School Details

Rancho Elementary School

1430 Johnson Street, Novato, CA 94947
(415) 897-3101
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 468 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

92%
70%
56%
92%
77%
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
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
63%
46%
87%
77%
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
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
78%
65%
93%
82%
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
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
72%
60%
78%
73%
65%
77%
71%
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
  • Novato Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Rancho Elementary School is a public elementary school in Novato. The principal of Rancho Elementary School is Nancy Kawata and can be contacted at nkawata@nusd.org. 468 children attend Rancho Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 10% of the Rancho Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 16% of the 468 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Rancho Elementary School is 20:1. Marin Christian Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Basketball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 66% 60%
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 14% 26%
Asian 11% 5%
Filipino 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.2% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.2% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 7307%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16% 29%
Limited English proficiency 10% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    When it came time to pick a school for my son I had a few choices I could go with. I am so happy that I picked Rancho! The staff there is very friendly and understanding of the child's needs and families concerns. My son who was starting Kindergarten had many concerns and fears and his teacher and Principal has made this year which is an important one in a child's school career a successful one. I have noticed this year that he has made leaps and bounds in his academics and social skills and I have Rancho to Thank for that. The parents of the students at the school are all very hands on and help each other out and that I feel makes it easier for the children to ask for help and keep our children safe at school as well. Rancho in my book is definitely a 10 and I am looking forward for the years to come there.

  • (2 years ago)

    wonderful school. My son was transfered to this school last year and see a big different on the school culture and kids behavior. Now I understand why this is a popular school that every parent wants to come. I hope this school continue to stay wonderful

  • (2 years ago)

    Excellent school !!!...Principal teachers parents and students make a great community. Rancho is a diamond in Novato and Marin County.

  • (2 years ago)

    Now that Rancho is a neighborhood school our kids are able to walk and have easier access to a solid program with all their local friends. It has the same curriculum as the other schools which we are happy with.

  • (2 years ago)

    Rancho has been and continues to be an incredible environment for my children. We knew from the moment we toured the school that Rancho was the best choice for our family. The kids are incredibly engaged challenged respectful and well-behaved. The standards set by the administration teachers parents and ultimately the students are very high. It's the best we love it!

  • (3 years ago)

    Rancho Elementary has such a wonderful staff and family community something it takes years and years to build and to be successful at We are so lucky to attend our school of choice.

  • (3 years ago)

    Such a great school of choice. Amazing teachers parents and students. This school should be celebrated for it's successes.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Rancho because the faculty really care about the welfare of every child and the parents are so involved with the school it's a top notch education!

  • (5 years ago)

    The parent and teacher invovlement is incredible and the learning environment allows the teachers to bring out the best in our children

  • (5 years ago)

    There is so much parent & family involvement in this school that it feels more like a big family than a school!

  • (6 years ago)

    Rancho is the best. The teacher stimulate each child according to their abilities. My child has learned so much in Kindergarten. We are just now entering the 3rd semester and she is reading fluently and is able to do additions mentally. This school is lottery based but it is worth the every effort.

  • (6 years ago)

    Rancho is the best. It not only pushes the kids it pushes the parents to get involved and stay involved. There is no magic to the formula - when parents are invested in the outcome the kids excel.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love Rancho. I like the way parents get to interact with the teachers and principal as well as I like the volunteering opportunity as it gives us more insight about what our kids are doing in the class and their progress.

  • (7 years ago)

    Love the school. We are very lucky to have both children in the school. Would like to see more language (Spanish) more music and the arts. Love the teachers the principal and the grounds are beautiful.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have been thrilled with Rancho the academics are outstanding and the level of parent involvement is incredible. Additionally although you need to particpate in the random lottery to enroll the school is trying to encourage diversity by always having our Spanish speaking PTA President at each parent tour and even setting up a seperate Spanish speaking only school tour. My children look forward to school everyday.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our daughter is nearing completion of kindergarten at Rancho. We have been very pleased with all aspects of her experience this past year. Her teacher Mrs. Bondanza cares greatly about the children in her class and takes the time to help with individual student needs. We have been particularly pleased with the level of parent involvement in our daughter's class including daily parent volunteers to assist with the rotating 'centers' workshops. All in all this past year has been a great experience for us but most importantly for our daughter who has grown by leaps and bounds.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is one of the best elementary schools my son has studied in. I like parents to be involved in what is happening in school. This is just right for me. And Teachers are very communicative. Have some extra circular activities too.

  • (9 years ago)

    Rancho is an excellent school and as such there is more demand then space. Therefore Rancho uses a lottery system to get in. This gives the perception of an 'elitist' school or one not open to everyone. This is simply not the case. It's a Novato Public School it's just not a 'neighborhood' school. If anything I believe that makes it more open because it's not restricted to those who happen to live in the neighborhood. It's an outstanding school with excellent results. They are often punished for that success with this kind of perceprtion. I believe the key to Rancho is parental involvement. That may come from the fact that people had to take the extra step to get their kid in. One teacher told me it was 'the school she was born to teach in'. Is diversity an issue? Maybe but remember the lottery is open to all kids.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child will be entering second grade at Rancho in the fall. The teachers truly seem to make and effort to know each and every child individually. For us the teachers were always willing to discuss my child's progress and have given us extra conferences. Rancho promotes strong academic achievement in a caring environment. Achievement and citizenship are recognized. The parent community is extremely involved. The leadership team and PTA board are intelligent and dedicated. Several family functions are offered throughout the school year which provide a sense of community for all families.

  • (9 years ago)

    Rancho Elementary School when I was a student had a good environment and teachers that helped me succeed to where I am now. Presently I attend St. Ignatius College Prepartory in San Francisco and Rancho helped build basics for me to get there. However while I was a student the science and grammar departments were slightly low though at the same time math was superb.

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