MARIN ACADEMY

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1600 MISSION AVE
SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901
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Phone: 415-453-4550
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 8:1
  • Students/Grade: 104
  • Number Students: 416
  • Number Teachers: 46
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Travis Brownley
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (23 ratings)
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    School Reviews (19 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-02
    "Marin Academy offers a rigorous college preparatory academic curriculum and a top notch music and art program, but it is not a school where kids that are shy and not super confident will thrive. MA attracts very outgoing and confident students, so if your child matches that description, it is a great place. If you child needs any help or is struggling at all (academically, emotionally or socially), they are not likely to get much support from the administration or faculty."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-11-02
    "We are an upper-middle class family with enough - no fancy homes in Stinson or Tahoe, and our cars aren't the newest, but we pay our bills. Having had one child go through MA and another who will be finishing up there shortly, I would have to say that my children have reported the opposite of what another poster wrote about flaunting of wealth and "alpha kids." My kids felt well-treated and well-accepted by their peers. Both kids in classes separated by a few years felt their peers would gladly help them out with a ride or with homework, even if those peers weren't their best buddies. Another poster wrote about the unevenness of teaching, which I think is true - at MA and anywhere else. The first kid was able to advise the second kid about which teachers to avoid, if possible. Yes there are drugs, and yes there are parents who supply alcohol, and your kid is bound to find drugs, on any campus, if that is his or her thing. This is a nice school with nice kids. It's not a perfect school. No school is."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-07-31
    "Although there are some good teachers at MA, the institution as a whole has a very elitist, privileged gestalt. Although the teachers deliver a program that is progressive, the "alpha kids" and their wealthy parents rule the school. My daughter was very intimidated by the vast number of students who are extraordinarily wealthy and socially connected, and/or highly competitive in athletics, academics, and even in the arts. There is very little socioeconomic or racial diversity; even a middle class kid feels "poor" at MA. I believe that MA does very little to help support kids who are struggling to fit in, having a difficult adolescence, or who are not developmentally ready for the academic rigor of the MA program. Teachers have "Tutorial" time available to help students, but some of the teachers are cold and demanding, launching their college level expectations on the students. There is a very real drug problem at MA. The open campus is conducive to student drug use during the school day. The administration and teachers seem to ignore this problem with rare exceptions. The school deceptively markets itself as being fun, friendly, and supportive. This was not our experience."
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-06-10
    "It's unrealistic to believe that cliques, drug and alcohol use won't be prominent at any school: private or public. If a child is having trouble with cliques at one school, the same situation would most likely be happening at another. I loved attending MA, the teachers, students and administrators made my school experience fantastic, and yes, there I had problems with other students, but that is high school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-04-06
    "It has been the perfect school for my son, who is a soccer player and a jazz musician. Our challenge was finding a school with challenging, college preparatory academics, which allowed him room to pursue these other activities at a high level. We found it in MA, as well as a welcoming, warm and supportive atmosphere. All of the students are very nice children who seem to get along with one another, a very unusual situation for a high school."
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