San Ramon Elementary is the epicenter of kids' activities in the close-knit San Marin neighorhood of Novato, just at the southern foot of Mount Burdell. Since 1968, the school has achieved high academic standards and taught kids who generally move onto Sinaloa Middle School and San Marin High School. The school is one of eight elementary schools in the district. It is composed of clusters with seven classrooms in each, plus a common learning space in the middle. Additionally, there is a separate kindergarten cluster with two classrooms and a common work area. The school lacks a multiuse room or gymnasium. The staff is composed of 28 credentialed teachers. A part-time credentialed librarian and a full-time library clerk work with teachers by grade level. Its API index for the 2009-2010 academic year was 854. The state has set 800 as the score schools should strive to meet. As of the 2009-2010 school year, the ethnic breakdown of the student body included 60.9% whites, 27.7% Hispanics, 7% Asian Americans and 3% African-Americans. Eighteen percent of the students are considered English language learners; the district average per school is 21%.