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Notes for Prospective Students
- 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.
performance of both average and above average learners is enhanced
by a faster pace and higher expectations.
The academic curriculum
covers subjects appropriate to students' formal education and
exceeds California state requirements.
After a short evaluative
session, kindergarten students begin first-grade level work at an
A systematic phonics-based program is used to teach reading and
Beginning in second grade, Junior Great Books enter the
The English language curriculum includes
grammar and creative writing at all levels, composition, speech and
classical, modern, and dramatic literature.
Junior High students
compete in at least two speech tournaments annually.
The K-4 math program emphasizes acquisition of basic
computational skills, moving to more complex concepts including
pre-algebra and geometry in the upper grades.
Eighth grade students
complete Algebra 1 and some start second year high school math.
Science classes commence in kindergarten.
A five-year course in
California, US and World history is begun in fourth
grade; Junior High students study ancient through modern history
along with 19th and 20th century American history, current events
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
Thus Adda Clevenger students continue to "get more out of
their time spent in school" long after they graduate.