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Why The Marin School?

A high school that is small by design, offering a college-prep curriculum with a creative approach.


The Marin School is an independent, college-prep high school in San Rafael. Our small, supportive environment inspires our students to take risks and explore new ideas.

Small by design, TMS students thrive in a challenging, collaborative environment where dedicated faculty set high expectations and encourage each student to realize their full potential. We offer a UC-approved, thought-provoking curriculum, with a creative approach to everything we do.


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TMS students thrive in a challenging academic environment where dedicated faculty members encourage each student to set high expectations and realize their full potential.

Our mission is to provide a collaborative learning community that inspires confidence, creativity, integrity, and academic excellence through a deep belief in each student’s potential.



Creativity is encouraged and embraced at all levels of the learning process, in the classrooms and across disciplines. We celebrate project-based learning and STEM programming, including integrative use of coding and hands-on tools in our Fab Lab and coding classes. Creativity is also celebrated in our Visual and Performing Arts electives.



We are designed to be a small school where faculty truly know and understand their students - who they are, how they think, and what motivates them to learn.

Our small class-sizes allow our faculty to reach students at all levels, provide the support they need in areas of growth, and instill them with confidence and future-ready skills.y

TMS Curriculum

Welcoming, Inclusive Community

At TMS each student is seen and celebrated for who they are, as they are. This warm, welcoming culture lays a foundation where self-confidence, personal growth, creativity, and learning can thrive.

Collaboration and Connection

At TMS, students and faculty thrive with a collaborative approach to education.  Our teachers, counselors, and administrators establish a strong rapport that fosters a community of mutual respect.  Students' strengths, passions, and areas of growth are supported at all levels.

Focus on

A balanced approach to academics with meaningful, manageable coursework.

With a focus on the whole student, the curriculum at TMS emphasizes mindfulness, with a goal of reducing anxiety and inspiring intellectual curiosity.

College Prep with a Creative Approach

Go beyond the mountains of busywork and endless, repetitive homework. Our classes focus on engagement and depth of understanding.

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