School Life

Summer

Summer camps at The San Francisco School are designed to offer a variety of enrichment, skill-building, and play opportunities. 

CAMPS FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS (Current K - 5th Graders)

Updated April 14, 2021

A variety of full day camps (from 8:45 or 9:00 am to 2:45 or 3:00 pm) for current Kindergarten to 7th Grade will be available.

There will be two sessions of summer camp this year (please scroll down for detailed descriptions).

  • Session 1: June 21 - July 9
    • smallworldwow (current K - 2nd Grade) - waitlist only
    • Citizen Girl (current 2nd - 5th Grade)
    • Spray Can Summer (current 3rd - 7th Grade) 
  • Session 2: July 12 - 30
    • smallworldwow (current K - 2nd Grade) - waitlist only
    • Citizen Girl (current 2nd - 5th Grade)
    • Skateboarding Camp with SF Social (current 3rd - 6th Grade)

And this summer, TEAM SFS Special Programs will transport your campers to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan! During recesses, campers will run, hop, and skip like the Olympians to complement the themed camps. Through sports from around the world, cultural exploration, and nutrition, campers will create their own Olympic games and closing ceremonies.

Please contact Director of Special Programs Sharon Ng with questions (sng@sfschool.org or 415.239.5065 ext 216).

Daily Schedule

 8:45 am -  9:00 am

Drop off / free play with Special Programs team

 9:00 am -  9:30 am

Camp activity time

 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Recess

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Camp activity time

11:00 am  - 11:10 am

Snack time

11:10 am  - 12:00 pm      

Camp activity time

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Lunch

12:30 pm -  2:00 pm

Camp activity time

 2:00 pm -  2:30 pm

Snack and recess time

 2:30 pm -  3:00 pm

Camp activity time

 3:00 pm -  3:15 pm

Dismissal


smallworldwow

smallworldwow (Current K - 2nd Graders)  

Description

smallworldwow inspires children to be curious about the world, embrace culture, and live mindfully.
smallworldwow honors cultural heritage, celebrates community, and builds connections to the world.

Using art, cooking, story, music, dance, and games to connect with traditions of the world, smallworldwow focuses on the multicultural joy that comes with being a little citizen of the world. By introducing campers to new cultures each week, we empower every camper to be conscious and confident, breaking barriers of prejudice and misunderstanding. 

We’ll start with mythology and traditions from around the world in Session 1, and then we’ll focus on celebrating San Francisco’s Indigenous, Asian, and Latinx communities in Session 2. Our campers will make connections to world cultures, indigenous folkways, ancient technologies, traditional folk arts, natural resources, repurposing, and upcycling.

Angelica Faustino and Mallory McDaniel, staff

Session 1: Cultures from around the world (June 21 - July 9)

Week of June 21: Toy Making Around the World

No matter where you are in the world, if you’re a kid, you love toys. This week is all about learning about countries and traditions through games, toys, and play. 

  • Lalka motanka, Ukraine (dolls)

  • Galimoto, Kenya (wire cars and bikes)

  • Daruma otoshi and Takos, Japan (board game and kite)

  • Dalecarlian horse, Sweden (painted horse)

  • To he, Vietnam (sculpture figurines)

  • Awale (aka Mancala), Ivory Coast (board game)

  • Jagi jagi, Somalia (game)

  • Sarimanok birds, Philippines (decoration)

Week of June 28: Global Folklore and Fairytales

One of the best things about reading fairy tales today is that there are so many multicultural versions for children to enjoy. Gone are the days when all the main characters looked virtually the same. This week, we will explore different cultures through their stories, art, and theater.

  • Mask making (international) 
  • Shadow puppets (Indonesia)
  • Trolls (Norway) 
  • Anansi (Ghana/West Africa)

Week of July 05: Indigenous Culture

After two weeks of looking at the world around us, we are going to focus at home on the Ohlone, the First Nations people of the San Francisco area, through outdoors explorations, recipes, and folk art.

  • Land art 
  • Cooking and baking (Cafe Ohlone)
  • Weaving 
  • Jewelry making
  • Landscape and animal painting

Drop off is at 9:00 am and pick up is at 3:15 pm.  

Cost: $1350 

Session 2: International communities in San Francisco (July 12 - 30)

The focus will be on our largest international communities right here in San Francisco: India, Mexico, and China. We will learn about each by making art, watching films, learning dances, and cooking and eating regional dishes.

Week of July 12: India

Traditional painting, dance, and mythology will guide the projects we make, and we will look at how all three tie together.

  • Mud and mirror work (lippan kaam)
  • Madhubani painting
  • Cardboard peacock
  • Sita Sings the Blues (film)
  • Ramayana
  • Dance activities

Week of July 19: Mexico

This week will focus on 3D art such as weaving, papier-mâché, and altar making. We will focus on themes of community and gratitude.  

  • Piñata
  • Animal masks
  • Friendship bracelets
  • Papier-mâché
  • Ofrendas

July 26: China

We wrap up the session with card making, stamps, paper art, and a sewing project.

  • Tea
  • Paper cut art
  • Tiger pillow
  • Block print names
  • Year of the Ox and animal zodiac
  • Painting and poetry

Drop off is at 9:00 am and pick up is at 3:15 pm.  

Cost: $1350 

citizen girl*CITIZEN GIRL* (Current 2nd - 5th Grade)

Description

Calling all curious, compassionate, and courageous girls* to join us for a session of crafting, outdoor adventure, service, and activism. Girls will practice self-expression and learn to appreciate a multiplicity of cultural traditions through art and design projects. Learn about conservation and stewardship while enjoying nature! Our camp will center on social justice through workshops and activities that connect girls to concrete ways to lead for change, from cleaning up a local playground to making hygiene kits for the homeless and writing letters to local politicians. We will also learn about self-care for this lifelong journey.  Campers will take photos, write short stories, and discover a cause they care about. This summer, girls will draw, write, protest, knit bomb, screen print, batik, sew, and build their way to a better world!

Jeanette Au and Sara Knight, staff

* We use girl as a term that includes cisgender girls, transgender girls, nonbinary youth, gender non-conforming youth, genderqueer youth, and anyone else who feels like they belong at this camp.

Session 1: Power of the Book, Knit Bombing, & the Art of Activism (June 21 - July 9)

Week of June 21: Power of the Book

Discover the amazing history of the book and learn several methods to create your own books. We will create a library, host a feminist book club, and collaborate on a giant-sized book.


  • Paper engineering
  • Carousel book
  • Japanese stab binding
  • Pamphlet book

Week of June 28: Knit Bombing

Use 3D textile-making techniques to create a community art installation and learn about female provocateurs who use this medium in their activist art.

  • Felting
  • Pom poms 
  • Knitting 
  • Crochet
  • Fiber art

Week of July 5: The Art of Activism

Explore how artists use art to communicate their stance on issues in the community. Using 2D mediums, we will create protest art and write our own stories to share.

  • Block prints 
  • Batik
  • Screen printing
  • Zines with SF Zinefest

Drop off is at 8:45 am and pick up is at 3:00 pm.  

Cost: $1350

Session 2: Community Connection, Plant Magic, & Trashed but Treasured (July 12 - 30)

Week of July 12:  Community Connection

Celebrate our hopes, dreams, and accomplishments together through communication and self reflection.

  • Letter writing 
  • Calligraphy
  • Stop motion animation  
  • Community labyrinth
  • Mandala making
  • DIY reusable banners
  • Group murals
  • Make a birthday box to benefit foster kids part of Team Celebrate Birthday Box Program

Week of July 19: Plant Magic

Harnessing the power of plants and our connection to them, we will explore the ways humans have healed, nourished, and expressed themselves with plants.

  • Paint making
  • Cyanotype prints
  • Community bouquet flower making
  • Kokedama
  • Messing with macrame

Week of July 26: Trashed But Treasured

Sorting through our daily post-consumer waste, we will redirect plastics, cardboard, and more out of landfills to repurpose them into new art forms.

  • Papier-mâché sculptures
  • Paper making 
  • Garment repair
  • Recycled journals
  • Trash weaving

Drop off is at 8:45 am and pick up is at 3:00 pm.  

Cost: $1500

Spray Can Summer

Spray Can Summer : Graffiti, Murals, and Street Art (Current 3rd - 7th Grade)

Session 1 only

Description

Are you drawn to the murals, graffiti, stencils, and stickers on the streets of San Francisco? Unleash your inner street artist, pick up a spray can, and help paint a full-size mural with us this summer! Dive deep into the world of public art and make exciting art projects every day.

Over three weeks, campers will fill up a sketchbook and explore a variety of materials and styles, from graffiti lettering and cartoon characters to stencils, stickers, and wheat-pasted posters. We’ll go out into the neighborhood to learn more about the murals and graffiti in our city and meet a couple of the artists who created the artwork we’re seeing. We’ll learn about the history and role of public art and graffiti in social justice movements around the city and world. And, of course, we’ll create a large, colorful mural to celebrate and share with our community.

Nico Berry and Maceo Anderson, staff

Drop off is at 9:00 am and pick up is at 3:15 pm.  

Cost is $1350

SF Skate Club

Learn to Skateboard with San Francisco Skate Club (Current 3rd - 5th Grade)

Session 2 only

Description

Learn to skateboard, or enhance your skills. This summer we will be building our skateboard park at Tunnel Ave. and cover tricks, ride ramps, and skate through obstacles. Participants will skate a minimum of three hours per day.

A proper skateboard makes a huge difference in campers’ ability to learn and enjoy their time at camp. Contact Shawn Connelly at San Francisco Skate Club for directions on proper skateboard purchasing. A skateboard, helmet, and wrist guards are required to be worn at camp.

Drop off is at 9:15 am and pick up is at 3:15 pm.  

Cost is $1500


Additional Information

Currently, 2021 Summer Camps are only open to families of The San Francisco School.

All camps will take place at 333 Tunnel Ave.

Unfortunately, no extended care is available this summer.

Indexed tuition is available for camp.

SFS Camp Health and Safety Practices (subject to change according to SFDPH directives)

  • Each camp is limited to 14 students, with a 3:1 student/teacher ratio (teachers include staff and junior counselors). Staff will be consistent, and there is no mixing between camps.
  • Children will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and/or contacts daily prior to arrival at camp.
  • There will be a staggered drop off and pick up schedule.  We will customize a joint sibling drop-off plan on a case by case basis. Caregivers will not be permitted on campus.
  • Students and staff will be required to wear masks, maintain physical distance, and wash their hands/use hand sanitizers.
  • Campers should bring extra masks, a hat, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, and a water bottle, and wear appropriate clothing to camp. Please be sure food is nut-free, and use reusable containers whenever possible to help us reach our goal of zero waste!
  • Lunch and snacks will be eaten outside.
  • Camp equipment and materials will be sanitized throughout the day and at the end of the day.
  • In accordance with SFDPH guidelines, campers must attend the first week of camp to attend the second and third weeks (and/or campers must attend the first two weeks of camp to attend the third week). Failure to attend the first or second week will results in withdrawal without a refund. 

Medical Conditions

Please be sure to inform us of any important medical conditions prior to the start of camp to provide the best experience for your child. Your child’s medical information can be provided through the registration waiver which will be sent via email prior to the start of the session.

Refund Policy

Up until May 1, a full refund (minus a $25 processing fee per session canceled) will be given.

Between May 2-June 1, a full refund (minus a cancellation fee of $100 per session) will be given.

There will be no refunds after June 1 or in the event of a camper’s quarantine/isolation due to COVID-19.

If SFS cancels the camp (including in the event of under-enrollment), camp fees will be fully refunded.

All refunds will be credited via the original payment method

Photo Policy 
Occasionally photos may be taken of participants in the programs, classes, and activities. These photos may be used in future summer program guides, SFS website, pamphlets or flyers.