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Can purchasing (or renting) a home near a top rated public elementary school grant us entry into that school? (considering Ross, Burlingame, or MV)

Asked by family on the move, Bainbridge Island, WA Tue Apr 20, 2010

Not sure how it works in Northern California. This is a hot topic in many places and now that we are considering a move, I need to understand this. Again, we are interested in near if not walking distance to the best schools in the Ross, Burlingame/ Hillsborough and Mill Valley areas. Any advice will be much appreciated!

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Margaret G Wynne (dre# 00578933)’s answer
The answer is YES. You should make sure you are in the school district before you make an offer.
Example. In Ross parts of Kentfield are in the Ross School District.
Be careful.
Ask you Agent and check with the school of your choice.
You will love having you children walk to school. Good choice on your part. I did just that with three young boys while living in Ross. Best thng I ever did for me and for them.

Margaret Wynne, Bradley Real Estae , Marin County, Marin County Real Estate Agent with many years of experience. Contact: margyburkewynn@aol.com # 415-461-1306
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The answer is YES. You should make sure you are in the school district before you make an offer.
Example. In Ross parts of Kentfield are in the Ross School District.
Be careful.
Ask you Agent and check with the school of your choice.
You will love having you children walk to school. Good choice on your part. I did just that with three young boys while living in Ross. Best thng I ever did for me and for them.

Margaret Wynne, Bradley Real Estae , Marin County, Marin County Real Estate Agent with many years of experience. Contact: margyburkewynn@aol.com # 415-461-1306
Here to help you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 7, 2012
The answer is YES. You should make sure you are in the school district before you make an offer.
Example. In Ross parts of Kentfield are in the Ross School District.
Be careful.
Ask you Agent and check with the school of your choice.
You will love having you children walk to school. Good choice on your part. I did just that with three young boys while living in Ross. Best thng I ever did for me and for them.

Margaret Wynne, Bradley Real Estae , Marin County, Marin County Real Estate Agent with many years of experience. Contact: margyburkewynn@aol.com # 415-461-1306
Here to help you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 7, 2012
The answer is YES. You should make sure you are in the school district before you make an offer.
Example. In Ross parts of Kentfield are in the Ross School District.
Be careful.
Ask you Agent and check with the school of your choice.
You will love having you children walk to school. Good choice on your part. I did just that with three young boys while living in Ross. Best thng I ever did for me and for them.

Margaret Wynne, Bradley Real Estae , Marin County, Marin County Real Estate Agent with many years of experience. Contact: margyburkewynn@aol.com # 415-461-1306
Here to help you.
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Hello. I have lived in Ross and raised my three sons there. You must live in Ross and parts of Kentfield to send your children to the Ross Grammer School;. I can tell you from personal experience this is a great place to raise children. The school is excellent with small class rooms and good teachers.This is a small town with around 2,000 families. You can walk to town , transportation to S.F.
Parks , tennis , bike paths all near by. Both public and private high schools. Marin County Residential Real Estate experienc for 30 Years. Would enjoy showing you all around Marin and Ross.
margyburkewynn@aol.com .Bradley Real Estate of Marin. 415-461-1306 Direct line.
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@ Stephanie: Thanks for the correction! Best, Steve
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Dear Family,
I live and work in Ross, and my children attend Ross School. Much of the advice you have received is correct. However, Steve of Fremont mistakenly sent you the incorrect school district for Ross. We are Ross School District, NOT Ross Valley School District. Ross School District is for Ross residents and residents of certain parts of Kentfield. It does not have an enrollment crisis. In fact, we just built a beautiful new school. It is a single school district, K-8 on one campus, and a California distinguished school. Ross Valley School District covers San Anselmo and Fairfax and some smaller communities in West Marin.

In Mill Valley, you are not guaranteed your nearest school, but it is a factor used in determining placement. And my friends and clients who have children in Mill Valley schools tell me that most children eventually are able to transfer to their nearest school even if it is initially full.

I recommend the website http://www.greatschools.net -- very useful school information. On my website, http://www.stephanielamarre.com, I have links to that site and many others to guide you in your school search.

As a specialist in Ross and Mill Valley, I would be happy to answer any questions you have or assist you in your home search. Kind regards,
Stephanie
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 30, 2010
To piggy back on expanding your home search in Marin, The District publishes a School Guide with the rating of each school. It is in a PDF form to print: just copy and past this web address and it should get you right to the report: http://mcoeweb.marin.k12.ca.us/es/PubSchGuide/SchoolsGuide.pdf

If that does not work for some reason, go to http://www.marinschools.com and click on "Schools of Marin"

Good Luck!
Liz
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 20, 2010
Hello Family!
You have lots of good advice below. All the school districts have different processes by which students enroll. To speak more precisely about Mill Valley, where we live and work, We just checked with them again and they said the process is that you register with the school district at the Mill Valley Middle School, and they try to get your children in the school nearest your home. A lot of it depends on how old your children are and how many students are in those corresponding classes. At Old Mill Elementary, (a great elementary school, by the way) the principal tells us that if a family does have to wait it is usually not for more than a year. Some children can get in right away. But the important thing is to check with the school district to ask them directly, and ask specifically about your children and how full their classes are. The website for the school district is http://www.mvschools.org

Tristan is also correct that you may want to widen your search as there are great schools in a few other areas of Marin as well. We hope that helps! If you need any help in Mill Valley or Ross we would be happy to answer any questions and show you around. Kevin and Jovana Keyser - Keyser Homes- 415-763-5190.
Web Reference: http://www.keyserhomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 20, 2010
Dear Family,
It will grant you entry....IF....the home is withing the School District boundaries. Call the school and ask for a district boundaries map, and be absolutely sure before you purchase. The district boundaries have to do with taxes and how the district recieves funds to operate.
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Hi "family on the move",

The various School Districts are the ultimate source for guidance regarding your question. "Pupil Services" normally can address your question. Geographic proximity does not guarantee attendance to the closest school, and in some cases it can take years for a child to attend their neighborhood school. I have a friend who lives across the street from her neighborhood school and for the third year in a row she is sending her child to private school. Be sure to ask how long the waiting list is at each school you are interested in.

Below are the websites of the school districts you will be looking in:

Ross Valley School District: http://www.rossvalleyschools.org/
(Currently experiencing an "enrollment growth crisis)

Burlingame School District: http://www.bsd.k12.ca.us/
By Street Attendance List: http://www.bsd.k12.ca.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=4411…

Mountain View School District: http://www.mvwsd.k12.ca.us/
By Street Attendance List: http://www.mvwsd.org/images/Enrollment/street%20directory%20…
Attendance Map: http://www.mvwsd.org/images/doc/EnrollmentInfo/map07_08.pdf

You will also want to check the performance of the schools. You can do this by visiting this site:
http://api.cde.ca.gov/reports/page2.asp?subject=API&leve…
Look for the “2009 Growth API Report - List of Schools in the District” to see each school’s relative performance.

Best, Steve
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 20, 2010
Generalizations will misdirect you. Contact the specific school(s), it's just part of the relocation process. As you qualify prospective homes include elementary school performance as a criteria. You'll want to meet your prospective neighbors before you commit to purchase and verifying the school performance is another step in choosing the best environment to raise your children.

Your selection of target communities will likely increase given the quality, character and location of those you've provided. In Marin you'll want to consider at least Tiburon, Larkspur and Kentfield, maybe more.

The link below is to elementary schools. You can move the map about, like south to Hillsborough. You can also include filtered real estate, from the MORE pull-down menu.

Questions??
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 20, 2010
I'd check with the school to verify their boundaries and to make sure they aren't impacted and sending new students to another school.
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Not necessarily. If there are multiple schools within the school district, then there are most likely boundries that the house needs to be in for each school. A house that falls within this area attends here, that area attends there and so on.

You can check the listing to see what schools that particular listing attends and I would also contact the school board and double check to make sure the house your looking at belongs to the school you prefer.
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Make sure the house you are purchasing is not only close to the school you want yourchild to go to, but is in that schools zone. I live a few blocks away from a really great rated school but my kids bus to a good rated school across town zoning, go figure.
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