At Marin Horizon you will find a warm, collaborative group of educators and parents who share a goal of making a difference in the classroom, the community and the world. At Marin Horizon we believe every student is unique and has limitless potential for excellence. Our promise for all students who walk our halls is that their minds will be challenged, their hearts will be nurtured and their voices will be heard. There has never been a greater need for a school like Marin Horizon.
November 20, 2015
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Marin Horizon School is a gift to education in Marin County.
We have two daughters that entered Marin Horizon in middle school (6th grade) and our only regret is that they didn't begin their earlier. The school provides a learning and social environment that truly values each child, teacher, administrator and parent in a kind and nurturing way while providing a strong educational background. We absolutely love the school and the way it has transformed our girls into strong self advocates, instilled a love of all school subjects and self reliance through the amazing outdoor education program. We can't speak highly enough of our time at the school and only wish that it continued through High School!
My kids learn so much without knowing it. They are challenged in such an animated way at school. The kids are often given choices to work with and present their learnings. Come Middle School, they are taught to be responsible for their own education. The teachers and parents are there to help them reach their goals. The teachers know that a student learns in a safe environment. They look out for a child's emotional wellbeing so they can learn. I really feel that my kids' teachers care for and love their students. You'd be hard pressed to find a teacher body this solid anywhere.
Marin Horizon School is very good at preventing bullying. The school atmosphere is extremely inclusive. Children are taught to voice how they want to be treated and in many ways govern each other to behave well with peers. The mixed age classrooms are effective in the older kids modeling good behaviors for the younger kids. The teachers are on the playground during recess and lunch times to observe and work out conflicts. The students are encouraged to work out differences and respect each other. Teachers work social problems into group reading/discussions that are on point and helpful to current events in classrooms. The list just goes on.
We have two children at the school. They have been taught to know different learning styles and how they learn best. They are taught to seek help when they need to and to honor all different learning styles. Learning differences are talked about and accommodated by teachers and students alike. Learning specialists are in regular classes when they can, so even for my children who are not in the Learning Specialist Program can benefit from a specialist in the room.
We've been at the school for more than 10 years with two children. There's always a good reason for the homework given, whether if it's too easy, just right or too hard. Homework is to help with self-discipline, time-management, understanding of the subject, and/or for the teachers to gage student ability. I'd say the biggest challenge I have with my children's homework is to keep myself from doing them....because they look so fun.
Teachers know the whole child and how best to teach to them. They were doing project-based STEM learning before it became trendy. Middle school incorporates "essential questions" such as "what does it mean to be the other?" Into the curriculum. I didn't do the rigorous analysis that middle-schoolers do until I was in high school. Drama is incorporated into the school day so all kids can participate in theatre or band and still play sports after school.
The teachers are simply amazing. They are truly dedicated, thoughtful, professional, and experienced individuals who love the work that they do. I have friends whose children are in high school, and their kids still keep in touch with their teachers.
The teachers do not bog children down with meaningless busywork. My kids are excited to do their projects. Their homework is often related to projects that they are working on, and very excited about, at school. The teachers also confer with one another about the assignments they are giving students so that they know what kind of a workload the kids have. The teachers are also encourage their students to communicate with them if they are struggling to complete assignments given their after school obligations, etc...
Absolutely! Marin Horizon cares deeply about the development of character in every child. The concepts and practices of honesty, integrity, and fairness are explicitly taught, modeled, and integrated into the academic curriculum. These concepts are not taught in isolation, they are part of the fabric of the learning experience.