School Details

Glenwood Elementary School

25 Castlewood Dr, San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 485-2430
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 399 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

83%
50%
56%
80%
64%
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
  • San Rafael City Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
46%
46%
87%
63%
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
  • San Rafael City Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
64%
65%
91%
76%
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
  • San Rafael City Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
62%
60%
88%
71%
65%
87%
56%
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
  • San Rafael City Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Glenwood Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Rafael. The principal of Glenwood Elementary School is Elizabeth Block, who can be contacted at lblock@srcs.org. 399 students attend Glenwood Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 11% of the Glenwood Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 13% of the 399 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Glenwood Elementary School is 18:1. San Pedro Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% 30%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 5% 5%
Unspecified 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Hispanic 15% 59%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.08%
Filipino 0% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 4159%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 51%
Limited English proficiency 11% 50%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I can't add much that hasn't already been said by the other reviewers. I just wanted to reiterate that Glenwood is an incredible place that has some truly amazing and caring teachers. My son has developed some much both emotionally and intellectually. Each of the positive reviews are fairly representative of most of the other experiences. I could not recommend it more.

  • (1 year ago)

    If I could take all the essential parts of what I believe would comprise the perfect public elementary school I would have to look no further than Glenwood. Outstanding Principal in Mr. Marcucci. His talents are many however wish the SF Giants would have picked him up as a baseball scout as he has again and again displayed an uncanny talent for drawing the most gifted and capable teaching faculty. I am generally the type of person who can always add an area of improvement however in this matter can honestly say that I cannot. Wonderful school.

  • (3 years ago)

    We used to spend $25k a year to send our son to private school but when we got into Glenwood we decided to support the foundation and PTA of this great public school instead. We love this school and consider ourselves fortunate to have such a dedicated principal and staff. The principal actually rallies the kids every single morning and is a bit of a rock-star to the students which means they respect him. My son adores going to school and we feel good about the basics as well as the extras available here.

  • (3 years ago)

    Glenwood is a California public school which only continues to improve. The faculty is first rate led by a progressive and dedicated Principal. The enrichment and quality of Education is first rate. Glenwood balances a curriculum which is academically focused and stimulates positive child development. The State BOE should take a close look at Glenwood as again this is a California public school that got it right! Cons??.... are you kidding 0) My wife and I consider it a privilege to send our son to the finest elementary school in all of Marin and possibly the state.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two sons in Glenwood and they have really worked hard to make learning interesting for each boy. One is in Gate while the other is doing very well. Where he has issues the teachers work to build capabilities. I can not have asked for more out of a school than what Glenwood has provided.

  • (6 years ago)

    After almost three years at Glenwood the pros and cons are sinking in. The pros Glenwood is a fabulous school academically with test scores time and again among the top among elementary schools in Marin County. A wonderfully dedicated staff makes the learning experience that much greater. Lots of parent involvement in the way of volunteering in the classroom and at fundraising and community building events. The cons the geographic community from which the school draws its population is itself is very condensed in places fairly homogeneous socioeconomically and a bit isolated from the rest of San Rafael. This makes for a very tight community that at times can seem exclusive particularly if one does not live in the Glenwood neighborhood or in neighboring communities nearby. This can be overcome by oneself becoming very involved but it can take work to fit in if you do not live in the neighborhood.

  • (7 years ago)

    Like a private school with 10 out of 10 API numbers huge parent involvement which is a big reason this school is a Blue Ribbon Credentialed school. Their principal has been around for a long time and their program are very consistent and their standard is very high.

  • (8 years ago)

    Glenwood Elementary is a safe loving supportive school where children are respected for their unique qualities and are challenged to be the best students and community members they can be. The teachers are caring and and dedicated and Kathy O'Keefe the principal is warm kind enthusiastic very approachable and highly respected for her dedication and commitment to the school. The community of parents is welcoming and very involved consisting not only of families living in the general vicinity of the school but from the entire city of San Rafael. The active PTA helps fund such programs as computer art and science specialists a week away of outdoor education for 5th graders fun and educational field trips for all classes hospitality events to welcome new parents and fun community-building events like the annual hoedown and ice cream socials. We are so happy at Glenwood!

  • (8 years ago)

    Glenwood Elementary is an outstanding school. Every one of the staff memebers is dedicated to providing individual attention to their students. My child struggled with reading and was quickly put into a free after-school tutoring program that greatly increased her ability and confidence in reading. There is a wonderful music program with instruction in recorders reading music piano trumpet guitar and others. Foreign language programs are offered before regular school hours. Regular PE classes are offered twice a week and there is an after school sports program available for a fee. Glenwood is a wonderful school for my two children and we are delighted to have them attend.

  • (8 years ago)

    There is nothing about Glenwood that I don't like except it only goes to 5th grade! The academic programs are geared to the different levels of competence. They are comitted to offering a great music computer scienc and physical education program. Kathy O'Keefe is on top of everything! I can't believe that the parent involvement is any greater in any other school@!

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent programs and staff.

  • (11 years ago)

    This is an awesome school. This is my kids second year attending at Glenwood and I just can't tell you how much they enjoy it. We moved here last July from the Valley and I will say this They actually love to go to school. Principal teachers and parents are great. Just a very organized school and located in a beautiful area.

  • (11 years ago)

    A terrific school great principal and alot of parent involvement.

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