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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%.
Hill Middle School (Closed)
720 Diablo Ave, Novato, CA 94947

Built in 1953, Hill was the oldest middle school in Novato before it was closed in June 2011 because of budget andMore enrollment reasons. All students who used to attend Hill or were slated to become Hill students are being sent to Sinaloa, San Jose or Hamilton Meadow Park at the start of the 2011-12 school year.

Hill included students from all eight neighborhood elementary schools, providing a diverse student body. It was the closest middle school to the downtown area, located at the junction of Hill and Diablo Roads. Hill had an enrollment of about 660 students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Hill's 808 score on the Academic Performance Index was in the middle among the three middle schools in Novato and just above the state recommended target score of 800.

The ethnic makeup of the student body included 52.1 percent whites, 36 percent Hispanics, five percent Asian-American and 4.9 percent black. Students considered English-language learners accounted for 29 percent of the student body, just above the district average of 21 percent. The socioeconomic profile of the student body was below the district median; 44 percent of the students were considered socioeconomically challenged versus the 33 percent median citywide. Forty-three percent of students' parents were college educated, below the district average of 53 percent.