Marin Private High School Review, pt. I: Marin Catholic High School

Marin Private High School Review: Marin Catholic

In this post, we're going to take a look at one of the most highly attended private high schools in Marin County, Marin Catholic. Established in 1949, Marin Catholic (MC) is a Catholic high school located in San Anselmo, CA, that enrolls approximately 750 students. 

Admissions: Standardized Test Scores, Acceptance Rates

Standardized Test Scores (HSPT)

Rather than accepting the SSAT or the ISEE, Marin Catholic, due to its status as a religious institution, accepts the HSPT, an alternative entrance test comparable to the SSAT. Here are the estimated benchmarks for MC admission, measured in percentile score on the HSPT: 

    HSPT Reading: Accepts students scoring in the 55th percentile and above
    HSPT Verbal: Accepts students scoring in the 50th percentile and above. 
    HSPT Math: Accepts students scoring in the 55th percentile and above. 

Acceptance Rates

As discussed in a previous post, Marin Catholic has one of the higher admissions rates in the district, with an acceptance rate estimated at 40%. Reports indicate that Marin Catholic places a strong emphasis on the qualitative characteristics of its applicants, heavily weighing their performance in interviews as well as the letters of recommendation  they receive from teachers and administrators. 

Outcomes: Graduation Rates, SAT scores, 4-year continuation

Graduation Rates and 4-year College Matriculation

According to both its website and its Niche profile, Marin Catholic boasts a 100% graduation rate and a rate of college matriculation in the 98% range. Compared to other private high schools in Marin County, MC is on par with county-wide standards along these two metrics. 

SAT Scores and College Competitiveness

From Marin Catholic's website: "We boast high SAT scores and acceptance rates to the finest colleges and universities around the country." These claims, it seems, are accurate. According to MC's Niche report, the average SAT score is a 1220 while the average ACT is a 28 composite. For reference, this places the average Marin Catholic student in the 80th percentile score range for both tests.

Academics at Marin Catholic

Students reported a high degree of satisfaction with academic life at Marin Catholic. The low student-to-faculty ratio (1:15) is perhaps an explanation of this:

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Extracurriculars and Campus Life at Marin Catholic

Extracurricular Opportunities 

Students tend to rate extracurricular opportunities at MC highly; the school earned an "A-" grade for clubs and activities, according to its Niche profile: 

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Overall Quality: "A"

When taking into account factors like academics, extracurricular opportunities, graduation rate, college acceptance rate, and student satisifaction, Marin Catholic earns an "A" grade. 


Marin Catholic Grade


Thanks for reading the first in a series of posts going over Marin County private high schools. If you're in the process of applying to private high schools, please read our SSAT study tips and take a look at our posts comparing test scores for all local Marin private high schools. Happy hunting!