The Marin School

150 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903-0949
Tel: (415)339-9336
Grades: 9-12 | 95 students
We teach individuals at The Marin School. "The Marin School offers the extraordinary opportunity to learn in an atmosphere that is warm, individualized and happy. Students here are deeply engaged with both their work and their teachers.
This is what education should look like." -Madeline Levine , Ph.D., Author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well. The Marin School is small by design.
Our small class sizes (an average class size of 8) and low student-to-teacher ratio, enable our teachers truly understand their students who they are, how they think, and what motivates them to learn.
Ours is an experiential education with interactive classes, creative projects, and curriculum-related field trips.
We offer a UC-approved, thought-provoking curriculum with a creative approach to everything we do.
Our students engage in a meaningful college preparatory experience that promotes balance.
We consider mastering content and subject matter important, of course, but we believe it's equally vital to teach students how to think,reason, interpret, analyze, and improvise.
The Marin School is for families who are looking for an innovative, small-school experience, and for students who want to be more than just a face in the crowd.
Come visit TMS and learn how we're redefining the "college prep" experience.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Mild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded 1980

Student Body

Total Students 95 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade The Marin School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 8 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1130
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 12 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $41,980
Tuition Notes Tuition assistance available based upon demonstrated need.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $30,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Emily Burns
Admissions Associate Kirstyne Lange


Total Sports Offered 3 sports
Sports Basketball, Flag Football, Track and FieldBasketballFlag Football,
Track and Field


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Community Service Club, Drama, Drawing and Painting, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Film Club, Garden Club, Jazz Band, Literary Magazine, Model United Nations, Music Appreciation Club, Photography Class, Ping Pong Club, Public Art, Recording Studio, Student Leadership Council, Studio Arts, Yearbook Club Drama, Film Club, Garden Club, Jazz Band, Ping Pong Club, Public Art, Studio Arts, Yearbook Club, Community Service Club,
Drawing and Painting,
Dungeons and Dragons Club,
Literary Magazine,
Model United Nations,
Music Appreciation Club,
Photography Class,
Recording Studio,
Student Leadership Council,

School Notes

  • College-preparatory high school (U.C. approved curriculum)
  • Excellent student/teacher ratio
  • A class size that promotes learning (average 9)
  • Students who are seeking a close relationship with their teachers.
  • Students who demonstrate academic and creative potential.
  • Students who will actively participate in the learning process and in the school.
  • Students who will make a personal investment in their academic success.
  • Students who value the opportunities offered in a small learning community.
  • We celebrate diverse thinking and individual personalities.
  • We practice collaboration instead of competition.
  • We offer participatory classes and encourage each individual's voice.
  • We motivate students through innovative lessons and real-world applications.
  • We emphasize conceptual thinking rather than rote learning.
  • We honor each student's unique learning style.
  • We identify and nurture each student's talents and gifts.
  • We offer a web-based daily communication tool for parents, students and staff.
  • Faculty meet weekly to ensure full staff knowledge of each student's progress.
  • Students at The Marin School matriculate to leading colleges and universities across the country. We believe in the individual, and everything we do is designed to inspire, guide and empower each student to achieve his or her full academic and social potential.
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