Fairfax Schools

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Fairfax is an eclectic and environmentally conscious town is surrounded by beautiful countryside.  Community commitment to ecology includes two ‘green' public schools and one ‘green' private school.

Elementary and Middle School District

Ross Valley School district



High School District

Tamalpais Union High School District



Brookside Elementary School

Lower Campus

116 Butterfield Road

San Anselmo, CA  94960

(415) 453-2948


Grades K-2



California Distinguished School 1995

Housed on two sites, Butterfield Road campus serves primary grades

The curriculum follows a "project based learning" strategy engaging students in real world projects and draws from a childs inherent drive to learn.

Child care is available for children at the lower campus.


Brookside Elementary School

Upper Campus

46 Green Valley Court

San Anselmo, CA  94960

(415) 454-7409


Grades 3-5



A California Distinguished School in 1995, the Brookside School community is committed to providing a program of academic excellence, cultural richness, social, emotional, and physical development that encourages children to reach their full potential.  Students are encouraged to respect diversity and think critically.

The second site for Brookside Elementary, the Green Valley Court campus serves the upper elementary grades.  Childcare is available at the lower campus for all grades.


Manor Elementary School

250 Oak Manor Drive

Fairfax,, CA  94930

(415) 453-1544


Grades K-5



Manor Elementary academics are emphasized, balanced with character building, in a learning environment where students feel safe.  Childcare is offered through the YMCA and special support is available for students needing English as a second language instruction.  This school is a Certified Green Business by the County of Marin


Wade Thomas Elementary School

150 Ross Ave.

San Anselmo, CA  94960

(415) 454-4603


Grades K-5



A California Distinguished School 1989 and 1997, the school provides a comprehensive learning experience based on best practices and creative teaching, challenging the students to think critically, analyze situations and find creative solutions.  Academics are accompanied by the arts as well.

In 2006, the school was ranked in the top 10% of schools in California in similar grade range.


White Hill Middle School

101 Glen Drive

Fairfax, CA  94930


Grades 6-8



A California Distinguished School in 2001, The White Hill program offers academic challenge and breadth of opportunity through its core educational program, enrichment and elective classes, and student activities program. Specialized credentialed teachers teach students fine arts, foreign language, and physical education.


Sir Francis Drake High School

1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

San Anselmo, CA  94960

(415) 453-8770


Grades 9-12



California Distinguished School

Identified by the US Department of Education as a New American High School

Emphasis on College Prep program, but provides for all levels of ability and interest.

This school is a Certified Green Business by the County of Marin

Tamiscal High Schoool-Alternative

305 Doherty Drive

Larkspur, CA 94939


Grades 9-12



Tamiscal is a small independent high school in the Tamalpais Union High School District.  The program allows students to earn a high school diploma but may not provide necessary courses for university entrance.  Some university required courses may need to be fulfilled elsewhere.


San Andreas High School-Alternative/Continuation

599 William Ave.

Larkspur, CA  94939

(415) 945-3770


Grades 9-12



Serves students with difficulties in the large school setting.





Cascade Canyon School

2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Fairfax, CA  94930

(415) 459-3464



Grades K-8



The school offers an integrated K-8 program with small classes and strong teacher/student relationships.  The programs focus on academic skills, problem solving, and critical thinking.  This school is a Certified Green Business by the County of Marin.


Saint Rita School

102 Marinda Drive

Fairfax, CA  94930

(415) 456-1003



Grades K-8



St. Rita promotes a strong academic program with a values centered, Christian-based education.  Part of the San Francisco Archdiocese, the school offers extended daycare and a preschool program.