Mount Tamalpais School is an independent, coeducational school serving students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. The school’s program, atmosphere and overall environment have been designed to encourage the development of the whole child, with an emphasis on strong academic preparation, values, emotional growth, personal and social skills, effective thinking and problem solving capabilities, with attention to individual strengths and diversity. Mount Tamalpais School places equal emphasis on the academic and social development of each student within a community that esteems family, the pursuit of personal excellence, the perpetuation of valued traditions and the development of a strong moral code.
The symbolism of the school logo and translation of the school motto clearly illustrate the school’s philosophy. The logo is a depiction of Mount Tamalpais. This mountain symbol reflects the school’s commitment to the development of each student’s potential, ensuring its realization with a solid academic and moral foundation and the support of the community that values personal achievement and individual growth. The motto "Gradatim Ad Summum" (step by step to the top/gradually to the summit) reflects the school’s belief that the attainment of goals is a gradual process, one that requires nurturing and community support.
Mount Tamalpais School provides its students with the opportunity for growth in a caring, supportive environment. The school fosters enthusiasm for learning and for the creative process, and carefully nurtures in each student the development of a system of individual values. It is the school’s mission that integrity, responsibility, motivation, mutual respect, self-reliance, and an appreciation of tradition flourish in each individual.