Consistent with our mission as a Catholic, college preparatory high school, we are committed to the education of the whole person. Our program strives to address all facets of our students' experience: academic, social, personal, and spiritual. We seek to provide our students with the tools and experiences needed to become informed and compassionate persons who are able to effect change in the world.

The faculty and administration developed the following sets of expectations of a Marin Catholic student. They will continue to be foundational to curriculum and program development at every level and constitute the starting point for every self-study that we undertake through our current period of accreditation.


Essential Learning: 21st Century Literacies

Essential Characteristics: We Want our Students to be . . .
Discerning consumers of information who approach learning opportunities with a well-developed knowledge and skills base.

Essential Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate . . .
  • Basic literacy in the humanities, sciences, mathematics, economics, and technology
  • Information literacy
  • Multicultural and global literacy
  • Verbal and visual literacy 

Essential Learning: Complex Communication

Essential Characteristics: We Want our Students to be . . .
Effective communicators who skillfully convey ideas using various forms of communication.

Essential Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate . . .
  • Positive interpersonal skills and collaboration
  • Communication characterized by a clear sense of meaning, purpose, and audience
  • Sensitivity to the impact of words and attitudes on others

Essential Learning: Critical and Inventive Thinking

Essential Characteristics: We Want our Students to be . . .
Critical thinkers who approach the world with intellectual curiosity and who attempt to solve complex problems creatively and independently.

Essential Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate . . .
  • Curiosity, creativity, intellectual risk-taking, and adaptability
  • The ability to manage complexity by planning and prioritizing
  • The ability to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ideas when problem solving

Essential Learning: Personal and Social Responsibility

Essential Characteristics: We Want our Students to be . . .
People of integrity who, informed by Gospel values, strive to improve the human condition and work with others toward a just world.

Essential Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate . . .
  • Personal, social, and civic responsibility
  • Reflection, self-direction, resilience
  • Commitment to the balance of a healthy mind, body, and spirit
  • A strong work ethic 
  • Moral intelligence

Essential Learning: Catholic Identity and Vision

Essential Characteristics: We Want our Students to be . . .
Compassionate children of God, who, filled with hope inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus, promote, in the words of Pope John Paul II, “a culture of life” and “a civilization of love, which alone can bring true peace and justice.”

Essential Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate . . .
  • An ability to seek truth through a critical examination of the parallels and conflicts between our modern culture and the teaching of Jesus and the Church.
  • A willingness to build personal integrity through the habit of virtue.
  • A respect for the dignity and sanctity of life of all persons
  • An active concern for justice and charity