Tucked into a quiet valley, Tamalpais Valley Elementary School opened in 1952 and is one of six schools in the Mill…More Valley School District. The school has a population of 465 students ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade.
The school encourages parents to be active participants in the life of Tam Valley School. It encourages this through activities like working with the PTA and its many programs and projects; participating in School Site Council activities; supporting the fundraising group KIDDO!; working as a classroom volunteer or attending various community functions.
Each year, the school hosts a book fair, a Halloween parade, a Walk-a-thon and a science night.
The Mill Valley School District is comprised of five elementary schools (Edna Maguire, Old Mill School, Park School,…More Strawberry Point School and Tam Valley School) and one middle school (Mill Valley Middle School), with a total enrollment of approximately 2,700 students. Superintendent Paul Johnson oversees the district's operations.
The district is governed by a five-member board of trustees. The trustees are Robin B. Moses, Steven J. Sell, Raoul Wertz, Leslie Wachtel and Bob Jacobs. The board meets twice a month at the district office.
The Tam High Foundation was established in 1996 to help fund academic and student life programs across the campus of…More Tamalpais High School. Since its inception, the foundation has invested approximately $2 million in the school's students, teachers, and programs.
During the 2008-2009 school year the foundation funded such projects as a laptop lab, tutoring programs, new media editing workstations and cameras and the drama program, among others.
The lone High School in Mill Valley, Tamalpais High School opened its doors as Tamalpais Union Polytechnic High…More School in August 1908 with just 64 students and three teachers. Tam High now has more than 1,100 students who can chose from countless number of activities, clubs, sports and academic challenges.
The campus, once a barren hillside, received an eight-year, $100 million dollar renovation that was completed in 2010. The school's familiar clock tower still rises over the campus, but it now boasts an Olympic-sized pool, a state-of-the-art Caldwell Performing Arts Center, and a completely rebuilt academic centerpiece in Keyser Hall. Many of the school's venerated spaces remain, however, from Mead Amphitheatre, which was built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and where comedian Lenny Bruce once performed, to Gustafson Gym, where the sock-hop scene in George Lucas' "American Graffiti" was filmed.
The school has achieved a number of academic and athletic feats in recent years. Tam received a California Distinguished School Award in 1999, 2005, and 2009, and the school's newspaper, Tamalpais News has won awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the National Scholastic Association. In 2000, Tam boys' basketball team won the state championship, and in 2005, the Tam Mock Trial Team won the National Championship.