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If you are planning to purchase a home in Marin County, you might consider Fairfax, a quirky little town with lots to do. From its eclectic downtown to its beautiful surroundings, perfect for biking and hiking, Fairfax has something for everyone. If you have children, an important factor in your decision making process will be finding an area with schools that will meet the needs of your family and children. The Fairfax community's commitment to ecology is evident in the fact that the school system in Fairfax includes two Green public schools and one Green private school.

Fairfax Public Schools

Two public school districts serve students living in Fairfax. Elementary and middle school students attend schools in the Ross Valley School District, and most high school students attend Sir Francis Drake High School, which is in the Tamalpais Union High School District.

Ross Valley School District provides elementary education to children from Fairfax, San Anselmo, and the surrounding unincorporated areas. Schools serving the Fairfax area are Brookside Elementary, Manor Elementary, and White Hill Middle School.

Tamalpais Union High School District provides secondary school education to students coming from ten elementary districts in Marin County, including the Ross Valley School District. It includes three comprehensive high schools, all of which have been designated as California Distinguished Schools, and two alternative schools.

Brookside Elementary School - Lower Campus

116 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Phone: (415) 453-2948

Website: Brookside School

Grades: K-2

Brookside Elementary, was designated a California Distinguished School in 1995. It is housed on two separate sites, with the Butterfield Road campus serving the primary grades. The curriculum follows a "project based learning" strategy that draws from a child's inherent drive to learn by engaging students in real world projects. Childcare is available for all grade levels on the "lower" campus.

Brookside Elementary School - Upper Campus

46 Green Valley Court
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Phone: (415) 454-7409

Website: Brookside School

Grades: 3-5

Brookside Elementary was designated a California Distinguished School in 1995. It is housed on two separate sites, with the Green Valley Court campus serving the upper elementary grades. The curriculum follows a "project based learning" strategy that draws from a child's inherent drive to learn by engaging students in real world projects. Childcare is available for all grade levels on the "lower" campus.

Manor Elementary School

150 Oak Manor Drive
Fairfax, CA 94930

Phone: (415) 453-1544

Website: Manor Elementary

Grades: K-5

Manor Elementary School hosts the district's only MAP (Multi-age Program), which is a K-5 alternative education program. After school childcare is offered through the YMCA.

Manor School also provides special support for students receiving instruction in English as a second language. The County of Marin has certified Manor Elementary School as a Green Business.

Wade Thomas Elementary School

150 Ross Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Phone: (415) 454-4603

Website: Wade Thomas Elementary

Grades: K-5

Wade Thomas Elementary was built on the site of the first school in San Anselmo. It was twice named a California Distinguished School, in 1989 and again in 1997. With a 2006 API of 938, Wade Thomas Elementary ranks in the top 10% of schools in California.

White Hill Middle School

101 Glen Drive
Fairfax, CA 94930

Phone: (415) 454-8390

Website: White Hill Middle School

Grades: 6-8

White Hill is the only middle school for the Ross Valley School District and serves over 600 students coming from the San Anselmo and Fairfax areas. White Hill Middle School was named a California Distinguished School in 2001.

Sir Francis Drake High School

1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Phone: (415) 453-8770

Website: Sir Francis Drake High School

Sir Francis Drake High School is an award winning school. It is a California Distinguished School and was identified by the U.S. Department of Education as a New American High School. Students coming from Lagunitas, Nicasio, and Ross Valley Districts attend Sir Francis Drake. The curriculum emphasizes a college preparatory program, but provides for all levels of interest and abilities. The County of Marin has certified Sir Francis Drake High School as a Green Business.

Tamiscal High Alternative High School

305 Doherty Drive
Larkspur, CA 94939

Phone: (415) 945-3750

Website: Tamiscal High Alternative

Grades: 9-12

Tamiscal High School is a small independent high school within the Tamalpais Union High School District. The Tamiscal curriculum offers a program that allows a high school diploma, but not necessarily the courses needed to gain entrance into a university. University entry courses such as foreign language and upper level lab sciences must be taken elsewhere.

San Andreas Continuation/Alternative High School

599 William Ave
Larkspur, 94939

Phone: (415) 945-3770

Website: San Andreas Alternative

Grades: 9-12

San Andreas High School offers a program for students who have difficulty in a large school setting.

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