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Academics at RVC

"Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand."

- Benjamin Franklin

This old proverb is a guiding principal at Ross Valley Charter. Collectively, we strive to inspire curious minds and collaborative environments for our students so that they can achieve deeper learning and acquire 21st century problem solving skills.

Academics and Inquiry-Based Learning

In a recent Edutopia piece on Inquiry Based Learning (collaborative and project based learning), it was found that active-learning practices, such as Inquiry, have a more significant impact on student performance than any other variable, including student background and prior achievement. For the full article, click here.

At RVC, our inquiry-based learning approach provides a creative and engaging environment that is not focused on test scores. Our students learn to collaborate, ask questions, and express their knowledge in different ways, while teachers engage students’ natural curiosity and desire to learn. This approach lets students build skills that standardized tests don’t measure — the behaviors, attitudes, and social-emotional skills that set students up for success in school and in life. And clearly, in taking a test.

RVC students explore history
Marin in 1850

Academic Success

While our program at RVC is not focused on test scores, the recently published test results from 2018-19 show that RVC students master academic skills in all subjects (Math, Science and Language Arts) while engaging in a creative learning environment.

For the second year in a row, RVC students outperformed the local District and the State:

  • 73.4% of RVC students proficient in math (at or above standard) vs. 69.35% in the District and 40% statewide.
  • 83% are proficient in English (vs. 77.7% in district and 51% in CA) in 2019.
  • In science, 78% of RVC students were proficient, compared to 56% in the local district, and only 30% statewide.  Almost twice as many RVC students exceeded the standards as compared to district students (49% vs. 25%).

RVC students are 23% low-income and 22% English Learners, which is almost 3 times more poverty than the local district (9% in district) and 11 times more English Learners (2% in district). See our scores as well as comparisons below.

2018-19 California Scores for Science

78.05 percent of RVC students test at or above California state standards for science

2018-19 California Scores for Math

More detailed results for RVC and other California schools can be found online. RVC is listed under the District SBE-Ross Valley Elementary. https://caaspp-elpac.cde.ca.gov/caaspp/