Woody Price, Head of School "Branson is committed to encouraging students to engage in a life of purpose, passion, and fulfillment. The School strives to help young people develop the moral imagination to be open and responsive to the struggles of fellow human beings; to develop passions that enlarge their souls; to develop a love for the truth, and a desire and a conscience that drives all of us to try our best to make our community, our nation, and our world better."

- Woody Price, Head of School

At the heart of Branson is a deep respect for the unique qualities of each individual. As our Mission Statement says, "Branson believes that diversity of people and thought enriches us all and promotes responsible leadership in the global community."

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our excellent programs in Academics, Fine Arts, Athletics and other areas. If you are a prospective student or parent, please visit the Admission section for information about the application process.

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Branson at a glance

Type of School: A co-educational, independent, college-preparatory day school with 320 boys and girls in grades 9 to 12.

Faculty & Class Size: 50 faculty members; one-half hold advanced degrees. Student to faculty ratio is 8 to 1; average class size is 13.

Campus & Facilities: Founded in 1920 and located in the small, residential town of Ross in Marin County, 11 miles north of San Francisco. Branson's 17-acre campus includes 12 campus buildings housing:
  • 31 classrooms
  • Tallant Science Center with 5 laboratories
  • Writing Center
  • Little Theater
  • Jewett Family Theater
  • New House Art Gallery
  • Brenda Brown Library with a 12,000-volume collection
  • Athletic Center with a fitness room and two gymnasiums
  • Music, art and dance studios
  • Rand Learning Center
  • Student Commons
Technology: Branson has a campus-wide, fully integrated fiber optic and wireless network linking all campus classrooms, administrative, arts, and athletic buildings to each other and the Internet. The school provides two computing centers for student use in the Writing Center and Library.

Athletics: In addition to the facilities on Branson's campus, student athletes have access to newly renovated athletic fields and the gym at nearby College of Marin.

Accreditation & Membership: The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and holds memberships with the National Association of Independent Schools, the California Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of College Admission Counselors, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the People of Color in Independent Schools, the Educational Records Bureau, the Secondary School Admission Test Board, A Better Chance, Making Waves, and the College Board.For more detailed information, please download the School Profile (above right).

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