We were really looking forward to start at Marin. The disappointment was huge. You can check almost everything on that school checklist: the school is clean, the library is good, there are pizza and movie nights, PJ days and field trips. What this school lucks is actual teaching. Kids in 2nd grade did not get ANY homework till end of October, handful of HW for the whole year. Whatever assignment kids did get was inadequate for the grade level. A week or so before the STAR test the teacher started showing them SOME things, but what can they get in ONE week?! We are going over math using Singapore Mathematics on our own, with language disaster. The motto is No Stress not sure if that s for kids or for teachers. Apparently no stress comes with no teaching . All parents I know do heavy extracurricular activities. It really depends on what you are looking for; this school is not about academics. On a positive note - lots of social events, lots of volunteers.
The best school in the East Bay. Outstanding teachers, great students, excellent science/math/chess/music programs, and involved parents.
This school has a sweet community and dedicated staff who try really hard with the limited funding available. Unfortunately, there has been unnecessary administrative turnover and the district seems to have an agenda that I believe is not in the students' best interest. However, in terms of public schools in the east bay, any of the 3 elementary schools in Albany are still a great option.
I think that the third grade is the best because the teachers are the best and I love the computer and card club in Room 3. All the teachers are great and I love the playgrounds. I also love that my friends at Marin come from countries all over the world. Happy Marin Student
I love Marin school because the teachers are wonderful! I couldn't ask for a better community of parents and kids. My child is so happy to be attending Marin school.
Unfortunately, Marin and Albany schools seem to have a better reputation than they deserve. We've had 2 kids at Marin, including one just finishing up there. We think the quality of the teachers is uneven - there are some great teachers, and some pretty poor ones. With the great ones our kids had pretty good years. With the others, those were the years the kid hated going to school. We've also seen that if a kid is ahead of their grade in something, there's not much the teachers do to keep them interested - they mostly teach to the 'average' kid. For such a small district there seems to be some nasty politics sometimes, like with the debate going on about the crazy schedules in K-3. The school community is OK, though compared with what we hear from other schools and districts there's a lot more interaction between families elsewhere.
Marin Elementary is a wonderful school. The teacher are commited to the students. My daughter, Julianna, had a very positive experience during the three year she attended this elementary school. The teacher were very focused on helping her succeed at her studies. Ms. Kubicki and Mr. Schauffler, her fifth grade teacher also kept each parent informed of class studies and activities thru monthly newsletters and emails. Ms. Wong, the science teacher, made science interesting this year for Julianna. The art teacher had her work displayed at a nearby Art Studio which really boost my daugher's self esteem. The visual performing arts teacher helped develop each student's public speaking. The new principal, Ms. Hornada, assisted me in helping my child receive academic assistance. Also, the school secretary and office staff have been very kind to my child. I would highly recommend this school.
I agree 100% reviewer from June 2003. We had a similar experance. We have not had a very positive experience at all with the whole Albany School District.
From the teachers to the principal to the volunteers, this is a wonderful program. I picked Albay after a divorce which found my ex-wife relocating to Berkeley. I did all the research I could and landed in Albany as a result. I do wish they had a little more in the area of sports but am planning on helping out to get something going when my little guy gets a little older. High marks all the way!
Excellent school. Academically strong, teacher involvement high and music program excellent. Parent involvement similar to private schools - lots. Although it is public it feels like a private school with all the support both academically and parent/teacher.
Marin Elementary is a wonderful school. Our daughter has been a student there for three years and we feel fortunate to be part of the community. The teachers are dedicated and nurturing, and the academic standards are high. Our daughter is engaged in learning. She enjoys school and is challenged by the work. The parent community is active and creative, and the student body is diverse and international. The teachers make an effort to include experiential learning in the curriculm via field trips and class projects. It is an all-around terrific school!
It is a great school with small group activity. Parents are involved in a lot of work.
Marin Elementary is an exceptional school because of the parent participation and the veteran teacher staff. The Principal, Ms. Rothchild provides leadership and structure. She is amazingly involved and dedicated. She even knows when your child is running low on lunch tickets because she likes to keep up on things. To get a home in Albany, you have to pay a ridiculous amount of money for a small, small house. The only reason people around here are willing to do it is because they put their childrens' education first. They volunteer and are an amazingly dedicated community.
Our family genuinely feels at home at Marin. Both my children have learned in leaps and bounds, and the teachers have consistently impressed me. The parent involvement is unparallelled in enthusiasm and creativity.
My daughter previously attended elementary school in Piedmont, which we think very highly of. So far we have also been very impressed with the quality of teachers, staff and the overall program at Marin. While Piedmont's schools may better funded overall, Marin elementary also offers extremely dedicated, well-trained teachers, compassionate staff and a very supportive and active parent community much like Piedmont's. Based on our experience so far, the elementary schools are very similar in many ways and we feel very fortunate that our child has had such a great public school educational experience.
Marin School has been a great source of satisfaction in our family's life. My children genuinely enjoy school and feel happy and at peace in the school environment. The school has high expectations for its teachers- they are all excellent and the teachers receive a lot of support from the principal and parents. I've heard many compare Marin to a 'private school' in that there are rarely kids with big behavior problems, children and families show up ready to learn and parents are committed to providing their children with a great education. Like any public school Marin has had to add many PTA fundraisers to help keep staff positions and programs cut by the District, but the fundraisers are well organized, pain-free(e.g. book sales, parent's night out)and quite effective in raising funds. Parents are stronlgy encouraged to give of their time and those that can get involved experience a real sense of community!
I am very impressed with the creative energy and dedication the teachers have at Marin. There is also a very dedicated group of parents that make Marin a wonderful place to send your children.Marin has music, band, art, poetry, Spanish language (optional) a reading specialist,science teacher for 4th and 5th. special assemblies, class gardens, many off site field trips and many more rich programs. It has been a very rewarding school for both my children.
In spite of the budget squeeze that all CA schools are feeling, Marin Elementary has strong parent support that enables the school to continue to offer extracurriculars to add to the students' days. The teachers are extrememly committed.
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