School Details

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School

500 Clarendon Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 759-2796
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 573 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

88%
60%
56%
94%
71%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
54%
46%
93%
75%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
67%
65%
89%
74%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
65%
60%
94%
70%
65%
92%
61%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Francisco Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Francisco. The principal of Clarendon Alternative Elementary School is Peter Van Court and can be contacted at vancourtp@sfusd.edu. 573 children attend Clarendon Alternative Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 12% of the Clarendon Alternative Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 15% of the 573 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Clarendon Alternative Elementary School is 20:1. St. Brendan Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Italian
  • Japanese

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian 37% 41%
White, non-Hispanic 31% 11%
Filipino 3% 6%
Multiracial 19% %
Unspecified 12% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 56447%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 56%
Limited English proficiency 12% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    it really is the best school any parent can hope for. Perfect if there is such a thing!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    my granddaughter is so happy to be at Clarendon.She is learning well and enjoys the atmosphere. Thank you! Beatrice Wallerstein

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great staff I fully trust my kid to their hands every morning. And parent collaboration is fabulous!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are talented caring and committed. My son had grown and learned so much already in just his second year there.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    Parents are really involved Teachers are really happy to be there and the Kids are having a blast and learning at the same time!

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    Clarendon is a project-based community-involved school that is a gem!

  • (4 years ago)

    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!

  • (4 years ago)

    Clarendon has a great staff community and enrichment programs!

  • (4 years ago)

    We have a wonderful warm caring and active community! Yay us!

  • (4 years ago)

    my 2 kids love go to school every day it a great school

  • (4 years ago)

    My son loves going to school every day and the parents are really envolved it's great community and the teachers are amazing....

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids enjoy Clarendon enourmosly and I really appreciate a wonderful staff dedication to kids and focus on education and culture.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a great school. My two kids love to go to school everyday.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great parent/staff involvement with the underlying goal of making it a great school for our children!

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