The Marin School

  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded1980

Student Body

Total Students100 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade The Marin School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1130
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 12 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$45,840
Tuition NotesTuition assistance available based upon demonstrated need.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$30,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorSierra Antonio
Admissions AssociateEllie Chamberlain


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsArchery, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Track and FieldArcheryBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
Track and Field


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Community Service Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Film Club, Garden Club, Literary Magazine, Model United Nations, Music Appreciation Club, Student Leadership Council, Yearbook Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama, Drawing and Painting, Jazz Band, Photography Class, Public Art, Recording Studio, Studio Arts

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ping Pong Club

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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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Our daughter is a senior at The Marin School (TMS) and we couldn`t be happier. We feel so lucky that we found TMS and decided that the commute from San Francisco would be worth it. It has been, and more. We were looking for a school that could provide individual attention and differentiated learning for our daughter while also challenging her academically. We have had first-hand experience with schools that say that they provide this, but in fact don`t. It can really only be done with dedicated teachers and a small student:teacher ratio. We knew TMS had a small student:teacher ratio when we applied, but found out how talented , dedicated and caring the teachers are at TMS once our daughter started in 9th grade. She`s now a senior and has grown tremendously and is well prepared for college. We are honestly blown away by the ability of TMS to provide excellent, supported, standard and honors courses for core subjects. We`re impressed by the school's ability to meet the needs of all students not just because of its size, but because it`s so rare. We were initially concerned about the social life at TMS because it`s small, but through clubs, lunch, where all grades are combined, and the culture at TMS, our daughter has always had many friends, with friends in different grades. We are highly satisfied.
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The Marin School has been a terrific school for our daughter over the past two years. They have provided the right level of individualized instruction and focus for her. She has participated in student government and other leadership opportunities, which she has really enjoyed. The school has created a community in which has been easy for our daughter to make friends. All in all, we`ve been very happy with the school!
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TMS is a fabulous school for our child. The small class size and great teachers & staff make all the difference. They really care about each individual student. Being so small, less than 100 students in grades 9-12, enables TMS to give each student everything they need, whether it be more challenge, tutoring or emotional support. We are extremely happy with this school.
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