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Sinaloa Middle School
2045 Vineyard Rd, Novato, CA 94947
Situated northwest of Novato's downtown area, Sinaloa is the primary feeder school for nearby San Marin High School. TheMore two schools opened in 1968 to serve a growing population clustered off main thoroughfares such as San Marin Drive, Center Road, Vineyard Road and Novato Boulevard. One of two area middle schools, it had about 850 students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades partly because of the closure of Hill Middle School in June 2011. The attractive 25-acre campus has a creek running through the grounds. Its 871 score on the Academic Performance Index is tops among the middle schools and well above the state recommended target score of 800.
San Ramon Elementary School
45 San Ramon Way, Novato, CA 94945
San Ramon Elementary is the epicenter of kids' activities in the close-knit San Marin neighorhood of Novato, just at theMore 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%.
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
755 Sutro Ave, Novato, CA 94947

Pleasant Valley is Novato's westernmost elementary school, serving families that live in an area of the same nameMore plus Marin Highlands and Wildhorse Valley as well as subdivisions off Center Road and Vineyard Road. Kids generally move onto Sinaloa Middle School and San Marin High School.

The school is one of eight neighborhood elementary schools in the Novato Unified School District. Built in 1965 on a 12-acre property, Pleasant Valley has a multipurpose room, a library, a staff lounge, a computer lab and three playgrounds.

The school has 18 teachers, a resource specialist, a speech and language specialist, a part-time library media specialist, music teacher and a physical education teacher.

Pleasant Valley's API index for the 2009-2010 academic year was 880, second in the district behind Rancho's 947. 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 79.6 percent whites, 11.3 percent Hispanics, 5.7 percent Asian Americans and 2.7 percent African Americans. Five percent of the students are considered English language learners, well under the 21 percent district average.

The socioeconomic status of the families in the Pleasant Valley area is the second highest in Novato, just behind Rancho, according to district statistics (socioeconomically disadvantaged students are those receiving free or reduced lunch or when neither parent is a high school graduate). Only nine percent of the kids are categorized as socioeconomically disadvantaged, with 32.9 percent being the district average. In addition, 74 percent of the parents surveyed had college degrees, well above the district average of 53 percent.

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