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.
Yes, when a parent or teacher greets a student they smile and say hello. I had my daughter in another Marin school and when I walk through the hallways they would simply stare. And if I greeted them, I was met with silence. Very different in the halls of MPMS.
MP&MS's strong culture of community service is indicative of its passion for teaching students compassion and empathy for not just their fellow students, but for those outside the MPMS community. The Halloween costume drive, the beach cleanup, the animal rescue volunteer hours, the car washes, the emergency clothes drives for wildfire victims... the list goes on and the children learn so much.
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.