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755 Sutro Avenue
Novato, CA 94947

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(415) 897-5104
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Develops grit: Strongly agree
October 09, 2015
The current school principal, who came to PV nearly three years ago, has focused on teaching our children to be problem solvers. She has encouraged this to carry over with home life by providing enrichment programs that guide parents toward this goal as well.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
October 09, 2015
PV has a great anti-bullying / conflict resolution program in place that is implemented, in part, by student leaders. Equity was a theme at PV long before it became a priority at the district level.

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October 09, 2015
This is an incredible school with top notch teachers and staff. Couple that, with an extremely active and hardworking PTA and you have a school that everyone is proud of. This school constantly seeks to improve and everyone puts in the time and effort to do it. Parents are always encouraged to volunteer and there are endless opportunities. The children at PV are very lucky to be in such a caring, progressive environment.

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November 10, 2014
Loved the school under Mrs. Brown's direction. Wonderful, friendly, thoughtful woman who made the school fun and a true community for the families. Saddened by the extreme change. In last two years school has gone from 435 or so student to over 525. Too many kids and teachers do not have support they should have. Sense of community is no longer there and things are changing negatively.

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August 07, 2014
The most recent posting from May 9 holds no validity and is simply bizarre. The office staff is superbly organized and volunteers are welcome where needed. My children have attended for two years and receive excellent support and challenging academics. It is not perfect, no school is, but it is improving every year and under excellent principal direction.

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May 09, 2014
If you have lots of money and don't care how you or your child(ren) are treated, you will love this school. The front office staff are incredibly rude and snotty. I guess the education is ok, but both my girls hated this school! The parental volunteer jobs are only given to a few favored parents, usually the ones who spend the most money. Overall very unhappy with this school. Terrible atmosphere.

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May 14, 2011
Great school! The cooperation between teachers, administration, PTA and parent volunteers makes what makes this school shine. Principal Terry Brown knows the first names of every one of the 410 students and she leads a team of hardworking teachers and staff who are student focused and teach not only the academics, but citizenship as well. Volunteers provide strong support in the classrooms, bringing small group (5 students) instruction which is differentiated to challenge students on all levels. Volunteers run school events and support the teaching staff in a variety of ways. The school has a dedicated PTA organization that fundraises in effective and fun ways to provide financial support for the classrooms and for enrichment programs.

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April 17, 2011
Wonderful school! My child is now in 7th grade Middle school GATE. PV gave him a superior education. He has been a 4.0 since starting Sinaloa Middle. I owe this to the teachers who saw his potential and pushed him to work harder. He also has an amazing set of friends from Pleasant Valley. A great community school.

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December 29, 2010
We were sadly disappointed in this school. Under the last principle, our student as well as several friends and families students were not a priority. Instead it was the relationship between the teachers and former principle. Fortunately she is no longer there. It is frightening that she is not in a high position in the school district. Makes me ponder the districts priorities. Hopefully Ms. Gavin will give Pleasant Valley what it deserves, great leadership and re-frame the way a handful of teachers look at things.

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August 17, 2010
Very tight knit community! Teachers are enthusiastic and PTA has organized monthly community building activities to further enhance this.

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January 03, 2009
This school is not only a GREAT neighborhood school but according to what some middle school teachers have said - 'The kids at Pleasant Valley are the most prepared and ready for middle school than any other school in Novato'.

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January 02, 2009
Pleasant Valley is a wonderful school with great families and a faculty that is very special. The Principal Terry Gavin Brown is fabulous!

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September 08, 2008
Yes there is lots of parental involvement at Pleasant Valley which is what makes it work. But as far as the former principal (fortunately she's gone, but is now the problem of Hill Middle School in Novato), and a few specific teachers, you'll not get much in the way of support for a child who has even the slightest need for additional help. Go to Rancho if you can get in.

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May 06, 2008
Lots of parent involvement. Principal was recognized as top in Marin County for elementary this year. Nice mix of academic and arts.

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October 05, 2004
Pleasant Valley is a neighborhood school whose students consistently score among the highest in the state. The quality of the teachers is excellent; and parents in the school community are very active and involved. It is considered one of the top two most desirable elementary schools in Novato.

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Pleasant Valley Elementary School
755 Sutro Avenue, Novato, CA  94947
(415) 897-5104
Last modified Pleasant Valley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pleasant Valley Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top