JAMES B. DAVIDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

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280 WOODLAND AVE
SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901
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: 5294
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Harriet Maclean
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (32 ratings)
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    School Reviews (23 Reviews)
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    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."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-02-15
    "This school is a joke. The children have no repercussions for the bad choices they make. Teachers are not backed up at all."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-04-27
    "Davidson is a wonderful, ethnically diverse, community-based school with an amazing principal. The principal greets students at the beginning of each day and directs traffic at the end of the day to make time for chatting with parents. The art department, wood shop course and music are our favorites. Something people may not know is the school has a fantastic garden and creek in the back where science classes explore and do lab work. The garden club plants, composts, waters and maintains the garden and everyone is welcome. They even make salads, pestos and tomatillo salsa after harvesting! My daughter is thriving as a small fish in a big pond; she is happy and smiling every day and has met so many nice, hard-working friends there. She gets to know new kids every class because the teachers organize a lot of group projects where students get to work together, at school. Every quarter, they have an honor roll assembly to recognize all of the students' accomplishments and it is a joy to see so many of them walking up there, proud as can be! When there is a problem in the classroom, the principal has taken strong and immediate action."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-03-27
    "The administration frowns on teachers referrals, says that discipline issues need to be solved in the classroom. Students are well aware that their teachers are not backed up by a strong administration, therefore, the inmates run the asylum while Ms (or DR as she insists on being called) McClean boasts that suspensions are down. Uh, suspensions are down because the administration refuses to take action, not because student behavior has improved! The lower achievers drag down the higher achievers as Dr. McClean has also gotten ride of honors classes. There is a grand dumbing down of students here, and their poor classroom manners which are accepted here, are not accepted at high schools while offering a sad reflection of what the students learned, or sadly, did not learn, here at Davidson Middle School. Please know, I am not blaming the teachers. To paraphrase Truman, the buck stops there--at the principal's desk."
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