Horizon Community School

Horizon Community School is the result of an innovative partnership among Marin Horizon School, Community Action Marin (CAM) and other community organizations. The Marin City campus opened its doors to an inaugural class of 12 two-year-olds on August 23, 2017. Honoring Marin Horizon School and Community Action Marin's commitment to foster and respect diversity in the community and the world, Horizon Community School satisfies a growing need for quality early childhood education in an underserved community of Marin County.
Our program offers a culturally competent, Montessori-inspired curriculum in a nurturing environment that promotes cognitive, social and emotional development. The school day includes exploration of the senses and activities to advance practical life skills, acquisition of language and mathematical skills, as well as a sense of order. Sensorial materials are rotated frequently and become increasingly complex throughout the year. Imaginative play is encouraged, and learning is fun and purposeful.
Horizon Community School believes that education is a cooperative endeavor between families and educators, and this special program features monthly family activities and educational programs to promote play, learning, and healthy routines both at school and at home.

Mission, Vision, Values


Horizon Community School is an early childhood education program that advances educational equity and social justice. We leverage public and private resources with Marin City community expertise to prepare children for academic success.  


Equitable high-quality early childhood education in a model of community partnership


Partnership – We partner with families, educators, and community members and value each other’s voices in our decision making.

Kindness – We respect and honor each other, listen with empathy, and seek to understand each other’s perspectives.
Cultural Emphasis – We recognize that each child brings a unique cultural background to the classroom and value these contributions of our children, families, and community.

Transformative Leadership – We maintain high standards in our research-informed pedagogy. We develop and support passionate educators who exude the joy of learning, reflect the community we serve and mentor others to teach our students effectively.

Horizon Community School FAQ

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Why this program?

    The partnership allows Marin Horizon School to fully engage with its mission, modeling for our students respect for diversity within the local community and the world as well as real-world experiences that promote collaboration and multicultural respect.
    The program aligns with our overall strategic plan to build relationships outside of the immediate community. The students from the three Marin Horizon campuses (main campus, Toddler Cottage, and Marin City campus) will interact frequently to promote higher student achievement for all, as diverse groups promote greater learning experiences.
  • How did the project get started?

    The demand for early childhood education options for families in Marin City far exceeds the availability.  Marin Horizon administrators and staff including former Marin City residents, recognized an opportunity by partnering with Community Action Marin Child Development Program, long-time provider of child development in Marin City, and facilitated the introduction. This truly public-private enterprise is built on a strong symbiotic relationship: an independent school working alongside other non-profit agencies to serve a common purpose of making a positive impact on all children in Marin City.
  • How will the program be financed?

    The majority of the program is funded by a significant grant from a local, private foundation. Further funding will be secured through annual fundraising initiatives and smaller grants. 
  • How will the three campuses work together?

    The Horizon Community School campus will be an adjunct to the Marin Horizon School campus, and students and teachers will have the opportunity to commingle at each location for regular programming, events and activities throughout the year.
  • How will students be selected for the program?

    Families who are interested in applying must be current Marin City residents. 
  • Interested in the program?

    Horizon Community School is accepting applications until March 1, 2019 for Marin City residents 18 – 36 months old. You can download/complete the application here and return to:

    Marin Horizon School
    Attn: Angie Evans
    305 Montford Ave
    Mill Valley, CA 94965
    Monthly tuition is determined by your household monthly income.