School Ranking in Every Marin District

Posted by Alex Narodny on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 2:34pm.

If there is one thing California as a state tends to struggle with it would be the public school system. More often than not the  overall comparisons with other states are unfavorable to California. The results support the impression that California’s relative standing in the nation has declined over the last three decades. The combination of a student population with relatively great needs, relatively low funding levels, and relatively inadequate resources may have contributed to California’s comparatively low levels of student academic achievement.

Luckily, as natives of Marin we have the fortuitous advantage of being the exception to the rule here. The public schools of the districts in Marin are some of the top performing schools in the nation. The majority of them surpass the national testing average. The lists below depict the Californian API numbers of all the public schools in Marin. Separated by elementary, middle, high school and their districts you can see which are the top ranked schools.

A school's score or placement on the API is designed to be an indicator of a school's performance level and is calculated annually by the California Department of Education, primarily based on CST and CAHSEE tests. The API Statewide Rank score ranks a school with all schools in California based on API score, while the API Similar Schools score ranks a school with 100 other schools in the state with similar demographic profiles (including parent education level, poverty level, student mobility, student ethnicity).

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

 Take a look below to learn about the true disparity between different public schools in Marin. The API numbers don’t lie, but there are definitely some unexpected statistics. Academic Performance Index (API) score ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. Who knew that Upper Brookside would rank better than the prestigious Ross school? Scroll to the bottom to see Elementary, Middle, and High schools of Marin ranked in Order!

District/School

# of children assessed

API ranking

Dixie Elementary    

1,402

919    

Elementary Schools

 

 

Dixie Elementary

250

946

Mary E. Silveira Elementary

267

913

Vallecito Elementary

267

910

Middles Schools

 

 

Miller Creek Middle

593

928

 

 

 

Kentfield Elementary

894

953

Elementary Schools

 

 

Bacich Elementary

377

944

Middle Schools

 

 

Adaline E. Kent Middle

511

960

 

 

 

Larkspur-CorteMadera

1,030

924

Elementary Schools

 

 

Neil Cummins Elementary

437

917

Middle Schools

 

 

Hall Middle

593

928

 

 

 

Mill Valley Elementary

2,242

947

Elementary Schools

 

 

Edna Maguire Elementary

329

942

Old Mill Elementary

215

939

Park Elementary

245

940

Strawberry Point 

249

934

Tamalpais Valley

336

946

Middle Schools

 

 

Mill Valley Middle

854

958

 

 

 

Ross Valley Elementary

1,630

928

Elementary Schools

 

 

Brookside Elementary

116

943

Brookside Upper

375

950

Manor Elementary

266

879

Wade Thomas Elementary

281

938

Middle Schools

 

 

White Hill Middle

583

932

 

 

 

Novato Unified

5,715

844

Elementary Schools

 

 

Hamilton Meadow Park

498

849

Loma Verde Elementary

267

871

Lu Sutton Elementary

261

853

Lynwood Elementary

285

842

Novato Charter

176

941

Olive Elementary

239

850

Pleasant Valley

287

923

Rancho Elementary

313

958

San Ramon Elementary

292

877

Middle Schools

 

 

San Jose Intermediate

621

854

Sinaloa Middle

801

858

High Schools

 

 

Novato High

993

820

San Marin High

624

802

 

 

 

Reed Union Elementary

1,065

963

Elementary Schools

 

 

Bel Aire Elementary

462

968

Reed Elementary

174

946

Middle Schools

 

 

Del Mar Middle

420

967

 

 

 

Ross Elementary

257

943

Elementary Schools

 

 

Ross Elementary

257

943

 

 

 

San Rafael City Elementary

2,986

826

Elementary Schools

 

 

Bahia Vista Elementary

339

785

Coleman Elementary

241

869

Glenwood Elementary

267

891

Laurel Dell Elementary

153

763

San Pedro Elementary

271

766

Sun Valley Elementary

294

917

Venetia Valley Elementary

518

801

Middle Schools

 

 

James B. Davidson Middle

873

828

 

 

 

San Rafael City High

1,432

784

High Schools

 

 

San Rafael High

635

773

Terra Linda High

752

798

 

 

 

Tamalpais Union High

2,725

873

High Schools

 

 

Redwood High

1,089

900

Sir Francis Drake High

653

852

Tamalpais High

875

866

Rank – School – API #

Elementary Schools

1. Bel Air               968

2. Rancho             958

3. Brookside Upper950

4. Dixie                 946

5. Tam Valley         946

6. Bacich               944

7. Ross                  943

8. Brookside         943    

9. Neil Cummins         917

 

Middle Schools

1. Del Mar            967

2. Kent                  960

3. Mill Valley         958

4. White Hill         932             

5. Hall                   928

6. Miller Creek         928

7. Davidson          873

8. Sinaloa              858

 

High Schools

1. Redwood          900

2. Tam                  866

3. Drake                852

4. Novato High         820

5. San Marin High   802

6. Terra Linda          798

7. San Rafael High   773

  

 

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