Second Community Program

Welcome Back to School for 2018-19!

Upcoming key dates

  • SC Back to School Night:  Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • Clarendon Walkathon:  Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • School tours:  October 2018 through January 2019, specific dates below


Clarendon campus tours will be held at 9:45 AM on the following dates:

  • Tue. 10/2/18
  • Fri. 10/12/18
  • Tue. 11/6/18
  • Wed. 11/14/18
  • Fri. 12/7/18
  • Tue. 12/11/18
  • Tue. 1/8/19

Please use the following link to sign up:

Second Community Parents Association & Student Enrichment Programs

Thanks to parent involvement and fundraising efforts, the Second Community Parent Association (SCPA) has funded these consultants for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • K-3 Music – our music consultant brings a broad background of Orff music training and mindfulness instruction strategies. She collaborates with classroom teachers with music activities that reinforce and enhance Italian language.

  • K-3 Art – our resident artist teaches art five days a week and assists classroom teachers with curriculum inspired by local museum exhibits, art shows and art history.

  • K-5 P.E. – our long-time Clarendon P.E. teacher and alum integrates physical activity enrichment with a focus on cooperation, personal responsibility and works closely with Playworks.
  • K-5 Playworks – this program provides 5-day onsite consulting and outdoor activities during recess. Playworks offers systems to develop and sustain a positive educational culture for everyone, starting at recess.
  • 4/5th Gr. Writing – our writing consultant, a former writing coach with SFUSD and former Clarendon assistant principal, works with classroom teachers to guide individual and small group writing.
  • 4/5th Gr. New Conservatory Theater – this program provides students the opportunity to explore the dramatic arts
  • 4/5th Gr. La Commedia dell’Arte – dramatic Italian theater for upper grades

  • 4/5 Gr. Math – our upper grade math consultant is a renowned mathematician who delivers advanced lessons to 

Update on Italian Program at Clarendon

  • Italian will not be offered for the 2018-2019 school year while a parent committee explores redesigning the program.

Introductory Video

About us

The Second Community Program was founded in 1972 by parents who wanted to extend the cooperative nursery school model—in which parents are key resources on both the classroom and administrative levels—to a public elementary school. Throughout the years, parent participation has been the cornerstone of Second Community’s culture. Parents participate in school governance, work in classrooms, and raise funds for the music, art, physical education, computer/technology programs, and Italian language instruction. Their contributions of volunteer time and financial support are essential to the success of the school.

Second Community shares the Clarendon site with another alternative San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) program, the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP.) Though Second Community and JBBP are distinct programs with separate teaching staff, parent groups, and fundraising, the two programs share many resources and the teachers relate as one staff.

Families may apply to San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for admission to either the Second Community Program or the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural program. In other areas, including test scores and enrollment statistics, the SFUSD treats the combined programs as one school. The current ratio between the populations of students in the two programs is approximately 50% JBBP to 50% Second Community.

Clarendon Elementary is nationally recognized as one of the National Blue Ribbon Schools in 2014 and is awarded  a California Distinguished School.

Awards received by the school:

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