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Marin Terrace School c.1967

Marin Terrace School c.1967 – click to enlarge

In 1957, the Mill Valley School District opened Marin Terrace School on a ten-acre site in Almonte. In 1962, the school was enlarged. Enrollment topped out at 300 students. In 1978, when enrollment had decreased to 141students, the School District closed the school. Fifty students were sent to Homestead School and the rest to Tamalpais Valley School. In May 1981, the ten-acre site was purchased by Kate Mecca, founder of Mount Tamalpais Primary School that had opened in 1976 at 550 Miller Ave. Marin Terrace School was extensively refurbished. Enrollment grew to 240 students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. The public school that had existed from 1957 to 1978 became the private Mount Tamalpais School. Children living in Almonte attend Tamalpais Valley School. In 1983, the School District closed Homestead School built in 1920 on a two-acre site. In 1992 the Mill Valley School District signed a ten-year lease with Marin Horizon School. Significant improvements were made to the physical plant. In 2003, a longer lease was signed and a new building was constructed. The public school that had existed from 1920 to 1983 became the private Marin Horizon School. Children living in Homestead Valley currently attend other Mill Valley School District schools: Edna Maguire, Park, Old Mill, Strawberry Point or Tamalpais Valley.

For additional Information:
Read the Homestead Valley Article: Marin Terrace School