Welcome to MA!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Marin Academy! We are so excited for you to join our community.
We wanted to make sure you marked a few important dates down on your calendar.
Saturday, April 22: Placement Day
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Placement Testing Day is for world language, math and performing arts. During Placement Day, incoming students will participate in testing across subjects in preparation for the 2017-18 school year. You'll find more information on Placement Day, below.
Saturday, May 6: New Family Welcome Day
10:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
This important day represents your first opportunity to gather as a class and meet the students with whom you’ll be sharing your high school experience, as well as to begin the process of thinking about your academic program. To that end, please take some time to read the Marin Academy Course Catalog.

Here is the schedule of events:
  • 10:30 a.m. – Registration
  • 11:00 a.m. – Welcome from Head of School Travis Brownley and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Trent Nutting
  • 11:30 a.m. – Meet your peers and their families
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 2 presentations offered after lunch. If you are able to, we encourage you to split up as a family so that you can attend both informational events. 
  • 1:15 p.m. – Positive Coaching Alliance and Athletic Department Presentation. Required for all parents and/or guardians of students intending to participate in the Interscholastic Program.
  • 1:15 p.m. – Director of Technology MyMA training and Bring Your Own Device Presentation (optional for all families)
  • 2:15 p.m. – End
Please RSVP for Welcome Day by clicking here.
Click here for information on parking and for a map of campus.

Communication regarding Welcome Day will come out shortly, and communication regarding athletics, buses, and meal plans will come out later this summer.
Both Placement and Welcome Day are mandatory for all incoming students. We look forward to seeing you on campus, very soon!

Placement Day Information

MA Placement Testing Information
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Registration: 8:00 a.m. Café Plaza

Placement testing day schedule is as follows:
  • 8:00–8:25: Check in at the Café Plaza (between the BBLC and Library buildings)
  • 8:30–9:30: Math Placement Exam (all students - no calculator)
  • 9:30–10:00: Break (snacks provided)
  • 10:00–11:00: World Language Exam (any student who hopes to start at Level 2 or higher in a language. Those who plan to start at Level 1 do not need to take a placement exam)
  • 10:00–12:00: Performing Arts auditions (any student who hopes to join a music ensemble or dance class. Pre-registration required. Based on numbers, this may go past 12:00 p.m.

Please complete the first questionnaire and then forward the embedded link(s) below to your child’s teacher(s) so that we may receive the information no later than April 7th.

FAMILY QUESTIONNAIRE: Please fill out this short questionnaire no later than April 7th. If your child currently receives extended time or a computer and you would like that accommodation during placement testing, please make sure it is filled out on the form. Extended time testing will start at 8:00 and extend until 11:30. Please note that if we are not informed, we will not be able to make the accommodation on testing day.

MATHEMATICS QUESTIONNAIRE: All students will take a math placement test and are required to have a current math teacher fill out this questionnaire. (You can email the current math teacher the direct link:

WORLD LANGUAGE QUESTIONNAIRE: Only those students wishing to place into a Level II or III World languages class are required to take a language placement test and to have a current language teacher fill out this questionnaire. (You can email the current language teacher the direct link:  If your student plans to begin language study at Level I, there is no need for the current language teacher to complete a questionnaire and no placement test is necessary.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: All students for whom the contemporary music program (which includes courses in Foundations, American Roots, World Music, Contemporary Music Seminar) is their first choice for arts elective need to fill out the questionnaire through the link provided here. Please note that except for very rare cases (based on instrumentation, not experience level), all incoming freshmen and transfer sophomores are placed into our required Foundations course. Auditions will happen only upon request.

All students interested in entering the Chamber Music Program need to participate in a live audition between 10:00 am and noon. Please complete the chamber music questionnaire through the link provided here.

DANCE AUDITIONS: Dancers with intermediate to advanced training should attend the audition for Dance Company I/II. Auditions are on Placement Day (April 22) from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Dance Studio, and you may complete the online registration through the link provided here. There is no audition necessary for registering for Taiko in the fall or Hip Hop in the spring. Additional information about the dance audition process can be found here.

Click here for a course registration form for ninth grade. While this form isn’t required until Welcome Day in May, we realize that many of you are eager to put your ideas on paper, and we are happy to collect forms on Placement Day if they are ready. Do note that you can download the course catalog from the MA webpage turning the forms in early does not affect your course scheduling. If you have questions about classes or the form, teachers will be available on Placement Day to help answer them.

English, History, Biology, and Human Development: These classes are required of all freshmen; as such, they are already filled out on the form.

World Language and Math: These classes are determined by placement testing and current teacher recommendation, with the exception of those starting at a Level 1 language. If you are interested in starting a Level 1 language, please note which (French, Mandarin, or Spanish) on the form.

Art Elective: As you are choosing your elective, please keep in mind the balance between depth and breadth. Visual artists who would like to try something new might try a theater class; musicians might benefit from exposure to dance. However, if you are interested in going into depth in one area (e.g., making it to the senior level visual or performing arts courses), we do recommend starting with that area of study as a freshman. While we will do our best to give you your first choice elective, please think carefully about your second and third choices as scheduling your other courses may prohibit you from your first choice elective.

Potential Semester Elective: Human development meets only during the first semester; ninth graders have the choice of a free block or a one-semester elective in the spring semester. Taking a spring elective such as Computer Programming, Taiko, or Digital Music Production is an important choice to consider and should only be made now if you are certain you want to commit to such a course for the spring of 2017. Many ninth graders choose to take that seventh block as a free block to help manage workload.

We encourage all of our newly enrolled students to attend Placement Day so we have the information needed to build the best schedule possible for each student. We do realize that some of you have conflicts that day that cannot be rescheduled. If this is the case, please contact Karen Jacobsen, our Registrar, to schedule a time to make up the test(s).

If you have any questions regarding Placement Day, please call us at (415) 482–3270.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, April 22!

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