At Marin Horizon, the Lower School years are the essential building blocks of a child's education, laying the groundwork for lifelong love of learning.
Our Lower School students build self-confidence and moral courage, develop communication skills, and practice how to work cooperatively in a joyful, safe, and academically engaging classroom setting.
A Journey of Self-Discovery and Intellectual Growth
Our young scholars are embarking on a journey of self-discovery and intellectual growth. They learn to see the world with inquisitive eyes, asking questions and seeking answers that fuel their understanding. They begin to develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. And they begin to appreciate the beauty of different cultures, the logic of mathematics, and the creativity of literature.
Embracing challenges with resilience and collaborating with empathy, our students grow into confident thinkers, caring classmates, and responsible community members. They are not only absorbing information but gaining a deeper understanding of self, community, and the world. They are shaping their personalities and developing the skills and values that will guide them throughout their lives.
A Deep Sense of Belonging
Marin Horizon recognizes that children benefit from an environment where social and emotional growth is intentionally nurtured and developed. Our Lower School endeavors to create an environment for our students that allows them to feel comfortable, safe, and confident, creating a sense of deep belonging. We celebrate our differences, share our perspectives, and cultivate a vibrant community.
Director, Lower School
A robust academic program
In grades K-5, we provide students with an academic program that is challenging and ambitious. They will develop skills and confidence in the exploration of literacy, math, social studies, science, and the arts.
Our young friends don't just learn by listening; they experience their education. They might plant a garden to understand biology, paint a mural to explore visual arts, or act out historical events to grasp social studies.
Through a thoughtfully crafted curriculum, students are exposed to different approaches to learning, gaining an awareness of their own learning styles. Our intentionally small class sizes create opportunities for deeper teacher-student relationships, and students gain a sense of trust and security that motivates them to think creatively and take academic risks.
Learning and thriving outside of the classroom.
Our Outdoor/Experiental Education program is a hallmark of the Marin Horizon experience. We're located in the heart of Mill Valley, at the foot of Mount Tamalpais, surrounded by open spaces, trails, and towering redwoods. Students will explore the wonder of the natural world during class outings, day trips, and overnight adventures. They practice skills to interact safely with wild spaces, and learn about environmental stewardship.
More program highlights
An exciting day for all grades, the Learning Exhibition celebrates students' academic talents. They investigate topics, solve problems, and present their findings - all while demonstrating their knowledge in this school-wide event.
"Every discovery helps us understand the world better and ignites our love for learning."
A tradition for grades K through 4, overnight camping trips are a key avenue for students to connect with nature and their peers. They set up tents, build campfires, explore trails, laugh, and persevere - enjoying shared experiences in an immersive outdoor adventure.
"We learn that every stumble in the wild is an important step towards resilience and camaraderie."
A highlight for the lower school, Engineering Night sparks the inventive spirit of our youngest scholars. Working collaboratively, they brainstorm, design, build, stumble, and succeed - vying for recognition in this exhibition of creativity and innovation.
"The most important takeaway is that every challenge is a doorway to discovery."
Our Buddy Program pairs our older students with those in the younger grades, offering them a peek of the future while learning empathy and leadership. It's an exchange of ideas and experiences that cultivates a close-knit community.
"The key takeaway is that every interaction is a chance to learn, inspire, and grow together."
Lower School Faculty
The Lower School Faculty is the heartbeat of the program at Marin Horizon. Our teachers are not merely educators; they are nurturers, guides, and trusted friends who instill confidence, curiosity, and joy in learning. They help shape not just the young minds in their care, but their hearts and characters as well. With a blend of warmth, creativity, and dedication, they lay the foundation for both academic success and personal growth, leaving a lasting imprint that continues to resonate with the children as they move forward in their education.
Jeanine F. Dworak
Lead (K), Literacy Specialist
Lead (4th Grade)
Lead (2nd Grade)
Stevie Lee Jr.
Lead (1st Grade); Director, Associates
Associate Director of Lower School and Learning Specialist
Lead (3rd Grade)