Mill Valley, California (Public Schools)

October 3, 2008

Our Mill Valley public schools are fantastic. From test scores to parental involvement, there is a high level of performance and acheivement. Click on the links below to learn more about Mill Valley schools.

Principals Maps Contacts
Edna Maguire School Lisa Zimmer 80 Lomita Dr. Mill Valley 94941 389-7733
Mill Valley Middle School Matt Huxley, PrincipalAnna Lazzarini, Asst. Principal 425 Sycamore Ave. Mill Valley 94941 389-7711
Old Mill School
Jane McDonough 352 Throckmorton Ave. Mill Valley 94941 389-7727
Park School Peg Minicozzi 360 East Blithedale Ave. Mill Valley 94941 389-7735
Strawberry Point School Leslie Thornton 117 E. Strawberry Drive Mill Valley  380-2490
Tam Valley School Gail van Adelsberg 350 Bell Lane, Mill Valley 94941 389-7731
Tamalpais High School Tom Drescher 700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 94941 380-3510

For a complete report covering the performance of all Marin County: Star Report (Marin Test Scores).

Which School Will My Child Go To?
While parents have the opportunity to state a preference for a particular school, actual placement, is dependent on the following criteria:
Siblings of currently enrolled students residing in the District are considered residents of the sibling’s school and will be enrolled in that school if they wish and if there is space. 
For new students, assignment occurs in the following priority order:

  • District placement needs (including facility capacities and class sizes across grade levels and schools; identified special education needs)
  • Facility capacity
  • Class sizes
  • Proximity of residence to the preferred school
  • Interdistrict attendance

What if My Child Does Not Get Into the Preferred School?
When demand exceeds capacity a waiting list is established and parents may exercise their option to have their child’s name placed on the list.  Additional placements in a school may be taken from the waiting list but may not be made until August. 
Questions? Call 415.389.7700.

Mill Valley, California (Private Schools)

October 3, 2008

Mill Valley (Marin County), California has several private schools offering top-notch educational programs. Each of these educational programs offer something unique and noteworthy. I encourage you to investigate their websites and contact the schools directly for supplemental information and briefings. 

Greenwood School
17 Buena Vista Avenue, Mill Valley
Grades: K – 8

Marin Horizon School
305 Montford Avenue, Mill Valley
Grades: PK – 8
School Info: Montessori school

Mount Tamalpais School
100 Harvard Avenue, Mill Valley
Grades: K – 8

Ring Mountain Day School
70 Lomita Drive, Mill Valley
215 A Blackfield Drive, Tiburon (preschool campus)
Grades: PK – 8

Dog Day Afternoons at Mill Valley Dog Park

September 16, 2008

Rain or shine, the Mill Valley Dog Park is busy with dogs and owners conducting business. The dogs, well, they do their thing. And the owners chat, talk on the phone, fling tennis balls, and generally enjoy the outdoor time with their pets. 

The Mill Valley Dog Park is run by the City of Mill Valley Parks and Recreation Department and volunteers. It gets used every day of the year, including holidays, even when other parks are closed. From dawn to dark, being the only ones there is rare. Peak summer usage times are:7 to 9 AM, 11 AM to 1 PM  and 3:30 to 7 PM.

Lots of good stuff here:
  • There is a beach for swimming in Richardson Bay. The center 40 feet of the beach bottom is filled with small/medium rocks and is very firm, with little mud.  Keep in mind that the Bay is tidal and brackish.  
  • A wide, 1000-foot, walking track winds the dog park.  
  • Agility stations are located at the southern end of the park.
  • 2 acres of space to roam–there are water bowls near most benches and a lost and found box near the entry to the park.
Want to go visit? 

Mill Valley Film Festival 2008

September 11, 2008

For over 30 years, the Mill Valley Film Festival has brought together filmmakers and film lovers in one of California’s most stunning and beautiful settings–Marin County, which sits across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. This is a prestigious event that showcases features, documentaries, shorts and children’s films from around the world. There are no winners or losers. Just great films.

The festival pulls no punches with its opening-night films: “Religulous” is a comic documentary with Bill Maher that casts a critical eye on organized religion, and “The Secret Life of Bees,” based on Sue Monk Kidd’s best-selling novel. “Religulous” director Larry Charles and “Bees” star Dakota Fanning will attend the screenings.


Running Oct. 2 to 12 at three main venues in Marin County, the festival offers more than 200 films from around the world – though festival programmers note that this year is particularly strong in entries from Asia, Ireland, Poland and South Africa.

Closing night also delivers two features: Tim Disney’s “American Violet,” starring Woodard and based on the Texas case of a white district attorney accused of racism in the arrest of a black woman; and Israeli director Eran Riklis’ “Lemon Tree,” a drama set on the Palestinian border.

New at Mill Valley this year is the Active Cinema program, which allows audiences to hook up with the causes espoused in many of the festival’s offerings. For example, there will be a tree-planting event, co-sponsored with Friends of the Urban Forest and Goodscapes, on Oct. 4.

The festival presents live musical performances at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in connection with several movies, including “The Wrecking Crew,” the latter about a group of 1960s studio musicians who worked on some of the era’s biggest hits.

Other notable events: The festival’s 14th annual Children’s FilmFestruns Oct. 4 to 11; director Joe Wright (“Atonement”) will offer a master class Oct. 4; and, in a “post-festival presentation” Nov. 18 at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, Tony Curtis gets a tribute.


Mill Valley Film Festival: Oct. 2-12 at the Sequoia Theater and 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley and the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. Tickets $10-$12.50, on sale Sept. 19.

*much of the above information was derived from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Community Service Groups

September 4, 2008

There are scores of community service groups and clubs for various activities in Mill Valley and Marin. Below is a list of many of these groups, along with contact information and websites (if available). Marin County is what is because of the hard work and involvement of local people just like you. If you have ideas for any additions to this list, please let Kyle know.

Open Space in Marin

September 4, 2008

Over 80% of Marin County land is dedicated open that can never be built on–ever! The countywide plan developed in the early 1970’s restricted housing growth and encouraged preservation of our natural habitats. As a result, Marin County has endless trails and natural beauty (to go with its high property values).

Schools of Mill Valley

September 3, 2008

One of the best things about Mill Valley is its schools. They are some of the very best California has to offer. In addition to the top scores on standardized tests consistently acheived by Mill Valley schools, parental support and involvement is high.

Mill Valley Neighborhoods

September 3, 2008

While the prevailing ethos of Mill Valley can be found in all corners, its various neighborhoods each offer something unique.

Mill Valley 101

September 3, 2008

Welcome to Mill Valley 101, an introduction to one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most popular and enriched towns. The allure of Mill Valley has many facets.

It is located just minutes from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. And Mill Valley’s neighborhoods are diverse and her inhabitants educated. Naturally, the schools of Mill Valley are some of the best in California.

Mill Valley offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. It is just minutes away from the giant redwoods of Muir Woods and the virually unlimited hiking and biking opportunities provided by Mount Tamalpais. Beaches and the San Francisco Bay are in within easy walking or biking distance. There are numerous parks and fields sprinkled throughout the town.