Special Programs / Programas especiales

Art / Arte

The art program at John Muir is supported by the belief that art is a fundamental part of a well-rounded education. From visual arts to dance, drumming to drama and publishing to ceramics, students at John Muir are offered the arts daily.
The visual art program aims to grow students’ confidence through the use of art media and processes, encourage expression, collaboration, problem solving and promote cultural understanding.

We have showcased our students’ work at the Zen Center (http://blogs.sfzc.org/blog/2018/03/29/april-art-show-john-muir-school-student-artists/) , Café International and Haight Street Art Center to celebrate their achievements, spread joy to the community and firmly
root their place in their city.

We also have built relationships with the following organizations to ensure we are providing our scholars with well rounded experiences in the arts:  

Haight Street Art Center: 

https://haightstreetart.org/blogs/event-archives/john-muir-elementary-student-print-demo

SF Ballet:

https://www.sfballet.org/community/school-programs-resources

Handful Players:

http://handfulplayers.org/


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Gardening with Community Grows 

At John Muir we want our scholars to develop healthy habits over time.  One way we do this is our partnership with Community Grows.  Our classrooms visit Koshland park with our Community Grows gardner throughout the year to learn about gardening and healthy eating practices. 

Math / Matematicas

At John Muir we love Math! Our teachers use a teaching method called, Teaching Math Through Problem Solving in which we develop students mathematical skill along side mathematical habits of mind.  Over the past two years, we have focused our professional development around how to develop and improve the way we teach and deliver our math instruction through Lesson Study focus groups.  We are committed to providing a space for our scholars to develop mathematical concepts along side habits of mind that will foster their curiosity, agency and identity around mathematics.