Student Life

School Life

Experience Mission Dolores

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  • Experience Mission Dolores

    A day in the life at Mission Dolores Academy is defined by a feeling of community and an emphasis on learning, sharing, and growing together. A unified community of parents/guardians, students, faculty, and staff are what make MDA the successful institution it is today.

Mission Dolores Academy opens its doors every day at 7:00 a.m. for drop-off to meet the needs of the school's working parents and guardians.

MDA provides supervised care, breakfast, and activities for all early-bird students until school starts at 8:00 a.m. The day officially begins with a school-wide assembly called our Tiger Huddle. Members of MDA's student council lead with a prayer, followed by important announcements and celebrations of community birthdays and achievements. The entire school community then recites the pledge of allegiance and the MDA creed:
"I am MDA.
I am chosen by God.
I am powerful and smart.
I will respect the rights of others, and I will succeed!
I am MDA!"
This creed was written to strengthen the bond between the school community, students, and families working together for the success of the MDA educational experience.

Once students proceed to their classrooms, the educational day begins. Within each school day, students attend their core classes: English Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies. Students attend a selection of specials on a daily basis, including Spanish, Art, Music, and Drama, and also participate in a lunch-recess hour which includes out-door play. 

After School Program Update

MDA has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco to provide aftercare supervision to MDA students, which includes heathy snacks, homework study hall, games, basketball court, outdoor half-court soccer field, rated G movies, arts and crafts–to name but a few.

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  • Program Overview

    The After Care Program, Tiger Tales, begins in the auditorium, where students receive a nutritious snack. Following a supervised study hall, students enjoy outdoor games and free play. MDA's expansive outdoor recreation area, utilized by the program, provides students with the space to enjoy a variety of activities that promote healthy minds and bodies. The program concludes each day with art projects, board games, or STEM activities led by our staff and vendors that challenge our students and keep them engaged and learning outside of school hours.
  • Hours and Pricing- Tiger Tales

    After Care runs until 6:00 p.m. Sign-ups begin at the start of the school year and are $160 per month. After care starts after Labor Day. 

    Parents/guardians whose students are not enrolled in the monthly program, but would like to drop-in on the program on select days must pay a fee of $15 per day and $20 for Wednesday minimum days. (For conference weeks in October and March, drop-in fees are $20 per day due to early dismissal.) Drop-in fees are to be paid in advance at the front office or at the time of pickup. Parents will need to notify both their student's teachers and After Care staff in advance on the days they plan to have their student(s) attend.

    Families of any student who is picked up after the 6 p.m. closing time will be charged a $1 per minute late fee. 
  • Yearly Registration

    After Care at both MDA and Boys and Girls Club runs until 6:00 p.m.

    Boys and Girls club staff, as well as MDA staff, walk with students a short two block distance to the Boys and Girls Club on Guerrero Street.  Parents can pick up their children there anytime between 3:30 and 6pm.

    • The yearly fee for Boys and Girls club is $100. 
    • The monthly fee for Tiger Tales is $160/month starting in September. 
Mission Dolores Academy, an inclusive faith-filled school community, empowers confident students who are academically prepared, leading lives motivated by integrity and committed to the common good.
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