Novato Charter School

940 C Street, Novato, CA 94949
(415) 883-4254
10

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-8 249 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

81%
70%
56%
85%
77%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
63%
46%
82%
77%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
78%
65%
100%
82%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
72%
60%
87%
73%
65%
82%
71%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
71%
60%
72%
60%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
66%
60%
95%
53%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
70%
50%
95%
62%
57%
91%
61%
52%
100%
71%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Novato Charter School is a charter middle school in Novato. The principal of Novato Charter School is Nikki Llyod, who can be contacted at nlloyd@nusd.org. 249 students attend Novato Charter School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Novato Charter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 2% of the 249 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Novato Charter School is 22:1. Gate Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 60%
Asian 4% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 4%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 10% 26%
Filipino 0.4% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.4% 2%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 29%
Limited English proficiency 3% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I couldn't be happier or more grateful to have my child at this school! The teachers are so caring and the students are so fulfilled and nurtured. The art and music this school incorporates are some of the things so many other public schools are missing. I love getting to feel like a real part of my child's education and the wonderful staff and other parents make me look forward to each day we get to grow and learn together with our children.

  • (2 years ago)

    I would agree with the review posted on November of 2011. The school has had some turnover from senior staff and budget seems to be an issue. This school is going in the wrong direction.The teachers are dated in their views about how a child should act. The children in this school do not want to follow up their high school experience at another Waldorf system. Overall very dissapointed with their handling of my childs education and personal growth.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school coming from a student is a good school teaches good material but is stuck in the 60's. Any use of cell phones gaming devices or any other technological thing is forbidden and if found confiscated. In the kindergarten kids get in trouble for and I quote "TV Talk". Yes thats right even the mere MENTION of the word "Spider-man" is punishable. Other than this and the issues with budget (the school seems to be getting poorer and poorer every day) it is a good school. Worries about kids being teased/bullied begone! The school has a 0 tolerance policy for things like this. The school is a raffle school with a long waiting list so you might need to wait to get your kid in. One of the teachers (who I will leave unnamed) has an obsession with making kids pick up trash which is very annoying. Also the teachers tend to favor girls a LOT more than boys so be prepared if your child is a boy. Last but not least it has "main lesson" which is where you learn something write a draft draw a final (needs to be neat have a nice border etc.) then draw a picture. Very boring takes a long time. Overall its a pretty good school.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is a little gem in the sea of public school choas out there. It is a magical ride for the parents as well just as much as it is for the children. Reason being is that education is presented in such away that it makes you want to be back at school learning again yourself. The school really fosters a community of diversity and a classical education you just can't find easily these days.

  • (4 years ago)

    The culture here is of care and kindness. As a new family to the school we could not feel more welcomed and cared for anywhere else. Having experiences with standard public schools I view the significant difference being the shared interest of all families to be involved maintain high expectations and the focus on heart hand and head. These students learn how to be great people in addition to being great learners.

  • (5 years ago)

    They are' green' the evironment is very important and they teach and care about that they teach students with love and caring to me is the best school in Novato and should be more schools like this

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a unique school in Marin. Unlike all the other schools they truly care about the students. They teach them not only academics but to care for each other and the environment and opens up their creative minds. We love this school and wish there were more like it.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Novato Charter School because it is a well rounded education helping children unfold not academically but their love of learning and creativity.

  • (5 years ago)

    Why do you love Novato Charter School? It is a public school with private school standards and it educates heads hearts and hands not just the intellect.

  • (5 years ago)

    The educational methods of Novato Charter School nurture the whole child and helped my son achieve excellence in high School.

  • (5 years ago)

    I loved going to this school it shaped me and helped me become the person I am today. It has fabulous teachers and a wonderful curriculum. It involves the arts in school which so many schools today are lacking and helps children develop and discover who they are and be extremely proud to be that person.

  • (5 years ago)

    FABULOUS Teachers! Lovely gardens nice caring Participating parents strong director.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school teaches to the whole child emotional mind and physically. The school focus on the child's well being awareness of the world as an interactive use of everyday natural occurences and the cultivation of imagination are extrodonary methods that allow a child to grow and understand many things like the relationship of nature and then relate it back to an educational understanding as a whole emotional mind and physical

  • (5 years ago)

    An amazing school...an amazing community. Full of heart.

  • (5 years ago)

    A great community of parents kids and dedicated staff make this a wonderful place to learn life skills.

  • (5 years ago)

    Education that uses BOTH right and left sides of the brain. What more could you ask for!

  • (5 years ago)

    Exceptionally talented teachers and a visionary directory have forged a first rate public education at NCS.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am impressed with the curriculum and philosophy of Novato Charter School. I have seen my two nieces thrive under a program that encourages individuality and creative growth as well as academic fundamentals. The school appears to take pride in cultivating a child's natural abilities strengths and interests. At the same time Novato Charter School teaches its pupils well balanced social interaction while integrating such important qualities as courtesy respect and discipline. This school exemplifies a wonderful mix of life skills.

  • (5 years ago)

    NCS combines the best elements of a charter school a Waldorf school and a public school - a truly exceptional school...

  • (5 years ago)

    Because it provides a caring learning experience for our kids where they feel love not pressure.

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