Your family’s faith is one of the most important foundations of your child’s life. Consider nourishing this aspect of your child’s education at a faith based private school. San Francisco parents have nothing but wonderful things to say about the following institutions for providing a well-rounded curriculum and promoting tolerance, respect, and kindness among their students.
Star of the Sea School
Star of the Sea School is a Catholic preschool and K-8 institution known for their small yet uniquely diverse population of students, athletics department, and after-school enrichment program. Founded by the St. Joseph Sisters of Carondelet in 1909, this charming school hopes to encourage a real love of learning in their students and teach them how to apply their Catholic faith in their everyday lives.
Aside from providing students with a solid academic program, students are given the opportunity to participate in enrichment classes when the bell rings. Musically-inclined kids can take private piano lessons and group guitar, or audition for the Children’s Choir and join rehearsals after school. The school also has several organized sports team, but the sports program also provides golf lessons to interested students. Those who are passionate about science and math have more than just traditional clubs to join; the school has a chess club and a unique after-school class that teaches engineering and math principles using Lego. Budding writers can help write, edit, and publish the school paper with the help of a faculty advisor. And finally, Star of the Sea offers one of few Mandarin and Cantonese K-8 programs in the Archdiocese, as well as Spanish language classes. As part of the school’s commitment to the community, students can also join several outreach programs in the area of their choice.
Zion Lutheran School
A good K-8 school should prepare children for the demands of high school while helping them achieve their fullest potential in extracurricular fields. Zion Lutheran School is one such place you can send your child to. Since 1947, Zion Lutheran School has been providing their young Christian students with an academically-rigorous curriculum and a rich variety of extracurricular activities. This school uses a research-based curriculum called the Core Knowledge Sequence, a powerful program that builds knowledge upon knowledge. Everything a child needs to know about language arts, literature, history, math, science, music, and the visual arts is carefully outlined and taught in an age-appropriate sequence. Class sizes are very limited so that teachers can provide equal attention to all students. With such a strong academic and spiritual foundation, graduates of Zion feel confident about moving on to high school.
But academics are not the only strong suit of Zion; art and athletics makes up a strong part of the school’s curriculum. Students are encouraged to audition for the school’s annual spring musical, and those in 4th to 8th grades are welcome to join the Hand Bell Choir and participate in several performances. Athletic girls and boys are welcome to try out for the basketball team at fifth grade, the volleyball team at 7th grade, or the track team. Other after-school classes include art, cooking, music and chess.