School Details

Tamalpais High School

700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-3292
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1110 students 15 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Tamalpais Union High School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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.
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  • This school in 2013
  • Tamalpais Union High School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Tamalpais Union High School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Tamalpais High School is a public high school in Mill Valley. The principal of Tamalpais High School is Tom Drescher, who can be contacted at tdrescher@tamdistrict.org. 1,110 students go to Tamalpais High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Tamalpais High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 9% of the 1,110 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Tamalpais High School is 15:1. Oak Hill School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 74% 79%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 4%
Unspecified 2% 5%
Asian 10% 6%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 3824%
Filipino 0.7% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 4%
Limited English proficiency 4% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I dislike the school terrible teachers and students are supper spoiled and they are not acceptant of other ethnicities

  • (2 years ago)

    The children from Marin City are a bonus to Tam creating a diverse population of students. Children who overcome monitory and other challenges deserve a lot of respect from the community. Children who grow up in priviliged circumstances have no idea what it is like to grow up in difficult situations. Tam creates a warm environment where everyone can be successful which is the life lesson all our children should be learning in High School--all inclusive.

  • (2 years ago)

    Possibly the most beautiful school in the State. In looking at the API's of Marin High Schools surprised Mt. Tam is not on Top. Son went to Redwood (Larkspur) transferred to Mt. Tam - no comparison Mt. Tam easily surpasses Redwood. However Marin City drives school API ratings far below what they should be. Should additionally be making the Tiburon/Belvedere kids go to Mt. Tam (their high school of residency) and quit allowing them to sneak off down the road to attend Redwood. Funny how everyone turns a blind eye to Tiburon/Belvedere kids enrolling into Redwood high (no Intradistrict transfers no nothing). Send Marin City to Redwood and Tiburon/Belvedere back to us THEN check the API ratings.

  • (4 years ago)

    Amazing Drama Department!

  • (5 years ago)

    Fine teachers and teaching great sppirit

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent educational facility. Just splendid.

  • (6 years ago)

    There are so many great kids here and you can really be yourself.

  • (7 years ago)

    This was the worst school. I used to go there the students are spoiled and whiny. And the athletics are terrible. Go to drake or redwood if you are new to the area and have a high school aged child.

  • (8 years ago)

    great school. good class size good teachers in most areas but are some duds. lots of AP and advance placement options. counsellors could be more helpful at choosing courses and keeping kids on track to their goals. overall great school proud to have my daughter graduating from there soon.

  • (8 years ago)

    ok..a lot of construction going on teachers are very responsive to email and phone calls at least...however assignments in most classes are not clear..except math

  • (8 years ago)

    It's diversity and progressive approach makes Tam one of the most unique high schools in the state. It preps the student for college and more importantly for life

  • (10 years ago)

    A fantastic school with a unique and motivational environment. There is comraderie among the students and respect between students and their teachers. Overall academic programs are exceptional especially in the sciences. Fine art programs are fantastic including a world renowned Drama program. There are also a wide variety of sports programs all of which are well run and supported. Student facilities are resources are superb including a computer lab and large libary with helpful staff. The campus is gorgeous and the location convenient. Overall and exceptional place of learning.

  • (11 years ago)

    Very high standards and expectations. Outstanding parent involvement and community relations!

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