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Check out School in the Park students participating in Balboa Park's 2nd Annual Family Steam Day March 15, 2015!. Click Here


School in the Park wishes everyone a restful and relaxing Spring Break. Our schools, Rosa Parks Elelentary and Wilson Middle School, are on a year round calendar and students will be on break from March 30 - April 27.

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When we return, from winter break on April 27th, there will students from seven classrooms (third to fifth grade) .attending 7 different museums during the week.

Wilson 6th grade students continue their School in the Park museum rotations on May 11th

Our 7th grade student from Wilson completed their four rotations at eight different museums in January and continue to bridge curriculum back in their classrooms.


While mixing colors, one 6th grade student at Museum of Art said "these are the kind of classes Ilike!There's just a short lesson and direction and then you get to have fun with it!"






School in the Park is an innovative program that shifts the location of "school" from a traditional classroom setting in an inner-city school, to the resources and educational opportunities available at museums in Balboa Park. A relevant instructional environment is created as hands-on learning challenges students to become active participants in their own education.


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Rosa Parks Elementary School and Wilson Middle School participate in a program that is designed to fully utilize the unique educational opportunities of San Diego’s cultural institutions in Balboa Park.  The plan allows third, fourth, and fifth grade students to spend eight weeks, and sixth and seventh grades to spend four weeks at San Diego’s famous Balboa Park, where they participate in week-long educational programs at ten institutions. In essence, the students spend almost twenty-five percent of their time learning in this hands-on, real world setting.


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Visits to museums and cultural institutions bring meaning to the printed page because many of the students do not have prior knowledge about the variety of subjects covered in their school materials. Hence, the Park Program has the potential to engage students in learning that has real world connections.


With the implementation of the California Common Core State Standards now fully underway, the SITP program can also be recognized as providing essential authentic performance opportunities that serve as a model of Common Core instruction.  The curriculum has always emphasized integration of basic skills with content knowledge, used project-based instruction to provide meaningful context for learning, and encouraged critical thinking and problem solving as the means to actively engage students.

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Technology at SITP

School in the Park incorporates the use of technology in many diverse ways including augmented reality, student video productions and photography using Android and ios devices. Below are some photos of out students in action.

3rd grade students attending the San Diego History Center use Android phones to run an Augmented Reality Educatinal App developed by SITP and FreshAir:


The App allows our 3rd graders to see how Kumeyaay used natural resources to survive in San Diego many years ago with animated three-dimesnional renderings super-imposed onto the target below.


For more information about Augmented Reality and technology used at SITP please click here.