We moved our son to the middle school last year and loved it so much we moved our other two children this year. Once we knew what it was really about, how could we not! This is a very special school! The progressive education provided at MP&MS really offers so much creative, hands on learning. From their language program to projects lab and drama. They really educate the "whole child". My boys truly love going to school. Social emotional learning is part of the curriculum as well, which I feel is very important and makes a difference in how our kids treat each other in this teen/tween stage. The teachers and administration are amazing too - they truly love what they do and the kids can feel that. They are very supportive and proactive. If a child feels comfortable in their environment, they will be more receptive to learning. MP&MS is growing their middle school by 15 kids in 6th grade and it's an incredible new program. A lot of thought and research has been put into restructuring the middle school schedule and curriculum. The academics are superb and the community is really incredible. This school truly lives it mission. It's a very special and unique educational experience and we feel so so lucky to be a part of it.
This is our second year at MPMS and our daughter continues to LOVE school. The teachers are very engaged and proactive with parent commmunication. The extra curricular classes and after school program are top-notch. I highly recommend this school and look forward to the years to come. The parent support and community is unparalleled, too!
MPMS walks the talk. We have two children enrolled and have attended the school for five years. This is a community that embraces the entire child and family. Each year I am amazed by how well each teaching team gets to know my children. They are in touch with the details of how they learn, how they process, how they interact socially. My husband and I joke that they get to know our children as well as we do in way less time. This is a school with dedication and commitment to cherishing children and meeting them where they are to facilitate and guide them to flourish and grow. It is wonderful to see them, from the young grade of Junior Kindergarten, experience specialist classes such as wood shop, garden, drama, technology, art, music, PE and Spanish. Marin Primary is the gem of Marin.
Marin Primary is a hidden treasure. There is a warm community of parents, a low student teacher ratio, compassionate and enthusiastic teachers that are excited to teach the students. The campus is lovely, new, and centrally located. The children learn from a strong and innovative academics program. Community service is important to the culture of MPMS. Most importantly, they learn to grow up to be smart, compassionate and giving citizens and students.
Many of the teachers take outside courses in order to stay current on the most innovative teaching tools. I love the fact that there are male teachers in many of the classrooms. My son benefited from having both male and female teachers almost every year. I find the teachers enthusiastic and effective. The students graduate from MP&MS into rigorous high schools and are well prepared. They are also taught to advocate for themselves, which empowers the student to be curious, ask questions and ultimately learn more.
Teachers seem to have their method and tools and some will act out if they are challenged, questioned, or offered alternatives. There is no differentiating instruction...the same lessons get recycled and if students don't fit the mold of rich, connected, aloof, strictly compliant or passive...they are sadly labeled in a most egregious way for a child. That's not only ineffective it's a breach of professional ethics.
This is our 7th year and we are thrilled with our decision to send our children to Marin Primary & Middle School. A few highlights include: outstanding teachers who make learning fun and challenge each child; excellent leadership; and the newly renovated campus. My children love all aspects of the academic program combined with the specialist program including Outdoor Education, Library Media Center, Projects Lab (Woodworking & more!), Art, Drama, Music, and more. This is a place where children are asked to be the best they can be, and develop self confidence. There is a strong focus on multicultural education, community service and social emotional learning. We are grateful to have been accepted and look forward to the years to come at Marin Primary & Middle School!