Marin Country Day School

5221 Paradise Drive,
Corte Madera, CA, 94925-0949
Tel: (415)927-5900
Grades: K - 8 | 576 students
Marin Country Day School is an Independent K-8 coed day school enrolling 565 students at its 35-acre campus in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The school's mission asks children to become skilled learners and ethical individuals, motivated to make a difference in the world.
Our school is a community that inspires children to develop a love of learning, thoughtful perspectives and a diversity of skills; nurtures in each of them a deep sense of respect, responsibility and compassion; and challenges them to envision and work toward a better world.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 8
Learning Programs Supported Mild to moderate learning differences
Year Founded 1956

Student Body

Total Students 576 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 27%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 53%
Average Class Size 18 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost $27,600
Tuition Notes Tuition range is $750-$29,200
% on Financial Aid 22%
Average Financial Aid Grant $19,000
Admissions Director Ann Borden
Admissions Associate Geri McMurray

Sports

Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports BaseballBasketballCross CountrySoccerVolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountrySoccer,
Volleyball

School Notes:

  • In 1956 an adventurous group of parents and educators from Marin County and San Francisco joined together to found Marin Country Day School.  They believed that learning is a joyous and lifelong process and that each child’s unique gifts should be nurtured.  They valued equally the development of mind, body and spirit.  The founders sought an environment that drew no attention to itself but was closely linked to nature; one that allowed room for study and laughter, noise and quiet, thought and action; where children would “fall in love with going to school.”  Perhaps most important, MCDS was founded by people who believed that members of a diverse school community could contribute immeasurably to the well-being of one another.

    A hallmark of the school from its inception has been its outstanding faculty.  MCDS teachers are intelligent, warm and passionate men and women who constantly examine their practice to identify areas in which they can grow.  MCDS is an adult-rich environment in which differences among children are valued; teachers serve as role models and work to support both personal and academic development.  In a “broad and balanced” course of study, students find areas in which to excel and others in which they may have to struggle.  The school seeks to provide a safe environment in which to strive and to soar.  Teachers work collaboratively in developing an active program that encourages students to question, to reason and to make connections.  The classroom atmosphere is highly participatory, with teachers acting as coaches who encourage students’ exploration, discovery and reflection.  The school believes that every student should have unusual opportunities to grow and thrive in and out of the classroom, and that boys and girls have much to learn from each other.  Strong and enduring friendships are a tradition at MCDS.  All students are encouraged to participate actively in every area of school life.
  • Profile last updated: 08/01/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Marin Catholic High School (3.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Marin Montessori School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Marin Montessori School (0.2 miles away)
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