting with the oldest (5 year olds) to the youngest (3 year olds), are phased-in 1-2 at a time so that extra attention can be paid to the new students in the class. The benefit of this process is that 1) the new students come into school seeing a fully functioning classroom 2) teachers can spend more time with the new students helping them with the transition process and 3) returning students can buddy up with the new students to help orient them to preschool life.