Admissions
Admissions

FAQs

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the tuition at Marin Academy?

    Tuition at Marin Academy for the 2017-2018 school year is $43,785. There are additional charges that cover books and other incidental expenses that average between $600 and $900 per year.
  • What is Marin Academy looking for in a student?

    We seek to enroll students who demonstrate a love of learning and have the ability to pursue a challenging college preparatory curriculum that is balanced by participation in a broad array of activities outside of the classroom such as athletics, service, the arts, and outdoor education. Our students and faculty work together to create an environment in which every member of our community can take on the greatest possible challenges—and succeed at them.

    The Admissions Committee, comprised of faculty, administrators, and staff, assesses the information given on the parent and student applications. We make our academic assessment by looking at grades from the last two years and the first semester of the current year, the results of test scores and writing samples, as well as the recommendations from teachers and the school principal or counselor. The results of standardized test scores play an important role, as do extracurricular activities that complement the student’s academic pursuits. We want to become familiar with a student’s extracurricular interests and personal characteristics and we use the information contained in the application as well as the impressions gleaned from the required interview with a member of our Admissions Committee. When our Admissions Committee makes its recommendations, we want to be confident that the student is the right match for Marin Academy, meaning he/she will feel comfortable finding their place in a school that places a high value on its student centered cooperative and collaborative working environment.

    We encourage applications from students of all races, national and ethnic origins, religions, and physical abilities. As diverse as they are, our students have one big thing in common: they are appreciatively immersed in an educational environment that encourages compassion and commitment. Marin Academy students are serious about learning and are already on a path towards becoming caring and responsible citizens.
  • What is your acceptance rate?

    In 2015-2016, we received approximately 500 applications. Our incoming ninth grade, class of 2020, is comprised of 110 students from over 40 different middle schools.
  • Which standardized tests are accepted with the application?

    To ensure consistency between applicants, we strongly encourage that candidates who are applying to MA for ninth and tenth grade submit results from the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT, upper form only). Marin Academy's member code is 4852.

    Please refer directly to the SSAT website to set up your test date. The SSAT should be taken in the fall or winter of your eighth-grade year. Official results must come directly from the test administrator. 

    Recognizing the SSAT is not an option for all applicants, we will also accept the following alternative standardized test scores: ISEE (school code is 053212) and ERB (no school code - test scores must be sent to us via PDF). 

    Note: All applicants are required to submit scores to Marin Academy by the application deadline.
  • Are school visits and open houses required of students who are applying to Marin Academy?

    Student visits days are not required, but are recommended as a way for prospective students and parents to learn more about the school. Open houses are not required, but do help families assess Marin Academy together.
  • Are interviews required for students who are applying to Marin Academy?

    Interviews are required for all applicants. These informal, relaxed conversations offer you a chance to ask questions about MA, and for MA to learn more about you. For your convenience, interviews will be offered both on campus as well as at selected venues throughout the Bay Area, beginning in the fall. You may schedule your interview by clicking on the "Schedule an Interview" link on our Admissions home page.
  • What are the transportation/bus service options?

    Nearly 30% of MA students hail from beyond Marin County. In order to facilitate travel to and from campus, MA contracts with Michael's Transportation to provide daily bus service connecting both San Francisco and the East Bay with our campus in San Rafael. Bus routes are convenient to many neighborhoods in the City and in the East Bay, and allow students to depart campus both immediately after class and after afternoon athletics and arts commitments.
  • Do you accept transfer students?

    Our transfer acceptance rate is greatly influenced by attrition and class size. In the past few years, we have admitted as few as one and as many as eleven transfer students in a given year. We do encourage students in good standing at their current school to submit an application.

    The application process for a transfer student is the same as a prospective 9th grader: Campus Visit and Open Houses are encouraged but not required. An interview as well as the application is required and must be completed by January 12, 2017. We will accept standardized tests from previous years if available (like the SSAT). However, if you have more recent standardized test scores to share (PSAT or other), please be sure to send those to us as a PDF via email to admissions@ma.org. 
  • What is the curriculum like at Marin Academy?

    The curriculum is rigorously college preparatory with highly developed requirements in all academic areas, the arts, and physical education. The academic program consists of over 100 course titles in seven departments. More than 60 elective courses are available across all disciplines, including honors work in every department. The academic program is enhanced by an exemplary Visual and Performing Arts Department. The co-curricular programs include an outdoor education program, a community service learning program, a required week of experiential education each spring, and a well-developed interscholastic athletic program. View the 2015-2016 course catalog.
  • Where do Marin Academy students go on to college?

    Marin Academy students apply to and are accepted at leading colleges and universities around the country. Over 99 percent of our graduates attend four-year colleges after graduating from Marin Academy, more than half of them out of state. For more information, please visit our College Counseling page and click Life After MA.
  • How do you define diversity and multiculturalism at Marin Academy?

    In its broadest application, diversity and multiculturalism are about age, family make-up, gender, race/ ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status. Marin Academy includes these social identifiers in its definition of diversity and multiculturalism, but we understand it to encompass far more. Diversity and multiculturalism are also about fairness, equity, and access to information; academics that are collaborative, student focused, and experiential as well as individual, teacher centered, and traditional; curricula that teach students to create and be responsible for their own work. It is about making connections between seemingly disparate issues and subjects.
  • Do you have scholarships?

    We do not have merit scholarships. All financial aid is awarded to families based on need alone. For additional information about financial aid visit our Financial Aid page, or email us at admissions@ma.org.

Contact Us

Marin Academy Admissions Office
1600 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
admissions@ma.org

If your needs are more immediate, please contact the Admissions Office by phone at (415) 453-2808 or by fax at (415) 453–8905.
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