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http://www.sfusd.k12.ca.us/schwww/sch735/mission.html New Traditions Creative Arts Elementary School Our students are encouraged to reach their highest potential academically, with a holistic, nurturing, and differentiated education that values diversity; as well as socially, as a small school that values its unique community. A holistic education recognizes that children learn academically and socially through all their senses. Students have the opportunity to learn through several modalities. For example, the required California Academic Standards are not only taught in the traditional way, but with projects integrating visual arts, music, poetry, and drama, taught by professional artists of our community. A nurturing education appreciates, supports and enjoys each student at his/her individual, social, emotional and academic level. The caring, professional staff at New Traditions encourages family participation in bridging social and academic expectations at home and at school, to create the most supportive learning environment possible for our students. A differentiated education acknowledges that students learn in different ways. Teachers work hard to find the most appropriate way to educate each student. Each student has a portfolio tracking their individual abilities and successes. A socially diverse education acknowledges the differing styles, cultural backgrounds and world views of our families and the world at large. We celebrate the diversity of our school community and encourage mutual respect and understanding.
History New Traditions Alternative Elementary School was founded in 1977 by the late Frances Rogers. Mrs. Rogers believed that the San Francisco public schools were not meeting the needs of the children of San Francisco. Her dream was a school with a hands-on, creative arts, multi-cultural curriculum that nourished the whole child, that is, one that recognized that each child is an individual, with different gifts and different styles of learning. Mrs. Rogers received permission from the city of San Francisco and the State of California to begin her dream in two rooms of Golden Gate Elementary School. Her school consisted of those two rooms, fifty-eight pupils, and one other teacher. With the aid of grants, supportive parents, and neighborhood volunteers, her school developed into a healthy, thriving community. Since the school outgrew its primary quarters, it moved to the top floor of Raphael Weill Elementary School in 1979. At that point, continuing with her philosophy of nourishing the needs of the whole child, Mrs. Rogers was able to hire a music teacher. The school continued to grow and thrive, and in 1988, they were able to hire an art teacher. Following the death of Mrs. Rogers, the school moved to the former Andrew Jackson School on Grove Street. Special Education classes were added.
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