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Our Graduates

High School Placement

At Marin Horizon, our high school placement process is intentionally student-centered and process-oriented. Rather than approaching the transition from middle school to high school as an endpoint, we view it as an opportunity for continued skill development, emotional growth, and student empowerment. Importantly, we want students and families to feel supported throughout their high school transition experience. While the majority of our students elect to apply to and attend independent schools, we feel strongly that students electing to attend public school are celebrated along with their peers. Above all, we want our students to derive benefits from the process of choosing high school, rather than tying success to a particular outcome.

For families that apply to independent schools, we begin the process by focusing on finding the right “fit” for each student. When students emphasize identifying the right school, rather than the “best” school, they are able to present themselves with confidence and authenticity, which typically yields better outcomes for applicants. Students are encouraged to take the lead throughout their application process. They practice essential skills including researching, self-advocacy, resume building, interviewing, personal essay writing, and, ultimately, succeeding with grace and coping with disappointment. In the end, students are able to reflect on their achievements during their application process and recognize their own successes, regardless of outcome. At Marin Horizon, we are proud to say that our emphasis on the process yields excellent results year after year. Our students are consistently accepted at premier high schools throughout the Bay Area, with nearly every applicant finding a home at their first or second choice school. 

Jesse Pearson
8th Grade English Teacher & Advisor, High School Placement Counselor, and Director of Experiential Ed

High School Choices

Every year our graduates choose to attend a wide range of independent and public high schools. Throughout the high school admission process, our ultimate goal is to match each student with a school in which they will thrive. We work closely with students and their families to identify which schools are the best fit for each student. Our graduates have gone on to the following schools:
Independent Schools
  • The Bay School of San Francisco
  • The Branson School
  • Convent of the Sacred Heart
  • Drew School
  • International High School (IHS)
  • Lick Wilmerding High School
  • Marin Academy
  • Marin Catholic
  • The Marin School
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral College Preparatory
  • Seton Catholic Preparatory High School
  • St. Ignatius High School
  • San Domenico
  • San Francisco University High School
  • Sonoma Academy
  • Stuart Hall
  • The Urban School of San Francisco
Boarding Schools
  • Brentwood
  • The Cate School
  • Colorado Academy
  • Midland
  • Milton Academy
  • Ojai Valley School
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • The Thacher School

Public Schools
  • Archie Williams High School
  • ArtQuest at Santa Rosa High School
  • Lowell High School
  • Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School
  • Redwood High School
  • Richmond High School
  • San Rafael High School
  • Sonoma Valley High School
  • Tamalpais High School
  • Terra Linda High School

Anoushka K. '19

Going into high school at Bay, I feel braver and more confident. I now know who I am, and I'm not afraid to let other people see that.

Classes of '20, '21, '22

List of 3 items.

  • 70%

    Students who chose to apply to independent and parochial schools
  • 87%

    Students accepted to their first or second choice high school
  • 100%

    Students who find their "right fit" high school

On to College!

Marin Horizon graduates continue to excel in high school, and go on to respected colleges and universities. A partial list is below.

Bank Street College of Education
Barnard College
Boston College
Brown University
Carleton College
College of William and Mary
Columbia University
Dominican University
Elon University
Emory University
Gonzaga University
Harvard University
Howard University
Lewis and Clark College
Loyola Marymount University
Morehouse College
New York University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Prescott College
Pomona College
Pitzer College
Princeton University
Rhode Island School of Design
Rice University
St. Johns University
Skidmore College
Smith College
Sonoma State University
Sorbonne University
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
Tulane University
University of California Berkeley
University of California Davis
University of California Los Angeles
University of California Santa Cruz
University of Arizona
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Denver
University of Miami
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Texas
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
University of St. Andrews, Scotland
University of the Pacific
Whitman College
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