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San Rafael City Schools District Office
310 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903
San Rafael City Schools includes seven elementary schools, two middle schools and three high schools that serveMore neighborhoods throughout San Rafael, Terra Linda, Marinwood and Lucas Valley. It is overseen by a five-member board of education.
Sun Valley Elementary School
75 Happy Ln, San Rafael, CA 94901
Sun Valley Elementary School is one of six public elementary schools in the San Rafael City Schools District. At the endMore of Sun Valley, in San Rafael, the school boasts playgrounds and open space with the back of the school opening up onto a ridge. Sun Valley is considered to be one of the best elementary schools in San Rafael and has been recognized as a California Distinguished School. The school has an Academic Performance Index of 896 out of 1,000. The principal, Julie Harris, has emphasized a focus on creativity and allowing the students to grow emotionally as well as intellectually. The school also has an active parent community and parent-teacher organization.
Dixie School District District
380 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903
The Dixie School District is an elementary district in the northern San Rafael communities of Terra Linda, Marinwood andMore Lucas Valley. Founded in 1864, it is one of the oldest school districts in Marin County and includes three elementary schools for kindergarten through fifth grade. The schools are Dixie School, Vallecito School and Mary E. Silveira School. Sixth through eighth grade students attend Miller Creek Middle School. 
Glenwood Elementary School
25 W Castlewood Dr, San Rafael, CA 94901
Glenwood Elementary School, based in the Glenwood neighborhood on the east end of San Rafael, is both a CaliforniaMore Distinguished School and a Blue Ribbon award winning school. The school has an Academic Performance Index (API) of 923 out of 1,000, placing it in the top 10 percent of schools academically in the state. Glenwood focuses heavily on parental involvement with an annual parent survey and parents involved in field trips and fundraisers. The community is close-knit and draws heavily from the surrounding neighborhood. The K-5 school is one of six elementary schools in the San Rafael City School District and is considered one of the best.
Coleman Elementary School
140 Rafael Dr, San Rafael, CA 94901

Named for William Coleman, who originally owned all the land in the area, Coleman Elementary is one of six K-5More elementary schools in the San Rafael City Schools District. In 2005, the school was newly constructed to replace an aging facility. The original Coleman Elementary was founded in 1910 and celebrated its 100th anniversary with educational festivities.

The neighborhood school, down the street from Dominican University, serves a diverse population and is active in the community. The school hosted an Earth Day celebration and conducts a fundraiser with Andy's Market in the fall. There are also monthly tours of the school for parents during the year.


Mary E. Silveira School Elementary School
375 Blackstone Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903
Mary Silveira serves children in Marinwood and the Smith Ranch Road community. The school is named after the matriarchMore of a dairy ranching family,  a Dixie School District teacher and widowed mother of seven. Today, the school serves a diverse population and is central to the community. It features an organic garden that enhances student learning.
Dixie Elementary School
1175 Idylberry Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903

Dixie Elementary School, which serves the Lucas Valley community, is one of three elementary schools in theMore Dixie School District. The school is a California Distinguished School, as well as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Set amid the hills of Lucas Valley, the school has expansive play space and outdoor classrooms with gardens. Many kids walk and bike to school from the surrounding neighborhoods.

The school also has an active parent community and a site council that oversees the school and meets the second Tuesday of the month.

Head Start Bahia Vista
125 Bahia Way, San Rafael, CA 94901
Head Start Bahia Vista offers partial and full-day child care programs for low-income families living in Marin County.More It has full-day or partial-day child care for children from infancy to 5 years old, all at no cost to qualifying parents. Head Start Bahia Vista also offers parent educational programs, access to health care, and access to family advocates who will lead you to helpful resources for your family. This Head Start location is at Bahia Vista Elementary School in the Canal District of San Rafael. It's best to call the administrative office at 415-883-3791 for applications and information.