The SF International High School paid Dogpatch Boulders a visit twice last month. Originally they had only planned to visit once, but they had so much fun on their first visit they asked to come back – and how could we say no!? These students are from all over the world and for the majority of them, English is their second language.
Dogpatch staff member Noah worked with the students both times. “It was a blast,” said Noah. “The great thing about teaching kids about climbing is that even if they don’t understand your words, it’s easy to demonstrate and get them out of their shell with movement.” He took the time to show the students around the gym, along with some basic climbing movement and strategy.
“The students were a blast on and off the climbing walls,” said Dogpatch Manager Justin Alarcon. “Several of the students used the visit to practice their English by interviewing a few of us on staff for a school project.”
The San Francisco International School has a program we are thrilled to be able to support. Students from all cultural, ethnic, and language backgrounds attend SFIHS. There are no entrance exams and there is no tuition or students; any student who has attended school in the United States for four years or less is welcome to enroll. It is programs like this that make San Francisco unique and make our neighborhood one of the best in the area!