Over the past 4 years, “The Gather” has played a pivotal role in showcasing the creativity and vibrancy of the Marin Montessori School community. Since 2014, the efforts and generosity of countless volunteers and donors resulted in raising over $850,000 in support of Tuition Assistance and faculty professional growth.

This year we have an audacious goal: to increase our ability to welcome students of all economic backgrounds and to challenge ourselves to develop an event that feeds both our hearts and minds. In February 2020, we are launching “The Gather for Good – An Evening with Vice President Al Gore,” an event that both celebrates our community and challenges us to become an even more diverse school community.

February 26, 2020, we will welcome former Vice President Al Gore to our stage. His leadership, work, and dedication to the study and education of others on the climate crisis epitomize our philosophy of challenging our children to engage in real work. Work that aligns with their values, strengths, and passions. Work that addresses the world’s greatest challenges. Work that provides deep meaning. Work that can change the world.

Event Description

The Gather for Good, hosted at the incredible San Francisco Exploratorium, will welcome over 500 members of the MMS community and their guests. Starting in the stunning East Gallery, guests will be welcomed with cocktails and a sustainably inspired strolling dinner. While enjoying the jaw dropping views of the bay, guests can explore the life sciences exhibits and student sustainability studies. At 8:00 pm, the Central Gallery opens, and we will hear from our visionary guest of honor Vice President Al Gore, where we hope to further deepen our community’s compassion, awareness, and commitment to caring for the world around us. Following the presentation we will raise our paddles to support Tuition Assistance and celebrate the night away at the Starlight Soiree after-party.

Why We Gather

Marin Montessori School aspires to educate confident thinkers and compassionate leaders who will shape the future. This mission is only possible when we have open doors for all students – eager to learn and driven by the power of curiosity. It is with this goal in mind that we seek to raise a record-breaking $500,000 for Marin Montessori’s Tuition Assistance program.

We welcome you to join us as we bring to life this year’s Gather for Good, and change history.

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." Maya Angelou

Tuition Assistance at Marin Montessori School Makes Our School Whole

At Marin Montessori, almost a third of our students receive Tuition Assistance. Without TA, these students – our children, our children’s friends and their families – would not be part of the MMS community. Further, the high-fidelity, world-class Montessori education that we offer at MMS is a rare and invaluable gift for children, one that keeps giving for a lifetime. Finally, a dynamic, diverse, and inclusive learning community is essential for educating the change-makers and compassionate leaders of tomorrow. Tuition Assistance cultivates the socio-economic diversity so critical to the fulfillment of our mission. In supporting The Gather for Good, you help us provide the highest quality educational experience for each and every student and open our doors to welcome families who otherwise could not afford to participate in our life-changing education.

Tuition by the Numbers Marin Montessori Tuition Assistance (2019-2020)

  • Approximately 30% of the student body receives some sort of Tuition Assistance: for Tuition, Additional School Care, Transportation, and/or Class Trips.
  • The MMS Board actively supports Tuition Assistance, and approved a funding level of $1,250,000 for the current school year.

For full detail on the sponsorship opportunities related to The Gather for Good, please review our Sponsorship Package, and/or contact Carolyn Woolf, Director of Development, at cwoolf@marinmontessori.org for more detail.