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K-5
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San Francisco, CA
Students enrolled: 100
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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117 Diamond Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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(415) 865-0899
(415) 241-7831
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October 06, 2014
We moved from overseas and while we looked at several schools, ended up choosing Marin Prep because we felt the warm and nurturing environment, a nice community, and the attention to individual needs at times which is needed that would be provided. We felt this throughout the admission process, but the wonderful thing is, the story post joining the school has been even better. There is such cohesiveness between the school and the parents. I feel there is great communication between the Head of the school, the teachers and the parents. As this school is building the years beyond 4th grade (the plan is to build to 8th), this community cares about making this place to be a great place that is inclusive. So many parents have reached out to see how we have been doing and to provide any help transitioning. The teachers have been amazing and there is such positive energy amongst all of them. Most importantly, our daughter is very excited to goto school and has transitioned very well. For those parents thinking of where to enroll their children especially after 5th grade, you may want to consider getting the kids earlier here as it really is a great environment that kids can thrive in.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
Our son is in kindergarten at Marin Prep, and we just love the school. The teachers are nurturing and encourage learning beyond our expectations. The school is small and growing, so each student gets more personalized attention. Parents are involved but there s no pressure to be involved if you can t for any reason and beyond school, the after care program and school activities keep our son engaged and active. We couldn t be happier! Can t wait to see how the school develops as it grows!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
Our daughter is in her 3rd year at Marin Prep and is flourishing. Her Grandmother is a retired 3rd Grade Teacher and can't believe the things these kids are doing already. And she's not easily impressed! The environment is so positive. Everyday offers something new and we couldn't be happier with how the faculty, parents and overall community are - it's academically and socially been just great.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
I have one child at Marin Preparatory School and am about to enroll a second. Marin Prep is a "newish" and rapidly growing school in a wonderful, central location in the city. The facility and classrooms are lovely (both Friends School and Live Oak launched in the same building, but Marin Prep plans to stay for good). The TK / kindergarten teachers and curriculum are universally regarded as amazing; we don't have direct experience yet with any of the higher-grade teachers. The Spanish-focused "infusion" approach of the school is maturing and becoming more programmatic across the school, and really does seem to cultivate strong language skills despite the lack of total immersion. Most importantly, the school feels like a warm, nurturing, and familial place to walk into every day. Everyone knows everyone else's name, the school administration is terrific, and the staff is becoming more tenured and more skilled as the school grows and evolves each year.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Marin Prep is a small school which feels like a bear hug for the children. Because of its size, it offers a very tight school community (parents, kids, teachers, administration). Principal Jeff Escabar has brought a wealth of experience from his 20+ years at Marin Country Day School to offer further stability and excellence to what is already a great school. It's unique values are the Spanish-language Infusion model (vs. Immersion), TK program, beatufully warm and sunny space, and most of the all, the teachers.

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November 09, 2013
We are in our second year at Marin Prep. Our daughter is a shy sensitive girl but really comes out of her shell when she is in school. It constantly amazes me how much she is reading now, all thanks to her wonderful teachers. She is also learning lots in math, science, Spanish, and social studies. We really like the small class size and the project based learning, which helps the kids learn about subjects through building projects rather than just completing worksheets. My daughter loves the arts and music programs. The teachers are all warm and friendly and are clearly dedicated. Our new Head of School, Senor Jeff Escobar, has lots of experience, coming from decades at Marin Country Day School. He clearly has a vision for how our new school will grow and has numerous contacts in the Bay Area to help make that vision a reality. One of the great things about being in a new school is that parents help shape the school's future. We really feel like we are active participants in our daughter's school life. We can't wait for the baby to start kindergarten there!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2013
Marin Preparatory is a warm and welcoming environment for students and parents. The teachers actively work to evaluate and improve how students are learning. Parents are engaged in helping teachers! raising funds and building a strong community. Teachers and staff integrate Spanish language and heritage both inside and outside the classroom. The Marin Prep staff and parents find new extracurricular activities for students. This is a wonderful school and a great community to belong to.

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October 27, 2013
As we knew the public system would fail us, we applied to a few private schools. One of the other schools we had engaged with mentioned MPS and we went to check it out. It's been kind of surreal to be accepted to such an amazing school and community. We have been beyond pleased with the school! Our daughter is in a kindergarten class with 13 other students. In the few months that our daughter has attended MPS her reading has improved immensely and her Spanish is coming along nicely. Her teacher has created a really focused and balanced curriculum, so there is time for work and play. There is a strong parent involvement, with multiple ways to participate. I cannot recommend the school enough and look forward to seeing the school grow.

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October 22, 2013
Our daughter started Kindergarten this year at Marin Prep, and we couldn't be happier. Thankfully, our preschool director recommended the tour. I immediately knew that it would be a wonderful fit for our daughter. It has a very sweet, happy and engaged feel when you walk through the front door. There, you are met with the fantastic and dedicated teachers and administration, and welcomed by the involved and warm parent community. But most importantly, our daughter chose the "Spanish school" during her visits, and two months in she absolutely loves her school.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
Our daughter started in one of the 2 kindergarten classes this year and couldn't be happier- small class sizes, engaging teachers and staff, great communication between the head of school and parents. The Spanish infusion has been a really nice alternative to Spanish immersion. Our daughter has really enjoyed this aspect of it.

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October 18, 2013
MPS is a wonderful place. Because it's a relatively young school, we were unsure going in, but the joy that our child comes home with every day has assured us that the program is working. One of the greatest advantages is the student to teacher ratio, so we know that our son is getting personal attention and because his teacher is energetic, kind, and engaged we know it's the right type of attention. The Spanish component was a draw for us and it's also proved to be very successful. It's not immersion, but our son is picking up a lot of words and we are trying to do our part with him at home. The school building is bright and inviting and the balance between academics and arts can't be beat. As a parent there is plenty that you can do to participate, but you don't get a lot of pressure either so the community is welcoming. I think the addition of Escabar as head of school will help keep the school on an upward path and I'm excited that our child will be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
We just entered Kindergarten at Marin Prep with our boy/girl twins and couldn't be more delighted with the experience. There is an amazing set of teachers, a thoughtful and experienced new head of school and an energetic and optimistic parent community. There is something exciting about being part of a growing school and the fresh energy and creativity that invites. After the first week of school, our kids woke up on Saturday morning and expressed disappointment that there was not school that day. What better endorsement does a parent need!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
Marin Preparatory is a fantastic school! This is our third year at the school and our family's experience at the school has been wonderful. The teachers are incredibly devoted to their craft and they have created a fantastic learning environment. One of the key features that differentiates MPS from other independent schools is the emphasis on the Spanish curriculum. It is integrated as part of the daily learning and it is an important element of the curriculum. At the end of the day, the most important thing to measure is the happiness of the children and the learning environment they are in and MP provides this experience. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this community!!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
We have just entered our third year at Marin Prep and couldn't imagine ourselves anywhere else. Our son is happy + confident, thriving on all levels, socially + academically, it is just such a positive and lively environment to be in, we feel our whole family has grown and benefitted so much from the Marin Prep community. We really do feel blessed, we are greated with the biggest smiles + hugs, everyday. There is just such an atmosphere of positive, happy, thriving children and a community commited to growing and enhancing the experience for all. The children, the teachers and the parents. We can't wait for the years to come as the community grows!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
We moved to San Francisco from London UK December 2012. We looked at a dozen of private schools in SF and at first we didn't even consider Marin Prep, because we weren't interested in Spanish at all. However the relocation company booked us a tour and Marin prep and I went just out of curiosity. I found myself very impressed: great building, incredible atmosphere, healthy balance of "progressive" and "academic". Marin Prep made it to our short list (of 3 schools) and we took our daughter for 1 day "trial" at each of these 3 schools. After that we were totally convinced that Marin Prep is the way to go! It's been almost a year since then and not once we doubted this decision. Our daughter went through the second half of K and now she's in 1st grade. I can't say enough how happy our daughter and we are with the school. In addition to awesome facilities and highly professional staff, It's a great community of parents. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
We have been at Marin Prep for 2 years now and love it. It's Spanish infusion model has our son speaking Spanish, but not totally overwhelmed by the language as he would be in an immersion school. He didn't know any Spanish before Kindergarten and now it's his best subject. Other benefits to Marin Prep are the extremely small classes, responsive and experienced teachers, and a very friendly and welcoming parent body. Our Head of School, Jeff Escabar, is also a rockstar with clear vision for the future of he school and a lovely way with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
My son made a mid-year transition from a public K to Marin Prep. We were welcomed into the school community with open arms, and my son is thriving - he learned more (and shared more with me) in his first month at Marin Prep than during his entire previous semester in public school. We couldn't be happier with the school, and we're looking forward to helping build out the Marin Prep community in the coming years!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2013
Great news! Marin Prep in San Francisco has hired Jeff Escabar, admissions director at Marin Country Day School, as its new head of school. The parents are absolutely thrilled. From Marin Prep's letter to parents: "I'm so excited to join the Marin Preparatory School" says Jeff Escabar, incoming Head of School. "I've been a friend of the school for many years and this chance to build an innovative school in the heart of San Francisco is a once in a life-time opportunity. I believe the school's language infusion program is a unique experience for students and families. I can't wait to be part of this progressive and creative community." Escabar, currently Admissions Director at Marin Country Day School, is highly respected through his service with the Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA) and as a Board member of the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP). Starting August in his new role, Escabar will be responsible for leading all aspects of the school, including curriculum, admissions, and administration. Just thought others would like to hear the great news. As anyone touring schools knows, Jeff is a great guy and a fantastic educator.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
This is our second year at Marin Prep and all I can say is WE LOVE IT. The teachers are beyond wonderful and responsive, the social, emotional, and academic growth of the students is unbelievable. It is a new school which makes for some uncertainties, which can feel a little emotionally bumpy for the parents, but the kids are oblivious. My daughter is so articulate and in love with science and math and art and everything to do with the school. Our second child is starting next fall and we can't wait.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
Our son started at Marin Prep in Fall 2012. We knew when we toured the school that it was a great fit for us - but we never dreamed that it would exceed our expectations by so much. Our son is happy and engaged. His confidence is growing by leaps and bounds. The school's academics are fantastic, but the delivery of the curriculum and support for a child's emotional and social growth is off the charts great. Our son is fluent in Spanish and his language continues to grow in this school. Marin Prep provides a small, loving community of teachers, administrators and parents. We couldn't be happier with our choice and chose it over a "top" public school as well as the other more established private schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
The head of school, Senor Paul, is an interim head. He has provided strong leadership and has the school defining goals and plans that will provide a strong foundation for growth. The search for a permanent director is being conducted in a professional manner, and we are sure that a strong director will result from the process. Our son has grown tremendously in just a few short weeks in terms of socialization and his reading and other skills. Bottom line we are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
We went from a stellar preschool to a public Kindergarten and our son simply did not make the transition well. For 1st grade, we did what we should have done in the first place and entered him into our first choice independent school, Marin Prep. This school has excellent, highly-engaged teachers, parents and leadership and challenging academics, but still feels like a small, approachable family. It has all the down-to-earth culture of a public with all of the high qualities of a private.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
My son started at Marin Prep 3 years ago in the transitional kindergarten program. We immediately fell in love with the teachers, quality of the education and the parent community! Our son (and more recently our daughter) has flourished at Marin Prep and we couldn't be happier. The high student/teacher ratio, engaging teaching methods and extra attention provided to each child is unmatched. My kids also go to the after-care program and I m always amazed when I arrive to pick them up that after being at school all day long they still don t want to leave! It s such a good feeling! When I talk to friends about how it's going at their school (mostly public), I often hear that their school is simply 'fine'. I am always so proud to say that our school is so far beyond fine in fact the word fine would never enter into my description of the school! It is truly a wonderful place.

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Marin Preparatory School
117 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA  94114
(415) 865-0899
Last modified Marin Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grades K-5
Marin Preparatory School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top