SAN RAFAEL HIGH SCHOOL

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185 MISSION AVE
SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901
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Phone: 415-485-2330
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 6
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: San Rafael City High School District
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 280.3
  • Number Students: 1121
  • Number Teachers: 60
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6283
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Glenn Dennis
  • 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 (18 ratings)
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    School Reviews (14 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-23
    "My freshman daughter and I are just back from San Rafael High's back to school night and I would like to share my first impressions: Physical facilities are well maintained, the grounds are clean and my daughter feels safe and secure at the school. Nice architecture too and a good location next to Whole Foods, Montecito Shopping Center, CVS, Peet's Coffee so the campus has a kinda Berkeley feel. About half the school is Hispanic, so "everything" is bilingual which makes it wonderfully easy to learn Spanish. Spanish teacher is a dynamo, Algebra II teacher is a Cal Poly SLO mathematics major, English reading list includes "To Kill a Mocking Bird" and "Slaughterhouse Five" and as these are two of my favorites books, I'm very impressed with the English teacher. Biology teacher is an actively involved in local environmental volunteer. Daughter is running the mile in 8 minutes 20 seconds, so hats off to the PE coach too. Principal mentioned that the school was "crazy fund". Summary, academically rigorous, diverse student population, accepting (no bullying apparent), warm and welcoming school. Character building football team though, please know I respect you for your efforts."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-21
    "I do not recommend this school. They are in the dark ages and to not require their teachers to use schooloop system to post assignments and progress of the students. As a parent, you will be in the dark about how your student is doing until it is too late to correct it. They have an excellent system in place but very few teachers use it. Only 3 of my sons teachers use it to post assignments and only 1 out of 7 of his teachers post their progress and grades. Get with it SanRafael high school!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-07-18
    "San Rafael High is one of the S.F. Bay Area's best kept secrets. The school provides a rigorous and high quality educational experience for a diverse student body. Students and staff function as a cohesive community. Not only are the top students accepted to competitive colleges of their choice but they also graduate from universities such as U.C. Berkeley, Cornell, Brown and Stanford with honors. I once heard another parent say that going to SR would increase the chances of getting accepted to ivy league and other highly competitive universities because at SRHS the number of top students is low so your child will be a big fish in a small pond. The implication being that you would not get as rigorous of an educational experience at San Rafael High compared to some of the local private school options. This is simply not true. If anything your child will be better prepared for a competitive university education by San Rafael high teachers. By and large the teachers have high expectations, are experts in their fields and support student learning without coddling them. Students graduate with the skills, motivation and independence necessary to succeed in college and beyond."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-03-27
    "This school is a well oiled machine, thanks to Judith Colton--subsequent principals just put her work on automatic pilot because she's done the hard part. The halls are clean, empty and quiet during class time (unlike certain neighboring high school) the campus is secure thanks to Ben of security. The students behave beautifully because they are held accountable for their actions. and the administration backs up their teachers. Sure, they are strict, but the students are better off because of it. You will never find a better high school English department in the Northbay, The English teachers are scary smart and hold high standards for all of their students. If you ever happen to visit the classroom of say, Mr. Bond, Mr Simenstead or Ms Thurston, you will feel like you walked into a college English class. The teachers are exciting to watch and the students in turn, are excited to be there. This is just an outstanding school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-10-11
    "Provides an excellent education for a diverse, multicultural community"
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