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Happy New Year 2015!

Be it the Gregorian New Year on January 1st, Vietnam’s Tết celebrated in February, Chinese New Year (Year of the Ram) February 15th, or Ethiopia’s Enkutatash celebrated in September, it’s out with the old and in with the new for everyone!

At School in the Park, we celebrate our 2014 accomplishments and look forward to working together on our new goals, aspirations and academic milestones for 2015 with teachers and museum educators!

We return from winter break on January 20th with Rosa Parks students from six classrooms (third to fifth grade .attending 6 different museums for the week.

On January 26th, Wilson 7th grade students will complete their fourth and final week completing their rotations at eight different museums.

Wilson 6th grade students begin their School in the Park museum rotations on February 2nd!


We continue to develop new program initiatives for our students from Rosa Parks Elementary School and Wilson Middle School in City Heights for the following areas:

  • Extended Day Program for Academic Year 2014-2015

  • Curriculum Transition to Common Core Standards

  • Mobile Device Applications

  • Parents in the Park

  • Career Exploration at Balboa Park


Our classes continue to win praise for their museum behavior and obvious interest in learning.






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.