Schools: San Anselmo
Ross Valley School District
Brookside Elementary (K-5)
Manor Elementary (K-5)
Wade Thomas Elementary (K-5)
White Hill (6-8)
Cheryl Crawley, 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. Parent participation is encouraged through parent clubs, PTAs, school site councils, district ad-hoc committees, volunteer work at the schools and ongoing dialogue. Parents, community members and local businesses support the schools through a parcel assessment, bond measures and contributions to the YES Foundation. The YES Foundation provides supplemental funding for district programs, such as art, music and technology as well as after school enrichment classes and musical theater.
Brookside 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.
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.
San Domenico High School
1500 Butterfield Road
San Domenico is located on a spectacular 515-acre campus, set in a lovely natural environment of hills, trees, and creeks in San Anselmo. Since 1850, the all girls' San Domenico Upper School has offered generations of young women a distinctive education and unique opportunity to develop their creativity and passions while exploring new interests. At San Domenico, each young woman takes personal responsibility for her academic preparation for college and for lifelong growth in partnership with a caring faculty. San Domenico?s blend of traditional and innovative college preparatory curricula teaches the essential habits of mind and prepares young women for leadership roles. Because they are a small school, they concentrate on the unique gifts of each individual in a community where support for one another is highly valued. The teacher to student ratio is 8 to 1, but the level of interaction and engagement with each other is 1 to 1. Here each student is engaged every day in her education.
San Domenico Lower- Middle School
1500 Butterfield Road
San Domenico is located on a spectacular 515-acre campus, set in a lovely natural environment of hills, trees, and creeks in San Anselmo.
Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
San Domenico engages its students with a unique education, unparalleled in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally established in 1850 by the Dominican Sisters in Monterey, San Domenico has for generations understood the importance of inspiring its students to enter into a broader community ready to make a difference. By providing contemporary and innovative academic training in an independent Dominican Catholic school rich in tradition, we offer a distinctive learning opportunity, one which touches every aspect of a child's development.
The move to Middle School is a significant step for San Domenico students. The rigorous, integrated curriculum challenges students to think critically, problem-solve, communicate clearly, write effectively, and listen attentively. Classes enable students to form connections between subjects and ideas, while drawing new conclusions about the interrelated nature of education.
St. Anselm Elementary
40 Belle Avenue
St. Anselm School is a community of faith in the Catholic tradition. Through a collaborative partnership with both the parent and parish community, they are committed to the growth and development of the whole child. They provide an engaging, challenging, and comprehensive academic program. St. Anselm School is an educational community that emphasizes the spiritual, intellectual, and personal development of students. They complement the home in developing the whole child, instilling in each student a love for God and His Church. They foster an enthusiasm for lifelong learning and an aspiration to academic excellence. St. Anselm School encourages appreciation for the intrinsic value of life, a respect for the dignity of others, and a commitment to social justice. St. Anslem School promotes in each of their students a positive self-image while inspiring them to work collaboratively and be responsible citizens.
835 College Ave
Indian Valley Campus
1800 Ignacio Blvd
College of Marin
Frances L White, Ph.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.
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.