School Details

Dixie Elementary School

1175 Idylberry Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 492-3730
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 400 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

90%
77%
56%
91%
85%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Dixie Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
72%
46%
89%
82%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Dixie Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
86%
65%
94%
84%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Dixie Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
86%
60%
94%
86%
65%
87%
84%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Dixie Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dixie Elementary School is a public elementary school. The principal of Dixie Elementary School is Patricia Elliot, whose e-mail is flynn.elliot@marin.k12.ca.us. 400 children attend Dixie Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Hispanic. 8% of the Dixie Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 400 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Dixie Elementary School is 18:1. Marin Waldorf School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 68%
Unspecified 5% 11%
Hispanic 5% 11%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian 12% 7%
Filipino 1.0% 0.9%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 1789%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 12%
Limited English proficiency 8% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    We are new to the district and have been very happy with Dixie. My son's kindergarten teacher is excellent - attentive communicative and sensitive to his individual needs. The families we have met so far have been incredibly warm and receptive. The principal is caring involved and active. I've been impressed with the resources available to my child the extra-curricular activities and the involvement of the parents. So far Dixie is an all-around great school!

  • (2 years ago)

    We moved from another school in the district and what a difference finally my son is getting the education he deserves. Nice kind teachers academic work to his ability. Recess is managed and supported by various activities. It is like we walked into an alternate universe. Smiles all around this campus not like the other school where you were greeted by a rude and miserable secretary. This is a GREAT SCHOOL it isnt just me who is happier my son keeps telling me he loves it well done Dixie elementary

  • (2 years ago)

    The parents are involved and invested in their child's education. The kids do well on the State test because of this not because it's a good school. Most teachers teach to the test and are not invested with the kids. If can can afford private school consider this before you send them to Dixie.

  • (3 years ago)

    Dixie is an OK school but there is a lot of bullying going on there by the kids to other kids and by teachers bullying parents for no good reason. I have hope and pray the principle takes care of this for the new school year.

  • (3 years ago)

    In the second grade my daughter switched from a private school to Dixie. Being the new kid wasn't easy since everyone seemed to know each other since birth.(It's a small community). Anyway after the first few months she fell in love with Dixie. She told me that at her old school she had only one friend and now EVERYONE is a friend. She also shared with me how she felt her old school was grey and boring and her new school is surrounded by nature and fun. She loves her teachers friends and is really thriving. Now she is in the 5th grade and she's sad that she'll be leaving next year. She's a straight A student and really applies herself because the encouragement she gets from her teacher makes her want to succeed. We're very happy with Dixie. We'll miss it.

  • (4 years ago)

    We moved here so are comparing to another public school in Bay Area The teachers teach to the test -- literally reading from teacher manuals during class and work is straight from workbooks etc. I think a good teacher creates his/her own curriculum using the textbooks and workbooks as supplements not the be all end all. I also have to comment that the children frankly are not as well-behaved and nice as at other schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    the leadership in this school needs a lot of help. The teachers are for the most part good but tend to teach towards the Star Test. For example the 3rd garders had no homework after the Star test.

  • (4 years ago)

    Moving to Dixie from a private school I find the education and the 'whole student approach' to be far better and far more organized than any private school we have seen. The staff works together to know the student and taylor the education to bring out the best in each student. Hands down the best school we have seen and we have seen many!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Our daughter has attended Dixie for five years ever since kindergarten and it has been a wonderful experience for her. The teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic her fellow students are friendly and engaged and it has a very strong and involved parent community. We couldn't be happier with the school it has strong academics excellent enrichment in the arts and provides a safe and happy environment in which to learn. We're relocating and the comments on greatschools.org have been really useful for finding a new school for our daughter. For anyone coming to the Dixie School area we strongly recommend Dixie without any reservations at all.

  • (6 years ago)

    Dixie has received the highest level of achievement from the state and beyond - along with the 'whole student' approach - the families can expect the best well rounded and focused k-5 experience for the students - much more well rounded nad enriched with variety than any private school we looked at in the area.

  • (7 years ago)

    Academic programs are very good. Strong focus on students academics well rounded-life style and personal character development. Extra-curricular availability is good (excellent relative to public schools but not what I would expect to see at a private school). Parent involvement is extraordinary - what sets this school apart from the others. Congrats to faculty and staff for continued development of an excellent school.

  • (9 years ago)

    We recently moved from private school to Dixie. Although the academic push is not as strong Dixie provides a stronger well rounded education. Now instead of having tons of homework our daughters have a reasonable amount of homework and still have time for extracurricular activities and family time. There is strong parent involvement band book club garden club drama and art and great after school care if needed. The new principal is right on top of things. Recently I approached my daughter's fourth grade teacher as I was worried my daughter was bored and both the principal and teacher met with me. Within a day my daughter was given more challenging work and now is enthusiastic about school again. My daughter is blessed with brains scoring in the 99% on all categorities of the IOWA and STAR testing. I feel Dixie helps the smartest kids as well as the lower achievers.

  • (9 years ago)

    Dixie is a great school. My son completed kindergarten this past year and had a fantastic experience. Within a short time all the K teachers knew him by name and recognized his strengths and weaknesses. Patty has the respect of the teachers parents and kids and has a vision for Dixie. Dixie offers music art and sports for all grade levels. On any given day you can see numerous parent and community volunteers. I was originally concerned about attending a public school but after seeing Dixie in action I can't imagine a better school for both learning and social development.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is as good as a private school and its anbsolute wonderful school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I cannot say enough positive things about Dixie Elementary. We moved to the district because of the school. Two of our children completed K-5 and two are still in Dixie Elementary. It has exceeded our expectations. As a former teacher (elesewhere) I am particularly impressed with the synergy between teachers parents and administration. Also the students seem happy and engaged something difficult to quantify. When problems arise administration is quick to respond. While these comments are general due to available space the details of Dixie Elementary's success deserve your further inquiry.

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