We expect our students, through their experiences in the classroom and as active members of the school community, to develop the attributes of an educated person: responsibility, both personal and social; critical ability; and appreciation for the complexity of the world around us. In partnership with parents, we hope to instill in our students the confidence that will empower them, as informed and compassionate individuals, to effect change in our world. We are committed to learning as a lifelong process.
The faculty is made up of 62 members, 50% of whom have Master’s, or higher, academic degrees. The average class size is 24.
Graduation RequirementsThe Marin Catholic curriculum endeavors to meet the educational needs of a diverse student population. The academic program includes a full complement of Honors and Advanced Placement courses for qualified students. Students meet with their parents and counselors to design a course of study which allows them the opportunity to work to their full potential.
Freshmen students enrolling at Marin Catholic must successfully complete the following to qualify for graduation:
- 4 years of English
- 4 years of Theology
- 3 1/2 years of Social Studies
- 3 years of Mathematics (to include Algebra I, II and Geometry)
- 2 years of Science
- 2 years of Language
- 1 year of Visual or Performing Arts
- Electives to complete 260 units
- 100 Christian Service Hours
- A retreat for each year enrolled at Marin Catholic
- Completion of the College Project for Juniors
Honors Classes and Advanced Placement ClassesStudents qualify for Honors Courses and Advanced Placement Classes on the basis of academic work done at Marin Catholic. In addition to meeting subject specific requirements and prerequisites, a student must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better and a grade point average of 3.7 or better in the subject area(s) for which the student is applying. Students are required to apply for admission to the various Honors Courses and Advanced Placement Classes.
Honors Advanced Algebra II*
Honors Global Studies
Honors English 10
Honors Western Civilization
AP English Language*
AP Environmental Science*
AP Spanish Language*
AP U.S. History
Honors American Literature
Honors Spanish 3
AP Art Studio: 2D Design
AP Art Studio: 3D Design
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP English Literature
Honors Christian Literature
*These courses may also be taken in subsequent years.
Advanced PlacementMarin Catholic offers a full complement of Advanced Placement courses in order to ground our most challenging courses in an established, nationally recognized curriculum. In 2012, Marin Catholic enjoyed a high participation rate with 401 Advanced Placement tests being administered to 195 students in 16 subjects areas. The following subjects enjoyed passing rates of 70% or higher: Calculus BC, English Literature & Composition, European History, United States History, Statistics, Environmental Science, French Language, Physics C: Mech, Psychology, Studio Art: 3D Design, and Studio Art: Drawing.
Grade Point AverageEach semester, an academic grade point average (GPA) is determined twice, at the end of the quarter and again at the end of the semester. It is based on the grades earned in all classes with the following exceptions: Freshman PE, Resource Tech 9 & 10, Independent Study: Resource Tech 11 & 12, and Teacher Assistantships. Separately, the quarter and semester GPAs are used to determine eligibility for participation in extracurricular and/or athletic activities. In addition, the semester GPA is used to determine eligibility for the MC Honor Roll and Dean’s List. A cumulative GPA using semester grades starting freshman year is also calculated. Both cumulative 9-12 weighted and 10-12 weighted GPAs are reported to colleges and universities on a student’s transcript, as well as a 9-12 unweighted GPA. The cumulative, weighted GPA is used to determine Graduation with Academic Distinction, Life Membership in the Honor Roll or Dean’s List, and relative position in the class.
Grading ScaleGrade Point Equivalents:
Honors and AP classes earn an extra grade point for A, B or C grades.
GPA Distribution - Class of 2013
S.A.T. Scores - Class of 2012One hundred percent of the graduating class were accepted to college. Of this number, 91% will matriculate in a four year college and 9% in a community college. The following statistics represent the scoring range on the SAT for the 146 students who took the test.
Under 299 (0)
Mean Score: 561
Under 299 (0)
Mean Score: 570
Under 299 (0)
Mean Score: 582
Marin Catholic Graduates in CollegeThe following statistics show where students from the Class of 2012 are attending as freshmen this year:
U.C. System - 15%
California State University System - 16%
California Private Colleges and Universities - 16%
Out-of-State Colleges and Universities - 44%
Community and Private Two-Year Colleges - 9%
Click here for a list of College Acceptances for the Class of 2012.