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 five weeks of the Academy.

June 12-16: Art

Calling all budding artists! Join us for a week of fun, creativity, and artistic growth. Junior Irish Academy campers will get the chance to experiment with a variety of artistic processes while exploring different artists and styles. At the end of the week, campers will collect their art to create their own student exhibition!

Cost: $425 Early Bird. $475 after April 21, 2023

Lunch is included!

Instructor: Samantha Mar
Samantha Mar ‘13 was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently an elementary school teacher in the Jefferson Elementary School District. She has taught 2nd - 4th grade and enjoys getting to help teach and shape the diverse youth in the community she grew up in. Samantha is a graduate of UC Davis, where she studied Human Development and Psychology. She loved being an Aggie so much that she stayed in Davis to earn her teaching credential and Master’s in Education. She is a big Disney fan, and in her free time enjoys baking and finding new shows to watch on Netflix.

June 20-23: Science of Music & Sound

Did you hear that? Sound is all around us. Sound is in our voices, our movements, music, and instruments. This week, Junior Irish Academy campers will learn about sound in Science, as well as exploring the city's music, noise, and bustle!

Cost: $425 Early Bird. $475 after April 21, 2023

Lunch is included!

Instructor: Sara McKeon
Sara McKeon is so excited to be a part of the Irish Academy. She is an SF native, and currently a 5th grade teacher at St. Gabriel School. She is a graduate of Regis University in Colorado where she received her Elementary Education license as well as a certification in Culturally linguistically Diverse Learners and Special Education. She enjoys directing, choreographing, and vocally directing the musicals at St. Gabriel's and helping the green team at SG! You will find her in her free time coaching, or taking Orangetheory Fitness classes!

July 10-14: Engineering

Engineering connects to everything in our lives from planning a city to space travel. San Francisco is home to several feats of engineering. This week, Junior Irish Academy campers get a hands-on immersive experience as they explore engineering concepts in the city around them. Campers will participate in collaborative projects and challenges while discovering the underlying engineering principles and processes that play a significant role in shaping society and its future.

Cost: $425 Early Bird. $475 after April 21, 2023

Lunch is included!

Instructor: Francesca Cadelago

Francesca is a San Francisco native, having attended and graduated from SHCP; she currently teaches 5-8th grade at All Souls Catholic Elementary School in S. San Francisco. She graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in European History with an emphasis in Italian Studies. Following attending the Università di Bologna in Bologna Italy, she returned to San Francisco to pursue her Master’s degree. At the University of San Francisco’s School of Education she earned her MA in Teaching Reading. She is dedicated to closing the reading gap and ensuring that all her students are given the proper support to be successful academically, socially, and emotionally. Ms. Cadelago enjoys watching movies, reading, kickboxing, training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and spending time with her family.

July 17-21: 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.

Cost: $425 Early Bird. $475 after April 21, 2023

Lunch is included!

Instructor: Heiko Gieraths Jr.
Heiko has taught at Claire Lilienthal School in San Francisco for 18 years and currently teaches 3rd grade. He earned his Biology and Religious Studies degrees from UC Santa Barbara and Masters of Arts in Teaching from University of San Francisco. Heiko is a certified SCUBA Instructor and Rescue Diver and has his first degree black belt (Shodan) in Judo. In his free time he can be found playing water polo or paddling his outrigger.

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