Many times, students from Rosa Parks and Wilson have not had many “out of the neighborhood” experiences. Consequently, they do not always have background information from which to connect new information. By attending classes at the museums, students are inundated with visual, auditory, and kinesthetic information. Displays and exhibits offer a feast of information for students to explore.

School in the Park embraces Common Core strategies of instruction and assessment with curricula that address California state standards at each grade level. These standards are embedded into topics that are appropriate to each of the ten institutions in Balboa Park that participate in the program. As students advance in their academic careers, they now have a foundation of knowledge and a context in which to place new material. We believe our focus on academic excellence provides School in the Park students with the knowledge they need to achieve their current and future academic goals.