MCDS At A Glance


Students enrolled


Faculty & Staff of Color



Books in our library


44% | 56%

SF | Marin balance*


24 | 16

Bus stops in SF | Marin

3,000 lbs

Student farmed food



Students of Color



Pay below top tuition*


Acre Campus

School Profile


595 in Grades K-8

  • 55% from Marin County 
  • 44% from San Francisco
  • 1% from East Bay & Sonoma


Overall Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1

Curriculum Features

Rigorous academic program, World Languages commence in 3rd grade (Mandarin and Spanish), Art, Drama, Music, Outdoor Education, Physical Education and Interscholastic Sports


35 acres; abuts Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve and San Francisco Bay, 40 Classrooms, Science Laboratories, Learning Resource Center (Library, Technology, Student Support Services), Music and Art Rooms, Performing Arts Auditorium, Marine Science Dock, Gymnasium, PE Pavilion, Multi-Purpose Rooms, Tutoring/Practice Rooms, MCDS/PM and ASAP Headquarters, Athletic Fields, Gardens, Greenhouse, Chicken Coop, Orchard


$1,000-$37,660 (including cost of instruction, books and educational materials, lunch, outdoor education, field trips, laboratory fees, yearbooks and athletic uniforms)

Indexed Tuition Support

The budget for Indexed Tuition is $3.8 million

21% of families pay below the top of the tuition index


Operating Budget

$27 million


$24 million

Parent Volunteer Hours

25,000 hours in 2018-19


Twenty-two elected Trustees; fourteen reside in San Francisco and eight in Marin. The Parents Association President and immediate past Parents Association President serve ex officio with voting rights.

School Administration

Head of School: Katherine Dinh

Assistant Head for Finance and Operations: Kathy Jones

Assistant Head for Curriculum and Upper School Division Head: Barbara Kraemer-Cook

Lower School Division Head: Stephanie Deitz

Director of Development and Alumni Relations: Ellen McGlynn

Director of Admission: Jamie Moffett

Director of Head’s Office and Board Relations: Susan Walker


California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)


Association of Bay Area Development Officers (ABADO)

Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP)

Association for Supervision of Curricular Development (ASCD)

Bay Area Directors of Admission (BADA)

Bay Area Independent School Heads Association (BAISHA)

Breakthrough San Francisco

California Advancement Professionals in Schools (CAPS)

California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)

California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC)

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Elementary Schools Research Collaborative (ESRC)

Independent School Business Officers Association (ISBOA)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

National Business Officers Association (NBOA)

Next Generation Scholars

Our Family Coalition

People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS)

Schools Mentoring and Resource Team (SMART)

Board of Trustees

Chair: Andy Nakahata

Vice Chairs: Pete Chung, Stephen Galloway, Alison Garrett, Holly Hagens, Chris von Eckartsberg

Head of School: Katherine Dinh

Parents Association President: Laura Kern

Parents Association Past President: Karen Wright

Abby Anderson

Kim Boswell

Chris Buchbinder

Simon Frankel

Jay Grant

Charlotte Haas Prime

Camille Hampton

Scott Haskins

Meg Krehbiel

Melissa Ma

Rashmi Marya

Jon Murchinson

Sarah Smith Jones

Helen Spalding

Jeff Spaulding

Ben Zack


* See the Affording MCDS page for tuition, fees and information about indexed tuition.

* 1% from East Bay & Sonoma