Schools: Corte Madera

Public Schools:


Neil Cummins Elementary School (K-5)
The Cove School (K-4)  FALL 2014
Hall Middle School (6-8)

Larkspur School District
Valerie Pitts, Superintendent
230 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA  94939
(415) 927-6960 Fax: (415) 927-6964

The Larkspur School District serves the communities of Larkspur and Corte Madera. The district has two schools: Neil Cummins Elementary School, for kindergarten through 5th grade students and Henry Hall Middle School for grades 6-8. District enrollment is 1,104 students. Classes average 24 students per teacher, with grades K-3 averaging 20 or fewer. Larkspur School District students reside in the Tamalpais Union High School District. The Larkspur School District office, 230 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parents participate in shaping the goals of the schools through school site councils, PTA-sponsored activities, and school board meetings. Parents, community members and local businesses support the district's schools through a parcel assessment and through contributions to the Corte Madera-Larkspur Schools Foundation, which provides funds to support programs.

Neil Cummins School is located in Corte Madera adjacent to Town Park. The school has enrichment programs that include vocal and instrumental music, art, science lab, library, technology lab, physical education and motor skills. The school wide average class size is 20 students: 18+ in K-3 and 23+ in grade 4. The staff includes 50 full-time and part-time certificated employees, plus instructional classroom aides, a principal and assistant principal, speech and occupational therapists, psychologist, nurse and counselor. Neil Cummins was honored in 1989 and 1997 as a California Distinguished School, the state's highest honor for overall program excellence.

The Cove School is a community of active learners who inquire, think critically, collaborate, explore and create. By encouraging and supporting individuals to take risks, play and pursue passions, we foster intrinsic motivation to learn and discover the world around us. We learn through a multidisciplinary approach, and utilize facilities and technologies that support this vision. Achievements of all are individually and collectively recognized and celebrated.

Hall Middle School offers a transitional program from a self-contained core of instruction in the 6th grade to a fully departmentalized program in the 8th grade. The academic curriculum includes language arts, social studies, mathematics, algebra, science, Spanish, health and physical education. Enrichment courses are offered in computers, woodshop, band, literature, Quest and drug education. The staff includes 23 full- and part-time certificated employees, plus a principal, resource specialists, a counselor and school secretaries. Hall Middle School was recognized in 1986, 1990, 1992 and 1996 as a California Distinguished School, the state's highest honor for overall program excellence. In 1998, Hall Middle School was designated a National Blue Ribbon School, the nation's top award.

Private Schools:

Grades:1st- 8th
Enrollment: 20
Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Organizational Skills

Allaire School
50 El Camino Dr
(415) 927-2640

The goal of Allaire School is to teach children to compensate for their learning disabilities, to become independent learners, to be good citizens and to become productive, creative members of our society. Students must have average to above or gifted intelligence. The Allaire School provides a calm, caring, yet structured atmosphere which contributes to the students' ability to focus on tasks and to build independent learning skills. Students are taught "tricks" which help them compensate for their learning discrepancies. These techniques are based upon a psycho neurologic approach. Organizational and time management skills are learned, and computers are used to teach word processing and some math skills. The first change we observe is the child's sense of relief, that finally, teachers understand how they learn. As skill levels are mastered and independently used, their self esteem rises. Our students form a close knit group, supporting and encouraging each other with comradery and good sportsmanship.


Grades: K-8th
Enrollment: 506

Marin Country Day School
5221 Paradise Drive
(415) 927-5900

Marin Country Day School is moving into their second, fifty years of being an outstanding school. The values and the spirit which have guided the school thus far remain central. They have a focus of the people- the children, teachers and families who make up the community. A sense of optimism, or a "culture of possibility;" a conviction that learning is a lifelong and joyous proposition. From their days as a spunky start-up they have learned to dream big and to work hard. Marin County Day Schools mission encapsulates their aspirations and frames their planning. As they launched their Strategic Plan 2006 MCDS strives to continue to provide children with strong foundational skills and also to equip them for 21st century citizenship in an increasingly complex and interdependent world.


Toddler: 18 Months ? 2yrs old Primary: 2 yrs old- 6 yrs old Elementary: 6 yrs old ? 12 yrs old Junior High: 12 yrs old -15 yrs old Enrollment: 196


Marin Montessori School
5200 Paradise Drive
(415) 924-5388

Situated next to the bay with a living marsh, a large field, and learning gardens, MMS's Paradise Drive site offers an exceptional environment for indoor-outdoor education. Three primary classrooms were built throughout the 1970s with a fourth classroom added in 1984. MMS accommodated the burgeoning elementary program by purchasing the Domes on the far east end of the grassy field in 1984. A few years later an after-school program was added. By 1991, MMS was ready to enroll toddlers in the new Sandpiper classrooms. MMS completed its vision for elementary education by completing the upper elementary building in 1995. Two decades after moving onto the Paradise Drive location, MMS went from a preschool for 3-to 6-year-olds to a school that educated children from 18 months to 12 years of age. This thoughtful and progressive evolution inspired an ambitious building project in 2003 that created updated classrooms and administrative offices, a parent resource center, and conference facilities that will serve the MMS community well into the future. Today, MMS is a school with a modern face that not only physically complements the beauty of the land, but also complements the ideals of Montessori education.


Kentfield Campus
835 College Ave
(415) 457-8811

Indian Valley Campus
1800 Ignacio Blvd
(415) 457-8811

College of Marin
David Wain Coon, Ed.D
Marin Community College District
835 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904

College of Marin has been providing exceptional educational opportunities since 1926. The College has earned a reputation as a quality educational institution that provides a pathway for achievement and success for students of all ages. Each semester about 8,000 students are enrolled in over 1,100 credit classes on the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses. Approximately 100 international students participate in College of Marin's International Student Program, making for a culturally diverse educational experience. Known as Marin junior College, the first Associate Degree was granted in the spring of 1929. In 1948 the college was renamed College of Marin. On the Kentfield campus one can view a 20-foot, six million year old fossil whale on display in the Austin Science Center, picnic in the grove of giant Redwoods or visit the current art exhibit in the Fine Arts Gallery. The College is noted for its drama, dance and musical performances in the Fine Arts Theatre. Other excellent offerings include a nationally accredited Nursing Program, a science field program and competitive athletic teams. The Indian Valley campus opened in 1975 after five years of holding classes at various sites in North Marin. The 33-acre site includes 200 acres of open space, an Olympic-size swimming pool and many hiking trails. Programs in Multimedia Studies, Auto Technology, Machine and Metals Technology, Court reporting and Medical Assisting are located at the Indian Valley Campus.

Dominican College
50 Acacia Ave

Dominican University of California is an independent university of Catholic heritage located 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, California. Founded in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Dominican enjoys a century-long reputation for excellence in scholarship, research, and community outreach. The University offers more than 60 programs of study that reflect the diversity and creativity of the faculty and students. With almost 2,000 graduate and undergraduate students and a student to faculty ratio of 11:1, Dominican is able to successfully blend personal direction associated with smaller schools with the academic resources of a larger university.