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Mary E. Silveira Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 406 students

 

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Posted July 8, 2012

Great community, parent involvement, principal, teachers and curriculum. Mary Silveira is a school that educates the whole child, not solely focusing on academics. By incorporating a monthly "Life-Skills" program, MES students are reminded of the importance of their behavior and contributions to their community and fellow students, in addition to their school work. In areas where my child has needed further challenge, he has been given the opportunity to work ahead of his grade level, and in areas that needed more attention, the teachers have accurately identified any issues, as well as offered solutions to support him. With school-wide "jobs," the children learn about responsibility, and with citizenship awards available every day, the lessons of accountability are also strongly re-inforced. By gathering the entire student body for bi-monthly assemblies, complete with the pledge of the allegiance and the singing of the school song, the children develop a very strong sense of community & belonging. We had a choice of several school districts when we moved to Marin County, and we simply couldn't be happier with the Dixie School District and Mary Silveira Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2011

Parent participation makes for a Great School. When parents come to Back to School Night they learn what their child is being taught, they indicate their appreciation of the teacher, and they show their child that school is important to the parents. A school can encourage parent participation by giving a raffle ticket to parents attending Back to School night, by giving a raffle ticket when parents certify they helped their child with homework, that the child understood the work, and saying where the child needs extra help. Raffle tickets could be turned in to the school office anytime. The drawing would be held once a semester. The prize could be a dinner for four at a local restaurant, tickets for four al a local movie theater, or tickets to a nearby museum, or whatever. Businesses could be asked to donate the prize. They could be thanked by free publicity of the drawing in announcements to parents and in naming the winners on a slip sent home with the report card.


Posted November 7, 2011

In an effort to educate the "whole" child, academics are not given enough focus here. There isn't a formal program for children in the upper achievement range. It's up to parents with foresight who are willing to volunteer their time to help these students in the classroom (and help their own children at home), or individual teachers who are already overburdened with a myriad of state & federal mandates. Ironically, it is these very students who bring up the test scores of the school. This school consistently scores lower than the other two elementary schools in the district--why? What are those two schools doing differently? Instead of leadership/administration on all levels that seems to be mired in bureaucracy (as evidenced by trite self-serving excuses, answers that sound substantial but nothing comes of them, or how long it takes to make changes), it needs to coordinate efforts to address this critical need. In addition to the "whole" child, how about educating "all" children to meet their needs?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

A wonderful school with dedicated and talented teachers. They hold every child to a high standard and are interested in creating better citizens. The school is must more diverse than many in the county which appealed to our family. Parents and families are encouraged to take an active role in their child's development and the staff is led by a dynamic and caring principal. We were new to the area and were a little apprehensive in starting from scratch and being the newbies, but I am glad to say that the community has embraced us with open arms and we could not see ourselves anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2011

We love Mary Silveira because of its focus on a well rounded education. Students are involved with school wide jobs & life skills, parents are encouraged and welcomed on campus, teachers are caring. As close as you will get to a private education without the cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2010

My children attended this school for two years until we chose to move them to a neighboring school district. The school has a "one size fits all" educational program. The majority white upper middle class students and families participate in a very traditional educational delivery program. Students of color, and students who may need some support in learning do not receive the support they need. When my wife and I surfaced our concerns with the teachers and the principal, nothing changed. We made our decision to leave because it felt like it was just lip service to make us be quiet. Our children are much happier having left.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My daughter has just moved to the school from England. She is in Grade 1 and has been made to feel very welcome and has settled in very well. My daughter really enjoys going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Mary Silveira is like a family. The parents are very involved. The teachers are extremely motivated and always willing to talk to the parents. I couldn't ask for a better experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Mary Silveira has an amazing set of teachers and the parent support is incredible, everyone is done to earth and when I have had a problem everyone pulls together and help each other, never have I known a better community and network support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The best school on the planet! And by far the best principal... progressive education, project-based learning, all within an incredibly supportive environment. Fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Great teachers in a great school in the best place on earth. Marinwood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers are great. Parent participation is high. Location is lovely and we are very eco-friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It is like a private school, but free! Great teachers, great environmental program, small and intimate and with much parental involvement, with a fantastic principal setting a great example for parents and kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2009

This school was fine, but I wasn't as dazzled as the other people who subm itted reviews. Overall, it is okay in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

safe, loving, nurturing environment, I love it and so does my son!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2008

Mary Silveira has been a fantastic school for my child. She attended Vallecito school initially, but the move has been a great transition. We love the Dixie District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2007

My son is in Kindergarten at Mary Silveira Elementary school and our family could not be more pleased with his teacher and the curriculum. Many parents are involved on a regular basis with assisting in the classroom. The Principal is delightful with the children, has brilliant values and runs a tight but fun ship.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2006

I taught at Mary Silveira and couldn't speak higher of the principal and teachers. This is truly a school community. Parents care about the programming and are willing to donate time and money to see that their kids have access to the best products/curriculum available.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 22, 2005

Mary E. Silveira is a great place for kids. The teachers are engaged, and the kids are excited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2004

This is a wonderful school. Great teachers and awesome after school care.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

903

Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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This school's
API score

903

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

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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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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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students75%
Females73%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females82%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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 graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students75%
Females84%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
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 graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females75%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
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 graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students86%
Females92%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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 disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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 graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females88%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
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 graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students80%
Females85%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
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)77%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females71%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
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)79%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students76%
Females73%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
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)77%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 62%
Hispanic 17%
Two or more races 11%
Asian 7%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/AN/A
English language learners 15%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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San Rafael, CA 94903
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