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Clarendon Alternative Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 573 students

 
 
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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 23, 2010

Best one in the neighborhood, excellent parent participation
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

the teachers, parent community, and students are all awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

This is now our second year at Clarendon. In these times of horrible budget cuts in California, Clarendon still manages to be a great school. I am so impressed with their teachers and administration. And the parent support is amazing. I have never been so happy to donate money for a cause as I have for the future of Clarendon. The parents do a fantastic job of raising money for student activities that the state does not fund. I cannot say enough good things about this school, it's staff and the school community. I feel blessed to have my son attending this great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

This is our second year at Clarendon in the JBBP program. I cannot say enough good things about this school and it's staff. The teachers are great. We currently have Ms. Fujiwara for 1st grade. She is a passionate, dynamic teacher that does a fantastic job. The school community is great with lots of parental support in every way possible. The school raises money for many activities the kids would never get otherwise. Clarendon should be what all public schools attain to be in California. If all the schools were like Clarendon, we would have a much better education system here. Anyone lucky enough to get thier kids into this school is truly lucky....getting into this great school kept us in San Francisco versus moving to the suburbs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

A great school with wonderful teachers and concerned and involved parents in a nurturing and informed environment. We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Clarendon has amazing teachers and an amazing community. Our family has also been very happy with the Japanese language and cultural enrichment that the JBBP program offers in addition to the strong core curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Best thing that ever happened to my child - amazing parents, excellent teachers & staff, supportive environment, and exemplary curriculum. Was completely worth getting rejected from all 7 schools in the SF lottery system & writing a 35-page hardship petition to get my child accepted. The stability and academics my child has received at this school have given her the best possible foundation for a lifetime of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Our school rocks for having both the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP) AND Second Community! There is a sense of community through the network of parents and school staff which the children see and therefore feel safe and happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

So many extras, thanks to the active support of parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

It is a safe clean friendly environment that offers the kids a balanced curriculum including arts, science, computers, PE, foreign languages and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

The best of the best, great parent involvement, greatest teachers in the world
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Parents involvement, Tight connection between parents and school stuff, Good teachers, and a lot of activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

It gave my son a stronger identity, he is an adult now. But he remembers his experience there....over 20 years ago, it had a strong base of parent/teacher involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

We love Teacher Marcie - Kindergarten. My daughter really loves school. Great parent community. Teachers are ALL so expereinced and exceptional!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Wonderful school, very committed parent involvement, great enrichment programs and fantastic teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Clarendon's students are on a first name basis with their teachers. The students have a nurturing family atmosphere to come to when the arrive at school. Parent involvement is high, dedicated to the achievement and enrichment of all the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

This is an amazing school. The students are engaged, and the teachers are fantastic. We have a great group of supportive families who truly make Clarendon special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

My kids go there and we think it is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

Great teachers, great curriculum, dedicated parents. Lots of enrichments -- art, music, PE, foreign language, dance. My kids love going to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

We love Clarendon Alternative Elementary School because of the amazing passion and endless dedication by the teachers and parents. Great programs, beautiful location & wonderful kids. Diane/Amber (5th grade teachers), Shirvan (3rd grade teacher), Beth (school secretary), crossing guards - YOU GUYS ROCK!!! We are so lucky to have you at Clarendon Alternative Elementary School!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

955

Change from
2012 to 2013

+5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

955

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+5

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Females90%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner86%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state80%

Math

All Students94%
Females92%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learner86%
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Females86%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state82%

Math

All Students93%
Females89%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learner91%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students94%
Females92%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learner91%
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state92%

Math

All Students89%
Females87%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner91%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students94%
Females98%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state91%

Math

All Students94%
Females95%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state100%

Science

All Students92%
Females98%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian 37% 11%
White 31% 27%
Two or more races 19% 3%
Hispanic 8% 51%
Black 5% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:25am
School end time
  • 3:25am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Peter Van Court
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (415) 759-2799

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
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500 Clarendon Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94131
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