Julie Leitzell
fax 415.945.6339

Every kid, from age 9 to 90, will enjoy the Disney Family Museum in the Presidio.  It's relatively new, so you can park right in front on a Saturday morning for free, and spend hours looking at early cartoons by a teen-age Disney, taking in multi-media and interactive demonstrations, and really coming to know the great man who was Walt Disney.  (see blog for photos)


Click here for the latest school scores.  If you're not sure which schools are in which towns, and which scores are on their way up, please contact me at JLeitzell@apr.com





For parents of high school kids... I often get questions on the procedure for choosing a high school in Marin that is not the one automatically assigned in the Tamalpais Union HIgh School District.   Here is a letter that went out to parents at the end of October, 2010.   Note contact information I added at the end.


Julie Leitzell

Dear Tam District Parents and Guardians ~



 The Tamalpais Union High School District has made significant changes to two student transfer policies: 



 Open Enrollment (Intradistrict Transfers) 



Students who reside in the Tamalpais Union High School District and wish to attend a district high school (Tamalpais, Drake, or Redwood) other than their school of residence may apply for an open enrollment (intradistrict) transfer.  Space is limited and a strict timeline is followed.  Applications will be available starting in January, 2011.  Students desiring an Open Enrollment transfer must submit a completed Open Enrollment transfer application form to the Superintendent's Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 15.



Interdistrict Transfers



In order to comply with upcoming changes in state law, the Tamalpais Union High School District has updated its interdistrict transfer policy to include a strict timeline* for submission of applications as well as other important changes.  The complete policy is attached to this e-mail, and we strongly suggest that you read it if you do not reside with the Tam District?s boundaries but have or hope to have children attending school in the Tam District. 





*A student who intends to apply for an interdistrict transfer into the Tamalpais Union High School District must observe a strict timeline.  Completed applications for the following school year will be accepted for consideration between December 1 and December 31 of each year.  A completed application is one that has been filled out and signed by the student's parent AND approved by the student's district of residency.  Incomplete applications and those submitted before December 1 or after December 31 will not be considered.



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If you're looking for a preschool in Marin, I highly recommend viewing


I'm a proud sponsor of the San Rafael and San Anselmo pages -- where we lived when my first baby girl was born.

Here are some favorite kid-friendly destinations for Marin moms and dads:


Families with little kids should take a look at this adorable park tailored just for tots.  It's located in the Marin Art and Garden Center in the town of Ross, making the park one of the most picturesque in Marin County.  Pixie Park yearly dues are only $75, but families are required to volunteer at one or more of the holiday events, clean-up, etc.


The must-see locations for kids and adults alike is the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito.   On water's edge with gorgeous views, parents enjoy it almost as much as kids.   Catch some crabs at a downsized "Fisherman's Wharf", visit the "Tot Spot", do a science experiment....or just run around and touch everything.    Highly recommended for visitors and Marin residents.


This site has the information on all Marin preschools in one place.   I am a sponsor for both San Rafael and San Anselmo, where we lived with my first child for several years.   There are a lot of choices in Marin, from the part-time Ross Valley Nursery School next door to Kentfield's Bacich Elementary, to several Montessori schools.


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