The MTS Experience

The Mount Tamalpais School experience is one of joyful, engaged learning. 

Our kindergarten through eighth grade students spend much of their day smiling. They skip to class, light up when raising a hand, and ebulliently share ideas with a partner. MTS students are not just happy, but also engaged. Whether a first-grader exploring mass and balance in math class, a fourth-grader writing a poem inspired by Cleo Wade, or an eighth-grader extracting DNA with a lab partner, MTS students are focused and active in their learning.

The MTS family experience is similarly joyful and engaged. Parents and guardians are invited to campus to share stories and passions and to volunteer in numerous capacities. Throughout the year we gather in person as grade-levels and as a whole school – both on campus and off – for a wide range of events, forming family friendships that last for decades.

Two girls smiling on campus
Meagan Andrews hugging Kindergarteners
Andrew Davis

Read Andrew's remarks to students from the First Day of School Assembly on August 29, 2019.

Now that we have welcomed our new students and our new professional community members, I want to share a few highlights of my summer. 

The first came just days into the summer break at a first grade birthday party. The first grade class joined together at a bowling alley to celebrate three June birthdays, and I was there with my son, a first grader. About thirty minutes into the party, I noticed that one of our eighth graders had joined the party. Could an eighth grade party be overlapping with this first grade party? No, this young woman was there because she had befriended one of the birthday girls on their bus ride to and from San Francisco. Seeing this phenomenal act of caring and the...

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Students in engineering class
Andrew Davis

As a school we are lucky to have two New Years. In late August, our faculty return to campus, ready to think big about the year and years ahead – late August is New Years for educators. Then, in January, as 2018 becomes 2019, we all have a chance to start anew again. At MTS, we seized on the “new year” energy on the morning of Monday, January 7. After sharing stories of Winter Break, we dove into the generative work of defining what we mean by “tradition” and “tomorrow” in our “Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow” tagline.

Tradition, we saw, has two components. The first is...

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