Program for Academic Success


The Marin School celebrates and encourages diverse thinking and 
learning, and offers a unique program for students with learning differences.  

Our Program for Academic Success (PAS) is for students with diagnosed learning differences who need specialized support in one or more areas of study to be academically successful in a college preparatory curriculum.


The Marin School's Program for Academic Success recognizes that students with learning differences have exceptional strengths as well as challenges, and is designed to help build confidence in their capabilities for success. PAS courses give these students the opportunity for learning and skill building, through access to rigorous curriculum by way of appropriate accommodations and modifications.

PAS works for students who are motivated, eager to learn, and ready to participate fully in our school community. Receiving support from this program is just one aspect of a student’s high school experience at TMS. 

Chanel Nijmeh

Director of Learning Services

415-339-9336 ext. 1016

The PAS Promise

The Marin School's Program for Academic Success (PAS) is both dynamic and innovative as it is designed to allow for a balance of

academic flexibility while meeting important learning milestones within each student’s high school experience.



PAS students are prepared for the best post-secondary options for them, based on their interests, goals, and needs.  College counseling provides best-fit post-high school planning.

Commitment to Inclusion

Students in the PAS program are fully included in the TMS community and have have access to all classes and activities. In addition, some of the PAS courses are offered just to PAS students to ensure targeted instruction, while for others, students are given modified curriculum within the standard classroom. This ensures that students receive the right balance of specialized instruction and participation in all that TMS has to offer.

Collaborative Growth

PAS is both dynamic and innovative as it is designed to allow for a balance of academic flexibility while meeting important learning guidelines within each student’s high school experience.

Passport to Success: Students enrolled in the PAS Program receive the following:

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Formal Educational Plan

Created by the Director of Learning Services based on the student’s learning profile and academic needs.


Supported Study Hall 

Each PAS student’s schedule includes a built-in study hall with prioritized support from the Learning Center staff.

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Adaptive Instruction

Core academic classes provide students with a smaller class size, and combination of modified content and skill-building. 


Individual Support 

Opportunities before, during, and after school to receive support and guidance in the Learning Center.


Community Voices

“For the first time I feel like my teachers understand how I learn best - it’s challenging, but I have the support I need to succeed.” - TMS Student

“This program has made a huge difference for my son. He used to hate school - now he is ready to go every morning and hates to miss a day.” - TMS Parent

“The communication with faculty is amazing, we never received this level of support in any other school.”

- TMS Parent

The PAS Advantage:

  • Daily support from the Learning Services Team who work directly with faculty members across all subjects.

  • Fluid evaluation of of your student’s academic progress.

  • Management of qualified accommodations

  • Skill-building in key areas like executive functioning - including note-taking, time management, self-advocacy and organization.  

  • Direct instruction in study skills that they will need to be successful in school

  • Supported access to  assistive technology.

Frequently asked questions

How will my student be included socially?

The Marin School has many opportunities for students to be included socially. These include clubs, Outside the Walls week, Fall trips, lunchtime activities, SLC events and as they progress through grades 10, 11 and 12, there are numerous opportunities for electives.

What kinds of colleges will my student be prepared for?

There are colleges across the US that specialize in working with students who learn differently. Many students from the Program for Academic Success will continue their education at these colleges that focus on supporting their specific learning needs. In many of these college placements, meeting the UC a-g requirements is often not necessary. There are also many test optional (no SAT or ACT required) colleges and universities where our PAS students can be successful.

How will my student be graded? Will my student be eligible for academic awards?

Your student will be graded in the same fashion as any other student at The Marin School and will be eligible for all academic awards, such as honor roll, etc.

What resources are available for PAS families?

Families have access to the learning support staff and teachers of the PAS program throughout the year, in addition to educational workshops that outline key factors in the learning continuum of neurodiversity.

Is there an extra extra fee associated with this program? What does the fee cover?

There is an additional fee - for the academic year 2019-2020, this fee is $5,840. Students in the program receive continual support from the Learning Center, a dedicated study hall with our learning support staff, specialized instruction in core academic PAS classes and an extended orientation at the beginning of their 9th grade year to better prepare them for freshman year at TMS and yearly academic accommodations reports.




Full PAS Support

A Block:          Intro Biology

B Block:          Algebra 1A

C Block:          Writing Skills 1
Clubs Block:   Sports & PE Club
D Block:          Freshman Seminar
E Block:          Intro Humanities
F Block:          American Sign Language
G Block:         Supported Study Hall


Partial PAS support

A Block:         Freshman Seminar

B Block:         English 1

C Block:         Geography

Clubs Block:  Script Writing

D Block:         Intro Biology

E Block:         Algebra 2

F Block:         Spanish 1

G Block:         Supported Study Hall



Math Support

A Block:          Algebra 1B
B Block:          Chemistry
Clubs Block:   Student Leadership Council
C Block:          Drama
D Block:          English 2
E Block:          Fabrication Lab
F Block:          Modern World History
G Block:          Supported Study Hall

Transfer Student

A Block:          Intro Geometry
B Block:          English Skills 2
C Block:          Fabrication Lab

Clubs Block:    Yearbook
D Block:          Intro to Modern World History
E Block:          Passion Project

F Block:          Supported Study Hall

G Block:          Writing Skills 2



11th grade
A Block:   Zoology
Club Block:  Club, D&D
B Block:  Drawing & Painting
C Block:  English Skills 3
D Block:  Geometry
E Block:  Intro to US History
F Block:  American Sign Language 2
G Block:  Supported Study Hall

12th grade 
A Block:  American Sign Language 2

B Block:  Intro American Government
Club Block: Dystopian Books

C Block:  Drawing & Painting
D Block:  Economics
E Block:  English Skills 4
F Block:  Environmental Science
G Block:  Supported Study Hall