Sunnyside is committed to providing all of our students with high-quality learning experiences in four branches of the arts: visual arts, music, dance/movement, and creative writing.
- Our Artist-in-Residence program provides weekly art instruction and a major school-wide art project across all grades. We partner with LEAP (Learning through an Expanded Arts Program), which uses a variety of hands-on experiences to stimulate curiosity and foster creativity.
- Our Art Appreciation instruction and curriculum exposes students to the great works of art and encourages students to observe, think, and express their thoughts about what they see and experience. This program includes field trips to the deYoung, Palace of Legion of Honor, and the Asian Art Museum. All of our teachers have received special arts training and curriculum through Visual Thinking Strategies.
- Teachers utilize the Art Cart for different monthly projects, which expose students to different mediums such as clay, watercolors, and mosaic.
- The San Francisco Symphony provides our Adventures in Music (AIM) program, which includes four concerts at our school that are both educational and entertaining. The program’s highlight is a school-wide field trip to the SF Symphony.
- Our Classroom Music Teacher, Ms. Ng, visits the K-3 classrooms every other week and engages our younger students in music, singing, and percussion.
- Free Instrumental Music Lessons are provided once per week for grades 4-5. Instruction includes violin, flute, clarinet, and trumpet.
- In the Spring, our staff and students put on a School-Wide Musical Performance featuring instrumental music and students across all grade levels.
- Our K-1 and 3 students receive weekly Creative Movement classes provided by Flyaway Productions and LEAP.
- The San Francisco Ballet provides weekly dance classes for grade 2 and also identifies potential scholarship students. These students also attend an SF Ballet performance at the Opera House.
- Sunnyside’s Literary Journal, “The Ray,” is produced every spring. This impressive, 68+ page journal displays an array of art, poetry, and creativity from almost every student at Sunnyside, K-5.
- Workshops in poetry and bookmaking are hosted by a poet-in-residence and museum partners such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Asian Art Museum.