Minicourses come in many styles, but all have as their goal the enrichment of students’ lives and expansion of their awareness in the world.

Each course challenges students in a variety of ways through environmental stewardship, community service, academic and/or artistic enrichment, and wilderness skills and living experiences.

Minicourse 2024

students working at pottery wheels
older student holding jump rope for child
students working on art project with instructor
students on couches knitting
students on beach on surf boards
students at classroom table
students holding photographs
students in downhill ski gear
students in museum
students sitting at long table with food
students making pizza outdoors
students in kayaks
students in climbing gym
students walking over bridge in woods
student pouring sauce into a pan in Marin Academy kitchen
Students in front of art mural
students building a guitar
Two students in sail boat
student knitting
Marin Academy teacher working with student

Minicourse is a time when students and faculty can immerse themselves in an activity of broad educational value to a degree that is not possible during the school year. The experience should enable students, as far as possible, to learn through first-hand experience and thus arrive at the end of the course with new insights, sympathies, skills and knowledge. A major part of the experience is the social awareness fostered by working closely with a small group of like-minded people within the atmosphere of a “project."

The definition of Minicourse, approved by the faculty in June 1992.
students and teachers smiling from van

2024 Minicourse Offerings



Tyren Dandridge

Tyren Dandridge

Dean of Students