Ross Valley School District's Multi-Age Program (MAP) is a K-5 program of choice that is committed to having children learn in their own way and at their own pace while maintaining a strong commitment to basic skills. 
The program is located within Manor Elementary School but is open to students across the RVSD. Admission to the program is by lottery, held in early April, to determine enrollment for the following fall.

The program strives to help each child acquire the tools of learning in a way that fosters a love of learning.
  • MAP focuses not only on the academic, but also the emotional, social, and physical development of each student.
  • Classes have two grade levels in each classroom working from a common curriculum.  Students typically stay with the same teacher for two years.
  • The curriculum in a multi-age classroom is flexible and open-ended enough to address the wide range of developmental abilities, learning styles, and interests of students while meeting state grade-level standards.
  • Basic skills in language arts and math are taught and reinforced using work that has inherent interest to the children whenever possible.
  • Peer tutoring, cross-age tutoring, and cooperative and independent learning are all emphasized.
  • Teachers function as highly motivated guides, facilitators and coaches.
  • Teachers strive to provide an engaging, creative, informal atmosphere that nurtures community and a spirit of collaboration.
  • MAP values quality time spent at home.  Homework is rarely given in K/1 and becomes more frequent as students progress through the system. Reading and/or being read to on a daily basis is recommended.
  • MAP encourages students to make their own choices and take responsibility for the consequences of those choices.  Competition is deemphasized and cooperation is emphasized.
  • Parents are partners in the development of MAP. Through classroom and event participation they enjoy the benefits of sharing in the school experience with their child and community. Parents also participate in the development and support of the MAP through the MAP Leadership Council. and it's subcommittees. Parents participate in the philosophy and policy development, program promotion, program evaluation and hiring of teachers.


  • Come and Learn about MAP! MAP Orientation January 22, 2015, 6:30 PMManor School Library150 Oak Manor Drive, Fairfax, CAMeet and hear from all of the MAP teachers!Parents/guardians who are ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2015, 12:51 PM by Liz Canning
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