Departmentalized Instruction

Mount Tamalpais School provides students with a solid academic, artistic, and athletic foundation to foster a lifelong passion for learning. Our departmentalized curriculum is structured so that teachers specialize in their particular areas of expertise and teach their subject at various grade levels, often in both the lower and middle school. Students interact with a variety of teachers on a daily basis, translating into a deeper and richer student experience as they progress through their years at MTS.  We feel this close bond with teachers helps our students develop independence and maturity, while allowing for a deeper connection to the school as a whole.

Students change classes every 45 minutes, giving them freedom of movement, time for socialization, and a chance to switch gears as they change their area of focus.

Lower and Middle School

At MTS, we keep kids younger, longer.  We call it “mature innocence.” We strive to preserve the innocence of youth, while instilling in our students the values, morals, and knowledge that make up a mature, well-rounded member of society. How do we do it? By having older students mentor younger ones. By prohibiting the use of cell phones on campus. By holding recess for the entire school at the same time, so all ages can mingle, learn, and grow together. By implementing a uniform dress code, so no one cares about or judges what someone else is wearing. The result? Graduates who are poised, polite, well spoken, and ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead.

Integrated Arts & Athletics

At MTS, arts and athletics are co-curricular rather than extra curricular. Studio art, art history, drama, music, PE, and dance are not add-ons in the week, but integral to the overall program. Technology, research, health, and study skills are also woven into the program. The school's extensive physical education program addresses the age-appropriate physical development of each student in classes that meet five or more times per week for kindergarten–grade 5 and a minimum of three times a week in grades 6–8.