Report this review as inappropriate

« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
Public district
San Francisco, CA
Students enrolled: 573
After care: No

5 stars
Based on 88 ratings

Let others know what you
think about this school

Review topics

This is a safe place to share your honest opinions of a school, whether good or bad.  Learn more.

Review comments

146 reviews of this school

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School 5

Posted August 22, 2013
- a parent
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.

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School 5

Posted June 07, 2013
- a parent
it really is the best school any parent can hope for. Perfect, if there is such a thing!

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School 5

Posted March 31, 2013
- a parent
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.

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School 4

Posted October 24, 2012
- a community member
my granddaughter is so happy to be at Clarendon.She is learning well and enjoys the atmosphere. Thank you! Beatrice Wallerstein

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School 5

Posted October 23, 2012
- a parent
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.

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School 5

Posted January 31, 2012
- a parent
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.

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School 5

Posted October 12, 2010
- a parent
Great staff, I fully trust my kid to their hands every morning. And parent collaboration is fabulous!

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School 5

Posted September 29, 2010
- a parent
The teachers are talented, caring and committed. My son had grown and learned so much already in just his second year there.

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School 5

Posted September 26, 2010
- a community member
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.

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School 4

Posted September 24, 2010
- a parent
Parents are really involved, Teachers are really happy to be there and the Kids are having a blast and learning at the same time!

Ask a question

Find out information and contribute your experiences, so parents can learn more about this school.
We're sorry, but this feature is no longer supported. If you'd like to share your experiences at this school, please write a review.

Nearby schools

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families. 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School
500 Clarendon Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94131
(415) 759-2796
Last modified Clarendon Alternative Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Clarendon Alternative Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 88 reviews. Top