Schools: Mill Valley

Public Schools:

 

Mill Valley School District
Ken Benny, Superintendent

Edna Maguire (K-5)
Old Mill (K-5)
Park (K-5)
Strawberry Point (K-5)
Tamalpais Valley (K-5)
Mill Valley Middle School (6-8)

411 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 389-7700 Fax: (415) 389-7773
www.mvschools.org

 

The Mill Valley School District is an elementary school district serving Mill Valley and the unincorporated areas of Alto, Strawberry Point, Tamalpais Valley, Muir Beach, Panoramic Ridge and Homestead Valley. The District includes five kindergarten through fifth grade schools: Edna Maguire, Old Mill, Park, Strawberry Point and Tamalpais Valley. Sixth through eighth graders attend Mill Valley Middle School. District enrollment is 2,287 students. Class Size Reduction has been implemented in grades 1-3 and most kindergarten classes. Class size average in grades K-8 is 21.8 students. Mill Valley School District students reside in the Tamalpais Union High School District, with most attending Tamalpais High School. The Mill Valley School District Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed between 12-1 daily). Parents, community members and local businesses support local schools through a parcel assessment estimated at $3.9 million annually and contributions to Kiddo!, and local PTA's which raises funds to augment a broad range of school programs, including the arts and technology. All sites have been renovated and/or expanded through community supported bond measures totaling $26,300,000. PTAs and school site councils provide many opportunities for parent participation. The Mill Valley Parks and Recreation Department provides optional after school programs for interested students. Before and after school childcare is available at all elementary schools.

Edna Maguire School is a California Distinguished School. It is situated in a residential area on 11 acres of land at the foot of surrounding hills. It features "The Children's Garden," a one-third acre fenced plot of land with individual classroom garden beds, an orchard and a pumpkin patch. The school offers additional assistance to students who speak English as a second language. Part-time instructional assistants and reading and math teachers work with small groups of students in order to individualize instruction. Our multi-media studio with 27 iMacs, scanners, an LCD projector and video editing equipment enables our students to integrate the use of technology into their studies. Two large fields established at the site were donated to the school by the Mill Valley Soccer and Little League Associations. On site daycare is available before and after school.

Old Mill School, the district's oldest elementary school building, is a California Distinguished School. This modern facility incorporates computer technology and internet access in all of its classrooms and the library/media center. The school is three blocks from Mill Valley's business district and across from Old Mill Park and the Mill Valley Public Library. The facility has a large auditorium and 14 classrooms. Old Mill provides students with a well-balanced academic program integrating thematic instruction and project-based learning activities. Students and teachers use Cascade Creek in nearby Old Mill Park as an outside learning environment. Part-time instructional aides assist teachers by working with small groups and individual students. On site childcare is available before and after school.

Park School is the second oldest school building in the Mill Valley School District. It is located in the geographic center of Mill Valley across from BoylePark and the municipal tennis courts.The school has 15 classrooms, a large auditorium, a media lab, an art room and our "Children's Garden," which serves as an outdoor learning lab. The students at Park School are provided with a rich and engaging curriculum that combines academic, socio-emotional and artistic learning. The entire community celebrates student learning through annual events such as the Fall Potluck and Carnival, Oceans Week, Earth Day Celebration, Variety Show and the Art Show. Park is also an ?Eco-literacy? school where the principles of ecology are interwoven throughout the curriculum. Several teachers work with Bay Area environmental groups where students become involved with local watershed restoration efforts. Students are also in charge of our lunchtime recycling and compost program. Part-time instructional assistants work with classroom teachers and students to assist in the implementation of the educational program. After school care is provided on campus.

Tamalpais Valley School is at the southernmost boundary of Mill Valley on eight acres. Located at the edge of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, its beautiful natural setting provides vast opportunities for environmental studies. School facilities include a large turf field, rooms for teaching art and music, a computer lab, a large multi-purpose room, two teaching gardens and a well-equipped library. Tam Valley's Learning Center offers an innovative approach to meeting the needs of special education students. Average class size is 23 students in grades K-3 and 25 students in grades 4-5. Parents are encouraged to participate in their children's education through a variety of volunteer opportunities. After school enrichment classes are sponsored by the Mill Valley Park and Recreation Department daily. Before and after school childcare is provided on site.

Mill Valley Middle School is adjacent to the Bay Front Park and the Mill Valley Community Center. Each grade level is housed in a separate wing of the building. The large library serves as the school's central core. Mill Valley Middle School offers an academic program that includes English, mathematics, social studies and science. Credentialed teachers teach art, technology and physical education classes. Additionally, orchestra, band and choral music are offered to all students. Foreign language is offered to all 7th and 8th grade students. Wheel is offered to 6th graders instead of foreign language. Wheel is a trimester based elective program where each student takes a trimester of technology, art exploration and character education. Counseling service is available full-time at Mill Valley Middle School. An extensive orientation for parents and students prepares them for the transition from primary to middle school and from 8th grade to high school. After school enrichment classes are available through Parks and Recreation.

Strawberry Point School re-opened in August 2000 after having been closed for ten years. The school has been completely renovated and expanded to accommodate future growth in our district. It now has a thoroughly modern school facility that incorporates a state-of-the-art data/communications network with access points in all instructional and administrative areas. Strawberry Point School provides students a well-balanced academic program. The school is situated on Richardson Bay and is adjacent to a wetlands area. Our instructional programs utilize regional science resources to meaningfully integrate environmental awareness and education into the core curriculum. Computers and other technologies are integrated throughout the curriculum. Visual and performing arts programs are provided at all grade levels. Special education and other support services are available to students at all grade levels. Part-time instructional assistants work with teachers to support student learning. On site childcare is available before and after school.


Private Schools:

Grades: Toddler-8th
Enrollment: 260

Marin Horizon School
305 Montford Avenue
(415) 388-8408
www.marinhorizon.org

The mission at Marin Horizon School is to challenge students to be self-reliant thinkers and lifelong learners. The faculty at Marin Horizon School, inspires academic excellence, nurture students' natural love of learning, and encourages them to be confident individuals who are responsible to each other, the community and the world. Since 1977, Marin Horizon School has maintained a tradition of superior education while providing a safe and caring environment for all who walk through their halls. They have a vibrant parent community that values all aspects of diversity, has a strong dedication to community service and enjoys the partnership they share with MHS in educating their children. Thanks to the many donations from their parents, Marin Horizon School is in construction on a beautiful new facility which will house their 4th through 8th graders and will provide them with a space that works with as much purpose as they do. The graduates from Marin Horizon School are successful at top Bay Area High Schools and the finest colleges in the country.

 

Grades: K-8th
Enrollment: 245

 

Mount Tam School
100 Harvard Avenue
(415) 383-9434

Mount Tamalpais School seeks to provide students with a solid academic foundation and to foster a genuine enthusiasm for learning. Mount Tamalpais School is dedicated to the active pursuit of knowledge and to integrity, community service and fairness. They want their students to embrace diversity, honoring the value of each individual's strengths, choices, feelings and ideas. They strive to celebrate the human spirit by being responsible members of their families, the school community, and the world. The staff and faculty are committed to a strong, interactive and multidisciplinary curriculum, designed to challenge and enlighten. The faculty serves as guides and role models for the students enrolled at Mount Tamalpais School. In addition, small-group instruction maximizes the inherent potential of each child and fosters respect for each student's interests and abilities.

 

Grades: PK- 8th
Enrollment: 120

 

Ring Mountain Day School
70 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley
215-A Blackfield Drive, Tiburon (pre-school)
(415) 381-8181
www.ringmountain.org

Ring Mountain Day School's student-centered program creates a dynamic learning environment to stimulate creative thinking, motivate academic excellence, and instill a lifelong desire to learn. Small class size enables the faculty to apply an individualized, integrated approach that inspires students to realize their talents, strengths, capabilities and dreams. The curriculum emphasizes problem solving in real-life situations, promoting comprehensive understanding of academics and the arts. Students develop overall self-awareness and a sense of personal responsibility to their communities: family, school, and the diverse world in which they live.

 

Grade: PK-Kindergarten
Enrollment: 50

 

Wende Kumara Day School
540 Marin Avenue
(415) 388-5437
www.kumaraschool.com

Kumara School offers a play based, socially focused program where the ideas of social constructivism and Reggio Emilia inspired documentation and project work influence the daily experiences of children, teachers and parents. Teachers support children's constructing knowledge by presenting and encouraging opportunities for deep exploration of subjects, promoting questioning, teaching problem solving skills and nourishing expression, creativity and wonder. At the Kumara school there is a child ratio of 1:8. Kumara's students are organized into 3 age related core groups. Children remain in the company of the same teachers and the same core group of children throughout their time at Kumara. These core groups contribute to a sense of identity and security. Core groups meet for about an hour in the morning with the core teachers. During the rest of the day's activity period's teachers are responsible for certain areas of the school where children of all ages play with or nearby each other, choosing teacher facilitated or child initiated activities from any of the open activity areas; art room, outside, large/motor/expressive room, fine motor/quiet room, and the pre-K kindergarten room.


Colleges:

Kentfield Campus
835 College Ave
(415) 457-8811

Indian Valley Campus
1800 Ignacio Blvd
(415) 457-8811

College of Marin
Frances L White, Ph.D.
Superintendent/President
Marin Community College District
835 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904
(415)-457-8811
www1.marin.edu

College of Marin has been providing exceptional educational opportunities since 1926. The College has earned a reputation as a quality educational institution that provides a pathway for achievement and success for students of all ages. Each semester about 8,000 students are enrolled in over 1,100 credit classes on the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses. Approximately 100 international students participate in College of Marin's International Student Program, making for a culturally diverse educational experience. Known as Marin junior College, the first Associate Degree was granted in the spring of 1929. In 1948 the college was renamed College of Marin. On the Kentfield campus one can view a 20-foot, six million year old fossil whale on display in the Austin Science Center, picnic in the grove of giant Redwoods or visit the current art exhibit in the Fine Arts Gallery. The College is noted for its drama, dance and musical performances in the Fine Arts Theatre. Other excellent offerings include a nationally accredited Nursing Program, a science field program and competitive athletic teams. The Indian Valley campus opened in 1975 after five years of holding classes at various sites in North Marin. The 33-acre site includes 200 acres of open space, an Olympic-size swimming pool and many hiking trails. Programs in Multimedia Studies, Auto Technology, Machine and Metals Technology, Court reporting and Medical Assisting are located at the Indian Valley Campus.

Dominican College
50 Acacia Ave
(415)-457-4440
www.dominican.edu

Dominican University of California is an independent university of Catholic heritage located 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, California. Founded in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Dominican enjoys a century-long reputation for excellence in scholarship, research, and community outreach. The University offers more than 60 programs of study that reflect the diversity and creativity of the faculty and students. With almost 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students and a student to faculty ratio of 11:1, Dominican is able to successfully blend personal direction associated with smaller schools with the academic resources of a larger university.