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Education has always been one of the highest priorities in the Novato community.

• Novato Unified School District Novato schools provide strong academic programs along with safe and well-maintained campuses. Outstanding schools, high-achieving students, skilled staff, involved parents and a supportive community are celebrated in the Novato Unified School District.

On statewide tests, Novato students rank among the highest in Marin County, while Marin is the highest achieving county in California. Graduates of Novato’s public schools go on to top universities and colleges in the country. Novato public schools and educational programs have earned a multitude of honors, including prestigious California Distinguished School Awards and Golden Bell Awards. Our athletic teams and visual and performing arts programs have won many championships at the local, regional and state levels.

The district serves students in grades K-12 in eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, an alternative high school, one charter school and an independent study program. Privately owned and operated before and after school childcare programs are available on every elementary campus.

The Novato Unified School District’s boundaries encompass 70 square miles and more than 7,800 students, making Novato Unified the largest school district in Marin County and the city’s second largest employer. Novato Unified is governed by a seven-member Board of Education. The Board meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the District Education Center.

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College of Marin is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. There are two campuses to serve you in beautiful Marin County. The Kentfield Campus is located approximately 11 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge at 835 College Ave. in Kentfield. The Indian Valley Campus is on a spectacular 333-acre site on Ignacio Blvd. in Novato, CA. The two campuses serve a county population of approximately 250,000 residents.

IVC Continues to Expand New buildings, new programs, new students and a new farm are all part of the IVC story. Dramatic growth at IVC is the result of several years of hard work to reinvigorate curriculum, broaden offerings, and improve outreach to prospective students. There were only 750 credit students enrolled at IVC in 2005 which more than doubled to 1,700 credit students in 2010. That trend line continues as the IVC programs and services grow.

The fully modernized Transportation Technology Complex, the home of the Automotive Collision and Repair and Automotive Technology programs, is a state-of-the-art building. Built according to industry standards, it features the technology to help students develop the skills required today, and in the automotive future, such as electric plug-in vehicles, hybrids and other evolving alternative transportation options.

The IVC Main Building at the campus entrance provides an impressive welcome to the campus. The 32,264-square-foot building houses a variety of workforce development programs and faculty offices, including Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Multimedia Studies, Emergency Medical Technician, Court Reporting, Internet Café and Media Resource Center.

At the same time, the new Solar Technology program is active, with students learning the latest best practices for the industry. Environmental Landscaping students are learning about sustainable soil and water management practices. The new five-plus acre Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden program is at the Center for Sustainable Horticulture located at the end of Ignacio Boulevard bordering on some of Marin County’s pristine open-space.

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