Arts Education

New Traditions is a creative arts elementary school with a long and proud history of promoting the arts within our curriculum. We believe that all children can learn and be successful through arts-related programs that work hand in hand with our academics. Our commitment to maintaining robust visual art, music and other creative opportunities at New Traditions - for all of our students - makes our school unique.  New Traditions has an auditorium stage where music and other performances are held, a dedicated art room with ample space for projects in a variety of media, and a kiln for firing ceramics.

Our Arts program helps our students excel academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to Specialty Classes (listed below), our teachers plan lessons to integrate the arts into classroom teaching. Thanks to our generous support from the PTA, our K-5 Students have the opportunity to engage in the following specialty classes led by skilled artists:

Visual Arts  AIMS (Adventures in Music)
Music and Movement DISC (Dance in Schools and Communities (2nd/3rd Grades)


Outdoor Education

Through our partnership with Education Outside, each class participates in weekly outdoor lessons, led by our Education Outside Site.  The goal is to connect them to the natural world through hands-on learning in our school gardens and spark their interest in science.


We have 2 full days of library enrichmen: Thursday and Friday.  Students in the lower grades visit the library every week for 30 minutes, while upper grades visit every week for 45 minutes. Judy L. Viertel is the Teacher-Librarian at New Traditions. Judy holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Library Teaching Credential. 


Through our partnership with Mindful Arts SF (MASF), students learn focusing techniques to cultivate the skill of present moment awareness to improve attention, self-regulation, and social-emotional learning so that all students can have the opportunity to succeed.

Kindergarten Camp

Kinder Camp is an opportunity for our newest students - and families - to meet.  It generally takes place 2 weeks before the start of school and lasts 3-4 hours. This year, Kinder Camp took place on Friday, August 10, from 8:00-1:00pm.  Our YMCA leaders provide fun activities for the students while the families meet and greet with the principal.   During this time, the Kinder teachers will start to meet with students 1:1 to alleviate student stress and create relationships. 


Our Before-School  and After-School programs meet daily in the New Traditions cafeteria. Daily Before Care (7:30am-9:30am) and/or After Care (3:30pm-6:30pm) for K-5 students is provided on New Traditions campus by the Buchanan YMCA. Our programs are fee-based, and we can guarantee a spot to every interested family. There is no waiting list and full/partial scholarships are available.  *Unfortunately, the YMCA is not able to offer drop in services.  For more info  please contact the YMCA's New Traditions Site Director, Charlie Onorati: or visit: