About The School of Environmental Leadership

Our Mission:

To engage students and create community leaders of tomorrow through a multi-disciplinary, project-based high school education with a focus on environmental issues.


Established in 2011, The Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL) is a school within a school at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, California. Located in San Rafael City Schools District and born out of a partnership between nonprofit Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) and local parents, MarinSEL seeks to build the next generation of environmental leaders.

By utilizing a rigorous, environmentally focused, project-based learning curriculum, students work to address real-world environmental problems. We integrate academics, leadership development, creative arts, technology, reflection, and service to community to create a vibrant learning environment to prepare our youth as knowledgeable, passionate, and respectful participants in our global community.

Being a “school within a school” means that MarinSEL students are integrated with the Terra Linda High School community and attend many of the conventional classes that are taught. MarinSEL distinguishes itself by offering an innovative curriculum that builds on the traditional subjects and augments the students’ high school experience.