Jr. Irish Academy (grades 3-4)

The Junior Irish Academy offers thriving rising third and fourth graders the chance to engage in a world where curiosity and interest meet creativity and exploration. Daily outdoor games, art projects, collaborative play and regular field trips make for a fun-filled experience. Registration is week by week, so student may sign up for one, two, or all three weeks of the Academy.

Week 1 - June 8-12: Nature in the City

Did you know San Francisco has more green spaces than any other city in the United States? Junior Irish Academy campers will explore the natural world around them, right here in the City. Getting out in nature provides endless opportunities for discovery, creativity, problem solving, recreation and sparking curiosity. We’ll pair our trip/s outdoors to local parks and gardens with hands-on activities back on campus.

Week 2 - June 15-19: Under the Sea

Humans have only been able to explore 5% of the world’s oceans, even though they account for more than 70% of the Earth’s surface! Junior Irish Academy campers will spend the week learning about vast underwater worlds with engaging on campus activities and a fun field trip to explore ocean life around us.

Week 3 - June 22-26: Animals, Animals, Animals

Did you know that the Golden Gate coastal area is home to a variety of wildlife including 387 vertebrate species? The Bay Area is home to nearly 53 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, and 11 species of amphibians. Junior Irish Academy campers will explore several of these species and the natural habitat around them, right here in the City. Getting out in nature provides endless opportunities for discovery, creativity, problem solving, recreation and sparking curiosity. We’ll pair our trips to local parks and gardens with hands-on activities back on campus.


About the Junior Irish Academy Instructor
Erin Baldanzi is a graduate of SHC, and parent of a current sophomore. After earning her BA in Liberal Studies and MA in Theology, both at Providence College, she moved to Italy. Erin taught 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at the Anglo-Italian Montessori School in Bagnoli, Italy before moving back to San Francisco. She has been a 6th grade teacher at St. Paul's School in Noe Valley since returning four years ago. She is thrilled to be immersed back into her communities she is so deeply rooted in.

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