School Details

Ring Mountain Day School

70 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 381-8183
NR

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 100 students 6 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Ring Mountain Day School is a private middle school in Mill Valley. The principal of Ring Mountain Day School is Sarah Flowers, who can be contacted at sflowers@ringmountain.org. 100 students go to Ring Mountain Day School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Ring Mountain Day School is 6:1. Mill Valley Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 93% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Hispanic 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% %
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Our child previously attended RMDS left for two years and has now returned. While painful to leave the previous administration and excessive turnover were not working. But we always missed the great things about RMDS. Our child now looks forward to school and says "Ring Mountain is awesome!" They have retained their small class size (12-14) low student teacher ratio discussion-based learning and blending of age groups via different activities but the school now has much more. Under the lovely school head Ms. Flowers the teachers seem to universally say they feel very supported. Not only have many of the strong teachers from the past stayed on but a few new excellent additions have come; the whole staff is stabilized. As a middle schooler our child interacts with many teachers throughout the day. Without exception each of them is kind thoughtful and respects each child s unique needs. From having school pets (dog bunny bird chickens and fish) to weekly lunch in multi-age "family" groups RMDS is nurturing. They have retained their strong academics and place kids in excellent high schools while adding warmth and stability.

  • (10 months ago)

    We moved our kid to RMDS in the middle of the school year. It has been an amazing transition. Not only does he feel at home but we do as well. The spectacular Head of School the responsive and warm teachers the tough and lovable coach - and the spirit that is encouraged -- inclusiveness hard work inquiry and flexibility -- have all made the experience quite wonderful. It's worth checking out if a smaller more individualized school is what you might be looking for.

  • (10 months ago)

    Our son is nearing the end of first grade his second year at Ring Mountain Day School and I could not be happier with the education and support he has received. His math reading writing and science education is superb as is the music Spanish art drama physical education. I love the small class sizes and the individualized attention he receives that he would not get elsewhere. This school is a community not just between the teachers and staff but also among the parents and the children. RMDS from the top down fosters relationships between the younger and older students and lets the kids know that they can and should talk with their teachers not just take orders. I am very happy with RMDS and am looking forward to my son's progress as he grows with the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ring Mountain Day School is like a little island of positivity. I am a member of the faculty and I can't tell you how warm and welcoming the whole school feels now that we have had our new Head of School with us for 2 years. Children are excited to come to school and we the staff are excited to teach! Professional development sessions personal support and camaraderie pervade every aspect of my teaching experience. RMDS sits squarely on the principles of Responsive Classroom (for elementary school) and the Harkness Method (for middle school). Both are proven community-oriented ways of teaching that foster a feeling of responsibility in the student to be in charge of their own learning. I am so proud of the community we have formed (including quite a few animals -- chickens fish dogs rabbits!) Our staff retention rate is higher our students and parents seem more than satisfied and we are constantly looking for ways to improve. I know of no other school where students are so supported in individualized interests and ways of learning -- proud to have memorized 20 digits of Pi proud to use a focusing ball in class and proud to think Shakespeare is super cool.

  • (1 year ago)

    We wish we had found Ring Mountain at the start of middle school but are lucky my son attended last year and this. I was afraid it was too small and it wasn't. With the Harkness methodology these students learn more at Ring Mountain than in a traditional classroom and the balance of the whole child development is the best.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our son came to Ring Mountain's middle school last year and each day since then I have felt grateful for this school. The teacher-student ratio allows for the sort of education not possible in other private or public schools. The teachers are extraordinarily in tune with each individual child and able to take each one to the limits of his or her academic abilities. The kids are bright motivated and kind to one another even across grade levels. The parents enjoy spending time together and have created a true community. The new interim head Sarah Flowers is inspiring and attentive to the needs of all parts of our community. The school's high school admission record matches or exceeds that of any Bay Area school. Thank you thank you thank you for the opportunities Ring Mountain gives to our son every single day.

  • (2 years ago)

    Ring Mountain Day School's faculty and staff genuinely care about each and every student - and my child is not "odd" neither are his many friends. Teachers are open and welcoming and have high academic expectations which are reinforced through a focused approach on social and emotional development hands on activities and meaningful learning opportunities. My child is extremely excited about the recent introduction of chickens which reside in the yard just outside his classroom. I believe the 7th graders were honored with the task of researching different types of chickens building a coop and involving the whole school in the naming of and care for the chickens. Real meaningful and authentic. The Head of School is guiding Ring Mountain on a truly positive path. She is a breath of fresh air!

  • (2 years ago)

    I guess the students who are not "odd" are thriving at this school but just that the reviewer calls students "odd" is a little worrisome. We are new to the school and still do not know everyone after a year. If you want a small school this is the school for you. It can't get much smaller. This school has some work to do and has potential to be great. Hopefully it will make it another year.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has attended Kindergarten at Ring Mountain. He was attending Pre K last year in another well known private school in Marin. We chose Ring Mountain because of small class size and individual attention that the students get. My son has blossomed academically ever since starting here. He's above grade level in math and reading/writing. His Spanish skills have improved tremendously. Within the first few months he had learned many Spanish words and could count to 30 in Spanish. Contrast that to the previous school where he had only learned to say Hola after a full year of Spanish classes. The new Interim head Sarah Flowers the teachers and staff are amazing. Everyone knows everyone here and as a student you never get lost. My son had a minor issue with one of his class mates and the whole situation was handled far beyond my expectation. The school helped my son to find ways to resolve daily issues and be more assertive. Ring Mountain's record for high school placement is amazing . This is a school that lets your child thrive both emotionally and academically and to be herself/himself. Ring Mountain must be the best kept secret in Marin.

  • (2 years ago)

    The recent post seems to say more about the reviewer than the school. A school in which an odd child has been bullied teased or called a name - what a terribly unique experience in American education. Obviously all of these problems are idiosyncratic to Ring Mountain and don't occur anywhere else. As for the observation on school dress code- most of the parents have not found an 8th graders use of eye shadow to be quite as threatening as the reviewer. I would suggest he or she might want to consider home schooling in order to keep their child safe from the existential threat of too much mascara. For the rest of us Ring Mountain has provided a warm nurturing environment where our child has thrived

  • (2 years ago)

    The last review is quite humorous considering that the head of school retired in December. We have an excellent interim head who has years of experience pole vaulting schools into the future. Our 8th graders placed into their 1st and 2nd choices for high school. When parents write 1 star reviews they are typically not change makers but complainers who cannot accept that their children may not do well in our school. Ring Mountain caters to students who want to learn and thrive in a nurturing environment. Our parent community allows anyone and everyone to be involved. The more involved you are as a parent the more fun you will have.

  • (2 years ago)

    I liked this school very much for one of my children but I could not agree to send my other child here. The head of school put her son in charge of the school and then she left without notice or explanation. Unfortunately her son has no experience as an assistant head of school. He failed to complete college and has no teaching experience. He refuses to speak with parents answer questions or work with other faculty members. His continued presence is a great disappointment for anyone associated with the school and it is difficult to understand why the tuition payment is justified. I chose this school because I liked the teachers but I have been very disappointed in the leadership of the school. How can an assistant head of school with such a dubious background and flimsy amount of experience be in any kind of leadership position in any school? As long as he is in charge I cannot recommend this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is one of the Bay Area's best kept little secrets. The school is small and nuturing and promotes creativity and independent thought. With the small class size my child is getting twice the amount of attention she would be getting in the upscale S.F. private schools at a comparitively reasonable price. The school bus is an added plus so I don't have to spend an hour a day traversing the Golden Gate Bridge to take my daughter to school. We love love love Ring Mountain.

  • (3 years ago)

    How do I begin to sing the praises of this school? The building is warm and inviting. The classrooms are large bright cheery stimulating and well equipped. The teachers head and parents have come together to create a very supportive community. The kids are safe and cared for by the entire staff. To top it all off my child is getting an excellent education!

  • (3 years ago)

    Finding the right school for your child is such a challenge. Thank God we found Ring Mountain. It has met and even exceeded all of expectations. And our expectations were considerable. The Head and teachers know and understand kids. I can't begin to express what a comfort it is to have place our son in this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child is receiving an outstandingly great education. The intellectual tone of the school is first rate. It is challenging but not more than my child can handle. I am very confident she will be well prepared for an academically challenging high school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am torn. Ring Mountain has provided a wonderful safe environment for my son. Thanks to the small classroom sizes and dedicated teachers he has made tremendous progress over the three years he's been there. He feels safe and connected and is fully engaged academically and for this we are very very grateful. This said I am frustrated perplexed and disappointed with the head of school. She fails to inspire or engage me as a parent and is dismissive of any idea that is not her own. Her failure to proactively address the teacher turn over and her decision to promote her family members concerned me enough that I opted not to put my daughter at the school. This decision pains me as I think it really is a special place. If you have a sensitive quirky kid---maybe shy or nerdy or challenged socially---Ring Mountain could be the place for him or her well worth the trade offs. But if you've got an outgoing independent kid who makes friends easily and for whom life seems to come easily you may be better off at another school.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have 2 kids at Ring Mountain. We move a lot due to my husbands work and this is my childrens 4th school. We are now in our 3rd year at Ring Mountain and we LOVE it. We where warmly welcomed and the teachers and the staff where very helpfull to help the kids adjust to the new school and country. The theachers are amazing and the head of the school is very dedicated and involved. I do not agree AT ALL with the former post about her mismanagement!!! We have to leave again at the end of this school year and I am allready sad. I as a parent will mis the very warm and close community and my kids say they will miss EVERYTHING. But I am comforted by the idea that my kids will do great in their next school just because they spent the last 3 years at Ring Mountain.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is our second year at RMDS. You know you've made the right choice when your child tells you on a daily basis how much she loves her school. She is excited to share with us each day what she has learned in each subject. Yes there has been many changes and so far the change has been a plus. The education and teachers (past and present) are top notch! We consider ourselves fortunate to have found RMDS and to be apart of its supportive community.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter loves Ring Mountain. The teachers are great. They work hard each day to create a safe challenging and nurturing evironment. We feel grateful to be part of such an awesome school.

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