Private School Guide Highlights: 2022’s Best Schools

Here’s some ideas on where to send your kids.

Our Lady of Loretto School

Our Lady of Loretto School located is an engaged educational community steeped in the Catholic tradition and dedicated to the spiritual and academic growth of our students. As a Catholic school, we provide our students with a strong academic foundation through a rigorous faith-based curriculum. In collaboration with our school families and parish, the faculty and staff foster the spiritual, academic, physical, and emotional development of each student.

We graduate a community of students who are honest, respectful, independent, spiritual thinkers.

The OLL Advantage:
• Proven outstanding academics with varied extra-curricular opportunities
• Carefully selected and gifted faculty members
• Developing students with a positive self-image, personal values, respect for others, and self-motivation
• Thorough preparation for living and working as committed Christians
• A cooperative ministry of highly dedicated teachers, involved parents, engaged students, supported by the Our Lady of Loretto parish community
• Admits students of any race, color, nationality, and religious affiliation

Brandeis Marin

Integrity. Kindness. Service.

Brandeis Marin

Brandeis Marin is recognized as a forward-thinking center of educational innovation and celebrated for providing a project-based education infused with joy, spiritual exploration, and self-discovery. Students arrive as curious youngsters hungry for knowledge and graduate as critical thinkers and problem solvers. By cultivating academic excellence in a community that brings to life progressive Jewish values, we inspire open

minds and courageous hearts – nurturing compassionate, ethical, and engaged citizens. If you’re looking for an inspirational K-8 education for your child and an inclusive community for your whole family – it’s time to look at Brandeis Marin!

180 North San Pedro Road 415.472.1833

San Rafael, CA

Headlands Preparatory School

Transforming the Learning Experience

Headlands Preparatory School

Headlands Preparatory School is an award winning, WASC accredited, college preparatory school for students in grades 6 through 12. Our mission is to offer our students a transformative educational experience that helps build academic self-esteem, develop self-awareness, and nurture responsible contributors to the global community while mastering college preparatory courses. Our one-to-one model and flexible scheduling allow students to learn at their own pace and design a schedule that supports their academic needs and personal interests. While the individual is the focal point of our learning process, we have built a strong sense of community among our students and faculty. Students form friendships based on common interests discovered through our small group electives, lunch time social clubs, community building, and service activities.

1050 Bridgeway 415.944.2254

Sausalito, CA

Lycée Français de San Francisco

LFSF.SCHOOL, Welcome Home!

Lycée Français de San Francisco

• A French American program

• An international community

• A unique bilingual journey in San Francisco and Marin

LFSF, the Lycée Français de San Francisco, is an independent international school, and the largest French American program in Northern California. At LFSF, our objective is to inspire future generations to make positive and impactful contributions to our world through a multilingual and multicultural education that lasts a lifetime. Learn more: visit today

Ortega & Ashbury Campuses, San Francisco 415.661.5232

Sausalito Campus, Marin

Chronos Academy

Connecting Gifted Students to History

Chronos Academy

At Chronos Academy, precocious, driven and divergent thinkers reach their intellectual potential as they

• Connect every lesson to a CHRONOLOGICAL timeline

• Memorize to MUSIC

• MAKE daily integrated projects

• Explore OUTDOORS, museums or theater every Friday

• Learn math, writing, and language SKILLS at their own pace


• Solve group CHALLENGES each session

Chronos Academy is an innovative, TK-8 school that integrates every subject with global history; each week a stop on a journey through time. When gifted children are exposed to the diverse history of peoples, ideas, sciences and the arts, they thrive. They take pleasure in making their own connections to innovators who came before them and discovering the important role they play, present day.

110 Magnolia Avenue Larkspur, CA

415.383.2283 Chronos.Academy

Marin Horizon School

Where Academics and Character Are Classmates

Marin Horizon School

Marin Horizon is an independent, toddler through 8th grade, co-educational day school located in a residential neighborhood in Mill Valley, only 15 minutes from San Francisco. At the core of a Marin Horizon education is the development of each student’s unique and confident voice.

• challenging, project-based academics in a joyful learning environment

• phenomenal teachers who believe close student-teacher relationships are central to student success

• outdoor education program that reinforces the social-emotional learning, independence, and leadership fostered in our classrooms

• long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

• beautiful campus, nestled at the base of Mt. Tamalpais, surrounded by trails and open space

305 Montford Avenue 415.388.8408

Mill Valley, CA

Saint Hilary School

Compassionate Future Ready Innovative

Saint Hilary School

Saint Hilary School is a Catholic K – 8th Grade school that employs a whole-child approach to education. We combine an innovative 21st-century curriculum and traditional values that cultivates compassion, empathy, and honesty. Each student experiences spiritual growth through opportunities that develop a unique relationship with God, guided by the teachings of the Catholic faith. Our students pursue academic excellence through a challenging and engaging curriculum that fully prepares them for the secondary school of their choice. We present our students with the best opportunities to participate in their learning using collaborative inquiry-based methods, and hands-on projects. Our graduating classes consistently rank within the top 10% nationally in Math and Language

Arts, two of the critical areas measured by the Renaissance Learning Star Assessment.

We invite you to visit us today.


Tiburon/Marin County, CA

Saint Patrick School

Inspiring Smart Minds and Kind Hearts

Saint Patrick School

Our educational environment consists of an innovative curriculum which cultivates engaged learners and encourages students to work to their full potential. Our school community fosters an enthusiasm for learning and inspires students to be critical thinkers who lead with compassion. We believe that a partnership with parents helps our teachers motivate our children in developing their unique talents and gifts with confidence which prepares them for success in premier high schools. We invite you to tour St. Patrick School to learn about our programs and to hear about how we partner with the parent community to educate the whole child. Together, we help our children grow to be STAR students.

Skilled Learners – Thoughtful Individuals

Active Christians – Responsible Citizens

120 King Street 415.924.0501

Larkspur, CA

San Domenico School

172-Year Legacy of Providing an Exceptional Education

San Domenico School

Since 1850, San Domenico has placed exceptional education, meaning, and purpose at its core. Our rigorous curriculum supports the traditional measure of academic success, yielding high student GPAs along with entrances to top universities around the globe. However, at SD, we also believe that when students develop a deeper sense of purpose, their academic engagement increases, as do their well-being and resilience. This focus on purpose-driven learning is critical in today’s world, creating the changemakers and leaders who can confidently share their voices and talents with their teachers and peers. As Marin County’s only K-12 school, with an international boarding program for high school, we are proud to offer an exceptional education for students from all over the San Francisco Bay Area at our bucolic 515-acre campus. Our rich heritage creates an unparalleled environment forstudents to learn and grow.

1500 Butterfield Road 415.258.1905

San Anselmo, CA

The Marin School

Confidence, Creativity, Integrity, and Academic Excellence

The Marin School

The Marin School 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. 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. Unique STEM offerings include Virology, Zoology, and Fabrication Laboratory. Digital, Visual, and Performing Arts electives provide opportunities for artists at all levels of experience to grow and refine their skills. Our athletic 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, East Bay and Marin County.

415.339.9336, ext. 1004 [email protected]

150 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA

Sterne School

From Strengths to Greatness

Sterne School

Sterne School is a co-ed independent day school serving 4-12th grade students from all over the Bay Area. Small and mighty by design, Sterne offers a personalized learning experience, with small class sizes and wrap-around support, creating an environment that amplifies strengths and gives every student the space to unlock their potential and achieve their own version of success. Sterne’s Lower School and High School are distinct but complementary programs, led by expertly trained teachers who are committed to getting to know every student’s learning style. Lower School focuses on foundational literacy and math skills, instructional-level-based cohorts, and robust learning support. It’s a natural progression to Sterne’s High School division, a rigorous yet adaptable A-G college preparatory program that fosters autonomy and critical thinking, while making room for extra support.

838 Kearny Street 415.922.6081

San Francisco, CA

Marin Primary & Middle School

We Value Connection, Curiosity, Courage

Marin Primary & Middle School

At Marin Primary & Middle School, we inspire joyful learning, honor each child, and build connections to empower all students to make a difference. From preschool through eighth grade, we engage children in a warm academic environment that amplifies each child’s inherent strengths, helping them to build the intellectual skills, social awareness, and emotional courage that will serve them throughout their lives. Our preschool students explore and discover, learning through play as they build self-confidence, gain independence, and develop critical social skills through their interactions with teachers and other children. Students in our primary school connect to the people and ideas around them in the context of a joyous, creative, and challenging learning atmosphere. They go on to middle school as kind, grounded, and inquisitive learners. In middle school, students rise to the challenge of a strong academic program and become leaders, independent thinkers, self-advocates, and engaged citizens. Through collaboration and creativity, we build insight, deepen empathy, and ignite inspiration. We are committed to listening to all voices, embracing honest conversations, and advocating for inclusion and equity in our community. As graduates, MP&MS students emerge with a passion for inquiry and empathy. They are empowered learners, authentic advocates, confident contributors, playful innovators, and empathetic leaders. Come visit us or learn more at

20 Magnolia Avenue 415.924.2608

Larkspur, CA

Town School for Boys

Where Learning Is Prized, Love of School Is Essential and Boyhood Is Celebrated.

Town School for Boys

At Town School, boys experience an education that is designed specifically for them. They discover new facets of their identities, develop enduring relationships, and are continuously given opportunities to lead, learn, and grow through the support of a loving and joyful community. We offer an outstanding educational program rooted in strong academics that enables each student to pursue his strengths and fulfill his potential. We intentionally design experiences that help boys create an expansive personal definition of boyhood and manhood. Our hallways are filled with laughter, expressions of close friendships, helpful acts and curious and imaginative minds. At Town, we encourage our students to approach their learning with joy, respect, integrity, curiosity and a sense of belonging.

2750 Jackson Street 415.746.1151

San Francisco, CA