Wade Thomas elementary name one states top school!

Marin schools tapped for top state honor

POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – 3:32 p.m. 

Ross School and Wade Thomas Elementary School in San Anselmo were among a select group across the state to be tapped as California Distinguished Schools for 2018. (IJ photo/Frankie Frost) 2010

Two Marin County elementary schools are among a select group across the state to be tapped as California Distinguished Schools for 2018.

Wade Thomas Elementary School in the Ross Valley School District and Ross School in the Ross School District are the only two Marin schools named out of 287 honored statewide. The Distinguished Schools Program, back after a three-year break, replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. 

“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said in a written statement issued last week. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”


Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools, was “thrilled to have these schools recognized and we look forward to the opportunity for others to be recognized next year,” she said. “Out of 5,868 elementary schools in the state, 287 were honored and recognized – and two of those are here in Marin County.” 


This year’s Distinguished Schools program, which focuses on elementary schools, used data from the new California School Dashboard to rate the applicants, Burke said. Although individual school ratings were not available, in general, the Dashboard looks at items such as test scores, student attendance and suspension rates, Burke said.

“The Dashboard also ranks successful school climates,” she added. “Those are items such as conflict resolution strategies and positive behavior intervention – strategies to make sure that students stay in school and have a sense of inclusion and belonging.”

Ross Valley School District Superintendent Rick Bagley said the recognition for Wade Thomas Elementary School “not only validates the great work our students, staff and teachers are doing at Wade Thomas, but throughout the Ross Valley School District. 

“Our entire district is deeply engaged in delivering research-based, data-driven instruction that is rigorous, relevant and impactful,” Bagley said in an email. “In recognizing Wade Thomas, our state honors all of RVSD’s students, staff, teachers and leaders for their innovation, creativity and commitment to maintaining focus on instructional approaches and learning strategies proven to be valid, reliable and efficacious.”

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