The Marin School

150 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 339-9336

(out of 10)

Private Grades 9-12 70 students 5 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

The Marin School is a private high school in Sausalito. The principal of The Marin School is Ms. Barbara Brown, whose e-mail is 70 children attend The Marin School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at The Marin School is 5:1. Oak Hill School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Fencing
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 77% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% %
Multiracial 4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I can t overstate the positive impact this school had on my son s education. My son is a non-traditional learner with an amazing mind. At his first high school he was a square peg being squashed through a round hole and was demoralized. Graduation looked unlikely. Then we switched to The Marin School and our only regret is that we did not do it earlier. The school worked patiently with my son as he regained his confidence and it was beautiful to see his previous love for learning gradually re-ignited. He graduated with a sense of accomplishment and community. He was prepared to enter a top college engineering program where he has completed his first term fully engaged with great grades. None of this seemed likely when he entered TMS a few years ago. The teachers at TMS are amazing. They have impressive credentials and could teach anywhere but they choose TMS because it is where they feel their teaching ability has the greatest impact. TMS is not for every kid. By necessity most of its resources go into its teachers so the extra-curricular offerings are limited. But for high-potential kids that are non-traditional learners there is no other school that comes close to TMS.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a fabulous high school unique in how it treats the whole person and accepts the as they are. My daughter feels comfortable and confident and very proud of the success she has had in her first year of high school after years of struggling in her studies. She loves her teachers and thinks of them as family. She has made more friends in her first year at The Marin School than in her previous eight years of school! Wonderful student body!

  • (1 year ago)

    The faculty at The Marin School are world class. They teach to each students' strengths and they individualize to each students' needs. The staff truly care about the students and they go out of their way to create a sense of community. The students are responsible and they care about each other. They learn to think critically write well and they are self-empowered to care about their own education. The school stays on top of the usual problems faced by all high schools. The kids are happy and they want to learn. I have been thoroughly impressed with all aspects of this school. After six years of having my children at this school I think it is the best high school in Marin.

  • (1 year ago)

    What a gem! One of my boys started here in the fall of 2013 and has blossomed in ways I never thought I would see. He is a very smart child but not always a traditional learner. This school allows the teachers the opportunity to get to know the kids as individuals and help them achieve their personal best. The academics are challenging and the special classes like Art and Music are beyond fabulous. The creativity and warm community are also a huge plus! The administration is top notch and the college counselor is also a bonus. This is definitely one to check out!

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has just begun his second year at TMS and is enjoying school for the first time ever. The teachers are talented educators AND are experts in their subject areas. They're also perceptive about the learning styles of different kinds of students. The school offers a nice variety of electives and extracurriculars from music and drama to engineering (check out the Fab lab in you take the tour). Non-faculty staff (coach counselor college counselor librarian learning specialist etc.) are all talented caring professionals and always have time for students.

  • (2 years ago)

    Small but Mighty! With a student body of <100 this four-year college-prep independent high school offers high-caliber individualized instruction from some of the best teachers I've ever met. My daughter's classes average about 8 students. TMS's recent move to its beautiful new San Rafael campus means plenty of space for state-of-the-art classrooms; art film and music studios; Fab Lab; and theater. The unofficial motto there's no back row at The Marin School is a great description of a learning environment that's challenging engaging and inspiring for any and every student.

  • (2 years ago)

    The Marin School is what saved me. I was falling to the back of the classroom in a big public school. The Marin School's personalized attention is what made me a more outgoing person. The teacher-student relationships at The Marin School are something all other schools try to replicate. I could not be happier at this school. There are no cliques; everyone is so friendly and so welcoming! I made friends within the first ten minutes I was at The Marin School. It really is a welcoming community that all individuals can thrive in. While some Negative Nancys focus on the problems of The Marin School it really is extraordinary that such an experiential and progressive small school can succeed. Most of the other private schools in the area are pressure-cookers but The Marin School is unique. We don't value extreme homework and stress levels. We value learning. We value teaching our kids true life lessons and learning valuable things. This school is a blessing. I think the new Head of School is doing a superb job bringing in more students while still staying true to the morals of the school philosophy. I would probably still be in the back of a classroom if it wasn't for this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is the most god awful school on the planet. the school advertises " a high school that fits you" but all i found was cold shoulders and turned backs. the new director of the school was purely interested in profits. i would recommend this school for no one.

  • (3 years ago)

    There's a combination of mentorship and accountability at this school that can't be replicated in a larger setting. Our child is a freshman at the school this year and after 1 month I can say that the school has surpassed all of our expectations. Every faculty member is a gifted educator and I know that sounds like hyperbole but it's true. The teachers are very passionate about what they do. There is a saying here that "there is no back row at The Marin School" and it's true.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Marin School has been a great place for our sons offering incredible teaching and small class sizes. The school is dedicated to finding the best in each individual student and offers a supportive and challenging environment for the whole high school experience including great college counseling!

  • (4 years ago)

    My son graduated from The Marin School in June and is now thriving as a freshman at a top-notch college. TMS's faculty is incredibly talented-- a college level faculty in my view-- and they prepared my son well for college. The small class size means TMS students can't hide or "fake it"-- they really learn well and deeply. The intimate environment allows kids to feel safe enough to take educational risks to push themselves and to challenge each other. TMS is a great school and I have high hopes that the new Head who is very energetic and committed will make it even better.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter had her pick of any number of high schools. We chose The Marin School because the class sizes are so small and the teachers are so good and engaging and don't teach "by the book" but still manage to send kids to top-notch colleges. As we came to find out after sending our daughter here a tremendous benefit of attending TMS is that teachers recognize that students have lives outside of school and don't overwhelm them with homework and tests. Because of this my daughter is learning better than she ever has. Finally the icing on the cake The kids here really get along. It's not clique-y it's like a big family with all grades interacting during lunch other free periods. I can't recommend TMS highly enough for students who would like something much more personalized than standard school fare.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love teaching at The Marin School and find that the new Head of School is doing a remarkable job. She has supported the staff sought our input and respected our opinions and expertise. I have enjoyed reading many of the reviews here and I am flattered by the views expressed about the teachers at TMS. New leadership is difficult for any school it is my opinion that the new Head has acted fairly and decisively with only the best interest of the entire school community in mind .certainly not just to impress the board.

  • (4 years ago)

    My kid thrived here the past couple of years. But the new Head is a bad match and seems to be more interested in impressing the Board than advocating for the students and has handled some recent issues poorly and in a heavy-handed way. I know of two families besides ours who intend to find a different school for junior and/or senior year. It's very sad.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have found The Marin School to be an excellent fit for my daughter. She is excelling in her classes enjoys the company of the other students and is benefiting from the TMS experience . With the extensive help available to her (teachers advisors and counselors) she is looking forward to life at college. The kids at this school aren t necessarily Preppy but they are smart and interesting individuals that value the education that they are receiving at TMS.

  • (5 years ago)

    Don't believe it. The school accepts many kids from drug programs and drugs are a major and persistent problem at the school. Academically the regimen was incredibly easy perhaps so that the grades can be inflated and the "prep school" label applies. Program benefits like offsites have been scaled back because of finances.

  • (5 years ago)

    TMS is the most amazing school my teenager has thrived there. Everyone at the school is committed to helping the kids reach their potential. The Director Barbara schakel has truly created an exceptional learning environment.

  • (7 years ago)

    best thing that ever happened to my daughter. 6 to 1 student/teacher ratio. this school takes the 'under' out of underachiever! there's no other school like it in the bay area.

  • (8 years ago)

    TMS is a dynamic school with a nurturing caring and concerned faculty. Living in a district with highly rated public schools it was diffiuclt to justify spending $24K on a private school education. However with TMS you can see and feel the difference. The classes are small the teachers genuinely know your child and despite the school location the students experience life outside of the affluent Marin bubble. To quote my son 'The teachers actually care whether or not you are learning.'

  • (11 years ago)

    I'm not a parent but a kid the Marin School formerly North Bay Marin School is the best place to go for a nurtureing enviroment with the best teachers I've ever met. -11th grader

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