Programs

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Dual Language Pathway

Dual Immersion programs give children the opportunity to master a second language at a time when they are cognitively receptive to language acquisition. Our students strive to be bilingual and biliterate by promotion to middle school. Moreover, they learn or retain the rich heritage of Latino culture. Students participating in the Dual Immersion program will attain:

  • Academic achievement in all standard curricular areas
  • Fluency in verbal communication and literacy in two languages (Spanish/English)
  • Ability to interact effectively with students of other cultures

ELD/SLD Program

The English Language Development/Spanish Language Development program at Fairmount provides students a minimum of 30 minutes/day of leveled instruction in their secondary language. Students are organized by language proficiency, with no more than two proficiency levels in one class, allowing teachers to meet the needs of each learner.

Inclusion/Special Day Program

Special Education – Special Day Class (SDC) Services – Fairmount offers two Special Day Classes for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Both the K-2 and 3-5 classes include students requiring specialized nursing services and children with a wide spectrum of exceptionalities. In addition to providing differentiated instruction within the SDC setting, Fairmount places a large focus on mainstreaming our students with special needs into the general education setting. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech, and psychological services are offered in addition to specialized nursing services and any other service detailed in the Individualized Education Plans of our students.

Inclusive Services – Fairmount has a Resource Specialist (RSP) who works both directly with students and in coordinating para-professional support to children with exceptional needs within the general education setting. In accordance with the IEP of the individual student, our RSP ensures that the support needs of our students with special needs are met within the general education setting.

The following services are also offered at Fairmount ES- Speech, Psychological Services, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Adaptive Physical Education, Nursing Support, and Family Support Services.

Library

Fairmount’s school library is large, welcoming and well-stocked. We have a full time bilingual librarian, providing standards-based library and computer instruction. Our library provides outstanding services to our students, teachers and families. The materials in our bilingual collection include biographies, easy fiction, juvenile fiction, videos and audio books, games, parenting guidebooks and poetry.

Our Arts & Enrichment

Fairmount arts and sciences programs for grades K-3:

  • Science through gardening, “Education Outside”
  • SF Symphony Adventures in Music (AIM)
  • Drama Through Music, SFUSD Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
  • Clay, grade K
  • The San Francisco Ballet Company program, grade 2

Fairmount arts and sciences programs for grades 4-5:

  • Science through gardening, “Education Outside”
  • SF Symphony Adventures in Music (AIM)
  • Individual Instrument Study, SFUSD Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)
  • Visual Arts, SFUSD Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

Physical Education & Sports

In addition to the district provided Physical Education instruction, Fairmount contracts Playworks to provide instruction in schoolyard sports and games during recess, lunch, and bi-monthly class meetings, teaching basic skills, teamwork and good sporting behavior.

Before and Afterschool Programs

Fairmount offers both before and afterschool programs beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m. Our privately contracted care provider, YMCA Stonestown, provides homework help, academic enrichment activities, special elective classes and a safe space for creative and active free play. YMCA students have a homeroom class with grade-level peers. In homeroom or group, students receive an hour of homework help and academic enrichment activities each day. Special grade-level activities include projects like writing “All About Me” books, creating comic strips and reading books as a class.

After homework time, students exercise their independence by choosing what special elective class they would like to attend. The Y offers activities in science, fine arts, crafts, group games and more. Throughout the afternoon, the Y strives to develop the whole child by teaching social skills and providing a space where children can engage in safe creative play. For more information.

Family Involvement

We believe that by working together, all members of our community will feel respected and valued for their contributions. With the support of an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA), School Site Council (SSC), English Learners Advisory Council (ELAC) and other community-based supports, we involve families in many exciting school-wide projects. Our principal makes himself available to the community through individual appointments and informal chats. We welcome volunteers in all school activities and venues, including library, classrooms, yard duty and cafeteria monitoring.