The Branson School

39 Fernhill Avenue, Ross, CA 94957
(415) 454-3612
NR

(out of 10)

Private Grades 9-12 320 students 7 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

The Branson School is a private high school in San Anselmo. The principal of The Branson School is Dr. Thomas Price, who can be contacted at woody_price@branson.org. 320 students go to The Branson School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at The Branson School is 7:1. Sir Francis Drake High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 63% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% %
Multiracial 12% %
Hispanic 12% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    My daughter is a senior (class of '15) and has had a phenomenal 4 years at Branson. She has gotten a great education become a strong public speaker and had an excellent athletic experience. Branson is a small school and for my daughter that has meant personalized attention lots of group discussion and a chance to get involved in new activities. I have heard more than once kids comment about limited social circles. My impression is that the academic load is tough but not out of control. Between class work and an extra curricular activity or two your kid is not going to have time to be hanging out at the 7/11. While I wouldn't claim to have met a majority of the student body the kids I have met are well-spoken polite and motivated. I have never heard of or experienced any sort of party culture at Branson. We lost our head of school this year in unfortunate fashion but things returned to normal quickly and the Board seems to be completely on top of making changes to improve governance. Our family has had a great experience at Branson.

  • (10 months ago)

    You've got to be joking! This school's name has to come out of the great school list! They've damaged so many kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is very special--a nice melding of excellent academics and a warm cuddly peer group and a really doting and accessible administration and teachers. Despite the vast wealth of a lot of families the families are majorily kind and warm and very quick to embrace your child (and parents). Really this is a lovely school. And there are buses from SF and the East Bay.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great teachers nice kids willing to collaborate great food beautiful campus inspired head and a jewel of an admissions head who knows how to pick a good class. My chid is very happy learning so much and appreciated by his peers teachers and administration. He says he'll be sad when he graduates.

  • (2 years ago)

    Upon graduating from Branson in1999 I moved to NYC to attend Columbia University.Though I have never returned to the West Coast I have been trying to get back to Branson ever since! Branson along with its world class educators and administrators literally changed my life. A hallmark of Branson is the dynamic and close relationships between teachers and students. Academics are challenging but teachers go above and beyond to help every student achieve their highest potential and to fall in love with school and learning. I still keep in touch with my teachers and adminsitrators to this day - several of which were life changing mentors. I am so thankful for my Branson education and whenever I get back to the West Coast I will absolutely find a way to get involved in this amazing community again.

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent school excellent administration excellent teachers. My daughter is learning so much is not over-burdened with homework and is happy. Students treat each other well. This is a school that does things right.

  • (5 years ago)

    I didn't notice the 4 star (instead of 5) Head of School rating. I think this is a legacy rating from pre-2007. Woody Price has been at Branson three years now. He is five star all the way. A veteran leader who has dramatically improved many areas at the school. Do not choose a high school without meeting Woody. He will inspire you to something greater...Branson.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is currently a sophmore at Branson. Since the last post is of 11/07 the school has undergone significant new construction as well as remodeling. With only 320 students the school is even more of a jewel than mentioned earlier. I would disagree with rating on Principal Leadership. 'Woody' Price the Head of School is dynamic inspired and involved. That rating should be increased to five stars.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love this school because it allows students to become involved in their personal interests.

  • (10 years ago)

    Branson is a phenomenal school. After four years my daughter has received a college-level education from teachers who were absolutely outstanding across the board. Class size is tiny (12 - 17 students is normal) and individual attention for students is virtually unlimited. The faculty are friendly accessible and focused on learning. Overall the students are extremely bright and congenial. Branson is mindful not to pile on the work too much (probably less than many suburban public high schools) because they know that most kids have substantial extra-curricular commitments. There is a strong sense of community great scholarship support and a surprising degree of geographic ethnic and economic diversity. The campus is a jewell. It's hard to imagine a better learning environment-- no kidding. Apply even if you don't think you can afford it--there is lots of aid available.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is an incredible school for children who are willing to put the work in to gain an imeasurably fabulous education. Highly recommended.

  • (11 years ago)

    This is the best school I've ever been to.

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