Marin County Schools
Ross Public School

Once you have made the decision to move to Marin County, there are many things you will need to consider. If you have school age children, understanding the Marin County schools and finding one that is a good fit for your child(ren) and your family is at the top of the list.



Marin County Schools

Marin County School Scores from

Just take a quick peak at the map above and you will notice a lot of “blue” pins, signifying a State Ranking of 9 or 10 for our schools. That should come as no surprise as Marin County has a tradition of providing excellent educational opportunities for its youth.

Please click here for individual school API scores and State Ranking for all Marin County Public Schools. 

You will note that the latest available Academic Performance Index (API) reports and State Rankings date back to 2013. It is because in 2014, the California State Board of Education (SBE) approved not to calculate the API for local educational agencies and schools for the 2014 and 2015 academic years. As a result, the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Academic Performance Index (API) reports will not be produced.

Here is how California schools have been rated/ranked:

  1. The State Rank is determined by a school’s API Score in comparison to all other schools in California. (1 is the worst, 10 is the best). An equal number of schools occupy each rank. This rank comes from the 2013 California Academic Performance Index (API) Growth report.
  2. The API Score is a number between 200 and 1000 that reflects a school’s or school district’s performance on statewide student assessments administered in 2013.
  3. Alternative Schools receive APIs but do not receive ranks
  4. Parent Education is the average of all responses where “1” represents “Not a high school graduate” and “5” represents “Graduate school.”
  5. Ratings are based on the California Department of Education’s 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index (API). The school information was last updated May, 2014.
  6. More information: 2012-13 Academic Performance Index Reports Information Guide (PDF; 629KB; 65pp.)

The California department of education has just announced at the beginning of 2017 a new website that includes school rankings on state and local criteria. Here’s the link: The Dashboard is being field tested before full implementation in fall 2017. The Dashboard’s design and features will be changed over time based on user feedback. Reports included in the field test are based on the latest state data available as of fall 2016. Future versions of the Dashboard will be published annually each fall and will incorporate the most recent available data.



Schools in Marin County offer something for everyone…small, large, public, private, Montessori, Waldorf, French…in all likelihood, you’ll find what you are seeking.


According to the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE), there are seventy six public school belonging to nineteen school districts in the County: two unified (K-12,) fifteen elementary ((K-8,) and two high school districts (9-12.) The public schools are well-regarded and rank very highly year after year in comparison to schools throughout California.

Here is a link to the Marin County Office of Education Services and Programs Guide for 2016-2017 which is chock full of great information on the districts on service and programs and includes links to all the school districts in Marin County.

However all schools were not created equal in Marin County and each one will suit your child’s individual needs differently. I have compiled comprehensive information on all the school districts and schools in Marin County. For an online tour of any of these schools and detailed information on registration, school location and much more, click on the respective link.

If you have just moved to Marin and have small children, take a minute and call your local school district office to let them know that you have moved into the community and give the names, address and ages of your children to help them prepare and plan for their arrival in our classrooms,

If you are not sure in which school district your house is, please call the Marin County Assessor’s Office at 415-499-7215, give them your street address and ask them to verify the official school district for your location. Here are the district names and telephone numbers:

  • Bolinas-Stinson Union School District 415-868-1603
  • Dixie School District 415-492-3700
  • Kentfield School District 415-458-5130
  • Laguna Joint School District 707-762-6051
  • Lagunitas School District 415-488-4118
  • Larkspur-Corte Madera School District 415-927-6960 Ext. 3202
  • Lincoln School District 707-763-0045
  • Mill Valley School District 415-389-7700
  • Nicasio School District 415-662-2184
  • Novato Unified School District 415-897-4201
  • Reed Union School District 415-381-1112
  • Ross School District 415-457-2705
  • Ross Valley School District 415-454-2162
  • San Rafael City Schools 415-492-3200
  • Sausalito Marin City School District 415-332-3190
  • Shoreline Unified School District 707-878-2266
  • Tamalpais Union High School District 415-945-3600
  • Union Joint School District 707-762-2047


In addition, Marin is home to many prestigious private schools. Here is the link to the comprehensive Marin Magazine Private School Guide. 

According to a article, has come out with its 2017 rankings of the top 100 private high schools in America as well as the top 100 private high schools in California. Twenty-three California schools made the list of the 100 best private high schools in the United States, including our very own Branson School. Out of the Golden State’s top 100 schools ranked by the site, the majority were near the San Francisco or Los Angeles metro areas. And three were in Marin County.

The Branson School, Ross (7th best in California, 23rd best in America)

Marin Academy, San Rafael (32nd best in California)

San Domenico School, San Anselmo (48th best in California).




You may click on one of the cities below to view a comprehensive list of all public and private schools that are available in the area.


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