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699 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Kentfield, CA 94904

(415) 925-2220
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April 25, 2015
I'm passionate about education and couldn't wait for my son (now 8) to attend Bacich. For K & 1st he got devoted, energetic teachers. But his 2d gr teacher was just putting in the time sending us to websites for more math! I heard other parents' complaints and studied Bacich's application of the Common Core curriculum. Hundreds showed up at meetings to contest the low math standards. Read the CCC online. It dumbs down children: schools across the country modify it but Sally Peck refuses. It's totally inadequate given global competition & failing CA schools. But Peck's opposed to ability grouping so the more capable students are bored. After these meetings, Peck's solution: hire a consultant to study the situation. They stopped standardized testing several years ago (convenient for CCC) so there's zero accountability. We parents give over $1M/yr. but they refuse to challenge their brightest kids. Also school lets out every Wednesday at 12:15. Huh? The after school program, Marin Enrichment, is a sad warehouse for children waiting to be picked up. This formerly great school is failing. We transferred to a private school.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2014
Many teachers and parents are doing all they can to ensure the school stays great even through unprecedented growth (over 700 students in a space built for 450). However, the principal has lost all trust from parents, who describe her as all "Teflon" and "spin." Parent concerns are not directly addressed even when a group of over 100 parents come together to flag an area of concern (eg. Abilities based grouping in math) and attempt constructive collaboration with her. Her behavior has been ongoing for the many years we have been in the district, without clear accountability from the School Board or District Leadership. In short, we moved here for the schools and now regret it and advise others to choose other local districts such as Reed, Larkspur-Corte Madera and Dixie. Note though that no Marin districts offer the GATE program, so if you think that is relevant for your child look elsewhere in the Bay Area.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2014
We just transferred from a private school in Marin to Bacich. I cannot tell you how happy we are with the School. I continue to be blown away by the standards of excellence and education. The community of families are amazing. We are so happy to become apart of it.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2014
As a new family at Bacich we were somewhat apprehensive about sending our daughter to Kindergarten here. While it is a big school, we are impressed with the organization of the staff and the high levels of parent involvement. Our daughter loves it!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2014
Must be teachers reviewing this school, as I have yet to speak to a parent who is not considering placing their child in another school (e.g., Brookside, Glenwood). One parent is a prominent realtor who advised me that housing adjacent to Bacich has dropped in value for the first time (even after the bubble burst), although other Marin Housing (e.g., Mill Valley, San Anselmo) continues to rise. Housing value is directly connected to the school district. Pulled both my boys and placed in Marin Country Day and love it. Noticed the declining API score, Bacich is not getting a pass based on exclusivity anymore.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
My child attended this school and I am happy to say that we moved out of this district. I was not impressed with the attitude of some of the teachers and the principal is not hands-on at all. This is a school with a very bad vibe and my child was never made to feel welcome. We are much happier now. There are good schools out there, this is not one of them.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2014
Bacich elementary is a great school! ! Teachers are great, working close with patients. Teacher will let you know how your kid is progressing and what needs to be done if your child is behind. Parents contributions to kick program helps our kids continue with their art and music classes. Those classes are very important in our kids overall development. Overall great school! Great community! Happy to be part of it.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
This school has gotten far too big for an elementary school. While many teachers are wonderful and strive to do there best this school just does not cultivate the community feel that I hear about at other schools in Marin. We are looking to move or enroll in a private school to move our kindergartener out of this large environment. The school also seems behind in some curriculum areas such as technologies compared to Mill Valley and Ross Valley.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
I have loved Bacich School for my three children! It saddens me to read so many negative reviews. In my experience as a former teacher, I often found that the unhappy parents were the "squeaky wheels." Parents who are happy and satisfied don't always speak up because they are content with how things are going. If every parent were required to write a review on this site, I know there would be many more positive reviews. Regarding comments about feeling that the students get an elitist feel attending Bacich, I can say that does NOT come from the teachers or school. That is something that comes from personal home life. Teachers are very humble, caring, and attending to every child. The office staff is warm and welcoming as is the principal. I have been extremely happy with every teacher my children have had! The staff at Bacich work hard to not only teach academics, but to also bring in character education, communication skills, social and emotional education, while creating an engaging environment in which the students feel challenged, cared for, and safe. I cannot say enough positive things about this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
Horrible school! Bad administration! Terrible environment! This school does not embrace children who have learning challenges, it ostracizes them. Steer clear!

- submitted by a community member
December 30, 2013
I've had a son go through grades 2-4 and a daughter in Kindergarten. Overall, we've been very satisfied with teachers ranging from "very good" to one of the best ever. As other's note here, there have been some issues in math. Our son's experience in 4th grade math was very light and basic but I don't blame the school. Bacich aligned with Common Core early and the new math standards are nowhere near what they were before. The same teachers that taught kids scoring well into the advanced terrain were getting probably 30+ points lower teaching CCSS. We did practice tests before the 4th grade STAR test and it was clear that almost all the math our son knew was introduced in third grade while the 4th grade topics were largely untaught because CCSS doesn't expect them of 4th graders. Our daughter had a very nice experience in K taught by a caring teacher in a class of really nice kids,

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2013
Outstanding parent community that is welcoming, inclusive, and constantly seeking to involve all parents in their childrens' education. Incredible PTA and Foundation create a "private school" enrichment experience at a public school. Everything we ever wanted in a suburban K-8 experience after living in NYC and SF. Teachers who live to teach and do so because they want to, not because they have to. SMART teachers - valedictorians, published authors, etc. Amazing specialists. MANY second generation students whose parents wanted their kids to experience what they did. Simply the best educational experience we could ask for our children in Marin, public or private, hands down.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2013
Great families/kids/teachers. Not wowed though hard to believe same school w the stellar reputation. Seems average (test scores slipped; remains to be seen if "core transition" to blame). Worry children aren t receiving necessary foundation to succeed academically beyond the easy early years. Seems like no one will push them to achieve, for fear they will break. Math instruction is light; many kids have their eyes opened in middle school. Do additional math work at home/with private tutors/classes (whatever works for you, as there is very little math-facts homework). Little HW overall, compared to what's expected as they move up through school. Elem & middle school do not seem aligned on the HW issue, despite Principal s insistence they are; she doesn't truly address parent concerns (smiles & cheerleads). Shame. Parent community is amazing involved on campus & very generous, giving tens of thousands in volunteer hours & in dollars to PTA & foundation. Teachers seem caring/prepared/well-meaning; spend many hours in teacher development during school year (each Wed is 1/2 day while teachers in training). Personally, wish kids were the ones in class those hours instead of teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
It looks like the word is out about Bacich. It is so sad to see a school go from an excellent school to a poor school. We have just moved out of state and one of my children was average at Bacich in reading. At this new public school, she is at the absolute bottom of her class. She goes to the schools tutor every day because they want to bring her to "their" grade level. When I see what the kindergarteners are expected to learn at this new school I know why!!! Bacich no longer teaches the kids math and reading and it does not believe in homework. Also the teacher are too business getting "additional training" that they miss up to 30 days a year in the classroom. It is such a shame for the children. They deserve better!!! See Bacich's drop in Star testing results from 2012 to 2013 2013 Results: http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2013/ViewReport.aspx?ps=true&lstTestYear=2013&lstTestType=C&lstCounty=21&lstDistrict=65334-000&lstSchool=6024319&lstGroup=1&lstSubGroup=1 2012 Results: http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2012/ViewReport.aspx?ps=true&lstTestYear=2012&lstTestType=C&lstCounty=21&lstDistrict=65334-000&lstSchool=6024319&lstGroup=1&lstSubGroup=1

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
We specifically moved to this community to attend Bacich and Kent. After several years in the district, we left and have gone private. The administration is not focused on the children or improving or being innovative in their approach to teaching, instead using their energy to pat themselves on the back for what a great job they are doing. This is a not a school that does anything beyond what is absolutely required to address any special needs of the children who attend and if your child is advanced, he/she will be bored out of their minds. They talk about differentiation but I've never seen it done in any effective way. The community is cold and unwelcoming and the school is too big. Lastly, the office staff is rude.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2013
Amazing how the expectations have changed since I was in grammar school. What my kid is NOT learning at Bacich is downright daunting. But, what can you do, the state dictates curriculum to public schools. That aside the school is well kept up, safe and clean. A bit impersonal though, but that is a reflection of the community in general. Just too much time being spent in the classrooms and out, on nonsense that will mean nothing later in life. I would prefer the time my kid is at school, be concentrated on subjects that he will need to enter a venerated university one day. The last time I checked, having full knowledge of the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly was a little less important, than understanding how to apply and problem solve long division and fractions. There are worse schools by far, but what I cough up on the non-stop fund raisers, I could send my kid to a private school. For that amount of scratch, I expect a quasi-private school education.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
My child is in her third year and understand that special attention cannot be applied to each child, but get a flock mentality here. What I do not understand, is that the class sizes are small. Bacich is well known for protecting the Kentfield border and not allowing those in who do not belong if you know what I mean. No complaints there. It is a safe environment, but not sure it is doing any better of a job than the surrounding grammer schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2012
I understand the parents frustration below. I believe the faculty at Bacich okay, not good, not great. I believe the largest problem is that the Teachers have become "pleasers" first and Teachers second. At parent teacher conferences, the teachers seem very nervous, telling the parent what they want to hear and not the true peformance of the student. Teachers take the same approach when grading, fearful of upsetting an influencial parent base and passing out many unmerited high marks. I am unsure if this is pressure from above being pushed down. Because of this, I am nervourous that my child will have a skewed idea of how life works, and the competition that lies ahead; and like the parent below, study excellerated subjects with my child every night. I believe the parents and Teachers must come together, put political correctness aside, and begin the process of responsibly educating these kids. Like is hard. It is possible to allow a child to enjoy their innocant years, however simotaneously expose them to challenging class work, that one day they will be at the top of the list when being considered for Stanford Pre-Med.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
We relocated just a few miles to Kentfield from San Anselmo (SA). Our son was attending Brookside Lower in SA, which was off-the-chart wonderful! We could not pass on a beautiful Victorian in Kentfield, selling far below market value. Having read up on A.G. Bacich, believed we were making a good choice. Boy, were we wrong. What we found, was a self-absorbed faculty who show little interest in teaching a strong core curriculum to children, opting instead for the distractions of social/environmental enhancement. This may make for a fun day , however not preparing our son for the challenges ahead. This goes unchallenged by plastic parents who seem satisfied that their child be simply advanced from grade-to-grade, rather than challenged and made to think outside-the-box for solutions to complex equations. To ensure our child is challenged, my husband and I spend an extra two hours above the derisory example of homework he brings home from Bacich, to ensure he is learning at an acceptable level. How quickly we would run back to Brookside Lower in SA, given the opportunity. I cannot and WILL NOT recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2012
Both of our children spent their entire K-4 in Bacich and we couldn't have been happier with the education they received there.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2012
Our daughter went to Bacich. We put her in at 4 1/2. It was excellent. She went on to Kent, which was also a 5 star school. It was very together, teachers involved. It is a difficult school, but whe was ready for anything after this experience. I would tell any parent to move to this district. We did when she was 3, and we loved it.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
Looks like the truth about Bacich is coming out. My daughter attended here and was not impressed. There was a huge disconnect from the principle, teachers, parents, no community feeling. I went to school in the Midwest, Iowa schools and there was a feeling of family and community. Bacich was a bunch of different people going their own thing, going different directions. I can best describe it as the Stepford Community . The school was far overrated and did not prepare the children for what lay in store for them later in life. Being surrounded by a bunch of expensive homes does not a great school make. I noticed that the curriculum/material being covered was insufficient in quantity and quality. If you have a choice, look toward Ross or Tiburon. I was very disappointed in Bacich, which did my daughter a disservice in her pursuit of learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2012
This is a school that puts a child's extracirricular activities over school work and education. The teachers and district do not educate but allow the parents to dictate because of their deep pockets. The children who struggle are passed off to the next teacher. Rude staff and parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
In reviewing the lower parent post, could have easily been mine. I have wanted to post for some time, and wish I had. After selling our dream home in Bret Harte Heights of San Rafael with the best views in Marin - moving our child out of Coleman which was API challenged but still a far cry better than the Canal schools; so he did not have to attend the ESL experience of Davidson, we too sold and bought in the Kentfield School District. Regret, regret, regret. Our child stopped learning once he attended A. G. Bacich. This school is more interested in telling the children what a privilege it is to attend A. G. Bacich instead of educating them. Elitism at its best. I enjoy the effort A. G. Bacich exerts in enriching our children, I am an advocate of enrichment. But come on folks!! . a little teaching to??!! How about math, science, geography, English, or here s a stretch Spelling? After our monumental move, our child now attends St. Pat s where he is again thriving, for a cost that makes me swallow every time I write that check. Like the poster below, could have kept the dream home and sent him to St. Pat s.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
We, too, moved to Marin for the public schools in 1st grade. We came from a private school. My child was several years ahead in reading /vocabulary /comprehension ability (verified by testing) and the principal refused to find a way to meet her needs. At the beginning of the year, our teacher was willing to find creative ways to meet her needs (and even asked me what I thought would be helpful in the classroom), but it suddenly stopped in Nov. and my child was required to file lockstep with the rest of the class and stopped learning. NOT A SCHOOL FOR THE GIFTED CHILD. We are now back at a private school that is years ahead of Bacich in curriculum and teaching approach (true differentiation, not what Bacich thinks it is) and our child loves school again. I applaud the last reviewer for leaving midyear. Your story is not unusual.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
Our family relocated from S.F. so our kids could go to public school in this district. We had high hopes for Bacich and enrolled our oldest child in Kindergarten (in 2008). Unfortunately, by midyear, it became clear that our child hated school, had essentially stopped learning, and had a dismissive and 'un-warm' teacher who failed to proactively deal with the situation (such as communicating concern about our daughter's lack of progress and coming up with a plan). We also had a frightening experience after our daughter was left completely unsupervised; while we received an apology from the principal, the teacher was surprised to learn-from us-that she had been faulted for the situation. We recognized the danger of keeping our child in a school environment that had reversed her love of learning, and we withdrew her midyear. She now thrives in a private school. I can only hope our story is unusual.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2009
Excellent school. Gives children a great foundation. I feel that it is the best elementary school in Marin.

- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2007
Bacich has been a wonderful school both of our kids have gone all the way though now. We have been exceptionally happy with the curriculum and the Teachers. The facility is fantastic. The only drawback is a few over entitled parents. This I guess is a problem in most schools that serve such an affluent population. The staff seem to deal with this well.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
May 15, 2006
This is a fabulous elementary school. There is high parent involvement. Children in K don't just read about butterflies, they have butterflies in their classrooms. They have computer time once a week. They have both music class and chorus. The teachers are caring and dedicated. So is the principal.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
Great public school. Great parent involment.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2006
Bacich is a wonderful,neighborhood school which is able to provide top quality public education to it's students, in large part because the parent community takes such an active role, both financially and through volunteer efforts. There is a strong emphasis upon hiring and retaining top quality, dedicated teachers, and the Administrative staff couldn't be better.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
I currently have 3 children at Bacich. I am extremely pleased with their teachers and their academic progress this year. Most of the teachers are senior, experienced educators. The school also has daily resource teaching for children needing additional help, and on-site speech therapy several times per week.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
We are extremely pleased with this school. We started our child in private school in San Francisco, but we feel the education he is receiving is much superior at Bacich. The teachers are extremely comitted and talented,and the foundation very supportive

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
Bacich was a very positive experience for both my daughter and son. The teachers were experienced and caring with each child, one gifted and one in special education. The music and art program was exceptional. An excellent Spanish teacher has been added.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2005
Pros: excellent academics overall; art classes, music, phys ed, math and character classes are part of standard program. In Sept my first grader could barely read but just a few weeks in she was reading me books! My third grader's public speaking skills have improved dramatically as well. The teachers are unbelievable, I feel like they genuinely enjoy my kids and love their jobs. Cons: the elementary school is starting to experience overcrowding (people are moving into the area for the great education!); and there's a great deal of pressure to donate time and money. Some parents lack class and feel entitled to know your income.

- submitted by a teacher
July 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
Great Great Great. Excellent academics...some parents are alittle over the top but the school itself is awsome.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
I love Bacich. I would compare it to a private school very favorably. Parents are very involved and the teachers are caring and approachable. There is music, art (not enough of either in my opinion), PE instruction as well as a quality academic program. This year the school's foundation raised 1.1 million for the school's extra aides and programs (50K for teacher training) so the community and the paretns are very supportive of the school. Class sizes are small. In third grade my son had 17 classmates and one teacher and one aide. You will pay for the school in the area of your home price but it is worth it I believe.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
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Anthony G. Bacich Elementary School
699 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Kentfield, CA  94904
(415) 925-2220
Last modified Anthony G. Bacich Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Anthony G. Bacich Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top