Adda Clevenger School

The Adda Clevenger School is an independent elementary school providing an accelerated academic and arts curriculum to San Francisco Bay Area students grades TK-8 since 1980.
The Adda Clevenger School is an independent elementary school providing an accelerated academic and arts curriculum to San Francisco Bay Area students grades TK-8 since 1980.
The Adda Clevenger School starts with a simple idea: children who are having fun at school will learn more at school. When children look forward to their school day, they jump out of bed in the morning with purpose, anticipation and a mind ready to learn. When they come to school, they are met with joy and love, by teachers who find them fascinating and exciting, and they respond in kind. A school day full of music and dance, math and science, language and art, engages students mentally and physically, both with their world and with each other. A school year full of chances to be stars, but also to stumble and blush, lets them grow into the people that other people admire. When they come to school, our students fill the space around them with song, laughter, motion and energy. The school day and the schoolhouse become the place and time of fun and learning. At Adda Clevenger, the Students are the School.

School Overview

School Type School with Special Program Emphasis
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1980

Student Body

Total Students 122 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Adda Clevenger School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 12 students
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(School uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $22,890
Tuition Notes 10% sibling discount
Admissions Director Dr. Paul Bonnel


Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Gymnastics, Track and FieldBalletBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
GymnasticsTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • Adda Clevenger was established to serve children who are able to accomplish more than they are allowed to do in a regular classroom, where the teacher must pay close attention to students who require more repetition. Quick learners often do not get their time`s worth out of the school day. We believe quick learners have the potential to perform at `gifted and talented` levels if given the opportunity. The academic performance of both average and above average learners is enhanced by a faster pace and higher expectations. 
  • The arts are fully integrated and essential components of our program, offering students a variety of opportunities throughout the school day to move, collaborate, explore, challenge themselves, create and have fun. Arts classes are fun, but they are also serious. Students develop substantial skills and achieve levels of mastery that can only be attained through consistent and continuous application over a number of years. The daily doses of dance, music, drama, creativity and gymnastics make the school day fly by and keep our students energetic, healthy, mentally alert and physically fit.
  • In addition to fostering intellectual curiosity and developing a healthy appetite for academic success, our accelerated program also makes it possible for many of our graduates to place into honors sections of one or more high school freshman classes, putting them on track for advanced placement courses later in high school. Thus Adda Clevenger students continue to "get more out of their time spent in school" long after they graduate.
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School Reviews

   5.00 out of 5 (2 reviews)
5.0 Stars   05/17/16
Our kindergarten daughter is thriving here and can't wait to go to school each day. The school places a heavy emphasis on music, dance, gymnastics and performing, which makes it a great fit for high energy and creative kids. I''m continually amazed at the level of musical education she is receiving at 5. The classes are small, which means all of the teachers get to know my daughter well and the breadth of the curriculum for a kindergartener is very impressive. The school feels like a large family and I can't imagine a better place for teaching poise, confidence and creativity.
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5.0 Stars   05/21/12
Adda Clevenger is a gem of a school. A bit different than most private schools, Adda offers a unique self-esteem building combination of performing arts (ballet, tap, choir, acting, gymnastics) with an excellent math, science, history and language and visual arts curriculum. The small class sizes, combined with an extended day and academic calendar, allow for this school to stay ahead of the curve and offer an excellent, well-rounded education. Students graduate happy and are accepted into the top high schools in San Francisco.
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