“Art Is…” is a Rooftop art education program that uses works of art to provide an inexhaustible resource for exploration, reflection and understanding. The program actively engages students, supports learning across the curriculum, and builds critical thinking skills through “hands-on” art making, reflection and research.
Rooftop School’s outdoor science program was started as a vision of Principal Nancy Mayeda in 1984. With donated lumber, donated soil, and dedicated parent involvement, the garden started to evolve slowly but steadily. By 1995, the school had enough garden beds for every teacher and 10 heirloom apple trees had been planted. By 1996 we had a garden educator to teach the students mandated science curriculum through hands-on activities in our garden.
Our mission is to provide students with frequent access to our collections, to promote the joy of reading and the delight in exploring personal interests, and to instruct students in the appropriate use of both print and electronic resources, empowering them with skills to be intelligent users of information.
Students enjoy music in a variety of ways. K-4 students participate in Choral Music with an SF Arts Ed teaching artist. Instruction focuses on teaching musical concepts through singing. 4-8th grade students participate in instrumental music lessons, taught in small groups. The SF Symphony and SFUSD’s partnership provides a sequential music education program to all students in grades 1-5. K-4 students also celebrate music and community in a weekly Sing-Along.
Students in grades 6 & 8 participate in an outdoor education program. Not only do these programs enrich their academic school experience, but they also allow them to form close bonds outside of the classroom. Most students agree that the outdoor ed program is one of their most memorable and cherished experience during their time at Rooftop!
A super fun movement program which helps children master gross and fine motor skills, as well as sensory and coordination skills. This program is based on the research showing that there’s a strong link between these skills and classroom success.
In grades 2-5, students learn:
- Typing skills
- How to use the internet to research and gather information for classroom reports
- How to develop new communication skills through word processing, graphic design and illustration
- How to use Google classroom, Google docs, etc.
In grades 6-8, Computer Science curriculum is taught two days per week for all middle school students at Rooftop.