2020-2021 STEM Marin Application

Application is closed for the 2021-2022 school year

The STEM Marin application season is now closed. We thank you to everyone who applied and look forward to reading your applications and meeting you during your interview time.

All interviews have been scheduled. If you did not receive an interview invitation or would like translation services, please email us at [email protected].

Inter/Intra District Transfers

If you are applying to the program and require a inter or intra district transfer, you will need to submit your transfer paperwork before applying to the STEM Marin program. All INTER district transfers will need to be approved by NUSD before you can apply to the program.

If you are applying for an INTRA district transfer, you will need to submit your “Special Programs Transfer” request in School Mint before you apply to the program. Transfer applications will open on the NUSD website on November 1.

Please do not delay in getting this paperwork in!

Who Needs a Inter or Intra District Transfer?

If San Marin High School is not your neighborhood school, you will need to apply for an intra-district transfer. You can find the paperwork on the NUSD website at: https://nusd.org/enroll/transfer/ and click on the intra-district transfer button at the top of the page.

If you do not live in the Novato Unified School District, you will need to apply for an inter-district transfer. You can find the paperwork on the NUSD website at: https://nusd.org/enroll/transfer/ and click on the inter-district transfer button at the top of the page.

Don’t know if you’re in the boundaries of San Marin High School? Click here to see an interactive map of our school boundary lines.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a new student of the Novato Unified School District, you will need to create a School Mint account. You can visit the NUSD School Mint account page here: https://nusd.schoolmint.net/signup.

The Application Process

The application will consist of a series of short answer scenario prompts and a brief interview. Applications will be reviewed by multiple sources and scored using multiple measures including scenario prompts, interview, teacher/administrator recommendation and transcripts of your time in middle school.

Each response to your scenario prompts and interview will be awarded 0-3 points, with half points given as well. Our scoring is based off of our rubric which reviews the following:

– Expressed interest in science
– Level of curiosity
– Initiative and problem solving skill set

0 1 2 3
Didn’t answer the question at all. Briefly answers questions without providing examples or depth. Answers question with depth but supporting evidence is minimal. Answers question with depth and examples make sense and are concise.

You may submit only one application. If multiple applications are completed, only the first one will be reviewed.

All notifications regarding your STEM Marin application will be conducted through email. BE SURE TO CAREFULLY TYPE YOUR PARENT’S OR GUARDIAN’S EMAIL. If the email is incorrect, you will not get a response.

Like all NUSD special programs including athletics, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher, regular attendance, and a positive citizenship record.

While all applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirement, only past grades in science and math are reviewed and factor in to the selection process. Students should show a pattern of either consistent proficiency or consistent growth in math and science classes. Students must be earning a C or better by the end of the 8th grade fall semester in order to be considered a viable candidate. 


For the 2020-2021 application process this year, we will be conducting short interviews with all STEM Marin applicants. These interviews will be 3-5 minutes and will discuss a variety of STEM Marin topics and possible follow-ups to application responses. In the interview, you’ll be talking with a small panel of STEM Marin staff looking at the following criteria:

– How do you present yourself?
– Ability to compose succinct answers to questions
– How do you approach the question?

Interviews will begin the week of January 25th and run through February 5th, taking place between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. In the application, you will indicate two preferred dates for scheduling. A STEM Marin staff member will communicate, via email the date and time of your interview and include a Zoom link.

If you would like translation services for your interview, we have included a question in the application to address this. 

It is important that you participate in this interview. Students who are late or do not attend their interview may not be considered for the program.


If you have any questions about the application and process, please email [email protected].

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