Adda Clevenger Jr Preparatory & Theater School

180 Fair Oaks Street
San Francisco, CA 94110-0941
     Tel: (415)824-2240
Grades: K - 8 | 149 students
Carnegie Hall 2009
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Founded in 1980, the Adda Clevenger Junior Preparatory and Theater School for Children offers an accelerated academic curriculum plus a fully integrated performing arts program for San Francisco Bay Area school children grades K1 – 8.
The school operates year-round, including Summer Day Camps and Intersession during the Spring break.
Additionally, all students are members of the Adda Clevenger Youth Chorus, affording many upper school students the opportunity to tour nationally and internationally before graduation.
Our curriculum stimulates, challenges and inspires students; our programs open as many doors as possible while providing students with the opportunity to develop their talents to the fullest.
By eighth grade, students are well prepared to qualify for admission to college preparatory high schools.

School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Students 149 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Adda Clevenger Jr Preparatory & Theater School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 20 students
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(School uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $20,963
Tuition Notes 10% sibling discount; average tuition increases 4-6% annually

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 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 age-appropriate pace.
  • A systematic phonics-based program is used to teach reading and spelling. Beginning in second grade, Junior Great Books enter the reading curriculum. 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 and geography.
  • 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.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Immaculate Conception Academy (0.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St. James Elementary School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Katherine Michiels School (0.3 miles away)
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  • San FranciscoImmaculate Conception Academy
    All-girls  (Roman Catholic)
    3625 24th St
    San FranciscoCA 94110
    All-girls  (Roman Catholic)
    0.1 mi | 243 students | Gr. 9-12                      
  • San FranciscoSt. James Elementary School
      (Roman Catholic)
    321 Fair Oaks Street
    San FranciscoCA 94110
      (Roman Catholic)
    0.2 mi | 191 students | Gr. K-8                      
  • San FranciscoKatherine Michiels School
    Alternative School
    1335 Guerrero Street
    San FranciscoCA 94110
    Alternative School
    0.3 mi | 65 students | Gr. PK-5                      
  • San FranciscoSynergy Elementary School
    1387 Valencia St
    San FranciscoCA 94110
    0.3 mi | 189 students | Gr. PK-8                      
  • San FranciscoSand Paths Academy
    Special Education School
    1218 S Van Ness Ave
    San FranciscoCA 94110
    Special Education School
    0.4 mi | 27 students | Gr. 8-12                      

School Reviews

1 year ago
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.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
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.
- Posted by Parent

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