Mission Statement

The mission of the MAGC Garden School is to promote the development of the child through exploration of the arts and the environment while fostering learning and appreciation for our natural world.


Our curriculum is designed to address the developmental needs of children aged 3-5 years. Children are engaged in reading readiness and language development, gross motor skills, fine motor activities, social skills, beginning math skills, music, dramatic play, cooking, science and nature, seasonal and holiday activities and field trips. Our classroom environment is rich in materials to support this multi-faceted curriculum, and our teachers work together to plan monthly calendars full of innovative projects.

Children learn through play. In a play-based program, children are given an opportunity to develop their problem solving, negotiating and communicating skills at their own pace. They experience friendships, learn techniques for getting along with others and play cooperatively. A child’s natural curiosity to learn about the world around them is promoted through playful expression and freedom of activity. Teachers facilitate learning by giving children opportunities to make choices about which activities and materials they will use and explore. Opportunities are provided for the children’s imaginations to expand.


Our goals are to help facilitate the development of creative thinkers, problem solvers, self-confident and independent beings who will grow up to be caring, happy and productive adults.

Admission & Enrollment Process

Application forms are accepted year round and may be submitted any time after the birth of your child.  Please complete the online application form and submit it along with a non-refundable fee of $100.00, payable by credit card. You may also download the form and fill it out by hand, returning it to the office at the Marin Art and Garden Center along with the $100 fee, which may be paid by check or credit card.

All new applicants whose application form and fee have been received will be given consideration in filling our class. Due to the size of the preschool, we cannot guarantee admission to any child. We maintain a wait list, and we encourage families to place their child on it as soon as possible.  Preferential consideration is based on, but not limited to, the following criteria: Director recommendation and approval; children who are re-registering/ returning; currently enrolled families enrolling a sibling; age of child; alumni families; gender balancing of classes.

To maintain our program integrity, we strive to create classes that are age and gender balanced and provide your child with the most enriching experience possible.



Contact the Garden School at gardenschool@magc.org if you have any questions.