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About This School

Marin Country Day School is a private middle school in Corte Madera. The principal of Marin Country Day School is Ms. Lucinda Lee Katz. 540 students go to Marin Country Day School Lycee Francais La Perouse is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My son started attending MCDS for middle school after attending public school in Mill Valley. I struggled with public vs. private but now in our second year at MCDS I honestly feel that it is one of the best decisions I've ever made. If you've taken a school tour you know the setting is beautiful and the amount of resources are ridiculous. But what impresses me is the caring and commitment of the teachers a clear teaching philosophy and a constant willingness to self-examine and adjust the curriculum. The teachers really know (and like) your child; the staff is talented and encouraged to be creative and innovative in its approach and focused on how kids solve problems not just "the right answer" . I did worry about the lack of economic diversity (or more to the point--feeling like I am the economic diversity). But the parent community is very welcoming and I've never felt out of place or uncomfortable. And the kids--I mean every kid I've met--is composed mature and smart. There are cliques (this is middle school after all) but the administration is quite attentive and responsive to any unusual situations.

  • (1 year ago)

    My two children have attended MCDS since kindergarten. It's an amazing school and I recommend it without reservation. The school works hard to create a strong community that includes students parents teachers and staff. The curriculum is excellent. And the teachers are top-notch. The school welcomes and celebrates diversity.

  • (1 year ago)

    MCDS is a warm supportive and joyous community. Students are encouraged to explore their social-emotional self in addition to their academic identity and have many opportunities to integrate play and experimentation with their learning. The campus is a gorgeous outdoor space which allows for studying the bay and wildlife playing in the creek gardening hiking tending to chickens playing sports and meditating.

  • (1 year ago)

    On first glance MCDS is like a small liberal arts college except the students are much younger. The beautiful sprawling campus provides an idyllic setting for student learning which is founded on a healthy mix of progressive and traditional approaches. The facilities themselves are truly world class but it's the community of faculty staff students and parents that put MCDS on the map as a premier independent K-8 school. It is a place of possibility an all-you-can-eat buffet for teaching and learning where you have to be careful not to put TOO MUCH good stuff on your plate. The place is teeming with inspiration joy challenges and people who truly care about students' educational well being. Faculty members meet children and parents where they are on their path. They foster growth in a positive supportive manner and genuinely love their craft. Current initiatives include Creativity & Innovation STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Arts/Math) Mindfulness education Education for Sustainability and diversity/inclusion community initiatives. In many ways MCDS is truly the holy grail of independent schools. Those who get to join the community are tremendously fortunate.

  • (4 years ago)

    Thoughtful instruction great teaching and support staff rigorous research-grounded academic approach increasingly diverse students and a 'whole child' approach in a gorgeous country setting.

  • (5 years ago)

    I can't imagine anyplace better than MCDS. I can't imagine going anywhere else either for there is no one I would rather be than myself and I only got here because of MCDS. The person who gave four stars Our school isn't just based on you kid's reading level. Everyone will get there at some point. Our school is based on who the kid is and what the kid will become. I mean no offense to you or your kid but maybe they just were not the correct fit. But MCDS could be the most important thing that has ever happened to me.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am an eighth grade student currently attending MCDS as I have since kindergarden. I have loved every memory I have made there and I am so lucky to be a part of such an incredible community. I am so sad to be leaving MCDS next year and I will miss the fantastic teachers the gorgeous campus and most of all my peers.

  • (5 years ago)

    MCDS not only provides a top notch education it also provides a warm tight-knit caring community for the child. My daughter can't wait for weekend to be over so she can be back at school!

  • (6 years ago)

    In response to the four-starred review I have to say I disagree. There is much more than academics that figures in admissions - my child was accepted and it was certainly not on the basis of being 'socially connected'. I know for certain that this past year was especially challenging due to a high number of siblings which enrolled. They also strive to maintain a balance of SF/Marin girls/boys diversity and of course personality types. The school certainly is wonderful and has surpassed the expectations that we as parent's had expected. The school community is also very impressive - I was surprised at how supportive and grounded everyone was. This is an honest review and I truly feel blessed to have my child attending. We don't have any 'connections' or 'big bucks' and I don't think we were an exception - my child was accepted in every school we applied.

  • (6 years ago)

    It's a great school. I learned so much in my 9 years there how to make friends write an essay read spell and even important life skills. Without MCDS I would not be the person I am today.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a great school but the admissions process leaves something to be desired. It doesn't matter how well academically prepared your child is - preference is given to families with social connections and the ability to donate big bucks. My kindergarten child was reading at a 2nd grade level and didn't get accepted. Apparently the admissions director s always say 'everything looks good' - but don't believe them. Lie about your income and name drop and you'll have a better chance of getting in. That being said the families I know who go there are wonderful and the school and facilities are top notch - they just need to purge the admissions department.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am so grateful to be able to be a student at Marin Country Day School. I entered MCDS at 6th grade along with about 19 other new students. All of us were welcomed by the others and now you wouldn't even know we had come in at 6th grade. I love my teachers and I love my friends. What more can I say. Moving to MCDS after going to a public elementary school in San Francisco changed my life for the better.

  • (10 years ago)

    I wish I had gone to a school like this. Encourages the love of learning independent kids who have respect and compassion for others. An active parent community. Committed to diversity.

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