My husband accepted a job in San Rafael. We will be moving in June from the Midwest. We are looking into Petaluma, San Rafael, or Novato to live. We have 3 kids so schools are important . I think we may choose Petaluma. I keep reading wonderful things about it. Rental homes seem to be a little cheaper there or am I mistaken? We don't want to go over $3,000 per month for rent. We have 1 dog and 2 cats. Can we get a 3-4 bedroom home for that amount in those areas? I have been looking on here and craiglist. It's all very overwhelming.
Help this misguided Midwestern. Thanks... more
In June the Independent Journal published how the Marin schools fared in the Academic Performance Index report released by the California Department of Education. Nearly a third ranked in the top 10%. You can see these online on their site or with the California Department of Education. There are 7 elementary schools, two, Glenwood at 901 and Sun Valley at 918, scoring in the 900's, Davidson Middle scoring in the low 800's, then San Rafael High at 761 and Terra Linda High at 812 (Redwood at 899, Tamalpais at 853 and Drake at 857). So, it depends upon where in San Rafael you want to buy. For example, I have a listing at 225 Ridgewood Drive (www.225RidgewoodDr.com) which is in the Sun Valley School district. Sun Valley scored 918 out of 1000, which is great.
I would be happy to discuss this with you. Some folks buy in one area, then move when their children get to high school age, or move into the Terra Linda High district which scores higher than San Rafael. Or there are other options. It also depends upon your buying price point. Please call me if you wish and leave your contact info if I don't answer. Carol Dean, Frank Howard Allen, Greenbrae, 415-925-3294, 415-250-4187 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.... more
Hi Jeff. I would recommending visiting http://www.greatschools.org as a starting point for your research. You can also contact the school in the area you are considering and see if they are holding an open day. This gives you a real insight into whether the school will fit with your child's development.
Mixed. Elementary schools have two better districts, Dixie and Glenwood, with Dixie also having a good middle school in Miller Creek. The high school is probably the fifth-ranked, if you go by test scores. But it is important to know that this is compared to the rest of the county. When compared to the state, there aren't any schools that don't do well. As for private schools, there is a wide range: Montessori, quite a few Catholic schools, Waldorf. Marin Academy high school is one of the most highly regarded schools in the Bay Area. San Rafael is also home of the Dominican University.... more