Philosophy & History



Our mission is to cultivate a high-quality learning environment which respects children as individuals and enables them to move toward the realization of their full potential.  We believe in educating the whole child, with attention to social, emotional, physical, as well as intellectual growth.  As a collaborative school, we seek to develop a strong sense of partnership, and positive relationships among all members of the community – children, teachers, staff, and parents.

The Clarendon 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.  Over the years, the school has developed a tradition of collaborative learning built on strong relationships among students, teachers, and families.  Second Community continues to evolve as a leader in defining ways for teachers and parents to partner in achieving excellence in education.

For more information about Clarendon, please visit the SFUSD’s Clarendon Alternative Elementary School website and the Clarendon School Loop pages:

SFUSD Clarendon Link

Clarendon on School Loop