History of the Projects
Since its founding, Marin Academy has been a school that values connections to the local community and the call to use one’s knowledge responsibly in the world.
With these goals in mind, the MA faculty worked together through the 2015-2016 school year to develop end-of-year culminating experiences for each grade. These interdisciplinary, experiential programs were designed to target the academic goals (both skills and content) and developmental needs of each year, and intentionally build on one another.
These culminations represent the deeply held values of Marin Academy that run through our philosophy, mission statement, and strategic vision.
2017 Culminating Projects
Members of the ninth grade class will work collaboratively to explore an issue that challenges the city of San Rafael: economic inequity; food scarcity; education; affordable housing; and the biodiversity of both animals and the land. During the mornings, students will be participating in a service learning project that helps them understand the theme to which they have been assigned. In the afternoon, students will engage in the creative process to demonstrate and reflect on what they have learned through a project that pushes them in four areas: awareness, empathy, engagement, and action. Read more about the Freshman Culminating Project.
All sophomores will be participating in a Mock Trial addressing the question, “does globalization benefit the greater good?” and looking at this question in the context of Latin America and the global chocolate trade. We designed the trial and scenario to give students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have been practicing all year in all their classes: research, critical thinking, effective communication, collaboration, and reflection. Read more about the Sophomore Culminating Project.
Juniors will participate in the Eighth Annual Conference on American Priorities. Drawing on deep research that students have done in the full range of their junior year coursework, juniors form teams to identify key priorities for the United States to undertake, crafting a slate of proposed bills, with budgets, to advance to a UN-style assembly run by Professor Chris O’Sullivan, the 2009-2010 Brizendine Visiting Scholar and an expert on the United Nations. Read more about the Junior Culminating Project. Parents, family friends, and special guests are invited to the General Assembly, which will take place in the Performing Arts Center on the following schedule:
- Session #1: Wednesday, May 31 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
- Session #2: Wednesday, May 31 from 1:20 to 3:00 pm
- Session #3: Thursday, June 1 from 8:30 to 11:00 am
After the completion of their senior project, all 12th graders will be participating in one of four culminating experiences: Community Action: Education; Marin Senior Outing; Music and Theater; or Senior Vision Quest. In making these opportunities available, our goal is for members of the senior class to “journey out and journey back.” The entire class will be out in the community, engaged in a collaborative project, or out in the wilderness reflecting on their high school experience and enjoying time together, and then everyone will come back to MA on Thursday, June 1 for a class barbecue and the final Senior Circle. We have created an intentional, reflective culmination that completes both the four-year path and the circle created at the opening Senior Retreat in August. Read more about the Senior Culminating Project.