“We believe our teachers’ job is to find the gift in each child, draw it out and nurture it so it can be shared with others."
- Lily Shields,
Director of Curriculum
"The teachers are there for you."
- Noah, 5th grade
Terra Marin’s robust social-emotional learning (SEL) program sets your child up for lifelong success in his interactions with peers, family, community and himself.
Children need to receive instruction in social-emotional competence, which is just as critical to their success as any academic subject. Our SEL program helps students develop skills in conflict resolution, self-regulation, responsible decision-making, and positive relationship-building.
We fully support your child, both emotionally and academically, as he realizes his individual potential. We believe each child has his own marvelous "superpowers," and that it is our fundamental responsibility as educators to help develop these special gifts. On the flip side, you can count on us to support and bolster your child's individual needs.
In addition, small class sizes (max of 12:1) are a cornerstone of our educational philosophy. Our small classes contribute, by design, to an intimate environment where your child is fully known, supported and valued. In this environment, our teachers are able to meet your child at his edge, and help him cultivate the courage to push through his edges to new levels of self-discovery.
“I love interacting with all ages and teaching them what I know. I have become friends with people of all ages that I wouldn’t otherwise have become friends with, and now I get to enjoy having them as such close friends.”
- Edie, 8th grade
Terra Marin classes are intentionally mixed-age. Our multi-grade classrooms create a family of learners who support and care for one another.
Older children learn to mentor and take on leadership roles. Younger children greatly benefit from the modeling provided by their older cohorts.
In this environment, where students enjoy a sense of safe belonging without judgment, they come to deeply feel that anything is possible.
“My favorite part of school is the bunnies!”
- Clark, Preschool
Terra Marin is home to the world's largest bunny (or so we surmise), a pretty average-sized bunny, a science dog, and a dwarf hamster.
Students entering their classroom on any given day may be delighted to find a cardboard box full of newborn chicks, a wire cage brimming with ladybugs, a fish tank for a unit on marine life, or a visiting pet.
Our students learn responsibility, empathy and nurturing as they care for our animals.