SF’s Clarendon Elementary named 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

Clarendon Elementary School is among two dozen in California to be selected as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program honors those that have shown exemplary performance for all student subgroups and have demonstrated considerable improvement in the performance of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Clarendon Principal Peter Van Court attributed the national recognition — a first for the school — to strong parent and teacher engagement.

“If you have a great parent community coupled with great teaching you end up with great students,” he said. “It takes a village, and we have a great village.”

Clarendon offers two educational programs, one focused on Japanese language and culture and the other with an emphasis on the arts. It's one of two public elementary schools in The City with a Japanese bilingual program, and it offers Italian-language instruction within its alternative Second Community program.

“The students, staff and community at Clarendon deserve this great honor for their commitment to excellence,” Richard Carranza, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, said in a statement.

The school will be honored at the Blue Ribbon Schools national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 10.

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