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Marin Art School
74 Digital Dr, Novato, CA 94949
Marin Art School begins with a strong skills foundation, after which students choose their own artistic paths.More Instruction centers around still lives, models and landscapes. 
San Marin High School
15 San Marin Dr, Novato, CA 94945

Families on Novato's north and west sides are served by San Marin High, a public school nestled near the foot ofMore Mount Burdell. About 850 students attend the school, which has a Mustang mascot and the school colors of green and gold.

The school has 51 classrooms, two gyms, a student center for performing arts, a library, a college and career center, a weight room  and a science lab. Facilities have been upgraded in the past few years thanks to a facility bond.

San Marin, led by Principal Adam Littlefield, rated a 792 on the 2009-2010 Academic Performance Index. The state has set 800 as the target score for all schools. The school, which has a graduation rate of 98.3 percent, offers 15 advanced placement courses.

San Marin's student population is 67.4 percent white, 22.5 percent Hispanic, 5.5 percent Asian American and 2.6 percent black. Twenty-one percent of San Marin's families are categorized as socioeconomically challenged by the Novato Unified School District. The district average for the secondary schools is 33 percent socioeconomically challenged students per school.

Parents of San Marin students are more educated than the average for other Novato secondary schools. The average is 53 percent college graduates, and San Marin's figure is 59 percent. The median household income in the 94945 ZIP code is approximately $65,900.

Mustang sports teams compete in the Marin County Athletic League.

Marin School of the Arts
625 Arthur St, Novato, CA 94947
Part of Novato High School, Marin School of the Arts emphasizes special programs for visual arts, performing arts,More digital and graphic arts, creative writing and music. The concept is to have a public school option for students all over Marin County who want more than the standard arts curriculum available at other schools. There are approximately 350 students at MSA, some of whom live outside of Novato. In the morning they attend regular Novato High classes, and in the afternoon they are instructed by eight teachers and a team of working arts professionals. In 2008, the 45 MSA seniors received $1.7 million in scholarships. Mark Peabody created the school's concept, wrote and secured a state grant, and became the founder of the 501c nonprofit that led to the creation of MSA. He remains the school's director and an assistant principal at Novato High. Peabody is a former Marin County Teacher of the Year who attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, specializing in bass. Students interested in attending MSA and their parents can take a guided tour of the campus, led by staff members and parent volunteers. Prospects must audition for an MSA program or present a portfolio of their work, then be interviewed by the MSA faculty and write an essay on deadline. Enrollment is free, but parents are expected to become active boosters to support the non-profit school.