School Details

Ross Elementary School

9 Lagunitas Road / PO Box 1058, Ross, CA 94957
(415) 457-2705
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 377 students 11 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

85%
85%
56%
94%
94%
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
  • Ross Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
69%
46%
87%
87%
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
  • Ross Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
95%
65%
98%
98%
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
  • Ross Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
95%
60%
87%
87%
65%
96%
96%
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
  • Ross Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
83%
60%
85%
85%
55%

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
  • Ross Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
88%
60%
86%
86%
52%

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
  • Ross Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
93%
50%
86%
86%
57%
80%
80%
52%
82%
82%
67%

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
  • Ross Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ross Elementary School is a public middle school in San Anselmo. The principal of Ross Elementary School is Chi Kim, Superintendent, who can be contacted at ckim@rossschool.k12.ca.us. 377 children attend Ross Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 1% of the Ross Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 5% of the 377 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Ross Elementary School is 11:1. Adaline E. Kent Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 92% 94%
Hispanic 4% 2%
Asian 3% 2%
Filipino 0.8% 0.8%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Unspecified 0.5% 0.5%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 346%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5% 0%
Limited English proficiency 1% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Where to start... Shout out to Mr. B! The kids want to work so hard in his class. What an inspiration he is for them at an age when most kids feign indifference (middle school). They learn to think deeply and critically for themselves. And that Fab Lab! (Fabrication Labratory) 3D printers woodworking and a few other things that I don't even know the name of but the kids can't get enough of this hands-on elective. Engineering comes to life here. An English Literature classroom organized around a comfortable set of sofas conducive to the sort of discussions we all experienced at university. A laptop for each child in grades 6-8. The new and respectful Superintendent is running the school not the parents. Thank goodness. (This issue comes up a lot in Marin.) And the best part? It is a K through 8 school. Families keep their children on one campus longer as is typical of the private school structure. The community of parents is tight when you find your core group. The downside is that there is zero financial diversity. Most families donate $3k per kid per year. Not exactly "real world" experience. Not sure that issue can be solved. Gorgeous town though.

  • (1 year ago)

    Ross School is truly outstanding. Superintendent Chi Kim is now entering her second year as the leader of the district. Ms. Kim is a talented bright hard working individual who places children at the center of everything that the Ross School does. This year there are several new initiatives being rolled-out to increase responsiveness to the individual needs of each child's learning style. My child has attended the Ross School for the past 8 years and the school is now at its highest-performing state; even higher levels will be reached in the next 1 to 2 years when the new programs gain full traction. (Just one example a one to one Chromebook program for every middle school student). Quite simply the Ross School rivals the best local private schools. Its facilities are brand new. Our teachers are dedicated professionals being challenged to further enhance their teaching capabilities.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school consistently ranks among the best in academics. Many kids are moving on to some of the top schools in the county or even boarding schools. Even though it is a Public School the average size of a grade is only around forty students and the teaching is stellar. A first class education is given and the teachers care about their students. We just got a great new principal who will help this school continue to get better.

  • (4 years ago)

    What a difference a year makes! Ross has the leadership and vision to take it to the next level. Our new Principal now with a new job title Superintendent/Principal has the conviction to move us forward. She has hired a new administrative team focused on doing what's best for children. The school has decreased bullying & increased its API from 911 to 939. Scores will just keep going up with a Leader who believes in high expectations engaging and rigorous curriculum and compassion for children balanced with accountability for all. It is a challenge to be fair in this affluent community but Dullea knows how; all children whether or not their parents donate $20 000 or the suggested $3400.00 per student are treated fairly. She knows how to balance support with acceleration for the gifted. 6-8 students have Friday enrichment classes. BEAR Time for the entire school is a dedicated block of silent reading. The school environment is completely different than 2 years ago. Kudos to Dullea for her courage vision & integrity to move Ross forward. Her new team and hires reflect her wisdom. intelligence and leadership! What an exciting time for Ross School long overdue!

  • (4 years ago)

    Ross School is a great place for kids who don't want to follow rules pay attention in class or do anything besides be cool. Really. There are some excellent teachers but they have gotten no support from the lack of leadership the past four years. Ask yourself-why does this school NEED a kindness campaign? Gee could it be because there is little or no kindness? No GATE program or anything else for the advanced student. Finally got smarter than a fifth grader and sent my kids to a private school-where no kindness campaign is needed!

  • (4 years ago)

    Our family moved to Ross four years ago when our children started at the Ross School in first grade. We were instantly welcomed with open arms by the Superintendent Tammy Murphy and quickly recognized her as very hard working and extremely experienced administrative leader. Recently she led the team that recruited another outstanding leader to our school Pattie Dullea Principal. Together this dynamic duo are creatively bringing new programs to Ross School while continuing to build on the core values of community that define our local culture. Yes sometimes innovating means eliminating outdated programs and shifting resources to more effective positions. Isn't this what good managers are paid to do? Yes just like our country our little town also struggles with change. But we need to trust our leaders and give them a chance to do their jobs while offering them our help and assistance.

  • (4 years ago)

    Ross School is a very mixed bag. There are some wonderful teachers and yes many students have received a first class education there. We are in the midst of a major power struggle between the Administration the Board of Trustees the Faculty and MANY parents over the direction of our little one school district. The Administration has recently eliminated a reading program which successfully educated scores of learners for over twenty years. Our Special Education program is once again in turmoil as the Coordinator has been laid off for budgetary reasons. Our test scores have fallen over the past years. We do have a Kindness Campaign in place but that is because we really need it. Change is coming you can count on that. New Administrative positions have been created during our budget shortfall. The new facility however should be wonderful. Just do not expect a panacea.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Ross School is a wonderful K-8 school run by a very talented and experienced Superintendent (Tammy Murphy) and Principal (Pattie Dullea). We have witnessed their combined leadership throughout the past year as we've faced the wrath of the California budget cuts. Our school's leadership team turned lemons into lemonade using the budget crisis as an opportunity to reinvigorate our curriculum and bring new proven learning techniques like RTI (http //tinyurl.com/5utoj5) to our campus. Tammy and Pattie are always open to parent feedback and are constantly working to incorporate the values we aspire to as a community into our school first. The recent Kindness Campaign has not only inspired our children but also our parent community. We are so fortunate to have the dedication experience and talents of Tammy and Pattie in such a small community.

  • (4 years ago)

    Ross Elementary School is an outstanding 5-star public school. I am proud to say my kids are receiving an exceptional education at this outstanding school. I can think of less than a handful of foolish people who would deign to write patent falsehoods about the amazing leadership of our administrative team and our fabulous teaching staff. Several forward thinking schools in CA have utilized a 'Kindness Consultant' and are now Blue Ribbon Schools. What a great goal to strive for! If you are truly seeking an excellent education come visit our school in person and meet our 'dynamic duo' Tammy Murphy and Pattie Dullea for yourself.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Ross School District is truly a special place to learn and grow. The Superintendent and Principal have worked tirelessly to bring the entire program up to the high educational standards that the students teachers and parents deserve. The amazing vision and leadership of the superintendent combined with the instructional expertise of the new principal has brought the district into the 21st century. I am so thrilled for our students and to be a part of such an incredible learning community.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am thrilled to see the direction this school is taking in terms of new leadership at the site. The new principal is working closely with the well respected superintendent parents and teachers to capitalize on what has been working and change what needs to be changed. Her wisdom experience and ability to foster positive relationships with all of the stakeholders in the community are just what we need to go to the next level! If you can afford to move to Ross forget private schools this is the up and coming place to be!

  • (5 years ago)

    The new Principal is going to take this school to the next level. She is a wise educator teacher and instructional leader who will garner the support of teachers. connect with the students and partner with the parents.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ross is the most tight-knit supportive community school you could ask for. It masquerades as a public school with all of the benefits of private education.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 3 children who attended Ross School beginning in kindergarten. One is now in high school. Each of my children have excelled and thrived at Ross School. The teachers are superb and committed to the children and are adept at teaching to the different styles of learning. As one of the few K-8 schools in Marin County I cannot imagine a better safer more intimate educational environment. In fact Ross School is very much like a private school but without the tuition!

  • (6 years ago)

    Ugh. Small socially suffocating school with an average of 40 kids per grade. By the time you hit middle school you want out. like now. I am so ready to be gone. Teachers are mostly really cool though. Yeah I'm gonna miss it..in a way. But basically most of the kids here are sheep who have no brains and just do what everyone else is doing.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school! fabulous teachers! my kids fit in so easily!

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