Q: What qualities does Marin Horizon School look for in its students and families?
A: We seek creative, curious, and engaged students who are eager to learn about themselves and the world; students who possess the ability and determination to succeed in an intellectually challenging program that relies on active participation and fosters both collaboration and independence. Families that embrace and support our mission and core values, and appreciate that quality education is a partnership between the parents, the student, and the school, are well suited to Marin Horizon.
Q: How many openings do you have?
A: Availability varies by grade. Our toddler program accommodates 24 students, with a teacher:student ratio of 1:6. Our Primary program, which includes three mixed-aged classrooms, has 20-25 openings per year. Availability in our elementary and middle school classes is based on attrition, with the exception of 6th grade, an entry point that generally has 6-8 openings.
Q: Who makes the admissions decisions?
A: The Admission Committee includes the Director of Enrollment Management, the Head of School, our division directors, and rotating faculty members.
Q: What happens when a child has been placed in the admission waiting pool?
A: If an opening becomes available, the Admission Committee will convene to select the child that best fits with the class profile, regardless of when that child entered the waiting pool.
Q: Do you accept transfer students?
A: Yes. The number of transfer students depends on availability in any given class.
Q: Are tours or open houses required for families applying to Marin Horizon School?
A: We encourage but do not require participation in the tour and open house events. These visits provide the opportunity to learn about our mission and educational philosophy, and see how they come to life at Marin Horizon. Prospective parents are able to gather a range of perspectives from our Head of School, division directors, faculty, students, parents, and alumni at these events, and get a sense of the enthusiasm and authenticity that defines our school culture.
Q: Do you conduct parent interviews?
A: Yes. The Director of Enrollment Management spends approximately 45 minutes with the parents of each applicant. This in-depth conversation gives valuable insight into a child's potential academic and social alignment with Marin Horizon's mission and educational program, and explores parents' core values with regard to their child's education. The conversation also presents the opportunity for parents to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of Marin Horizon School.
Q: What role does diversity play at Marin Horizon?
A: A starring role. Respect for diversity is a core value in which we take tremendous pride. At Marin Horizon, we believe that diversity adds richness and strength to our entire community. Our school is deeply committed to growth in this area, and prioritizes cultural proficiency as one of our guiding principles. For more information on this topic, please see Diversity in the About Us section on our website.