The STEM Marin Application will open in the fall of 2024. More detailed information including program dates and deadlines will be provided at the beginning of the school year. We strive to create an equitable application process for all students. If you have any questions about the program or the application, please email our STEM Coordinator: [email protected]

3-Step Application Process

STEP 1: Complete and submit the Intent to Apply Form
STEP 2: Complete the in-person written application at your NUSD middle school or at the STEM Marin building at San Marin High School
STEP 3: Submit a 1-minute personal video. Video tips and guidelines will be posted here by November 1, 2023.

Step 1: Intent to Apply Form

If you are interested in applying to the STEM Marin program for the 2024-25 school year, please complete the INTENT TO APPLY form using the tabs below. Current 8th graders will have the opportunity to apply for 3 different Pathways: STEM Biotechnology, STEM Engineering or STEM Art In Science. Current 9th graders will only be able to apply for Biotechnology or Art in Science Pathways. We do not accept 9th grade applicants in the Engineering Pathway. If accepted, 9th grade students would start their STEM Pathway at the beginning of their 10th grade year.

Step 2: Written Application

The written application includes an opportunity for each student to share their interest and commitment to the STEM Marin Program. Students currently attending NUSD middle schools will have the opportunity to complete the application during school hours on their middle school campus. Students who are at private schools or attend school outside of NUSD will be asked to come to the San Marin Campus to complete their application in person. Use the buttons provided below to sign up for an application appointment.

The application includes 4 writing prompts for each student to respond to. These are short answer responses and will be scored based on content not conventions of writing. The following 4-point rubric will be utilized:

SCORE OF 3 = Answers questions with depth and examples make sense and are concise

SCORE OF 2 = Answers questions with depth, but supporting evidence is minimal

SCORE OF 1 = Brief answers without providing examples or depth

SCORE OF 0 = Didn’t answer the question at all


Step 3: Video Submission

Applicants are asked to submit a 60-second personal video. Video guidelines and tips will be posted on this page once they are available. Technology access and support will be provided to any student needing it. Videos and applications will be reviewed by a panel of STEM Marin staff and community partners. The evaluation team will be looking at the following criteria:

– Personal presentation of the applicant
– Ability to express why they want to be a part of STEM Marin
– What contributions the student can make to the program

It is important that you participate in the video submission. Students who do not submit a video may not be considered for the program.

Criteria for Acceptance

All NUSD specialized programs require that 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, past grades in science and math are primarily reviewed and factored into 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 higher by the end of the 8th grade fall semester in order to be considered a viable candidate.

Members of the admission panel will assess the written and video portions of the application independently. All scores are submitted to the STEM Coordinator for entry in the spreadsheet to determine an overall score.

Inter/Intra District Transfers

If you are applying to the STEM Marin program and require an INTER-district or INTRA-district transfer, you need to submit your special program transfer application online between November 1, 2023 and January 9, 2024. All transfers need to be approved by NUSD before you can be considered for the program. Please do not delay in completing these online forms. You do not need to wait for a transfer to be approved before completing the written or video portion of the STEM application. Both the STEM application and the transfer application must be fully submitted by January 9, 2024 to be considered for the program.

Who Needs an Inter or Intra District Transfer?

If you reside in Novato but San Marin High School is not your neighborhood school (you live outside the school boundaries) you will need to apply for an intra-district transfer.

If you do not reside in the Novato Unified School District, you will need to apply for an inter-district transfer. Here is what you will need in order to apply:

  1. Approved inter-district transfer application from your district of residence
  2. Attendance report (provided by student’s current school)
  3. Discipline report (provided by your student’s current school, if no discipline records exist the school must provide you a letter on letterhead stating the student has no discipline records)
  4. Transcripts
  5. Copy of any special services your students receive

If you or your child are new to Novato Unified School District, you will need to enroll by creating a new student account. Follow the process at this link www.nusd.org/enroll/ to transfer or enroll.

Any questions about transfers? Please contact Karina Leoni: [email protected]


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

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