San Francisco Expeditionary School's (SFE) mission is to empower students and teachers to be learners, thinkers, citizens and explorers engaged in and inspired by the real world. Children learn in a community that fosters curiosity about the world by allowing them time to think, time to experiment, and time to understand the implications of what they learn.
Side by side with skilled, experienced teachers who co-investigate dynamic ideas tailored to each student’s potential, children build character when they take risks to achieve a goal that was once merely an idea, their idea. Children develop a strong self-concept through participation in this classroom community that nurtures personal responsibility and respect for oneself and others, where expectations are challenging yet attainable. Small student to teacher ratios (less than 5:1) allow for individualized instruction responsive to the talents of each student. SFE supports its students in becoming confident, creative and resilient problem solvers both in the social and academic realms.