If you are applying to a private/independent school for the upcoming 2024-25 school year, the process below must be followed to obtain the necessary documents/recommendations:


    First, please notify Kristine Thompson, MVMS Registrar/Data Processor with:

    • The name(s) of the school(s) your child(ren) is/are applying to
    • The names of teachers requested to complete recommendations
    • The portal system used for applications (e.g. Ravenna, TABS, SSAT, Gateway to Prep Schools)
    • The due date of completion of recommendation forms and transcripts


    Then, submit a check or cash in the amount of $60.00 (payable to the Mill Valley School District) for each type of application form with a maximum of 3 recommendation requests.  Additional teacher recommendation requests are subject to an additional fee.


    Counselors will complete the Administrator/Counselor recommendation forms. It is the parent/student’s responsibility to verify with the intended recipient if the teacher/counselor receives the request to complete the recommendation via an online portal/paper request form.


    The Bay Area Independent High Schools form includes Bay School, Branson, Drew, JCHSB, Marin Academy, Marin School, San Domenico, University High, and Urban. Recommendations from your student’s current 8th-grade math teacher, language arts teacher, and school counselor are required.


    The Secondary Schools of the San Francisco Archdiocese recommendation forms include Marin Catholic, St. Ignatius, Riordan, and Sacred Heart, and are now processed online.  Recommendations from your student’s math teacher, language arts teacher, and school counselor are required.


    Ravenna, SSAT, TABS, and Gateway portals each have a different recommendation form. 

    If you are submitting paper application forms for teacher recommendations, a parent signature is required on the transcript request or records release form, along with the teacher or counselor recommendation forms. 

    For 8th-grade students only: Complete this informational form about yourself. A copy of your responses will be emailed to you and you can forward the information sheet to the teachers you are asking to write your recommendations. Your information sheet should contain any or all of the following: your positive personal qualities, favorite subjects (and why), hobbies, interests, activities (sports, clubs, youth groups), accomplishments, talents, any hardships or challenges you have overcome, awards received, leadership roles, work experience, and volunteer experience. It is also a good idea to reach out to your teachers in person to let them know how much you appreciate their help.

    All notifications of intent to apply to private/independent schools and the fee must be submitted by December 1, 2023, to Kristine Thompson, MVMS Room 101, kthompson@mvschools.org, 415-389-7711 x2811. 

    Please carefully read the application process for each of the private/independent schools your student is applying to and direct any additional questions to the Counseling Office.

    6th Grade Counselor: Janet Jamesson 415-389-7711 x2891  jjamesson@mvschools.org

    7th Grade Counselor: Randi Josephson 415-389-7711 x2895 rjosephson@mvschools.org

    8th Grade Counselor: Erin Sheedy 415-389-7711 x2896  esheedy@mvschools.org


    When approved by the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent or designee may impose a fee for the following: (5 CCR 350)
    Actual cost of furnishing copies of any student's records, except that no charge shall be made for furnishing up to two transcripts or two verifications of a former student's records or for reproducing records of a student with a disability when the cost would effectively prevent the parent/guardian from exercising the right to receive the copies. (Education Code 49065, 56504)