Second Community Program

Clarendon 2017-18 school tour information!

Thank you for your interest in Clarendon Elementary School.
Clarendon’s school site is home to two distinct programs: a general ed program (also known as “Second Community“) and the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP). Admission to each program is handled separately by the San Francisco Unified School District’s Educational Placement Center.  When you apply to Clarendon, you choose to apply to the Second Community program, the JBBP, or both. Tours at Clarendon will cover both programs equally and simultaneously.
Our tours should offer you a glimpse of what campus life is like—for students and parents—at Clarendon.
2017-18 Tour Information
The Clarendon School Tours schedule is listed below.
  • Tuesday, 10/3
  • Wednesday, 10/25
  • Wednesday, 11/8
  • Wednesday, 11/15
  • Tuesday, 12/5
  • Tuesday, 12/19
  • Wednesday, 1/10
All tours are held from 9:45-10:45am and will include information about both the Second Community and JBBP programs.  Please note that on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month parking for the Clarendon school tours is very limited due to street cleaning.
We encourage people to attend tours without children if possible. Please sign up for one tour date only. Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to make that tour date (you can make a new reservation on a new day) to make room for another prospective family. We look forward to seeing you at Clarendon!
Should you have any questions, please email 

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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