At Marin Academy, we believe that educational excellence should push the boundaries of what is known today in order to prepare students for a world we can’t even imagine tomorrow.
Every day, MA teachers and students work side-by-side immersing themselves deeply in their subjects while honing the ability to think critically and creatively.
And because many voices are welcomed and encouraged at MA, our students cultivate the tools they need to live their lives fully, and the inspiration to contribute as compassionate citizens to our world.
Seniors Alex Paff '17 and Katie Joyce '17 volunteered with the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN), and became passionate about the 10,000 Redwoods Project, which aims to plant 10,000 redwoods in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to help fight climate change. Click here to read more.
“At MA, I learned how much I really enjoy working with other people, and how many people there are out there who I value. I didn’t appreciate that before MA.”
“Before coming to MA, I was good at memorization. I plugged stuff in and it worked. MA was so different from that. You have to really think about things. It was a huge learning curve for me, but now I know so much more.”
“Classes here go beyond the facts. We discover things ourselves instead of just thinking from step to step and checking off a box.”
“Diversity here goes beyond surface cultural attributes. We have challenging conversations about self and identity. Kids like having the time and space to talk.”
Miranda Thorman, Teacher
“MA does a great job of developing how we work in groups. It’s always a positive experience.”
“Students here do so much of the outreach to actually make events happen—from picking the right topic to inviting the right experts to campus.”
Liz Gottlieb, Teacher
“There’s always an emphasis here on conversation and discussion rather than assignments and assessments. We use class to explore topics together rather than just reflect on your own thoughts.”
“Using digital, cloud-based tools makes group project more successful. When work is collaborative and iterative, students can identify gaps and make improvements.”
Jon Bretan, Teacher
“We really care that our kids know how to write and write well. But we also try to harness their modern visual skills.”
Mary Collie, Teacher
“We try to have bigger conversations about how our work will impact a community.”