Schools: Fairfax

Public Schools:

Brookside Elementary (K-5)
Hidden Valley Elementary (K-5)
Manor Elementary (K-5)
Wade Thomas Elementary (K-5)
White Hill (6-8)

Ross Valley School District
Eileen Rohan, Superintendent
110 Shaw Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 451-4060 • Fax: (415) 454-6840

The Ross Valley School District is an elementary/middle school district serving the central Marin communities of San Anselmo and Fairfax. The district includes four schools: Brookside Elementary School, Manor Elementary School and Wade Thomas School for kindergarten through 5th grades and White Hill School for grades 6th, 7th and 8th. District enrollment is 1,814 students. Most Ross Valley graduates attend Sir Francis Drake High School in the Tamalpais Union High School District. The Ross Valley School District Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Brookside Elementary School, a California Distinguished School, is housed on two separate sites in suburban San Anselmo. Facilities at both sites include modernized/new classrooms, dedicated music and art rooms, school gardens, multiuse rooms and playing fields. Brookside Upper Campus has a dedicated computer lab. Brookside Lower Campus houses Brookside's K-5 childcare facility. Brookside prides itself on providing students with a balanced education that focuses on the academic, social and emotional growth of its students. The school's goal is to provide students with creative and innovative learning opportunities that promote critical thinking. Community service is emphasized through ecology projects and a wide array of philanthropic events that take place throughout the school year. Brookside has an exceptional Parent Club organization that supports the school and its staff in many ways. Parents are seen as vital partners in educating the children and are welcome to participate in classrooms.

Hidden Valley Elementary,  is located in a quiet valley, nestled against open space with gorgeous views of Mt. Tamalpais. Hidden Valley School opened in 1954 and is one of five schools in the Ross Valley School District. Ross Valley School District, in general, and Hidden Valley, in particular, is a community that nurtures and treasures its children. It is because of this that the community is committed to the support of a rich educational experience. Parents, teachers, local businesses and children have all become partners in this mission. This cooperative spirit creates our unique Hidden Valley Family. The welcoming school environment and culture are qualities that our families enjoy.

Manor School is situated in the Oak Manor neighborhood of Fairfax. Student learning is extended through our library, art room, computer lab, music room, multi-purpose room, as well as two playgrounds, a nature trail and a school garden. Manor offers two exceptional programs: the K-5 and Multi-Age Program. These programs are designed to serve the diversity of the community. Each has their own uniqueness in providing an instructional program specific to their students while also sharing the culture of Manor School. Manor has been recognized nationally for its educational programs that focus on the environment and efficient ways to save energy.

Wade Thomas, twice selected as a California Distinguished School, is located in one of San Anselmo's oldest residential neighborhoods and is built on the site of the very first school in San Anselmo. The school facility includes a computer lab, music room and art room plus a multi-use room and playgrounds, which are used extensively by the community during nonschool hours. The core curriculum is based on state standards and includes hands-on projects and activities to engage students in their own learning. The district-adopted curricula in reading and math provide continuity for student learning K-5. Wade Thomas has a school-wide program to promote strong values, a sense of respect, responsibility and cooperation. Our district foundation provides enrichment programs in music, art, technology and poetry. Students and parents are actively involved in community activities, ecology and site improvements. Student Council sponsors several projects as part of an all school community outreach. The Parent Association and community members volunteer many hours in the classrooms and on school improvement projects.

White Hill Middle School, located on a 22-acre site at the base of White's Hill in Fairfax, is the middle school for three elementary feeder schools in the Ross Valley School District. In June 2001, White Hill Middle School received recognition as a California Distinguished School. The core academic program is challenging, offering a breadth of opportunity in elective classes and an enrichment wheel and is supplemented by an active student activities program. In addition, credentialed instructors teach music, fine arts, foreign language and physical education courses. Thirty-three teachers, two administrators and fourteen support staff, supported by an active and generous community, implement the rigorous educational program at White Hill Middle School. A full-time counselor provides extensive group and individual service. White Hill uses a block schedule to encourage in-depth project-based learning. During the 2005-2006 school year, White Hill completed reform work associated with its participation in the Bay Area School Reform Cooperative (BASRC) relating to deepening curriculum, improving instruction and better meeting the needs of underperforming students.

Private Schools:

Grades: K-8th

Cascade Canyon School
2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
(415) 459-3464

Cascade Canyon was founded as an elementary school in 1981 by international educator Ann Barar (Evans). The original teachers and parent body of Cascade Canyon School wanted to establish a committed and connected community for their children. They felt that their children's success lay in the relationship between teachers and students. Three basic tenets were established in order to secure this philosophy: 1. Small student to teacher ratio; 2. A familiar atmosphere which included community meetings and cross age learning; 3. A sense of student responsibility and ability to affect positive change in the world. The original foundation of the school was based on Dewey's model of education and Barar's experience in the British Embassy School in West Germany.


Grades: PK-8th Enrollment: 170


St. Rita School
102 Marinda Drive
(415) 456-1003

As a community of learners, believers and friends, we are called to share in the message of Christ and are dedicated to building a community of respect, responsibility and kindness. Saint Rita School is a community of learners, believers and friends. They are a San Francisco Archdiocesan Catholic elementary school, serving pre-school through eighth grade, centrally located in Marin County. Since 1957, Saint Rita has provided children with an extraordinary education. St. Rita's is committed to the complete development of children intellectually, morally, socially, spiritually, and physically. The school of 170 students promotes strong, rigorous academic standards, a values-centered, Christian based education, and an enthusiasm for lifetime learning. Saint Rita maintains and nurtures a family environment in a safe community of experienced teachers and staff who know and care about each student.


Kentfield Campus
835 College Ave
(415) 457-8811

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

College of Marin
David Wain Coon, Ed.D
Marin Community College District
835 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904

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

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.