Marin Country Day School

Marin Country Day School is an Independent K-8 coed day school enrolling 590 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.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 590 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $29,000
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10

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Marin Country Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded
1956

Student Body

Total Students
590 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
14%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Marin Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
98 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
53%
Average Class Size
18 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 10
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition range is $750-$32,800
% on Financial Aid
22%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$19,000
Admissions Director
Jamie M. Moffett
Admissions Associate
Kara Diaz

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

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.

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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-8
  • Students: 590 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $29,000
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10

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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Marin County, CA is $23,104 for elementary schools and $32,718 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Marin County, CA is 74% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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