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Clarendon Alternative Elementary School

School code number: 478
Grade level: K-5
Hours: 9:25 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

500 Clarendon Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94131
Neighborhood: Twin Peaks
Phone: 415-759-2796
Fax: 415-759-2799
Principal: Peter Van Court

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Clarendon is committed to providing a quality educational program for every learner, with language programs, enrichment programs, and parent participation. We promote respect and responsibility throughout the school, and reinforce it frequently. Our Care Team interacts with individual staff members weekly, as we attempt to address the many needs of our students. Each of our students studies a language (Japanese or Italian), exposing them to a different culture on a daily or weekly basis. Due to the hard work and generosity of our parents, our students enjoy additional classes in fine arts, music, computer, and physical education.

We believe that high achieving and joyful learners are students who command a strong foundation in the core curriculum, while exhibiting a high degree of engagement in challenging, relevant, integrated, and thematic lessons—which promote critical thinking and interaction among classmates. Our teachers teach the core curriculum using a greater variety of instructional materials and strategies. Clarendon offers a safe and secure environment that actively welcomes every family as critical members of the community, and partners in their child's education. We emphasize regular email and phone contact with families, and are available to meet with families when requested. Many of the staff members post homework and announcements on their own websites.

This school feeds into:

Presidio Middle School

School Tours

Call 415-759-2782 for tour information and dates.



School Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Before-school programs

On-site childcare opens at 7:00 AM

Afterschool programs

On-site childcare closes at 6:30 PM

Language Programs

  • Italian Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) Pathway
  • Japanese Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) Pathway

Student Support Programs

  • Access to nurse
  • Mentoring
  • Student adviser
  • Social worker

Arts Enrichment

  • Arts residency
  • Ceramics
  • Cooking or home economics
  • Dance
  • Drumming
  • Gardening
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
  • Writing or poetry

School Day Academic Enrichment

  • Computer carts
  • Computer lab
  • English literacy interventionist
  • Project-based learning
  • STEAM (science; technology; engineering; arts; mathematics)
  • Technology teacher
  • Tutoring in school