My son has been at Clarendon since kindergarten, and is now in his last year, in the fifth grade. Clarendon has such a stellar reputation as an elementary school, I felt like we won the lottery when my son was accepted - and we DID. It's like getting the best $200,000 private school education, but at a public school, for free. The staff is outstanding, and the teachers are extremely caring and dedicated to teaching - and the parent community is so supportive and amazing, we've made so many lifelong friends, we've all even planned camping vacations together. My son learned to speak and write Japanese in the Japanese immersion program, and has learned so many creative skills with all of the resources available - art, music, chess. The before and after-school program headed by Shelley is also fantastic, and educational, too - they oversee that your child has help completing homework! I am actually heartsick that our time at Clarendon must end because my son will graduate from the 5th grade this year - I wish it went to the 8th grade! I feel so lucky and blessed our son was able to attend - it really is the best school any parent can hope for.
it really is the best school any parent can hope for. Perfect, if there is such a thing!
I feel so lucky that my children go to Clarendon. The teachers are great, knowledgeable and caring. The curriculum is excellent, with enrichment programs such as music and Italian. Yes, my children learn Italian at Clarendon and can even speak some of it. One of my children has special need, the Principal, teachers and staff work together to help her and our entire family. The Principal, Mr. Van Court is a wonderful leader. He is caring, attentive and accessiable. He listens to the needs of various students and families and tries his best to fulfill those needs. He made sure that every aspect of school stands out. He even knows every student by their name. I am very impressed as a parent. The teachers are very creative in teaching. Everyday, my children come back home telling us how excited they are at school and what they learned new. I hope all the elementary schools could have the same excellence as Clarendon.
my granddaughter is so happy to be at Clarendon.She is learning well and enjoys the atmosphere. Thank you! Beatrice Wallerstein
Oh, Clarendon, we love you. My child is so happy to head off to school each day. I'm thrilled with how much she is learning, without sacrificing social/emotional learning and the fun stuff like field trips. It seems like a great mix. Expect to be asked to volunteer a lot (in the class and for special events), and receive many fundraising requests---but I'm sensing this is the new norm in many public schools---but it all seems worth it for a great school.
Great school with amazing teachers my daughter enjoys learning at school . She learned so many things about science, history and Italian that is amazing. I always feel happy to know how she is carouse about knowing new things.
Great staff, I fully trust my kid to their hands every morning. And parent collaboration is fabulous!
The teachers are talented, caring and committed. My son had grown and learned so much already in just his second year there.
I attended Clarendon and graduated in 2009. I loved all my teachers and the staff, and I learned soo much in all my grades. I loved every part of this school- the curriculum, the teachers, the activities-and I would reccomend this amazing school to anyone.
Parents are really involved, Teachers are really happy to be there and the Kids are having a blast and learning at the same time!
Clarenden Alternative is one of San Francisco's academically top elementary schools. In addition to a strong curriculum, Clarendon offers 2 foreign language programs, an art program, music (with instrumental music lessons starting in 4th grade, computer instruction and after-school drama, among other programs. Additionally, this school is one of SF's most culturally diverse.
Clarendon is a project-based, community-involved school that is a gem!
When I was touring San Francisco schools, I fell in love with Clarendon. I liked it even more than some of the private schools I looked at. It has it all - foreign language, art, PE, computers, library, music, etc. Plus it has a great community of involved parents and heart. My daughter loves going to school here, and I feel like I won the lotto!
My son loves going to school every day, and the parents are really envolved it's great community and the teachers are amazing....
My kids enjoy Clarendon enourmosly, and I really appreciate a wonderful staff, dedication to kids and focus on education and culture.
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