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  Wednesday, October 21, 2015

High ropes

By Admissions

Good morning San Diego!

All morning long (cool and sunny), we flew, we climbed trees, and we balanced on the high wire. We had a lot of fun…

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  Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Photos from Joshua Tree

By Bénédicte Brouder

Photos from Joshua Tree







Below: Group 1 descending back down (you can see our camp in the distance)



Pali day 1 : Balloon Rescue

By Admissions

Good morning!

We had a busy day yesterday… Pali is a great place, in the middle of nature. It’s sunny and a little cold… We can breathe the fresh air.

One of our activities was “Balloon Rescue.” The goal was to keep our water balloons from popping after dropping them from a balcony. One of our teams did a great job and saved the balloon!!

Another activity was Archery (photos coming soon).

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  Monday, October 19, 2015

More From Joshua Tree

By Bénédicte Brouder

More From Joshua Tree

Putting on our helmets — getting ready to “scramble” on the boulders:



6th Grade Joshua Tree News

By Bénédicte Brouder

6th Grade Joshua Tree News — Update from Mr. Jarlov:

We arrived safely and on time at Joshua Tree National Park. After introducing the team who will be taking care of us and visiting the camp, we had lunch — Mexican Salad and fruit. This afternoon’s excursions will begin after we organize camp and pitch our tents. Everyone is enjoying the very nice weather — it’s sunny but not too hot.

C. Jarlov

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First Day at Pali, Mon. 10/19/15

By Barbara Regan
Two good friends

Two good friends


See what we bought at the Camp Store!


The boys’ group


The girls’ group


Update: 6th Grade Joshua Tree and 7th Grade Pali

By Bénédicte Brouder

6th Grade Joshua Tree and 7th Grade Pali

Update for  Monday, October 19 at 10:50 a.m.

All of our students in 6th and 7th grade (and chaperones) have arrived safely at their destinations. More information will be posted later as time / connectivity allows.



High School Information Night

By Bénédicte Brouder

High School Information Night

On Thursday, October 15, The SDFAS administration hosted “High School Information Night” for Middle School students and their parents. Several recent alumni were on a moderated Question and Answer panel to relay their high school experiences to the audience. They elaborated on getting into the high school of their choice, how they chose their classes, the challenges they faced, the sports they are doing, their homework load, and in general, their transition to a bigger academic setting. A big thanks to our alumni for their participation: Sebastian Hayden (Bishop’s), Lara Baloyan (Our Lady of Peace) Sonia Redon (SDHS), Nicolas Telenti and  Laurent Cotter (Francis Parker);  Max Greiner (Grauer), Florent Dupret (LJ Country Day), Chloe Jensen (MBHS), Celia Glezer (Bishop’s), Isabella Shiff (LILA), Gabriella Riché, Chantal Lanatta and Lena Albatro (La Jolla High);  Lana Awad (Cathedral), Jackie Best (Coronado High Performing Arts). For more information on the available high school choices or the International Baccalaureate program, contact Erin Wallen:

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  Sunday, October 18, 2015

Mandalas in 6th grade

By Admissions

The word “Mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle”, a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself. You see the mandala form everywhere, in nature, the cosmos, architecture, biology, etc.

The 6th grade class has created these mandalas with the intention of “PEACE”.

Click on the pictures in the gallery to enlarge. 


  Thursday, October 15, 2015

Middle School Service Learning

By Bénédicte Brouder

Middle School Service Learning

Our on-campus service learning program is in full swing, with Middle Schoolers volunteering in Pre-School and Kindergarten at morning welcome and at lunch time, and as also as Crossing Guards. Signing up for, committing to, and completing a task of this nature gives the Middle School students a sense of responsibility. Working with the Pre-School and Kindergarteners helps our middle schoolers cultivate empathetic leadership skills and allows them to role model being a “big kid” to our youngest students.

One of our goals for this school year is to expand off-campus service learning opportunities for Middle School. If you have suggestions for, volunteer at, or have ties with an organization that you think might be a fit for a meaningful, logistically possible, off-campus service learning opportunity for our middle school students, please let me know.

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