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15 San Marin Drive
Novato, CA 94945

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(415) 898-2121
(415) 892-8284
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July 01, 2014
I went here for four years. I loved the campus and the teachers. Everyone was super supportive and always helped me out. I will miss this school and all of the people there.

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2013
San Marin has been a very good school for my kids. There is a great numbers of activities for students to choose. The teachers are courteous and attentive. The students are given all the opportunity to excel to their potential. The Principal, Mr Littlefield has brought new vigor and fun to San Marin, and I would expect that the following years will result in higher test scores and more school pride. The athletic department has experienced a resurgence to a winning format in all sports, while the music/ theater department is continuing it's long tradition of quality teaching. I am happy having my kids go to San Marin High School and would highly recommend that parents in Novato strongly consider sending their children there as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2011
I am a parent of two incoming 10th graders at SMHS. My girls' concern (mine too) about this school is the two bullies that have been bullying them all through 9th grade with the help of their parents. The two bullies have their way of spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships with common acquaintances/friends and promoting social exclusions. The administrator who happens to be in charge of bullying in this school is very ineffective. He is a former cop from San Rafael, California. Former & current students I spoke with say that he is not sensitive enough and not well trained enough to handle this highly sensitive topic of bullying in schools. I thus rate this school in handling issues such as bullying in school as very poor. In addition, the school is not diverse enough when it comes to ethnic groups. In fact, I rate it simply as a white school. If you want diversity and safe environment for your teens, don't go to this school. Novato High School may be a better school when it comes to diversity.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
School has great options for high achievers and my daughter is challenged and in a safe environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
San Marin has so many talented teachers who are dedicated to preparing kids for college and a successful future. My kids also enjoyed all the opportunities available through San Marin's terrific sports programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
We have a great community that works together to help enrich the future of our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
A school for all students! We enjoyed San Marin tremendously!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
This was my high school, my daughter graduated in 2008 and now my son is attending. Great school all around and I'm very excited about the sports program.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Love the school. My sons are getting great education at San Marin. One is in top UC now and another will definitely be in another top colleges in the U.S. in coming year. They also made wonderful friends who are wholesome kids and great students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
It is a great school with amazing teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
I love that most of my son's teachers teach because they love it - because they had a calling to do it. Go San Marin!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
San Marin is a great school where the students, staff, and parents are always striving to make it even better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
San Marin was the High School that I went to. Its great to see my son going to the same High School. San Marin has a beautiful campus and Great Teachers. The sport programs are moving in the right directions.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
The faculty, the administration, and the classess offered to students. Despite the budget cuts San Marin does an awesome job at keeping our students motivated to learn!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
My sons got a good education at San Marin H.S., preparing them for success in college. The academics were strong, as are the performing arts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
My daughters have an excellent program called avid that help them prepare for college and let them visit the universities campuses. They also have great sport teams and great teachers too

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
The teachers are awesome...It's our first year and very impressed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
The school is driven to success in all areas of academic as well as athletics. The teachers give unselfishly of their time and efforts to ensure each student is able to achieve success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
I love San Marin High School for the music program!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
San Marin High has one of the best performing arts programs in the nation! It has a relaxed attmosphere and the campus is beautifully situated amoung old oak trees. San Marin places in the top tier of California high schools in student testing every year. Last, but not least, there is great community involvement from students out to the surrounding area and from the citizens of the community back to the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
Wonderful school with caring admin, staff, teachers and community members supporting our students. School strives to listen, meet and exceed our students' needs. The administration is concentrating on academic excellence and providing extracurricular opportunities for students to grow!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great campus, great teachers, great sports programs, great administrators, great students!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
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February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2008
Both my children 'fell therough the cracks' at San Marin High. The oldest was a transfer student Undersatndablly upset about haveing to leave his previouse school , but the younger one started as a freshman there and we dreaded every minute of it . I was totally disapointed in the music program as there are very limited optionsfor advanced instrumental students. There wasnt even an orchestra program available to the students. The counselors were useless in preparing the students for college and the colleg and carrers program was hopeless. The facility is outdated and in need of major overhauling. There is only a limited amout of clubs to choose from. Drugs are a big issue. Basically I wished we had gone to one of the schools futher south in Marin.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 10, 2008
I am very proud that my son is a student of San Marin. He has had a wonderful experience there. He has had great teachers. He was sad that the year was over and he may not have teachers that he has enjoyed . An example of this was Mr. Bussleman, his Honnors 9 english teacher. During the year we had, what we felt was a legitimate concern, that we addressed with Dr. Veith. I was very impressed that he spent the time discussing the issue with us and was very willing to listen to our concerns and act on them, even though he may not have totally agreed with us. He is open minded and does have the students best interst at heart. I have been very pleased with the teachers and all that San Marin offers my son.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2008
I have had 2 children go through San Marin High, the last one graduated this year and is heading to Davis. My other child is in engineering at Harvey Mudd College. They both had a full and rich education and social environment at San Marin. Both were involved in sports and the Music Dept. and carried very full schedules with many AP courses. They enjoyed most of there classes and had respect and friendships with many of their teachers. I was a very active volunteer for the sports, drama and PTA programs and found the school to have a safe and caring environment for my children.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
Both my kids had good experiences at San Marin thanks to the music and drama programs, as well as AP classes. Teachers, counselors and staff have been responsive and helpful. My kids thought most of the teachers were challenging yet supportive and able to manage a positive classroom environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
When we moved to Novato, both of our children choose San Marin High School. For my daughter, it was overall better academics and strong sports programs that attracted her. She was a focused athlete that did well in school. Even though she had college scholarships in softball, she ended up choosing the most academic college over softball. As for my son, he liked the advanced Math program, Musical Theater and Spanish teachers most. He ended up being one of the top students in his class and thrived in an environment that encouraged his passions to their fullest. As with all High School, SMHS had its share of challenges that I believe are improving after my children graduated. The science dept. could have been better and the quality of some teachers were questionable. But all in all, a good high school. Daughter entered UC Davis '05, Son entered UC Berkeley in '07.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 29, 2008
I am a parent of two and we have been with San Marin High School for 4 years and still have 4 more to go. I find San Marin faults are with the parents. There is little to no parent involvement. The parents are quick to judge the administration and place blame however, they do nothing to aid and improve the school spirit. The parents I have come in contact with are quick to critize and lack any compassion. It is impossible to get anyone to volunteer for anything. There are a select few that do everything. It takes the entire community to make a good, great school, a little parent support would be wonderful and what is lacking in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 26, 2007
San Marin was a huge letdown coming from local Sinaloa Middle School. I had the opportunity to transfer to a private high school nearby and should have taken it. While there were a few really outstanding teachers at SMHS while I was there, many, if not all, have been courted by better schools in the area leaving SM with less experienced and less effective teachers. The campus needs serious work, many buildings have not been updated for years. For a school in Marin county SM is a bit of an embarassment compared with its peers. Many very intelligent students attempting to get into good private colleges suffer because of a poor reputation. If I were to somehow end up living in Novato I would not send my children there.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2006
My oldest son graduated from San Marin in 2005. He was well prepared for college and had a wonderful social experience at San Marin. I have another son who is surrently a sophomore at San Marin. He is involved in AP classes and sports at the school. The quality of the AP teachers is very high.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2005
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March 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
Vast majority of students not motivated and the school administration has not done anything to inspire them. Strong parental involvement to maintain high standards. Many competent teachers but weak math and science at the upper levels. Coaching weak in many sports. Test scores on or slightly above average but dropping. Not enough done to deter drugs on campus. Campus is safe, however. The bar must be raised higher in order to retain the more motivated, higher level students. The school is losing more and more potential students to private schools that provide a more inspiring atmosphere and more challenging curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2003
San Marin is a great school. It has an excellent learning environment. I believe that it challenges students everyday but it is very laid back. The campus is old fashioned meets technology.

- submitted by a student
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San Marin High School
15 San Marin Drive, Novato, CA  94945
(415) 898-2121
Last modified San Marin High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Marin High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top