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The Clarendon Second Community program was founded in 1972 by parents who wanted to extend the cooperative nursery school model – in which parents are key resources on both the classroom and administrative levels – to a public elementary school. Over the years, the school has developed a tradition of collaborative learning built on strong relationships among students, teachers, and families. Second Community continues to evolve as a leader in defining ways for teachers and parents to partner in achieving excellence in education.



Clarendon Second Community’s mission is to cultivate a high-quality learning environment that respects children as individuals and enables them to realize their full potential. We believe in educating the whole child, with attention to social, emotional, physical, as well as intellectual growth. As a collaborative school, we seek to develop a strong sense of partnership and positive relationships among all members of the community: children, teachers, staff, and parents. 


Our core values include:

  1. All students should learn to live and work in a world that is characterized by interdependence and cultural diversity.

  2. All individuals are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.

  3. All individuals can learn and are both potential learners as well as teachers.

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