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San Rafael Schools

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Marin County's oldest city is San Rafael.  Located 12 miles north of San Francisco, the multicultural community offers a variety of educational styles from which to choose with fifteen public schools and more than ten private schools.  San Rafael is also home to Dominican University of California.


The Dixie School District oversees elementary and middle schools while the

San Rafael City Schools administers elementary, middle school, and high schools, including a continuation high school, and an independent study high school.


Dixie School District


San Rafael City School District


Bahia Vista Elementary School

125 Bahia Way

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 485-2415


Grades: K-5


Bahia Vista School has a multicultural student body.  On-site services include additional educational support and childcare.


Coleman Elementary School

800 Belle Ave

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 485-2420

Grades: K-5


Coleman Elementary School maintains an enrichment center with a focus on art, science and music.   Childcare is offered along with after-school enrichment classes and family support services.


Dixie Elementary School

1175 Idylberry Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 492-3730


Grades: K-5


Dixie School was named a California Distinguished School in 2002 and a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004.  A childcare facility is maintained by The City of San Rafael.


Glenwood Elementary School

25 West Castlewood Drive

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 485-2430

Grades: K-5


A California Distinguished School in 1998, Glenwood Elementary is also a National Blue Ribbon School.  In 2006, the school was placed in the top 10% of schools with a comparable grade range.

Laurel Dell Elementary School

225 Woodland Ave

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 485-2317


Grades: K-5


Though a small school, grant funding provides for after school activities, including tutoring.


Mary E. Silveira Elementary School

375 Blackstone Drive

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 492-3741


Grades: K-5


In 2000, the school was named a California Distinguished School.

Many after-school classes are offered in a variety of subjects and daycare at the school is available.

San Pedro Elementary School

498 Point San Pedro Road

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 485-2450


Grades: K-5


A diverse population is served at San Pedro Elementary.  Grant funding provides after school programs.


Sun Valley Elementary School

75 Happy Lane

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 485-2440


Grades: K-5


Named a California Distinguished School in 1997, the school is located adjacent to open spaces.  In 2006, students scored above state averages in all subjects of proficiency.


Vallecito School

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 492-3750


Grades: K-5


Designated as a California Distinguished School in 1993 and again in 2006, the school ranks in the top 10% of California schools having a similar grade range.  After school care is offered for a fee.


Venetia Valley School

177 North San Pedro Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 492-3150


Grades: K-8


The recently renovated school was named a California Distinguished School in 1995.  In addition to the core curriculum, students in grades 6-8 are offered courses in physical education, band, technology, and drama.


Davidson Middle School

280 Woodland Ave

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 485-2400


Grades: 6-8


Davidson is a three-time California Distinguished School (1988, 1990, and 1994) with challenging academic programs including special programs for GATE students, ELL students and Special Day students.

Miller Creek Middle School

2255 Las Gallinas Ave

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 492-3760


Grades: 6-8


Miller Creek Middle School maintains rigorous academic standards, and is a three time California Distinguished School, most recently in 2005.  The Miller Creek Home and School Club supports many school-wide enrichment activities.


San Rafael High School

185 Mission Ave

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 485-2330


Grades: 9-12


The curriculum at San Rafael provides college preparatory instruction, with honors/advanced placement in the academic disciplines.  San Rafael High School also offers vocational courses in technology, business, and industrial arts.


Terra Linda High School

320 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 492-3100


Grades: 9-12

In 2005, Terra Linda High School was designated as a California Distinguished School.  A variety of elective classes, advanced placement classes, and vocational programs are offered.  In 2006, a new performing arts hall was opened.  Over 90% of graduates enter post-secondary educational institutions.


Madrone Continuation High School

150 Lovell Ave

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 485-2435


Grades: 10-12

Madrone Continuation High School offers a diploma through alternative secondary education.  Though facilities are shared with San Rafael High School, Madrone operates as a separate school.


Oracle Independent Study

4380 Redwood Highway

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 491-0792


Grades: 9-12

Oracle is an independent study program for students whose needs reach outside the traditional high school environment.   A state-approved curriculum is individualized to the needs of the student.   Enrollment in community college or ROP is also encouraged.

San Rafael Private Schools

San Rafael is home to some of the finest private schools in Marin County.


Brandeis Hillel Day School

180 North San Pedro Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

Phone:  (415) 472-1833



Grades: K-8


The rigorous curriculum at Brandeis includes a strong foundation in core academics with an emphasis on reading, writing, reading, and public speaking; mathematics; science; social studies; Hebrew; and Judaic studies. Brandeis shares its campus with the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center and Congregation Rodef Sholom.



Dunham Academy

1 St. Vincent Drive

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 491-4700



Grades: K-8

Academically selective

Dunham Academy is a selective school with curriculum designed to meet the needs of academically talented students. Admission is competitive.  The Academy operates on a year-round calendar, and is opened extended hours as a convenience to parents.

Leebil Learning Center

1411 Lincoln Ave

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 454-6618



Grades: 7-12


Leebil Learning Center is a special education school serving students with a variety of learning disabilities.


Marin Academy

1600 Mission Avenue

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 453-4550



Grades: 9-12


Marin Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory high school with a comprehensive academic program.  Completion of 3 years of a world language is a graduation requirement, available choices include French, Spanish, and Japanese.  Over 99% of Marin Academy students attend four-year colleges, including Duke, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. The County of Marin has certified Marin Academy High School as a Green Business.


Marin Waldorf School

755 Idylberry Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 479-8190



Grades: Preschool-8

Waldorf education offers a complex and diverse program, celebrating academic excellence and cultivating artistic expression.   Students remain with their teacher throughout the grades.  Although there is no standardized testing, seventh grade students at Marin Waldorf begin practicing for SAT placement.


Montessori de Terra Linda

620 Del Ganado Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 479-7373



Grades: Preschool-6

Montessori de Terra Linda is associated with the Association Montessori Internationale. The school offers a Montessori education for children ages 6-12 in three program levels.  Outdoor education, After School Enrichment classes and Summer Camp programs are also available.

Saint Isabella Elementary School

1 Trinity Way

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 479-3727



Grades: K-8

St. Isabella's integrates technology into the curriculum throughout the grades.  Extended Day offers all students before and after school care that has planned activities and homework time. The school strives to provide a solid foundation for the spiritual, psychological and academic development of its students.


Saint Marks School

39 Trellis Drive

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 472-8000


Grades: K-8

St. Marks offers a challenging academic program with emphasis on the arts, physical education and world languages.  The core academics are coupled with the Seven Pillars of Character: honesty, caring, fairness, responsibility, courage, respect, and citizenship with a goal of combining the best of what is progressive and traditional.


Saint Raphael School

1100 Fifth Ave

San Rafael, CA 94901

(415) 454-4455



Grades: K-8


Founded in 1889, the school is one of California's original mission school, as part of the Mission San Rafael.  St. Raphael is fully accredited and includes religious instruction as directed by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  Diverse after-school classes are also available.


Timothy Murphy School

1 St. Vincent Drive

San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 499-7616


Special education for boys

Grades: 2-12

Timothy Murphy School provides special education services to boys ages 7 to 18 year of age addressing academic, behavioral and life skills.  It is, predominately, a residential program, although some day students are accepted.  Transitional High School classes are held at Terra Linda High School for those ready to re-enter a public school environment.





Dominican University of California

San Rafael is home to the campus of the Dominican University of California, an independent Catholic university.  Founded in 1890, the school offers more than 60 programs.