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Marin Elementary School

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Posted July 18, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2011

The best school in the East Bay. Outstanding teachers, great students, excellent science/math/chess/music programs, and involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2010

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


Posted September 16, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2007

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2006

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2004

It is a great school with small group activity. Parents are involved in a lot of work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2004

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2003

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2003

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2003

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

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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This school's
API score

932

Change from
2012 to 2013

+6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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API score

932

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2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Females90%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state95%

Math

All Students95%
Females95%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learner80%
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Females74%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to state73%

Math

All Students84%
Females82%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner65%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students87%
Females90%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability82%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner59%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state90%

Math

All Students80%
Females83%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability73%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner65%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to state82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students85%
Females85%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate62%
Parent education - declined to state94%

Math

All Students81%
Females74%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to state84%

Science

All Students84%
Females79%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian71%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to state90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 53%
Asian 19%
Two or more races 14%
Hispanic 12%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/AN/A
English language learners 17%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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