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Posted by A Look at the Friends Community Scholars Program Six Years In on Wednesday, April 3, 2019
To be a private school that serves a public purpose is a principled aspiration shared by the vast majority of independent schools. At SFFS our established commitments to Horizons, adjustable tuition, service learning, and the Friends Community Scholars exemplify that principle in practice and contribute to our role as a school community not only in but of our neighborhood, the Mission. – Mike Hanas, Head of San Francisco Friends School SFFS enrolled its first Friends Community Scholars in 2013... Read More
Posted by by the 8th Grade Weather Balloon Communications Team on Friday, March 15, 2019
The Friends School is a school that values interactivity with lesson plans, allowing facts and figures not only to exist on paper but right before us. Sure, learning about the stratosphere’s impact on marshmallows could be digested while seated, but our school takes it to the next level.  Logistics: The 8th graders have been introduced to the weather balloon, a large helium balloon that comes equipped with resources to measure the atmosphere. Our weather balloon holds a CanSat, which is a... Read More
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2019
Last week we were thrilled to welcome author, philanthropist, and advocate Chelsea Clinton—herself an alumna of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC—to San Francisco Friends School to talk about her books She Persisted, She Persisted Around the World, and It's Your World. and the inspiring lessons featured in each. Ms. Clinton makes a point of visiting one school in each city she travels to, and we were honored that she chose to spend time with us at SFFS.  First, Ms. Clinton visited with... Read More
Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019
Last week, we celebrated San Francisco Friends School's second annual Week of Gratitude, our way of saying thank you to this inspiring SFFS community for their support of the 2018–2019 Annual Fund. We've already exceeded our goal, and we couldn't have done it without each of you. One way we expressed thanks was by sharing gratitude reflections from members of our community throughout the week. Below, we've included a few that we posted to our social media accounts; we will share more during... Read More
Posted by by Kathy Gin, SFFS First-Grade Parent on Sunday, January 6, 2019
Did you know that summer is often called the “most unequal time of year?” I was motivated to join the Horizons at SFFS Board upon learning this. Incredibly, summer learning loss in elementary school alone accounts for two-thirds of the ninth-grade achievement gap between low-income and middle-income children. Horizons reduces this summer learning gap by giving Mission kids the academic support and enriching experiences that more affluent parents can typically provide. Read more about Horizons... Read More
Posted by by Alissa Kinney Moe, Director of Communications on Thursday, November 29, 2018
When Lower School Head Jennifer Arnest saw a piece on 60 Minutes about MIT’s Media Lab earlier this year, she was immediately inspired to see this so-called “Future Factory” for herself. Convinced that the lab, a model of collaboration and breaking down traditional discipline barriers, could inform the exciting strategic initiatives that are taking form at SFFS, Jennifer enlisted Academic Dean Tracie Mastronicola and longtime SFFS Art Teacher Jennifer Stuart—who recently led students in an... Read More
Posted by by Guybe Slangen, Director of Community Engagement on Monday, October 15, 2018
The opening school drive at San Francisco Friends School is a wonderful tradition we have that starts our school year off right and also makes a positive impact across the city. This year, we once again focused our efforts on our friends and neighbors at At The Crossroads (ATC). ATC is committed to helping homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and works with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. Over the course of this year's opening school drive, the SFFS community ... Read More
Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018
Fifth- and sixth-graders at San Francisco Friends School recently wrote to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) with concerns about water quality in our city. The students were inspired to take action after reading an article about the water crisis in Flint, MI; learning more about the injustice that Flint residents faced as they have fought for clean water and answers; and discovering that Mari Copeny, also known as "Little Miss Flint," became a nationally-respected activist... Read More
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018
Starting this year, Director of Middle School and High School Transition Kristen Daniel will be interviewing different members of our faculty and staff in a series we're calling Friendly Chats. The interviews, which we will transcribe and publish here, take place at the opening of our weekly faculty/staff meetings. We are excited to share these interviews with you, and hope that Friendly Chats provide everyone in the Friends community the opportunity and insight to get to know the adults on... Read More
Posted by Posted by Alissa Kinney Moe, Director of Communications on Wednesday, August 29, 2018
The sun was shining on Valencia Street this morning as Friends, both new and returning, gathered at SFFS to kick off the 2018–19 school year. Old friends who hadn't seen each other in months hugged, and new students who just met one another earlier this week at orientation laughed on the front yard as they waited to file into their classrooms by grade level. Parents of new students then headed up to the peaceful quiet of the Meeting Room to write letters that their student will open at their... Read More