Marin Horizon School is committed to socioeconomic diversity. This commitment is embedded in the cornerstones of our institution and speaks to our core value of actively promoting and celebrating diversity of all kinds. We believe that the participation of families from a variety of backgrounds adds to the strength of our entire community and we are committed to making Marin Horizon affordable for families through our Tuition Assistance Program. We at Marin Horizon understand that affording independent school tuition can present a challenge. Our Tuition Assistance Program helps close the gap between the cost of attending Marin Horizon School and a family’s ability to pay. Assistance also covers a portion of non-tuition expenses including transportation, daycare, enrichment programs, tutoring, and outdoor education.

Approximiately 15% of our total tuition revenues is designated for tuition assistance. For this academic year, more than $1,000,000 was distributed to more than 20% of our families, with awards ranging from $2,200 to more than $24,000. If you feel that the cost of an independent school education is outside the range of what your family can afford, please read through the following information for an overview of the Tuition Assistance Program and the factors used in determining tuition assistance grants. If you have any questions about tuition assistance and whether your family might benefit from it, please call Dorie Akka at 415.388.8408, ext. 223 or email
Annual Tuition 2015 - 2016
(Tuition includes all books, technology, activities and Outdoor Education program fees.)

Toddler (2 - 3 years old)
3 Mornings
$ 15,965
4 Mornings
$ 17,270
5 Mornings
$ 18,580
Primary (3 - 4 years old)
3 days
$ 21,905
4 days
$ 22,710
5 days
$ 23,570
Kindergarten (5 years old)
$ 27,505
Elementary & Middle School
1st – 3rd Grades
$ 28,595
4th – 5th Grades
$ 29,290
6th & 7th Grades
$ 30,150
8th Grade
$ 31,350

List of 6 items.

  • Capital Deposits

    Annual refundable capital deposits of $1,000 per child enrolled at Marin Horizon School are required from families with students in Primary through 7th grades. 
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  • Drop-in Daycare

    Drop-in morning and after-school daycare for all students Primary through Middle School will be charged at a rate of $10.00 per hour.
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  • Financing with FACTS

    Marin Horizon School contracts with FACTS Tuition Management, a third-party tuition collection company, to collect tuition from families who opt to use a periodic payment plan. Details are mailed with enrollment contracts.
  • Horizon Center Fees

    The Horizon Center provides before and after school care. Planned daycare fees are annual fees designed for working persons who will be using Horizon Center on a regular basis. 
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  • Learning Support

    Marin Horizon School provides a Learning Support Program to ensure the success of students who need additional academic support. 
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  • Planned Daycare

    Planned daycare packages include Teacher In-Service and Conference Days only. Vacation periods are not included.
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Tuition Assistance Time Line

Due by January 13, 2016: Complete a Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Service (SSS), a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Marin Horizon School uses SSS to assess a family's ability to pay for their child's education. All parents and step-parents are required to complete this form. 

New families, and returning families who are new to the financial aid process, should upload their 2013 tax returns and either W-2s or 1099s to SSS. Please include all schedules filed. 2014 tax returns and supporting documentation (W-2s or 1099s) should uploaded as soon as they are received. Awards are contingent until your file is complete with this information.

Sign and upload to SSS IRS form 4506-T. Marin Horizon reserves the right to request copies of the tax returns you filed with the IRS to verify accuracy of the copies that you submit to SSS, and this form allows us to do so. We do not require you, however, to submit a check for the fee payable to the IRS.

Due by February 1, 2016:  
All families should upload their 2014 tax returns and either w-2's or 1099's to SSS. Please include all schedules filed. For those families who file their taxes late in the year, the Tuition Assistance Committee will make awards contingent upon receipt of these documents. They should be uploaded to SSS as soon as they are available.

March 3, 2016:  
The Tuition Assistance Committee notifies returning families of their tuition assistance awards by March 3. 

March 4, 2016:  
The Tuition Assistance Committee sends out tuition assistance awards with letters of acceptance to newly admitted preschool students. 

March 10, 2016:  
Enrollment contracts for returning families who have applied for tuition assistance are due. 

March 11, 2016:  
The Tuition Assistance Committee sends out tuition assistance awards with letters of acceptance to newly admitted students in Kindergarten through 7th grades.  Enrollment contracts for newly admitted preschool students are due.

March 18, 2016:  
Enrollment contracts for new families who have applied for tuition assistance are due. 

Late Applications:  
Requests for tuition assistance that are filed after the deadlines will be made if funds are available and are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the fact that we may have requests for more assistance than we have funds available, we are not always able to meet full need as determined by SSS, but we make every effort to accommodate all families who are requesting assistance. 

We grant Tuition Assistance awards for one year. Parents must complete a PFS each year and send it to SSS in accordance with the annual application deadlines. Unless there is a significant change in annual income or available assets, you can expect the approximate level of assistance to be continued from year to year.

Frequently Asked Questions:  
For answers to frequently asked questions about our Tuition Assistance program, please visit our FAQ page.