JAMES B. DAVIDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

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280 WOODLAND AVE
SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901
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Phone: 415-485-2400
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 7
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: San Rafael City Elementary
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 322.3
  • Number Students: 967
  • Number Teachers: 45
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 3228
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Harriet Maclean
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  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (35 ratings)
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    School Reviews (26 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-12
    "My son is in the 6th grade. Like many parents whose child attended an excellent elementary school, we were somewhat apprehensive about our son attending Davidson. As it turned out, our fears were unfounded. Here is my overall assessment. PROS: His teachers range from adequate to excellent. He particularly likes his math and PE teachers. The school is well run. The kids seem generally respectful considering their age. The music program is above average. Excellent library facility. CONS: I would like to see better supervision of the playground during lunch. Our son's science teacher is a rookie and could have used more training/experience, though he is adequate. The campus could use more sprucing up in spots. The asphalt walkway between two buildings is cracked and loose."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-03-11
    "This school is terrible. There is no emphasis on safety and/or making smart choices. There are even used birth control mechanisms under the bleachers. THIS IS A MIDDLE SCHOOL IT IS UNACCEPTABLE. There are no advanced courses and it is a bore for students who actually put in effort. Make the smart choice and stop looking at this school, all that will come will disappoint."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-29
    "I have a daughter in 6th grade. Her classes are ridiculously easy, and even then half of her classmates can't do anything. Every day she comes home telling me stories of disruptive and disrespectful behavior, and these kids never get sent to the principal! Unreal. She zips through her work and spends most of her time helping her classmates with their work. This school seems to view my daughter like some unpaid tutor! I asked if she could be moved to an advanced English class. No dice. They don't even have advanced classes at Davidson! WHAT A JOKE!!!! The one bright spot is her pre-algebra class. But now I hear the school plans to eliminate geometry, which is what she's on track to take in 8th grade!! So what math class do they expect her to take in the 8th grade? Nothing? AGAIN, WHAT A JOKE!!!! My husband and I are DEFINITELY going to be sending her to another middle school for 7th and 8th grade!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-30
    "In the middle of this period, the principal Dr. McLean has been made available VERY HIGHLY achieving GROUND SUPPORT to those who are from classes with less educational support, hence the SAFETY of this school has developed into the most recent CHANGE to become a PEACE example par excellence. The teachers are in the mean of wishing the students WELL and finishing when the STUDENT actually had learned to become at level for the pursuing next stage and grade, even though no one is payed to do such high achieving job with such devotion with, what I wish to name, love. I am grateful to Davidson Middle Schools music program and the AMAZING music teachers, although being part of Festivals had not been our expectancy, I am BAFFLED with what precision Mr. Trillo and Mr. Morris are in the mean to become GUIDING LEADERS in music teaching: every child simplest version is playing one instrument, other even three. Encouraging, life enriching my two children are in the way of becoming self reliant young adults - even with the support of DMS. I highly recommend you finding out for yourself. The reluctance of our neighbors had been coming from BEFORE Dr. McLean took over a few short years ago."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-03
    "If you are looking for a place for your child to receive a great education in a diverse environment where they are exposed to a myriad of life experience, then you will be happy at Davidson. If you value critical thinking and being part of your community across its economic spectrum, then you will be happy at Davidson. Dr. MacLean is fantastic and has set the standard that ALL students deserve to learn and have a path to success in high school and college. For all those parents who fear that sending their child to Davidson will threaten their chances of going to college, I suggest you look at the graduates of San Rafael High School, which routintely has college acceptance rates on par with every other Marin County high school. For my children, I want an education that goes beyond academic knowledge. I want my children to be empathetic members of society who respect others, form their own opinions and be positive members of their community. Davidson provides the environment to help make this happen."
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