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625 Arthur Street
Novato, CA 94947

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September 11, 2014
I used to think this school was a good school. But the last two years nothing but issues they allow bullies to get away with bullying and also allow teachers to scream and yell at your child and tell them to Shut Up!! Uncalled for and there should be some type of consequence. I'm at wits end at this point!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
My son attended Novato High, he did excellent there the teacher are great, the MSA program is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2013
I'm a senior at Novato High School and I have loved every bit of my four years here. I'm in the Marin School of the Arts program and it's amazing. The Arts flourish here and it makes the school more open and accepting of everyone. The Marin School of the Arts within Novato High School is a magnet school and attracts many out district students. This students usually bring more diversity and higher scores. Novato High School teachers are marvelous and I have been constantly challenged by my classes and my peers to learn and grow. Novato High School is also growing in size and programs and constantly improving. This is a first rate school that only lacks in funding and I have made friends here that will be with me till the end.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 04, 2009
The administration and teachers have a great attitude that every single student is potential college material.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
NHS has an amazing Principal with the most incredible and caring staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
Fantastic Teachers, Diversity, Opportunity, Support, encouragement and Expectaiton - what a great recipe for success!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Its great, greta teachers, principal, programs, attitude around school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
Two of my children attended Novato High. I have found that the staff has been consistant and totally dedicated to our children. I am so happy with how they teach our children and the staffs endless support towards parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Great school - Great Principle, Asst. principles, teachers AND an award winning school of the arts within this school! Both of my daughters have taken advantage of this program to their great enhancement. I feel blessed to have this school in our community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
The children and how hard they try to suceed at all do!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Outstanding music and academics, great sports teams.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Diversity of students & programs; excellence expected & achieved

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Great teachers and Althetics Program.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Novato High School is microcosm of the world and hasa fantastic Principal. I am loving who my Junior is becoming.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Excellent Academics - Great Teachers, Counselors, Administration, and Staff - Friendly Environment - Very Good Athletic Program

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
I love how the teachers interact with the students. Even though it is a large public high school, the teachers somehow provide a wonderful, personal and supportive learning environment for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
We have the amazing Marin School of the Arts that has nurtured and produced outstanding performers and artists in many fields. Nearly all have gone on to great universities with scholarships and awards. Mark Peabody, the head of MSA, is a very talented and insightful man who has inspired students and parents alike. The principal, Rey Mayoral, is a strong supporter of all the activities that contribute to strong successful adults. 87% of this year's graduating class went on to college.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
Great teachers who are doing a wonderful job with very little help from the State! Having to finance schools by entering contests is a heck of a way to finance schools!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
Determined students, parents, and teachers to enhance the educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Variety of classes, a great Marin School of the Arts Program, administrators who want to see your children succeed and care about them.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
I love the parental involvement

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
It is hard to find public schools that can offer our children the education they deserve. Novato High does just that.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
teachers are always available to help our students

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
It is a friendly and academic environment for our child. They listen to ours and his concerns and address them to the best of their ability. It also has the best school of the arts. Go MSA!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
We have some of the best art programs in the US. With people coming from all over US as well as countries abroad just to study at NHS. We love our school, but it needs improvement!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2009
Great school spirit - terrific kids and teachers!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
NHS has quality sports, music, & academics. The teachers are responsive & caring. All around, a great educational experience for my child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
NHS is a great school with a great Principal, Ray Mayoral. The new motto 'No-Excuse College Prep. Where Every Student, Every Day, Is College Bound' shows the real commitment of the staff and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
There's a great sense of community at Novato High School. Lots of parents involved and supporting their kids and the faculty. Great teachers, diversity and total dedication to the success of our kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Both my daughters are amazing successful college students because they had FANTASTIC, INSPIRING teachers at Novato High School.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
All the teachers and staff are wonderful and nice. There is a great learning enviroment that suits everyone very well. Every student from novato will go to college because of the great resources and education available. There are also great extra curicular activies that help sky rocket success. We definitely need to win this contest!!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 04, 2009
My daughter is thrilled with the exciting musical theatre program offered through Novato High School's Marin School of the Arts. NHS has a nurturing and loving cadre of teachers who inspire students to learn, thrive and succeed with their goal 'every student college bound everyday!'

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
There is a great amount of parent involvement. The teachers really care about the kids education. It really is a top-noche school.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
NHS is a fantastic high school with a great diversity of teachers, faculty, athletics, and students all of whom takes pride in our programs and community, not only in our town of Novato but within Marin County and the greater Bay Area.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 04, 2009
It was really an experienced that helped define my life. I met/got to know my lifelong friends here, the friends that you know have your back and you will keep in touch with all your life. The teachers interacted in just the right way to accomodate the widest range of individuals at that age (which is a huuuge range), and I felt welcomed every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
NHS has everything a student would want and is also the home of MSA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School is the best! The kids get a great education and training in their areas of arts interest. My daughter is in Musical Theatre and loves it. Parents are involved, the community is great. Lovin' it!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
The parents, teachers and community really come together at NHS - it feels like a small community.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
People at Novato High care!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
It is very organized and supports all students. I love the Marin School of the Arts within the school. It has a great theater department.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Novato High School has a great tradition of strong academics and sports and in the past six years has become a leader in the arts, too, thanks to Marin School of the Arts, a comprehensive arts school-within-a-school located on campus. NHS students are service-oriented and give thousands of hours to the community each year. Volunteer and financial support from parents, neighbors, and area businesses contributes to the school's success. Our famly is proud to be part of Novato High School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Novato has the most diverse and inclusive population with the best performing arts school in Marin. they inspire the students to excel and move forward to reach their ultimate potential.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2009
The teachers are amazing; the staff is incredibly nice; everything is great!

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2009
Teachers and the principal are very dedicated and care for our students and our community

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
The dedication of staff, supportive teachers, diverse, great school

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
I love the Marin School Of the Arts program that is provided there. I am not sure about anything else because I have not had any other children go through that school. It is my sons first year at Novato High. So far, I like the curriculum that my son is taking and I liked what the teachers had to offer on back to school night. It seemed like all the teachers that I talked with were really enthused about the courses that they were teaching. They showed energy, strong knowledge of their classes and very positive about their school. I like that about the teachers. There was lot of positive energy at Novato High School.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
The family support is spectacular!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Love the Principal, Teachers, Staff and Kids, I don't know of a more unified School than Novato High, it's what I hear from the kids and see for myself.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
The teachers, administration and staff are A-1! I can't believe how lucky we are to have this school right down the street.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Excellent caring teachers with the best arts program possible (msa).

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
The teachers and adminstration do so much with so little!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Besides having great staff and students, with exceptional community involvement, they have the best arts program around (MSA)

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Amazing teachers, arts program, sports teams!!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
NHS has the best JROTC leadership program that provides tools to enhance leadership skills. It is NOT a recruitment center it is a wonderful leadership program. I have two boys that have been in it and they loved it. Just the mention of participation in JROTC helped my child get a job. Thank you NHS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Great teachers! Great arts program. Dance PE - Yea!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
My child is learning to be a hard worker and is going to be more than ready for college. Supportive environment. No bullying! The best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
My daughter is at Marin School of the Arts at Novato Hig School and loves every aspect of both schools, especially the Theatre Arts program. The teachers are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Novato High School offers so many great programs~ The teachers are enthusiastic, caring, and go above and beyond for our students. The school administration is always helpful too! Black and Gold...All day Every Day!!!!!!! Go Novato!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Fabulous teachers, Awesome principal dedicated to the students, Students that strive to do their best, parents that strive to make the school a better place for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Great enthusiasm and support for all!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
we love our teachers at Novato High and the Principal rocks!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Novato is very diverse! Great sports programs, great families, teachers, and staff! I love Novato High School

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
It is a great, safe school where my daughter (who is interested in music and dance) can focus and excel in performing arts, which is what inspires and motivates her most.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Everything is great about Novato High. The wonderful arts program, great teachers, active sports program for all students and active parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
great curruculum and sports programs for students!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
Novato High School has dedicated leadership, starting with Ray Mayoral, principal, to the teachers & staff. I particularly like the Marin School of the Arts at Novato High, the academic achievements of the students, & the varied sports programs available to all Novato High student body.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
Awesome teachers, great diversity, commitment to excellence

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
I attended Novato High in the 1984 time frame and my daughter goes now. I see some amazing changes since I went and I'm very happy that my daughter gets the benefit of the fantastic changes Novato High has in place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
NHS has the best award wining music(MSA)program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
NHS is really working hard to bring opportunities to the kids in Novato.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Novato High has well trained and educated teachers and staff willing to go the extra mile to make sure the students are well educated also.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Phenominal administrative, teaching and support staff. Second to none academic and extra curricular environment. Add the Marin School of the Arts program and you have the finest High School in the County/region. Go Hornets! Go Servals!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
Novato High School has lots of great classes and really cool teachers. Its a small school, but its safe, and the activities are fun.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2009
MSA - three letters and a program that change the school to a place where more than academics are valued. Also, NHS has great sports program that include as many students as want to participate. There are so many selections and all levels are supported and valued for their contribution. And the focus is on going to college, that's a family expectation and a school expectation that is well supported.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Novato offers excellent courses. Teachers are supportive. Athletic department is great.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Novato HS strives to achieve both academically and through sports.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
It is a very low budget school providing a very high quality education

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
Novato High School is the home of the Marin School of the Arts program, a unique and vibrant center for fostering the arts in education. The culture of Novato High is diverse, inclusive and inspires students to explore their creativity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
What an amazing art program! MSA is fabulous!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Great school and wonderful, supportive teachers. I couldn't ask for a better Freshman year for my son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Novato High School has a great staff that truely cares about the students. There is a great varity of classes for every interest from music and art to advanced P.E. classes. It is a safe enviorment with lots a diversity.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Novato High School is a great environment where students are encouraged to reach their goals. The energy and creativity with Marin School of the Arts provides a focus on arts education rarely found in today's public school systems.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Novato is the best, because all students are touched by the efforts of our wonderful staff. Our staff and community value the diversity of our students. We believe in the achievement of all students. Our sports rock and so does Marin School of the Arts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
Great leadership (Ray Mayoral the Principal) and a great Marin School of the Arts program!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
My son is really happy in novato high school.That why we moved five years ago, because he wants to go to that paticular high school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
Novato High School has a strong multi-disciplined Arts program called Marin School of the Arts which is a part of NHS. My daughter is lucky to receive fantastic instruction in Jazz, Classical and Jazz Vocals. She also receives academic instruction from very dedicated enthusiastic teachers who really care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Great programs, PTSA, MSA. Talented students and sports teams

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
This is our first year with Novato High School and we have been very impressed with the support we and our son have receivded.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Our students are top notch, our administrators are second to none, and our teachers to way beyond the extra mile.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
The school has a college prep focus and an excellent arts program in the Marin School of Arts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
The teachers and staff at Novato High go above and beyond for our kids. There are a variety of classes for all kids, the Marin School of the Arts, ROTC, honors and AP courses - the full spectrum. The parents are extremely supportive. The athletic teams are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
This school is lead by a strong staff and dedicated administration. There is excellent parent involvement and the goal is that avery child will go to college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
The teachers always give up their lunch to help students in need!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Ecxeptional teachers at NHS! My teen loves going to school - amazing dance program and other great Art forms!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
It's the BEST! Best teachers and principal. They care for the kids and protect them. High level of educations. MSA is like no other, thank you Mark Peabody.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Novato High is a school that looks beyond standard academics and helps students rise to facets of learning beyond the standard high school education. Marin School of the Arts, the school within Novato High allows students to achieve a well rounded education by giving intense training in all arts. So many of the teachers give extra time and energy and hours for which they are not paid. They are a truly dedicated group.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Novato High School enjoys a diverse student population. It provides many opportunities for students to excel not only in academics, but also with in extra curricular areas - sports & the arts. Marin School of the Arts is a school within a school at Novato High, focusing on performing art, music, dance, video production, technology, and visual arts. Students can take one or two classes each day in the MSA program, while completing their academics at Novato High School. Novato High's sports programs have excelled and our football team advanced to the state level the past several years. Novato High PTSA has formed an Academic Boosters organization to support student learning after-school and is creating a library resource center to provide support for all students. Whether students are in jeopardy of not meeting the graduation requirements or preparing for their AP exams (or somewhere in between); all are well to utilize the resources available in this program. Our teachers are motivated and deliver the standards to all students. Novato High's learning environment provides each student with the opportunities necessary to advance to their next level of education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Wonderful staff and teachers, who inspire, engage and, yes, teach! This is the sort of public school that all kids deserve: one where the leadership and knowledge of teachers inspire children to make a commitment to learning and civic engagement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
Music School of the Arts is an Amzing magnet program. The core classes are great and people are really Happy!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
Has a great Music School happy People

- submitted by a student
no rating September 15, 2009
Great School and Fun people

- submitted by a student
no rating September 15, 2009
Its open student body, great arts, great sports an all-round school

- submitted by a community member
September 01, 2009
If you have a child who needs help or struggles in school then avoid this school. Teachers are not willing to put in extra work and many kids fall through the cracks. Teaching is uneven. Some teachers really care and try but many other are poor. If you have a motivate child they will do fine here but will not be challenged. I wish we had chosen another school.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
Best school ever!!! Amazing teachers, great classes, nice campus.... Overall, five stars!

- submitted by a student
January 05, 2007
Excellent teaching staff, superb parent involvement and a clear focus on academic achievement for all students.

- submitted by a administrator
December 15, 2006
I am a senior this year. I love novato high and what it has done to my education. I am also a member of msa and it being at novato high could not be better!

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2005
I find Novato High School to be a very bad school, all the kids think that they are gangsters, when they are really rich, the school and the school district itself are slackers, poor teachers. A lot of drug use among the student body. A lot of racist kids too! I was a student of this school a couple of years ago!

- submitted by a former student
October 06, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
August 24, 2005
This school is excellent with communication between the parents and the teachers/admin. There are plenty of afterschool programs and clubs that will engage their learning. The math department is very strong, holding tutoring sessions every Thursday after school before their tests. The PTA is excellent and there are always parents around lending a helping hand in the office and the classrooms.

- submitted by a former student
August 24, 2005
We've had 2 sons at Novato High. Our youngest will be a senior this year. Overall it's been a great experience. You always get some good teachers, some not so good. Principal and staff are accessible and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2005
Novato High just got a new Principal this year and the change is for the better.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
June 14, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 15, 2004
I am a Senior at Novato. This is one of the best schools. I should know because I went to Redwood and San Marin. My sister is a freshman and she says that she has never made friends so easily. Their is no hazing and everone is friendly. I love the different people at our school with different backgrounds. They have white to black to hispanic. This is such a well rounded school. I reccommend this school for any parents that is deciding to put their kids in highschool!

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2004
This is the best school I have ever been to. I have been at redwood, drake, tam, because I move to often, but I kno I dont want to move away from the novato district I have so many friends and no pressure to drink or smoke. I love it here. If your a parent you wont regret sending your kid here.

- submitted by a student
August 25, 2003
i went to this school and so did my mother and father. we all think it's great.

- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2003
I'm not a parent, but rather a graduate of Novato High. Although it was my first public school experience, I had a great time at the school and I believe I received a great education. Most of the people that I know, that graduated around the time I did, enjoyed their time at Novato and believed they received quality education.

- submitted by a former student
August 06, 2003
I am a mother of 3. And all my children go to this school. My children and I have learned that this is a good school for their education. My oldest son graduated at Novato and now is a lawyer. I reccomend this school for all teens. I will never regrent putting my kids in this school!

- submitted by a parent
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Novato High School
625 Arthur Street, Novato, CA  94947
(415) 898-2125
Last modified Novato High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Novato High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 121 reviews. Top