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About The School

Pleasant Valley Elementary School is a vibrant learning community that promotes the development of every student’s heart, mind, and body so that all children can reach their academic, social-emotional, and physical potential. We encourage a growth mindset that fosters resilience and flexibility, and we promote NUSD’s graduate profile and the 6 C’s of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, conscientious learner, character and cultural competence.  Built in 1965, Pleasant Valley has an enrollment of 461 students this year, and was named a California Distinguished School in the spring of 2002.

The Pleasant Valley curriculum follows the California Common Core State Standards, the Novato Unified School District Board Policies, and the district-adopted instructional programs. Students in TK-5 classrooms receive quality standards-based instruction in literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. PV teachers are innovative leaders in instruction, and 100% of the staff have received training in project-based learning (PBL). Pleasant Valley has a very active and supportive PTA organization, and parent volunteers are involved in every aspect of our school. PTA fundraising supports innovative programs at PV, including an academic specialist, the outdoor classroom, extra yard supervisors, technology, field trips, and programs. PV is a close-knit community. Students and parents alike, find that upon leaving PV, they have a deep roots in the extended community that make them effective citizens, prepared for their next educational step.