Common Core

Preparing our young people for the world of tomorrow means equipping them today with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their future. To do that, we need to make sure our goals for learning are consistent with the goals for learning across the nation—and that’s really all Common Core Standards are. They are a set of learning goals that work grade-by-grade, step-by-step toward what modern careers and colleges expect, so that when students graduate, they are ready for college, ready for work—ready for life.

The Clarendon JBBP curriculum meets and exceed the requirements established by the state of California and SFUSD in language arts, math, science, social studies, physical education, art, music and multicultural studies. Japanese-speaking children benefit from assistance in their native language as they master English skills. English-speaking children benefit from exposure to Japanese reading, writing, and conversation. Japanese art and music activities enliven the lessons in our program.


Clarendon (JBBP and Second Community) is implementing a school-wide SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) plan for the 2018 school year. The most critical elements are: bi-monthly SEL themes; SEL curriculum in all classrooms; increasing PBIS and positive-based supports in classes and on the yard. Five SEL themes will guide the Clarendon community throughout the year: Learning School Expectations; Identifying Feelings; Having Empathy; Managing Emotions; and Problem Solving.

Each teacher will use their preferred SEL curriculum, but fit their lessons into the theme. The students will receive lessons in class, but will also access information during lunch-time assemblies and on the yard. Parents will also receive information about the monthly theme, and how to echo the learning at home, through parent-education nights and this SEL online classroom. Students are positively acknowledged for using their social skills that help to create a safe learning environment. Their rewards can help them receive something from the school store. Learn more on the SEL Website, below.

social emotional learning