My daughter attended AC for 2.5 years before we left California. She loved it, and so did I. But I realize only now how special it is. When my daughter was assessed at her new (and top-rated) elementary school, she was two years ahead in English and a year and a half ahead in math. This has everything to do with the motivated teachers and the creative environment at Adda Clevenger. The combination of intense academics and kinetic play (through the performing arts) is a really good one. It is also a scientifically proven formula for the development of a flexible and strong mind and body. You don't have to be a genius to understand that schools where kids are sedentary, subjected to formulaic teaching, and offered little creative outlet are failing. AC flips that disastrous formula on its head. AC has so-so facilities. I thought my daughter would be blown away by her school's playing field and playground. Her response: "At Adda Clevenger, all we had were two parking lots, but the way Mr. Dimitri used them was WAY more creative." Now instead of being instructed every school day by a former Olympian gymnast, she hangs out in state of the art playground chatting with her friends.
I can't be more happy with Adda Clevenger. My son is a kindergartner who loves this school. There was a time when I treated private school as a pre-cursor to when we might get into a good public school in the city, but Adda has changed that. We've moved closer to Adda thinking that this is a long-term proposition and we've stopped even applying to public schools. One of the things that worried us initially was whether a "performance" school would teach my son math. That has been a non-problem since my son is excelling at math and learning to read, while breakdancing every now and then :). At Adda, the curriculum allows my son to find confidence in the things that he does best. Add to that the fact that the parents are some of the most forward-thinking, tech-friendly people in the city, and you have a great, great school. A+.
We are very pleased with Adda Clevenger for our daughter. The school's philosophy of combining advanced academics with performing arts really works. The students develop a self-confidence through performing that allows them to excel in and out of the classroom. The small class sizes and extended academic calendar allows the school to stay at the forefront of education. The principal has made significant advances in technology and communication, and the teachers, staff, families, and everyone involved with Adda Clevenger are truly wonderful.
I recently graduated from Adda Clevenger and it was the most wonderful school I could have asked to go to. I would like to address some of the past reviews. The kids don't like Adda because the academics are weak, I'm currently taking all honors and getting decent grades. Also who cares how much technology they have, studies have shown it damages your brain. Adda Clevenger is such an incredible school that I would cried for more than I care to say. At Adda you will also get into the high school that you want, whether it is the best school in the city or not. My high school was my top choice. To add to that my sibling, who also went to Adda, is now going to one of the best colleges in the country. Also Adda may not have the biggest influence on sports, but that is because it's a performing arts school. Honestly if you send your kid to a performing arts school do you really expect them to be playing soccer every day. For the record in PE we do sports, and for the past three years I'd gone there I had PE every day; plus dance. The school has also been said to "not foster creativity." That is completely off. There are entire classes dedicated to creativity. Adda is an amazing school.
I am a student at Adda Clevenger and have been for 8 years now. It is absolutely amazing and I cannot express how grateful I am for everything that I have learned and experienced. Even with the "long" school day I find myself coming in early and staying late whenever I can. The atmosphere is the most supportive and fun one I've ever been in and the teachers are absolutely incredible. I love Adda, and strongly encourage any parent looking for a school to send their child(ren) to, to consider it.
My son attended Adda Clevenger for a brief period. Three years later we still talk about the positive impression his time there made on him. This school is a rare place. Magical.
Let me get this straight , the person who posted before me has no idea what their talking about. I am a student at Adda clevenger, and for nearly 6 years i have thrived with amazing math, english, drama, science , speech.... classes the list goes on and on. For one Adda gives kids a very structured system with small classes (witch most kids prefer) and customized classes so your child can learn were he/she feels comfortable. About homework lower grades do not recieve little to no homework because of the long hours were as older grades slowly increase homework so you don't get overwhelmed. The whole Adda experience is really fun for kids new expirences will excite them and they will never get bored. I love Adda and everyone in it and wouldn't change for anything
Adda Clevenger is a school that all kids love, why because the academics are extremely weak, there is absolutely no structure in most classes and no set curriculum. The kids also love it here because the teachers don't give out a lot of homework. The English and Math classes are average but the science and history courses are a disaster. Adda Clevenger emphasizes on the Performing Arts; currently they do three stage producductions every year plus they have two concerts, this takes up a TON of time. This school operates the old- fashioned way, there are no electronics besides televisions. Also the playground is a mess, it is a parking lot which is used for parking. Although apon graduating the school the kids develop self confidence through programs such as Speech and Acting which are in my opinion some good programs offered.
My daughter has been thriving at AC for nearly 5 years...she is gifted but achievement well above grade-level which would not occur if she was not exposed to the material...sure others in her class may not be gifted, but they band together and learn at an appropriate pace. AC is a school with fabulous diversity on all fronts...there is no financial aid or fundraising, yet tuition is more affordable than most while maintaining an environment that educates the whole child! These kids leave with tremendous confidence, focus and a love of learning.
AC's teachers handled our bright, very high-energy, very young son's unexpected transition from preschool to K with lots of love and skill. The busy, stimulating days are great for him, and the schedule is great for us working parents. Would like a nicer playground and more parent-teacher communication.
I am a student in Adda Clevenger. I am in 7th grade, getting ready to graduate. Adda has gotten me prepared so well that i am completely confident when it comes to the SSAT's. Our school is not only strong in the arts but in the mathematics and english and everything! There are no problems. I can honestly say that i can not think of a better school to attend that Adda Clevenger
Adda Clevenger is a magical school where the students are engaged in true learning. My child has attended the school for the past six years, and she has blossumed academically, socially and in the arts. She is now preparing for high school. Her SSAT scores were excellent, and she has approached the entire application process with joy. Her classmates are also highly motivated, and they encourage one another which is so great to see. Last year's graduating class went to an array of top schools and I'm certain that this year's class will also do the same. My husband and I love Adda Clevenger!
I have found the school to be better and worse than I expected. Better in that my daughter's curiosity and intelligence are being put to better than good use. Even Kindergartners attend a full day of classes, with alternating schedules (M/W/F and T/Th), allowing my very smart, very high energy child a change of teacher/subject/approach every 45min. Children get a full academic schedule as well as choir, music, art, dance, gymnastics. As a working parent, it is everything I hoped for and more. The only negative thing is that the school is run by it's visionary founder, and she is a genius, but not a school administrator. Expect spotty communication to parents. If, like me, you are a parent who wants to be involved in your child's school, you need to initiate that involvement. I am very active and very confident, but the first months were admittedly frustrating.
My kid is thriving here, with both reading and math skills at least 2 grades above grade level. This school is intense, with a long school day, and not every kid thrives. Doing well is as much about temperament as intellectual ability. A kid who has a hard time with transitions will likely have problems, as kids switch classes every 45 minutes. Lots of 'extracurriculars' are included in the school day. Adda Clevenger is definitely worth the money for us.
Not a terrible school, just weak academically. Typical SF private school issues. Beginning teachers need more experience. Students seem under qualified for their grade level. Play area is a parking lot that is used for parking. My son was injured and I had to find out from him, did not get a call from the school.
I started out loving this school and it's concept--teaching kids the basics the old fashioned way, with a strong emphasis on music and the arts. But came away frustrated. Poor sports and science programs. The schools just not that 'together' and for the money, you can get so much more in sf. I'd rather send my kid to a public school and pay for extras. Sorry.
As parents of a certifiably gifted kid who d been tested and accepted in one of the highly ranked NYC gifted schools, we were anxious to find something similarly challenging and inspiring when we needed to move to SF until we heard of Adda Clevenger. It is a gem! A curious, high-energy, secure child will have a time of his/her life there. Classes are small and taught by people who are experts in their fields and passionate about their subjects and passion is contagious. All classes work above their grade level, plus students combined in mixed grades based on their abilities not just age. Students questions are never left hanging in the air always discussed and answered most thoroughly. Music/ballet/ballroom dance/chorus/gym/sports/etc. are a part of the long school day, daily or almost daily. Parent body is very down to earth with quite a few European families.
Our son is a student at A.C. We choose A.C. because it claimed to be a school for gifted children. Yes, some of the children are gifted, but most are not. During the interview process the principal outlined the very long school day. She explained that the last hour of the school day would be reserved for supervised homework. Noting that a full-day + homework would be too much for a child. This is not the case...in addition to working a full day, the students are given a great deal of homework. Our son was given two assignments to complete over the last 4 day weekend (Columbus Day).
Adda Clevenger offers accelerated academics in a very structured environment. In addition to the intense academic program, there is gymnastics, dance, and music - as well as several full-scale musical shows per year. The students are about 80% girls. Very little nonsense is put up with here - the students come to class ready and eager to learn, and if they don't behave themselves, they soon learn to. There are many things to love about the school - the diversity, the caring teachers, the old-fashioned style of teaching (remember phonics?) The only downsides are the building, which is in poor condition and lacks a real playground, and the poor communication between the administration and the parents. Although communication is improving, it is a major stumbling block. Also, the long school day (8:30 - 4:15) makes it difficult to take part in outside activities (though loved by many parents.)
Pros: (1) Excellent statistics on student placement in top high schools in the city (2) Focus on Academics (3) Small classes: 7-10 kids per class (4) Specialty instructors - best of breed (5) Great performaing arts program: drama, music, dance, arts (6) Promoting group interaction, team building, various ages interactions (7) Reasonable Tuition compared to otehr private schools - 13K. Aftershool program fee included, Summer school program fee included Cons: (1) Building: space & ambiance(old church) (2) Location: no good public access from other part of town (3) Long school day - may be hard on kids
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