Admission

Ask parents, "Why MPMS?" and they speak of the rich, integrated, and challenging curriculum offered at all grade levels.

FAQs

General Information

Who should consider Marin Primary & Middle School? Families who are looking for a school that treasures childhood, where teachers will know their child, where their child will be excited about learning, where their child will feel safe, and where their child will graduate with a love of learning and the skills necessary for high school and beyond

What is Marin Primary & Middle School’s mission?

We make education meaningful, while encouraging pride in self, respect for others, and enthusiasm for learning. We treasure childhood, teach to reach children, teach children to reach, and inspire children to make a difference. Click here to read more.

What is Marin Primary & Middle School’s student-teacher ratio?

Our school’s structure uniquely combines two full-time classroom teachers who lead core curricular areas, supported by specialist classes that enrich students’ academic and creative learning experience. We offer a low overall student-teacher ratio, with primary and middle school students spending most of their learning time in small groups of 12-15 students. This fall we will welcome a larger sixth grade class as we begin a long-planned expansion to 45 students per grade level and a new departmentalized program in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.

How does Marin Primary & Middle School encourage and support diversity?

We are committed to developing a school community that reflects the diversity of Marin County and beyond, including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, physical abilities, learning styles, sexual orientation, family structure, and economic status. Classrooms celebrate and develop an understanding of the unique qualities and differences within the school community and our larger society; students and teachers reach out beyond our school to provide opportunities for all members of our community to participate in projects and experience firsthand the diversity of our world.

Does Marin Primary & Middle School offer tuition assistance?

Yes. Tuition assistance is offered based on need to primary and middle school families who qualify. We encourage families to apply to the school regardless of their financial circumstances.

Parents and Families

Which Bay Area communities do MP&MS families come from, and are car pools or a bus available?

Students come from Marin, San Francisco and Sonoma counties. Carpools are available and encouraged – a directory published each year lists families by zip code to help students and parents easily connect with others in their neighborhood. Bus transportation is available for students living in San Francisco.

What are the parent volunteer opportunities?

Parents are welcomed into the community in many ways and invited to participate in a broad range of activities. All parents are members of the Parent Association. PA committees include the Friends of the Library, Green Team, Outdoor Education Center (garden), Safe Routes to School, Auction, and Speaker Series. Parents are also encouraged to participate as volunteers on field trips and class activities, or as one of the two Homeroom Parents for each class. Parents may also serve on the Board of Trustees and/or its committees. Through the plethora of volunteer opportunities, and various school-wide events throughout the year, Marin Primary & Middle School truly feels like a community.

How will I know what’s happening in my child’s classroom, and in the school?

Teachers communicate with parents through a combination of newsletters, classroom pages on the website, and email and phone communcation. Scheduled communication between teachers and parents includes parent teacher conferences, held in the fall and spring; mid-semester progress reports (middle school), and report cards at the end of each semester. Teachers and parents understand that appropriate and timely communication supports their effective partnership on behalf of our students. Teachers meet individually with parents when needed, and much informal communication takes place throughout the year. In addition, the school publishes a weekly Dispatch with information on upcoming dates, school events, and parent education opportunities in our area. Footsteps magazine, issued twice each year, includes in-depth articles by members of the school community, as well as information on alumni activities and accomplishments. Lastly, the Marin Primary & Middle School website offers a vast amount of information on the school, its programs, and upcoming events.

Admission Process

How will the admission process provide me with a clear understanding of the school’s mission, values and program?

The admission process at Marin Primary & Middle School provides many opportunities for families to fully understand our school, including campus tours and open houses, admission coffees, and the child’s visiting day. Parents can see the school, observe the program in action, and speak with current parents, our head of school,and division directors.

We offer several tours each week during the height of the admission season to ensure that our groups are small enough for parents to ask the questions pertinent to them and their children. Parents of applicants are also invited to admission coffees, held at the homes of current parents, where they will hear from our head of school and other administrators. Parents tell us these events are very educational and informative. Our admission office door is always open to any questions parents may have. We understand that this can be a challenging time and we are here to help!

Will my child have time to spend at Marin Primary & Middle School during the admission process?

Yes. If entering JK or kindergarten, your child will attend one of our kindergarten screening sessions. During the screening, your child will meet other applicants, the kindergarten teachers and some of our other primary school teachers and administrators. Children will engage in a variety of short activities that help us assess kindergarten readiness. In addition, parents will have the opportunity to speak with our head of school.

Students applying for first through eighth grades will spend a half or full day visiting in the classroom. This is a time for us to get to know your child, and for your child to learn more about Marin Primary & Middle School.

Does Marin Primary & Middle School have an age cutoff for kindergarten?

Students should be five years old by September 1 of their kindergarten year. Unique to the primary school is the junior kindergarten program. This transitional year between preschool and kindergarten allows for an additional year spent developing early academic and social emotional skills in a challenging and nurturing environment.

Are there opportunities to enter Marin Primary & Middle School at the middle school level?

There are openings in fifth and sixth grades each year because the average class size grows from 26 in primary school to 30 in fifth grade, and to 45 in sixth grade. Openings in seventh and eighth grades are dependent upon attrition.

Is there any special consideration given to currently enrolled families during the admission process?

Marin Primary & Middle School is a family school. Preference is given to siblings of current students or graduates, and to those whose parents graduated from Marin Primary & Middle School. 

 
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