The Marin School (TMS) is an independent, college-prep high school in San Rafael. 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, The Marin School values every kind of learner, including those who are neurodivergent. We offer a UC-approved, thought-provoking curriculum, with a creative approach to everything we do. Our small, supportive environment inspires our students to take risks and explore new ideas.
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. Here are some parent testimonials.
Find balance, and get the support and connection you need to thrive
Go beyond the mountains of busywork and endless, repetitive homework. Our classes focus on engagement and depth of understanding. Our social-emotional curriculum emphasizes mindfulness, with the goal of reducing anxiety and inspiring intellectual curiosity.
We are small by design, not by default — and being small has significant benefits. The largest benefit? Our teachers truly understand their students – who they are, how they think, and what motivates them to excel.
College prep curriculum with a creative approach
Imagine a science class where instead of a quiz, your teacher designs an escape room, and you and your classmates must solve puzzles to open a lockbox containing the key!
At TMS, creativity is encouraged and embraced at all levels of the learning process, in the classrooms, and across disciplines. The Marin School teachers are empowered to teach, and students are free to learn in surprising, unorthodox, and thoroughly effective ways.
Unique STEM offerings include virology, zoology, and our FabLab maker space. Digital, visual, and performing arts electives provide opportunities for artists at all levels of experience to refine and grow their skills. Our sports teams compete in a small-school sports league with an emphasis on health and wellness — all teams are co-ed and no tryouts are required. A daily shuttle service makes stops along a central corridor throughout San Francisco and Marin County.
Want to learn more about how The Marin School can make a big impact for your student? See us in action — join us today for a campus tour.
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