The 2023 Marin County Private School Guide

We’ve got everything you need to know about where to send your kids to private school in Marin.

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Marin Catholic High School


Founded on the values of faith, knowledge, and service, Marin Catholic opened in 1949 as a Archdiocesan, Catholic, college preparatory school in Kentfield. The school consists of nearly 800 students who are dedicated to taking on the challenges of making valuable contributions to the school community as well as the rigorous workload. Faculty and staff of Marin Catholic do their best to create and maintain a student-centered environment that allows all their students the opportunity to achieve excellence. 

675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Kentfield 415.464.3800

Our Lady of Loretto School


Faculty and staff of Our Lady of Loretto School are committed to providing a high quality education to students that emphasizes self-expression, diversity, and independent thought. Rooted in Catholic values, the school seeks to instill in students a sense of social conscience, personal commitment and Christian action. The school is TK through 8th grade, divided into three sections: TK-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th.

1811 Virginia Ave, Novato, 415.892.8621

Saint Hilary School


Saint Hilary School is a Catholic K – 8th Grade school located in Tiburon. Employing a whole-child approach to education, each student develops a unique relationship with God, experiences spiritual growth, and pursues academic excellence through an engaging and challenging curriculum.

765 Hilary Dr, Belvedere Tiburon, 415.435.2224

Saint Patrick School


St. Patrick School in Larkspur is a K-8 Co-ed Catholic Private school. Teachers work diligently to help students reach their full academic potential according to a curriculum based on the standards of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and National standards.

120 King Street Larkspur 415.924.0501

St. Anselm School

San Anselmo

St. Anselm School has had a long-standing tradition of providing a high-quality Catholic education to children in Kindergarten up to 8th grade. Based in San Anselmo, the school is committed to making sure every student realizes that their true potential involves fostering a sense of duty to God, themselves, their family, and local community. St. Anselm students are intellectually curious, natural care-takers of the community, are knowledgeable about the teachings of the Catholic faith, and demonstrate “Do, Be Kind” principles everyday. 

40 Belle Ave, San Anselmo, 415.454.8667

St. Isabella School

San Rafael

St. Isabella School is a private K-8 Catholic private school. The faculty specializes in science, math, Spanish, technology, and physical education while providing a foundation for spiritual, psychological, and academic development. Students are challenged to live out the Catholic faith in service to society, family, and God. 

1 Trinity Way, San Rafael, 415.479.3727

St. Raphael School

San Rafael

Established in 1889 as a part of the Saint Raphael parish, St. Raphael School strives to foster a Catholic faith that gives meaning and direction to life and challenges that come with it. The school encourages students to pursue academic excellence while incorporating a spirit of service to God and all others. Located in the center of downtown San Rafael, the school celebrates diversity and inclusiveness to create a warm and friendly environment for all students. 

1100 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, 415.454.4455


Marin Christian Academy


Marin Christian Academy offers a faith-based education from the preschool level all the way until high school.They have been accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International(ACSI) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges(WASC). The school strives to achieve educational excellence in positive and nurturing environments for their students. Teachers share a love for their students, while helping them develop critical thinking skills during the process. The curriculum is rich and balanced as the faculty is very passionate about helping students develop mentally, socially, and spiritually. 

1370 S Novato Blvd, Novato, 415.892.5713

North Bay Christian Academy


The North Bay Christian Academy aims to create a community that is caring and learning among parents, faculty and students. The academy is a dual accredited, non-profit High School located in Novato. Despite the small enrollment size, the school reflects the diverse community of the Bay Area, as well as internationally as many attend the school. The small school size allows students to get their academic needs addressed properly. They even offer specialty tutoring resources for Dyslexic students, as well as having 3 certified Barton tutors available for daily remediation.    

6965 Redwood Blvd, Novato, 415.892.8921


Lycée Francais de San Francisco


Lycée Français de San Francisco, otherwise known as LFSF, is a French immersion school that has three separate campuses, with one in Sausalito and two in San Francisco.They offer a one of a kind multilingual and multicultural education program that is intended to empower students to become global thinkers who are able to make important contributions to the world at large. Children aged 2 to 5th grade are invited to attend elementary school at the Sausalito campus, while the middle school and high schools are located in SF. 

610 Coloma St, Sausalito, 415.661.5232


Brandeis Marin

San Rafael

The Brandeis School is a private K-8 day school that offers an inspirational academic experience and community that brings together progressive Jewish values, inspires open minds, and seeks to shape compassionate, ethical, and engaged citizens.

180 North San Pedro Road, 415.472.1833

Branson School


As a coeducational, college preparatory school, Branson has the mission of developing students into those who will make a positive impact on the world through living lives of purpose, integrity, learning and joy. The school currently consists of 320 students attending grades 9-12 in Ross. They believe in the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion are crucial to creating an effective learning environment as well as a lively, warmhearted community. 

39 Fernhill Ave, Ross, 415.454.3612

Bright Horizons

San Rafael

Bright Horizons at Marin Commons takes a Discovery Driven Learning® approach to make early learning an adventure. They have the goal of nurturing your child’s natural curiosity, focusing on what interests them the most, supporting them learn through play, as well as helping them prepare for academic success. Bright Horizons offers early education programs for infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten prep. They even have a mobile app for parents to stay connected with their children, as they will be able to get photos and real-time updates from teachers. 

1600 Los Gamos Dr Suite 230, Lobby C, San Rafael, 415.492.2262

Caulbridge School

San Rafael

Caulbridge School brings together the latest innovations in neuroscience and collective wisdom to help grow children’s academic abilities, social skills and sensory motor in a fair & balanced way. They offer a TK-8th grade private school education in a beautiful nature setting in San Rafael. Caulbridge proudly claims that “when your child is happy at school, you’ll be happy too!” They believe firmly in providing a common sense education in uncommon times.     

1 St Vincent Dr, San Rafael, 415.481.1243

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, give weekly presentations, and 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, 415.383.2283

Fusion Academy

San Rafael

Fusion Academy in San Rafael offers one-to-one private school learning for students in middle and high school. Teachers and Mentors personalize the curriculum and pacing of the material based on the student’s strengths and weaknesses. Students can participate in the program whether it’s full or part-time, whether it’s for class credit, tutoring, mentoring, or post-secondary counseling. Fusion Academy Marin became Fusion’s 15th campus in the country when it opened back in 2014. Students can enroll at any point during the school year even if it’s mid-semester or mid-year.  

1600 Los Gamos Dr Suite, San Rafael 380, 415.472.1421

Headlands Preparatory School


Headlands Preparatory School is a 6th – 12th grade, WASC-accredited college preparatory school. Students receive a transformative educational experience that helps build self-esteem and nurture responsible contributors. Supportive staff practices a one-to-one model and flexible scheduling which allows students to learn at their own pace and participate in activities.

1050 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415.944.2254

Marin Horizon School

Mill Valley

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. Marin Horizon has challenging, project-based academics in a joyful learning environment, phenomenal teachers who believe close student-teacher relationships are central to student success, an outdoor education program that reinforces the social-emotional learning, independence, and leadership fostered in our classrooms, a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a beautiful campus, nestled at the base of Mt. Tamalpais, surrounded by trails and open space.

305 Montford Ave, Mill Valley, 415.388.8408

Mark Day School

San Rafael

Mark Day School is an independent, all gender Kindergarten through 8th grade school based in San Rafael. Founded back in 1980, the school has always had the goal of providing a high quality education for children in an environment that’s full of love and care. Mark Day School has a beautiful campus that’s truly one of a kind. Classrooms are spacious and filled with natural sun lighting. There is an amphitheater in the center of the campus, they have a “Creativity Lab & Maker’s Court” to bring children’s imaginations to reality, a two-story library as well as a Digital Media Lab where students can learn how to use professional media, lighting and sound equipment. 

39 Trellis Dr, San Rafael, 415.472.8000

Mount Tamalpais School

Mill Valley

Based in Mill Valley, Mount Tamalpais School is an independent, co-educational Kindergarten through 8th grade school. They are dedicated to the development of knowledge and goodness within children in an environment that’s inclusive, nurturing and academically inspiring. The school has a 7 to 1 student-teacher ratio, so teachers are able to focus heavily on both what they teach and how they teach. Students at MTS learn to become problem solvers, how to write lab reports, talk about an author’s diction, and solve complicated math equations. 

100 Harvard Ave, Mill Valley, 415.383.9434

North Bridge Academy

Mill Valley

North Bridge Academy is a non-profit school located in Mill Valley for dyslexic students in grades 2nd through 8th. The school consists of a total of 71 students, 36 in middle school, and 35 in the lower school. The goal of the school is to equip and empower students with dyslexia to accept their strengths, understand their potential, and go for their aspirations. Students learn in different ways than most, using multi-sensory, sequential and phonics based teaching to tailor curriculum to the individual needs of the students. 

17 Buena Vista Ave, Mill Valley, 415.462.5657

San Domenico School

San Anselmo

San Domenico is a K-12 day school and international boarding school, educating the Marin and San Francisco communities since 1850. On their 515-acre campus students have a broad range of academic, creative, and athletic opportunities. The education is focused on purpose-driven learning to create change makers and leaders in today’s world.

1500 Butterfield Road San Anselmo, 415.258.1905

The Discovery School


Located in and around the Bay Area Discovery Museum, The Discovery School is California’s only museum-based preschool. The school provides a distinctive atmosphere for children to learn and grow at a young age. The eccentric location of the school being at the museum and in its national park setting allows children’s natural curiosity to foster and flourish. The curriculum of the Discovery School is based on heavy research into how children develop and learn at the preschool level.  

557 McReynolds Rd Suite 100, Sausalito, 415.339.3900

The Helix School

San Rafael

The Helix School is dedicated to nurturing the needs of children who have autism and autism-like developmental challenges. The curriculum of the Helix School is specialized to the students’ developmental levels, sensory processing abilities, and emotional-regulatory needs. Teachers at the school instruct students on how to: develop self-awareness, self-regulate, process language, generalize what they learn, advocate for themselves, and learn life skills. 

161 Mitchell Blvd, San Rafael, 415.569.5056

The Marin School

San Rafael

Located in San Rafael, the Marin School is an independent, college-prep high school established in 1980. The challenging and rigorous program includes a UC-approved curriculum, unique STEM offerings, digital, visual, and performing arts, and athletic teams. The daily shuttle service stops throughout San Francisco, East Bay, and Marin County.

150 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, 415.339.9336

The Mountain School

Corte Madera

Founded in 1990 by a group of parents who wanted to offer families in Marin a new type of approach to early education learning. The school offers children a fulfilling curriculum that gives them opportunities to explore and learn joyfully. There are two mixed-age preschool classrooms for children aged 2 years and 9 months to about 5 and a half years old. There are two teachers in both classrooms who help kids develop good habits by doing things like singing to the children and teaching them consistent routines and rituals. 

50 El Camino Dr STE 6, Corte Madera, 415.924.4661

The New Village School


The New Village School is an independent school located in Sausalito that recently opened back in 2009. The school gives a strong education for children from preschool age up until 8th grade. Class sizes are small with about 10-20 students per classroom and students learn without any screens until they’re in 6th grade. Instead they learn to develop social/emotional intelligence through an outdoor education system that often takes place on their farm and the ocean. 

100 Ebbtide Ave #144, Sausalito, 415.289.0889

Winston Preparatory School

San Rafael

Winston Preparatory School in Marin County is a private, 3rd – 12th-grade school for students with learning disabilities ranging from dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, and executive functioning difficulties. Dedicated staff focuses on each individual’s specific academic and social goals with daily one-to-one remediation. The Focus Program ensures students are evolving and developing skills to help them thrive. 

1 Saint Vincents Drive, San Rafael, 415.993.5533


Good Shepherd Lutheran School


Good Shepherd Lutheran School(GSLS) offers a Lutheran education for children from preschool to middle school. At GSLS, everyone is welcome. Students are given the opportunity to thrive through their academics and social life. The school strives to enrich the educational process by embodying hope, love, respect, responsibility and compassion. All these beliefs reflect the school’s commitment to the local community. GSLS has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of both the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association and the California Association of Private School Organizations. 

1180 Lynwood Drive, Novato, 415.897.2510 


Corte Madera Montessori

Corte Madera

Corte Madera Montessori offers early education for young children in the local area, with pre-primary school for toddlers aged 2-3, and primary classrooms for children aged 3-5. Classes are taught by Montessori certified teachers. Classrooms at Corte Madera Montessori have an abundance of windows to provide natural lighting in addition to having many skylights inside. The school has a core belief that children learn the best through their own efforts. They also have a large playground for the children to roam around in during their twice-a-day recesses. 

50 El Camino Dr #10, Corte Madera, 415.927.0919

Marin Montessori School

Corte Madera

Marin Montessori School offers a private school education for children aged 18 months to 15 years old. They have school for toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years, primary school children ages 3 to 6, elementary school for children aged 6 to 12, and junior high for kids ages 12 to 15. The school sees education as an act of hope more than anything else. They give students the power to learn by doing, tackle real life challenges, as well as ignite their passions. By allowing them to take ownership of their learning, they become able to develop the skills they need in order to navigate life and their academics. 

5200 Paradise Dr, Corte Madera, 415.924.5388

Montessori de Terra Linda School

San Rafael

Montessori de Terra Linda School offers a private school education for preschoolers up until they hit 6th grade. They have classrooms where children are mixed ages so they can experience different roles such as being the youngest, the middle as well as the oldest. Because of this, many of the children stay in the same classroom for three years at a time. MdTL is more than just a school however, it is a supportive and uplifting community for students and their families.  

610 Del Ganado Rd, San Rafael, 415.479.7373


GATE Academy

San Rafael 

Students at GATE Academy are “creators of knowledge, not just consumers of facts” according to their website. GATE Academy believes their students should learn by doing, seeing, thinking, making and sharing. They offer an inquiry-based education for children who want to learn and love to have fun. There are many hands on/minds on activities for the children to learn, where students are able to be engaged in their own learning. GATE believes that their students are “deep, reflective thinkers who have a passion for figuring out, doing, and understanding.”

1 St Vincent Dr, San Rafael 415.491.4700

Marin Academy

San Rafael

Marin Academy is a coeducational private high school located in San Rafael. The school believes in academic excellence that pushes the educational boundaries of both how and what students learn. Marin Academy helps students build the tools they need to live their lives to fullest, both throughout high school and beyond. In the classrooms, teachers and students work side-by-side to analyze, learn and build new ways of understanding the world. The school bases these ideas off of their three main principles of “Think. Question. Create.”

1600 Mission Ave, San Rafael, 415.453.4550

Marin Country Day School

Corte Madera

Founded in 1956, Marin Country Day School is an independent, COED, K – 8 Day school located in Corte Madera, California. Dedicated teachers guide students through the core curriculum including the academic disciplines of English, Mandarin, Spanish, Math, Science, and Social Studies in congruence with Art, Athletics, Drama, Music, and Outdoor Education. The school’s mission is to create an inclusive community of learning that inspires curiosity, action, and empathy. 

5221 Paradise Dr, Corte Madera, 415.927.5900

Marin Primary & Middle School


Marin Primary & Middle School offers a PreK-8 education that seeks to amplify each student’s inherent strengths, build intellectual skills, and grow socially and emotionally through collaboration and creativity. Celebrating over 45 years of serving Marin families, MPMS graduates are curious and value the connection between people, students, and the world around them.

20 Magnolia Avenue Larkspur, CA  415.924.2608

Star Academy

San Rafael 

As a recognized leader in the Bay Area in teaching students with learning disabilities, Star Academy offers education opportunities for students ranging from third grade to post-high school. Teachers at Star Academy are highly skilled and trained in how to provide an individually tailored educational program for students. This helps these students get the proper resources, skills and knowledge that they need to become successful in all aspects of life. 

4470 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael

Terra Mandarin Preschool

Mill Valley

Located in the gorgeous hills of Mill Valley, Terra Mandarin Preschool is a Reggio Emilia inspired Mandarin immersion preschool and kindergarten. The guiding principle of the school is to “nurture the infinite capabilities of young children.” The unique approach gives way for students to create meaning through play/project based learning, realize that all learning is connected and experience every event as a new opportunity to gain understanding of the world. 

70 Lomita Dr, Mill Valley, 415.906.2220

Terra Marin School

Mill Valley

Terra Marin School is “multilingualism meets nature-based education.” Students of Terra Marin learn three languages: Mandarin, Spanish and English to become fluent in all three, while being in a nature-based environment. Teachers are passionate about education and use their skills to help students excel through traditional academic learning. Much of the work is based on student-led discussions and interactive projects, which have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Students from preschool all the way to 8th grade have the opportunity to take part in this truly unique learning experience. 

70 Lomita Dr, Mill Valley, 415.906.2220


Marin Waldorf School

San Rafael

Marin Waldorf School has the mission of raising children to be conscious, creative and innovative and who will be capable of shaping the future of economics, justice and cultural freedom. For the past 50 years, the school has offered an education from the preschool level up until 8th grade.Their beautiful 10 acre campus is based in San Rafael, where students are able to develop their intellect by bringing goodness, beauty and truth into the world. 

755 Idylberry Rd, San Rafael, 415.479.8190