"When I see the kids at the Children's Museum I wonder where they go to school", said a downtown San Diego resident. She lives in the Marina District. There used to be an elementary school at the current Children's Museum site. Her question is a good one. Where do these kids go?
One of the schools that stands out as an excellent choice downtown is the Museum School. It is located close to Balboa Park. The middle school students use the proximity to their advantage. They use the park as a source to compliment their curriculum. Their studies are in concert with the educational opportunities at Balboa Park.
The Museum School has one class room for each grade. If you have twins, like me, this is less desirable. Twin parents generally want to separate their kids. The rooms are crowded and filled with art work, posters and student assignments. The classrooms have a high level of educational noise. By that I mean the classes are full of both people and stuff related to the class. It is not a peaceful environment. That may be alright for some students and a cause for distraction for others.
The school day is lengthy. Classes start at 9am and end at 4pm. This is also the case for kindergarten. The Principal said, "It is a long day for our Kindergarteners at first." He mentioned that they nod off periodically in the beginning. They probably go to sleep easily after a full day. The kindgarteners recite a weekly poem.
Thursdays are a half day. The students go home early and the teachers have a planning afternoon. Parents must plan for this or enroll their child in the onsite child care or after school programs.
The Museum School has electives which they refer to as "rotations". Sewing is my favorite rotation. I'm in the midst of teaching one of my 4 years old to sew on sewing cards and he digs it. There is also yoga and language arts.
The vacation time doesn't follow the local school system. As a charter school they may change their dates. The school is closed for approximately one month each for the December holidays and for the spring holidays. This will give the students ample time to enjoy the holiday seasons. It is necessary for the parents to plan for longer breaks.
The Museum School offers a unique approach to education. Downtown San Diego offers several educational opportunities. In answer to the resident's question about 'where do these urban kids go to school?', the Museum School is a viable option.
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