Welcome to San Rafael
San Rafael, Marin County’s county seat, has a rich history and culture. The bustling downtown hosts coffee shops, restaurants, and the historic Rafael theater. Home to the Mission San Rafael Arcangel, a Spanish Mission created in 1817, San Rafael’s downtown is deeply rooted in California history. San Rafael’s mild climate and access to the SMART train, a commuter train that runs North-South along the Highway 101, makes it a prime location for enjoying weekends outdoors and commuting to San Francisco easily during the week. Located in San Rafael as well is the Frank-Lloyd-Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center. This county landmark hosts musical performances in its auditorium and is home to county government. San Rafael’s hustle of a city and tightknit community make it a gem in the heart of Marin.
San Rafael High School and Terra Linda High School are both high performing public high schools in the district, serving different regions in the San Rafael School District. Both are around 1,200 students and offer arts, athletics, and rigorous academics. The district has eight elementary schools that feed into two middle schools: Venetia Valley K-8 and Davidson Middle.
Mark Day School is a private K-8 school in the Terra Linda neighborhood of San Rafael. Around 380 students, Mark Day focuses on strong academics and building a kind, inclusive community.
Saint Raphael School is a Catholic day school offering preschool through 8th-grade education in the heart of San Rafael. Connected to the Mission San Rafael, Saint Raphael’s has offered a faith-based education in downtown San Rafael since 1889.
Brandeis Marin is a private Jewish K-8 day school that shares a campus with Osher Marin JCC and the Congregation Rodef Shalom. The coeducational school emphasizes project-based learning all while being steeped in Jewish values and history.
Marin Academy is an independent high school in downtown San Rafael with 430 students and robust arts and athletics. MA’s mission pushes students to achieve academic success with a focus on citizenship and community.