The outstanding public schools in Marin continue to attract home buyers who are willing to pay 25-50% more for houses in cities like with outstanding and distinguished schools. For the full story, see Parents pay plenty to get kids into better schools in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 28, 2010
The State of California requires annual testing to evaluate achievement levels of students and the improvement of individual schools. These scores give you a good idea of the high quality of our schools.
Read how Marin County public schools and school districts are rated in the California Academic Performance Index (API).
API reports for Marin are available at the California Department of Education web site.
Each year, the California Department of Education selects the highest achieving public schools in the state as Distinguished Schools. Schools may apply for this award only every four years. Here are the Marin schools on the list over the last six years (2007-2012):
Fairfax/San Anselmo: White Hill Middle
Kentfield: Anthony G. Bacich Elementary
Larkspur-Corte Madera: Henry C. Hall Middle
Mill Valley: Old Mill Elementary
Novato: Lu Sutton Elementary, Rancho Elementary, San ramon Elementary, Sinaloa Middle
Ross: Ross Elementary
San Rafael (Dixie School District): Miller Creek Middle
San Rafael (San Rafael District): Sun Valley Elementary
Sausalito: Willow Creek Academy, Bayside Elementary
Tiburon: Bel Aire Elementary, Reed Elementary, Del Mar Middle
West Marin: West Marin-Inverness Elementary
The following Distinguished high Schools are in the Tamalpais Union High School District.
Sir Francis Drake High
* Independent study/ alternative education
To read about the inner workings of the Marin school system, you can go to the Marin County Office of Education web site.
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