Mission & Philosophy
At Marin Primary & Middle School we make education meaningful, while encouraging pride in self, respect for others, and enthusiasm for learning.
We treasure childhood.
We honor and enjoy children’s natural curiosity, competence, and exuberance.
We teach to reach children.
Using teams of teachers and educational methods tailored to how children learn best, we connect with our students, build trusting relationships, and make learning relevant, memorable, and fun.
We teach children to reach.
Asking not “how smart is the child” but “how is the child smart,” we guide our students to see their full potential, and we equip them to pursue it with passion and purpose.
We inspire children to make a difference.
We value academic excellence, personal integrity, and community action and encourage our students to become informed, engaged, and ethical global citizens.
At Marin Primary & Middle School, we believe childhood is a time to be treasured, and that children respond best to kindness, encouragement, and mutual respect. We also recognize that relationships, relevance, and high standards are critical to successful education. MP&MS students are challenged to develop a lifelong passion for learning that includes equal measures of wonder and rigorous inquiry. We teach our children to learn with and from each other, and we teach the group to respect the individual.
Our curriculum is built around “teams of teachers.” We believe in an integrated and interactive approach to education, inside the classroom and beyond – from physical education to science and technology, the arts and languages, to outdoor education. Our faculty identifies and cultivates the varied ways in which children learn. Using the best practices in education, our teachers encourage children to trust their natural desire to question and explore. Our staff creates dynamic and collaborative environments where children can excel in the acquisition of both social and academic knowledge.
We are committed to diversity, community service, and global citizenship. Our school builds relationships that involve the family, creating a strong and nurturing community. Our final measure of success is the enthusiasm of our students. We strive to create an environment where joy, responsibility, and academic excellence can flourish and where children love to come to school each day. And we know we are successful when our students graduate with both a love of learning as well as an unshakable belief in themselves.
Private Elementary School | San Francisco, CA | Novato, CA