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School Overview

Welcome new Marina Penguins. We are excited that you will be joining us next year at Marina! We are holding a special event, just for you, on Tuesday, April 23rd at 4:00pm. You will have a chance to:

  • meet teachers and current students
  • see classrooms in action
  • tour our wonderful building
  • introduce yourself to the Principal and Assistant Principals
  • sign-up for After School (link here)
  • learn more about our summer program, Power Scholars Academy (link here). 
  • Buy spirit-wear (sweatshirts are $30 ea., cash or check only)

And...did we mention popsicles? Yep we will be serving popsicles. 

Questions? Give us a call at (415) 749-3495.



Marina Middle School

Academics and Electives

Academics and Electives

Transitioning to middle school takes time, and at Marina Middle School we work with our new students supporting them as they begin to take on the new challenges of a larger school environment. All teachers work to support the transition, from Math and Science to Language Arts and Social Studies. The core classes, like their electives and PE, are exclusively occupied by similar grade level students (so 6th graders are only in classes with other 6th graders, etc.). The electives include Computer Arts, Visual Arts, AVID and Health. Or students may enroll in Band or Orchestra. Note that electives change each year.

All classes align with the California State Standards and the newly adopted Common Core Standards, with its increased focused on critical thinking and creative problem solving.

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Photo: Marina Middle School Baseball Team. B Division Champions, 2015.


Marina offers a variety of clubs including teacher supervised twice a week Lunchtime Homework Clinic. Expanding the day’s learning and creative environment, as well as providing students the opportunity to develop deeper relationships outside of the classroom with teachers and peers, is a priority at Marina. Club offerings include Yoga, Art, Beading, Healthy Cooking, Black Student Union, Starwars Club, Math Club and Japanese Culture. A list of current clubs and meeting dates is posted outside the counseling office. Additionally the library is open 5 days a week at lunchtime.

Afterschool Program

Marina Middle School's Expanded Learning Program offers about 30 different club activities per year. Youth can choose from a rotating schedule of engaging activities that range from sports, cooking and computers to art, gardening, youth leadership and service learning. The program also includes a Homework Hour following a recreational, academic or enrichment club. The program runs from 3:25 - 6:25. More information can be found here.

Advisory Class: Creating Community

Advisory classes are held weekly with the goal of creating tighter communities within the school at large. The aim is to have the same assigned teacher and students together for three years, learning from each other and addressing issues that are common to the age group like conflict management, study skills and communication.



Marina offers a General Education program, Chinese Bilingual, Newcomer program, English Language Learners and Special Education (inclusion and special day classes) program.

ELL and Newcomer Programs

Support is provided for recently arrived immigrant students to attain proficiency in English. English Learners are clustered in general education classes to receive access to grade level academic content.

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6th Grade Transition

The “Step Up to Marina Middle School” week long, half-day program is intended to give your incoming 6th Grader a real taste of middle school. Run during the first week of summer, “Step Up” is taught by current Marina teachers and will help your student become more familiar with the school campus, meet fellow students and support their Language Arts and Math skills during the summer. More details will be provided when you register at Marina.


Dates: First week of summer vacation

Cost: Free

Annual Marina Carnival
Annual Marina Carnival

School Overview

Marina Middle School is an incredible place! First opened in 1936, the school continues to grow and flourish through each iteration.


We are building a community of students in which we value integrity, nurture creativity, place respect for each other as a priority, foster the curiosity of intellectual abilities, promote responsibility and leadership, appreciate cultural differences and feel safe to be who we are on the inside.


Our challenge is to maintain a sense of family at all times while we allow for building capacity in our students, in each other and in our programs.


We have 800 students taking Math, English, Science, Social Studies, PE, Advisory and an elective which may include: band, orchestra, art, drama, set design, animation, engineering, computer science, journalism, AVID, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish. In addition, we are partnered with the YMCA after-school program and a number of other community based organizations which provide opportunities for our students that range from hiking, camping and sailing, music and dance events to clubs that meet at lunch.


We are passionate about supporting the individual educational journeys of all of our students as we look toward the future, guided by the comprehensive strategic plan of the San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) Vision 2025. We want every child to be part of the magic of learning at Marina Middle School.

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Physical Education (P.E.)

In Middle Schools across SFUSD, P.E. is provided every day. Our fully staffed P.E. department utilizes our spacious facility to provide a variety of offerings, including: introduction to sports (volleyball, badminton, baseball basics, basketball, etc.), physical conditioning, biking (bikes provided for all) and much more.

Sports Teams

Middle School sports are organized by the Academic Athletic Association and Marina Middle School is proud to have our boys and girls compete in baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball and track & field. Students learn more about try-out dates and teams from their P.E. teachers. Click here for Schedules.

Out of School Learning & Field Trips

Fieldtrips are planned by homeroom (first period) teachers as well as core teachers. Students are exposed to local opportunities like the "Ship Shape Walk" to the Maritime Museum with Ms. Harb, as well as take advantage of the many educational institutions around the city (Fort Scott, California Academy of Science, etc.) and vary by academic year.


Photo: 6th Grade, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass field-trip

Special Education

Marina Middle School offers differing levels of support for our special education students including:
  • Classroom Inclusion with Support
  • Designated Instructional Services
  • Resource Specialist Program
  • Special Day Class/Learning Disabled
  • Special Day Class/Emotionally Disturbed
  • Special Day Class/Mild/Moderate-Intensive Language & Learning
  • Special Day Class/Severely Impaired

Administration & Staff Support

Marina Middle School is staffed to meet the needs of our students including two Assistant Principals, three grade level counselors, one full-time social worker, one part-time nurse, two part-time family liaisons, full-time librarian, front desk and attendance area support plus three security personnel.  Additional resources include Restorative Practices and paraprofessionals in various capacities. 


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Dance & Spirit Day

Scattered throughout the year are fun events that encourage students to show their school spirit and try out their dancing shoes!


The Marina Middle School Building

Constructed in 1936, the Marina Middle School building was designed by the acclaimed architecture duo of George Kelham and William Day. Originally called Marina Junior High, the school boosts beautiful art deco details throughout that are reminiscent of other Kelham projects in the Bay Area including the original Main Public Library (now the Asian Art Museum), the UC Berkeley School of Life Science, HAAS Pavilion, and the Treasure Island International Exhibition Building. The school was the recipient of upgrades in 2007 (Prop A funding) and the yard was resurfaced during the summer of 2012.

Links you might be interested in:
Architectural Heritage