Buying a Home in Marin County? Which School District is Best?

Posted by Annalise Demuth on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 7:59am.

Usually when I'm approached to help find a home for clients that are concerned about schools I will point them to a number of resources to help them decide where to plunk down their hard earned house dollars.  Inevitably though, the school search is dictated by budget.  So let me just say this.  MOST of the schools in Marin County are VERY good. And ALL of the schools fall into the GOOD category.

In this day and age parents are very concerned about whether or not their child will fit in, or get what he/she needs out of their school experience.  Thanks to President Bush (No Child Left Behind Act), The academic equation has been streamlined; each grades' curriculum is now uniform.  Meaning all second grades kids are tought the same curriculum across California.  And third, fourth, and fifth grade all the way up to high school. 

Once you factor out the curriculum expectations, then it becomes a question of 'how your child relates to his/her teacher' and the number of English language learners (English is not the childs first language) in each school.  In general, the majority of schools in Marin have English language learners who take the STAR test (No Child Left Behind Act) and the school is then rated by the result of the test.  Suffice it to say, the more affluent communities in Marin have less English language learners, higher test scores and higher property values.  

Finally, when asked about schools in Marin and which are best, I usually answer with a question.  What is your house budget?  Meaning, all the schools are good.  Yes, they are different, and some score higher than others. However, many of the schools in Marin are 'Distinguished by the Sate of California', so take your pick.

If you're considering moving to Marin and would like to explore the various schools, I'm happy to provide you with some resources that will help you decide where would be best for your children. 



Annalise Demuth is a licensed Realtor with Marin Modern Real Estate.   Contact Annalise for assistance buying or selling homes, condominiums or multi-family dwellings in either Marin County or the East Bay.

1 Response to "Buying a Home in Marin County? Which School District is Best?"

Julie Kennedy wrote: Nice write-up Annalise! I find that the schools in Marin County are one of the key motivators for young families interested in moving to the area.

Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 11:19am.

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