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Stinson Beach and Bolinas are both lovely, rural seaside towns, set in what can arguably be described as some of California's most scenic countryside. Protected by the coastal mountains to the east, Bolinas and Stinson Beach have remained small and sparsely populated. The relative isolation of the areas helps create a close knit, supportive school community.
The towns of Stinson Beach and Bolinas are served by two public school districts; Bolinas-Stinson Union School District on the elementary school level and Tamalpais Union High School District, which includes Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley.
Bolinas-Stinson Union School District is a small, one school district that administers to the educational needs of the communities of Bolinas and Stinson Beach through 8th grade.
Tamalpais Union High School District provides secondary school education to students coming from ten elementary districts in Marin County, including the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District. It includes three comprehensive high schools, all of which have been designated as California Distinguished Schools, and two alternative schools.
125 Olema-Bolinas Road
Bolinas, CA 94924
Bolinas-Stinson School is the only school in the district and serves the children living in Bolinas and Stinson Beach. With an enrollment of just over 100 students, the school is situated on two separate campuses. The Stinson Beach Campus is located one kilometer north of Stinson beach and includes grades Kindergarten through 2nd. It consists of three classrooms and a playground. The Bolinas Campus is a mile east of Bolinas and shares the site with the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District office. This site houses the school library, technology lab, and a learning center. Grades 3 through 8 are taught on this campus.
700 Miller Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tamalpais High School serves students from Stinson Beach and Bolinas as well as Mill Valley, Marin City, Sausalito. Tamalpais High School has a comprehensive curriculum, which includes Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes, foreign languages, technical arts, and an on site Regional Occupational Program (ROP). Tamalpais High School provides opportunity for travel and language immersion through its Global Studies program. Past Global Study trips have included France, Spain, Cuba, Vietnam, England, Ireland, and Italy. All of the Sock Hop scenes of the 1973 film American Graffiti were filmed in the boy's gym at Tamalpais High. Interesting alumni include the actress Eve Arden; Joe Breeze, one of the inventors of the mountain bike; John Cipollina, lead guitarist for Quicksilver Messenger Service; and Pat Paulsen, statesman and comic.
305 Doherty Drive
Larkspur, CA 94939
Tamiscal High School is a small independent high school within the Tamalpais Union High School District. The Tamiscal curriculum offers a program that allows a high school diploma, but not necessarily the courses needed to gain entrance into a university. University entry courses such as foreign language and upper level lab sciences must be taken elsewhere.
599 William Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
San Andreas High School offers a program for students who have difficulty in a large school setting.
5855 State Route 1
Bolinas, CA 94924
Type: nonsectarian, special education
Full Circle School is a small, residential all-boys school that provides for special educational needs.