Why Choose TMS? All the benefits of attending The Marin School

Why The Marin School?

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


At TMS, our educational approach and content inspires and engages students and faculty alike. We are a truly unique place with exceptional teachers and  an average class size of eight.  In our collaborative learning community, our students who are encouraged to be independent, critical thinkers who pursue their passions.

Through shelter-in-place orders and restrictions set in place to protect the health and safety of our community, The Marin School faculty and Administration have remained actively committed to providing the same dynamic, engaging learning environment as we truly move "beyond the classroom."  We also recognize that maintaining our social-emotional curriculum and sense of school culture is equally important.

One of the BIG benefits to such a small school is that with our average class size of 8-10, The Marin School will be able to adapt to projected social-distancing measures in the Fall of 2020 so that all our students are able to meet together safely on campus.


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.


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We've compiled some resources to allow families to "drop in" on some of our online classes, and to take a virtual tour of our campus! Click below to explore our campus and classrooms, check out videos and other content created by our students and teachers, and learn more about what makes The Marin School unique!


More content will be added throughout the year, so be sure to check in frequently!

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College Prep Curriculum with Creative Approach

The Marin School curriculum is designed to provide a dynamic, challenging academic experience for each student.


Graduation requirements include study in literature and writing, history, science, mathematics, foreign language, and the visual and performing arts. Students personalize their educational experience at The Marin School by selecting from a wide range of academic elective courses. The Marin School coursework provides a solid foundation for college and university work.

Meaningful Mentorships

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.

Our College Counseling program also builds relationships with students early on in their high school career, so that decision-making is guided by a “best fit” for each student. This applies to curriculum course selection and standardized testing plans, as well post-graduate placement.

Focus on Well-Being and Social Emotional Growth

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 curiousity.

Beyond the Classroom

It starts in the Fall with a grade-level excursions that promote class-bonding through camping, ropes courses, kayaking and more.

During the Spring, we go "Outside the Walls" with opportunities for International travel, and week-long intensive courses such as visiting ghost-towns in search of paranormal activity, or building a pop-up arcade with custom-coded games.

And of course, all courses are enhanced by field studies and field trips.  The nearby China Camp State park provides a wealth of opportunities for study and exercise.

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