School in the Park is an innovative program that shifts the location of "school" from a traditional classroom setting in an inner-city school, to the resources and educational opportunities available at museums in Balboa Park. A relevant instructional environment is created as hands-on learning challenges students to become active participants in their own education.
Rosa Parks and Wilson Middle School participate in a program that is designed to fully utilize the unique educational opportunities of San Diego's cultural institutions in Balboa Park. The plan allows all third, fourth and fifth grade students to spend up to eight weeks at San Diego's famous Balboa Park, where they participate in week-long educational programs at nine institutions.In essence, the elementary students spend almost twenty-five percent of their time learning in this hands-on, real world setting. Wilson Middle School sends all 6th grade for four weeks and all 7th and 8th grade students participate for two weeks at 4 different museums during the year.
School in the Park addresses California state standards at each grade level. These standards are embedded into topics that are appropriate to each of the ten institutions in Balboa Park that participate in the program.