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I'm looking for information about Marin Academy--the only comments in the archive are from 2009. We have an artistic, academic kid who is in a high school that feels a little too mainstream, and might want to transfer as a junior next year. Any insights into MA would be much appreciated: Best and worst aspects? Is there a lot of academic pressure? What are the kids like? What are the families like? Thanks so much! East bay mom
There is a bus that runs from Marin Circle to MA in the morning at 7 and drops them off around 4:30 and 6:30. Even though the drive is really not bad (20 to 30 minutes most of the time), it's hard for us to participate and be a part of the community as it is pretty far from Berkeley. It takes a lot more effort than walking down the street to BHS. yuko
Re: Which private school for North Berkeley family?
My son is a junior at Marin Academy, and we live in Oakland. It has been a fabulous experience even though there has been a lot of driving, but I have to say it has been worth it. My impression is that MA and CPS are very different schools. We live close to CPS, but my son never considered it because he did not want the academic grind it is known to have. Marin Academy has been a great fit. The kids at MA all seem to have at least one great interest - sports, music, art, but they are strong students too. You should go to schools you are thinking about and get a feel for the culture. Marin Academy seemed the most interesting and had the best energy of all the schools my son applied to, and the physical plant is beautiful. Worth the drive
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