Students enrolled 389
School leader Elizabeth Olynik

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629 Plum Street
Novato, CA 94945

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(415) 897-2131
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4 stars
Based on 22 ratings

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November 15, 2013
Olive has been through many leadership changes in the last 10 years, however the staff and families have remained committed and enthusiastic about doing what is best for kids. The present leader is continuing this energy. There are changes, however the leadership vision is what is best for kids. Change is hard, but it is okay too. The Olive Community is genuine, full of heart, and passionate about educating kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
We have loved this school for our 3 kids for years. This year has changed all of that. We have a new principal, she has made Olive elementary a miserable place. My son who was always a happy boy at school is no longer allowed with his friends at lunch. Several parents, myself included, have brought this up with our new principal. She is unwilling to see any perspective but her own and seems to genuinely not care what the parents or children at her school. I am very bothered by the changes I have seen at his school this year and am warned by the staff that there is more to come. I am thankful that this is our last year at Olive. I know many parents who are upset at this choice for principal. I would give the teachers five stars, but the new principal doesn't deservr the minimum of one.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
We have had an absolutely wonderful experience at this school. My daughters love it there. There is a fantastic network of involved parents and approachable teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
I have one daughter at Olive and one who is now in middle school who went to Olive. I have been a parent for 7 years at the school. I feel the teachers listen to me, and work hard to help my girls the best students that they can be. Also, they listened when my girls have had problems and tried to find solutions.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
Olive Elementary is a special school full of wonderful kids, dedicated teachers and staff, and energetic generous parents. Both my kids have been challenged there and I only wish it would become a K-8!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2011
The Olive Community is wonderful! the teachers love of learning is contagious and the kids are challenged on every level, I never seen such an enthusiastic staff! I have two kids at the school and I feel like they are always having some new experience, getting treated to some special assembly or going on some wonderful field trip! Olive is fabulous!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2011
We love Olive School, the teahers, the community are all fabulous. Everyone seems very committed to the school and we have enjoyed being a part of such an enthusiastic school and love going to our neighborhood school rather then getting in the car.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
We've had nothing but good experiences with Olive School. I have two children attending the school, one for 5 years (since Kindergarten) and one in Kindergarten now. It's a great school with a lot of parent involvement. Kids who come to school prepared to learn will learn. Parents who take the time to visit or volunteer at the school will see lots of exciting learning going on. The teachers are dedicated and work hard to keep all students learning and on task. It's a great community school.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
Kids eat lunch with dirty hands. Nobody does anything about it and when you tell your concerns to the principle she protects herself by blaming you for harassment.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
Most of the kids in school are out of order, aggressive bullies, even girls and guards invented all kinds of disciplinary methods like after the guard blows the whistle everybody should take a knee. If your child was bullied morally and comes home and complains and you will go to talk to the teacher you will be surprised of the teacher's reaction. Apparently you can't complain because they don't want to deal with bullying and the teacher will invent bad stories about your child to make you believe that you child is the same like others and you have no rights to complain.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
Time for educational process is little. Kids don't practice writing enough and as a result your child will hardly be able to write by 7th grade. Even if your child was well prepared before - in this school your child will lose all skills and will be brought down. No matter how hard you work with your kid at home this school will ruin everything, because the most productive time of the day your child will be in this school where learning is not a priority. This school is for kids whose parents don't care about their education and if you want your kid to an elementary education,find a good school.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
There is a new principle at this school and all she cares about is keeping her staff happy so the staff would like their new boss. So don't expect anything from this principle because she's not a good organizer.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
My daughter has been attending Olive since Kindergarten, and I couldn't say enough wonderful things about this school! The community of parents, teachers, and volunteers is outstanding. Everyone always comes together in this tight-knit school to make sure that every student does their best. Go Sharks!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
Fantastic principal and teachers and a great community spirit

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
The teachers are excellent!

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2009
we have very committed and involved faculty and parents, and kids who really want to learn. We're under-funded, and yet, we achieve great things, helping support our kids who are college bound!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
My child is so happy here. His current teacher challenges him and he is learning daily. Great developing parent community. It is a great school that is on the raise.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
Great teachers, staff and community!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
We have had great experiences with teachers and the kids and I have made lots of friends

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Olive is a great school with a great staff all the teachers are so wonderful. :)

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Great kids, great teachers and great parents add up to a school that is the beating heart of our community -- even the school neighbors pitch in by keeping our garden watered!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
Olive has a big heart. Culturally diverse, with an achedemic focus and very little turnover from our teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
I love Olive School because the staff is so caring and very concerned about our kids futures.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
We have great teachers that make each child feel special.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
We have a great inclusive community and wonderful teachers and staff

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Olive Elementary is really developing a culture of universal achievement that every child can learn and go to college if they want. It also has a very supportive and cohesive parent community that supports the school's goals.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Great teachers, PTA and parent commitment to making it a better place for the children. Great programs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Excellent teachers! Great families!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
I really love this school -- but the true test has been in how well my older daughter is prepared for middle school from an academic perspective. She (and many of her Olive buddies) are in accelerated math and other classes and doing really well. The teachers at Olive work as a team to make sure the kids are prepared and ready. And the Olive parents and PTA work really hard to make sure budget cuts don't get in the way of maintaining a great school.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2008
Olive is a fantastic school and probably one of the most sought after elementary schools in Novato. My son is extremely happy there and in 1st great he is reading and writing at the 3rd grade level due to the wonderful teachers and principal. The student, staff and family community at Olive is the best. The after-school enrichment programs and recent school enhancements are superior.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
I have been an Olive parent for five years. The teaching staff has been excellent, and the parent community wonderful. One of the best things about Olive is that the school is resopnsive to all children as individuals. No round pegs are being made to fit in square holes! My two children have very different learning styles, and both have flourished at Olive. Also, I am very impressed by the new principal. She has a ton of positive energy, a strong focus on academic excellence, and a great working relationship with the parents, staff and kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2006
The educational level of this school is adequate but the atmosphere is strained and uncondusive for stimulating growth in young minds. The rooms are small and crowded. The effects of budget constraints are obvious.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2005
Really nice school with lots of parent involvement. The first grade teachers are great and the kids seem to be enjoying their first year of real school. I really like how the teachers try and work in lots of creative learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2005
Not quite sure, very mixed demographics non english and non english speaking students. Does this difference impeade the english speaking students from learning?

- submitted by a teacher
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Olive Elementary School
629 Plum Street, Novato, CA  94945
(415) 897-2131
Last modified Olive Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Olive Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top