The Garden School

The mission of the Garden School is to offer a high quality, nature inspired preschool program to children ages two to five years old. Children are immersed in an atmosphere that promotes social-emotional development, school readiness, independence, curiosity, a love of learning and an appreciation for our natural environment. Through the use of emergent curriculum, children become the leaders of their own learning, nurtured by caring, professional and highly qualified teachers.  

Our class for fall 2021 is now fully enrolled. If a space opens up in the meantime,
we will contact families on our wait list.

We are accepting children ages 2 through 5 for full- or part-time enrollment. Our full-time schedule is Monday through Friday and part time is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Children in diapers are eligible for enrollment!

The Garden School opens at 8:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm

We offer a full time, 5-day schedule and a part time, 3-day (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) schedule. Availability of each schedule is limited.

We use the Ross School District calendar as a guideline for all public holidays and regular vacations. 


Children grow and learn at their own pace

Your child’s first experience of school should be positive and stimulating, a place where children develop independence, confidence, learn self control and develop positive self-esteem.


Learning as a joyful process

By giving children opportunities to make choices about their activities, teachers promote active exploration in all areas of development. Children have time to grow socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically.


More than a school, a community

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher, and this is a significant stage in your life as much as your child’s. We have parent education events, volunteering, and social opportunities that bring us closer.


A place to explore & satisfy natural curiosity

The grounds of Marin Art and Garden Center offer acres of space where our students learn and play. Studies show that play in nature supports developing creativity, problem-solving abilities, and intellectual development.

Applications and Enrollment

Application forms are accepted year round and may be submitted any time after the birth of your child. Please complete the online application by clicking the link below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fill out the application

All new applicants whose application form and fee have been received will be given consideration in filling our class.

Due to the size of the preschool, we cannot guarantee admission to any child. We maintain a wait list, and we encourage families to place their child on it as soon as possible. Preferential consideration is based on, but not limited to, the following criteria: children who are re-registering/returning; currently enrolled families enrolling a sibling; age of child; alumni families; gender balancing of classes. To maintain our program integrity, we strive to create classes that are age and gender balanced and provide your child with the most enriching experience possible.