Welcome to the Marin School of Environmental Leadership (MarinSEL)

As you search for the school that will be the right match, we invite you to learn more about our progressive learning community at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, California. Environmentally-focused, equity-forward, and project-based, MarinSEL is an innovative program model that empowers students to engage with the community, increase ownership of their learning, and actively apply skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity to drive sustainability solutions. At MarinSEL, we strive to provide students with an exemplary college preparatory experience combining rigorous project-based learning in the context of solving real-world problems related to the environment. MarinSEL students will develop what have been identified as critical competencies for the 21st century including critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration for future success in college, careers, and life. MarinSEL offers both a small school community (where everyone knows each other and people are valued for their contributions) and participation in Terra Linda High School (offering a wealth of electives, Advanced Placement classes, and extracurricular activities). Importantly, MarinSEL embraces a partnership with parents, which is vital to the success of each student and the overall MarinSEL experience.

Who Should Apply to MarinSEL?

MarinSEL students will be expected to maintain a rigorous academic schedule and should be committed to completing all four years of this intellectually challenging program while maintaining a 3.0 GPA. The MarinSEL admissions process seeks to identify talented, committed students based on a range of factors including academic record, leadership, collaboration skills and commitment to the program. Students should be interested in exploring their relationship with the natural world as environmental stewardship and environmental justice are integrated into the core curriculum. In addition, applicants should demonstrate a desire to contribute to the lives of others. Please Note: Only students residing within San Rafael City Schools District may apply at this time, as per the District of Choice law limitations. Please contact your district office if you have further questions regarding the District of Choice law.

Application Timeline

Before Applying

Explore our website and connect to our related Facebook page and/or Twitter account to familiarize yourself with all aspects of MarinSEL.

October 26th, 2021

MarinSEL Virtual Open House. Parents and students are invited to learn more about MarinSEL Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 at 5pm. Please visit the 'Events' tab to register for this event. Applications for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle will open on October 29th at 5pm. 
By January 21, 2022

Submit your MarinSEL Application (including student application/questionnaire, teacher assessment request, and your preferred date for Exploration Day) by January 21st, 2022.

February 5, 2022


February 6, 2022

Attend one Exploration Day. Exploration day preference is indicated on the application and will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

February 2022 (approx.) Enroll In Terra Linda High School. Counselors will visit Venetia Valley, Davidson and Miller Creek Middle School during the month of February to schedule students individually.  Incoming 9th-grade students from other middle schools should register through the SRCS District
March 2022

Offers of admission will be made in March.


Shadow Days

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 protocols, Terra Linda is not accepting any outside visitors during the 2021-2022 school year. For that reason, we are not able to arrange Shadow Days. 

Open House

During the Open House, parents and students learned about the program, and meet teachers and students in the MarinSEL program. This is a great opportunity to ask questions regarding the school and this fall's application process. The online application opens at 5:00PM on October 29th, 2021.

Families are encouraged to attend, virtually, 8th Grade Parent Night at Terra Linda High School October 25th, 2021. More details can be found on Terra Linda High School website.

Exploration Day

Exploration Day is an important part and mandatory of the MarinSEL application process, typically held in early February. Applicants will have a chance to explore and demonstrate their interest in the MarinSEL program through a variety of group activities, as well as a writing assignment and an oral interview. After submitting the formal MarinSEL application, we will confirm your date for Exploration Day; we will make every effort to choose the date based on your stated preference in your MarinSEL application.

Enroll in Terra Linda High School

If you are a local resident, follow the normal registration procedures for enrollment to Terra Linda High School in case your student is not accepted to MarinSEL or decides not to attend. Counselors will visit Venetia Valley, Davidson and Miller Creek Middle School during the month of February to schedule students individually.  Incoming 9th-grade students from other middle schools should register through the SRCS District. If you are outside of the San Rafael district, please contact MarinSEL for information on how to proceed.

Admissions Decisions

Acceptance to MarinSEL is determined by the MarinSEL Admissions Committee based on the submitted application materials and the written and participation efforts during Exploration Day. The Admissions Committee looks for an expressed commitment to the four-year program by the student and parent(s), and a strong interest in rigorous, team-based project learning focusing on our environment.


MarinSEL Alumni

Check out our Alumni Futures page to learn more about which colleges MarinSEL graduates attend.