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Q: What qualities does Adda Clevenger look for in applicants?

A: Our expectations of both new and current students are curiosity, intelligence, enthusiasm for learning and a high level of respect for their peers and teachers.

Q: At what grade levels can students enter Adda Clevenger?

A: We accept applications for students entering grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade. 

Q: Where do Adda Clevenger graduates go to high school?

A: Almost all Adda Clevenger graduates are accepted into one of their top choice high schools. Our most recent graduates were accepted to the following high schools:

  • Drew School
  • International High School
  • Junipero Serra High School
  • Lick-Wilmerding High School
  • Lowell High School
  • Mercy High School Burlingame
  • Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
  • Saint Ignatius College Preparatory
  • San Francisco University High School
  • Stuart Hall High School
  • The Bay School of San Francisco
  • The Urban School

Q: What is the Adda Clevenger parent community like?

A: Adda Clevenger parents don't follow the herd, which is why they also value their children learning early to have fun taking and managing risk. It is no surprise that our parent community mirrors the creative, innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that makes San Francisco the place to be if you're someone with talent and ideas. As an Adda Clevenger parent, you join a group of parents who are almost as fun and dynamic as their children!

Q: How do Adda Clevenger students manage sports with a longer school day?

A: Most Adda Clevenger students participate in organized sports after school and on weekends.  Soccer is the number one most popular outside sport for our students. In addition, the school has a cross country and track team for 2nd graders and above; nearly a fifth of the student body is running this year. Our students learn early on how to manage their time and how to prioritize their academic and extracurricular activities to be successful at both.

Q: What is the ratio of academics to arts classes in the Adda Clevenger curriculum?

A: The ratio of academic to arts classes is 2:1. In addition, approximately one third of a student’s average school day involves physical activity. We believe that this combination of academics, arts and physical activity provides students with an exceptionally well-rounded, comprehensive and healthy educational experience at a critical point in their development.

Q: Does Adda Clevenger’s music curriculum include instrumental instruction?

A: Our music program consists of choral training, music theory and band. Chorus and theory classes begin in Kindergarten; band begins in 5th grade. Students have choral and band performance opportunities at various times throughout the school year.

Q: How old does my child have to be to apply for kindergarten?

A: We do not have an absolute cut-off date in terms of age. If we feel your child is physically, emotionally and academically ready for kindergarten, he or she will be considered.  However, we consider applicants who are five by December 1st of their enrollment year to meet the age average for the Kindergarten class.

Q: Do you allow mid-year transfers?

A: We operate on a rolling admissions basis.  If there is space available in a class we can accept applications at any time.  As availability is limited, it is best to send an email to inquire about availability for a specific grade.

Q: Why do you ask that a transfer student visit for 2 days?

 A: There are several reasons for this: our faculty needs adequate time to evaluate the student for academic and social fit; our grades have different schedules for each day of the week, requiring a visiting student to be present for two consecutive days to attend all of the classes; and we have found that this longer visit allows for prospective students to “settle in," allowing for a more accurate assessment for both the school and the family.

We consider the student shadow an absolutely critical and indispensable component of the admissions process. Its effectiveness as an indicator of the likelihood of a successful enrollment and educational experience for the student, family and the School has been validated over many years. Not only a strong predictor of success, the shadow visit is also a major contributor to a successful start in the event of enrollment, since the new student is not “new” any more after having spent two days with the class. On the contrary, the start of the new school year is a return to familiar surroundings and faces. Even before the new school year begins, students often start socializing outside of school with friends they made during their visit.

Q: My child does not enjoy performing. Will he or she be a good fit for the school?

A: The performing arts curriculum, together with regular performance opportunities, develops confidence, discipline, self-assurance, creativity and flexibility of mind. Students learn at least as much from the process that leads to successful performance as they do from the experience of success itself. For this reason, all students are required to participate in all classes, regardless of any native talent or affinity.  The performing arts at Adda Clevenger are not considered extra-curricular or recreational activities. Each class is an integral part of your child’s curriculum, school day and elementary school experience.

Q: What support can Adda Clevenger offer students with learning differences?

A: Adda Clevenger does not have  specialists on staff to provide support to students with substantial learning differences, but teachers will work closely with any specialists, tutors or therapists providing outside support to our students with special needs.