From Our Head of School

  • Chris Mazzola Dear Friends:

    I am delighted to welcome you warmly to The Branson School. I am certain that you are going to like what you see, hear, and experience from the moment you drive through our gates and set foot on this beautiful campus. Whether you are a scholar, an artist, an athlete—or better yet—a combination of these and other talents, there is a place for you at Branson. We are proud of our tight-knit and purposeful community, where teenagers can be themselves, try new things, and be mentored by a faculty who treasure their relationships with students. 

    Branson has been nurturing and educating young people for close to a century. Although we are never content with our efforts and constantly seek to improve, we are confident that we provide the atmosphere, training, and habits of heart and mind that adolescents need to become excellent citizens of the world they will inherit. We hold each of our students to a high standard, both in their academic and co-curricular pursuits, as well as in their personal behavior. In doing so, we teach Branson students to be self-reflective in what they demand of themselves.

    You will find an honest and humble generosity of spirit in all of the people you encounter at Branson, but you will also find the intellectual rigor and challenges we know you need in order to gain the crucial skill sets necessary to succeed with confidence as you mature and grow. A motivated peer group, a superior faculty, a peaceful setting: you will find all this and more at this exceptional place.

    Rather than explain to you in detail the varied and rich offerings that await you, I invite you to come in, get comfortable, and look around; observe our lively classes, and sit among our students and faculty as they make their way through the day; a day that is certain to be filled with laughter, debate, camaraderie, and a genuine joy of learning and growing with like-minded individuals. Come in, look carefully and closely, and when you are done examining what we provide for teenagers, I bet you’ll want to stay awhile.

    Christina Mazzola
    Head of School

Our Mission Statement

  • The Branson School inspires excellence in a nurturing, vibrant educational community based on personal and intellectual integrity.

    At the heart of Branson is the trusting, dynamic relationship between dedicated teachers and students.

    Through the vitality, breadth, and rigor of its programs, Branson encourages students to think critically, communicate clearly, develop their individual talents and interests, and pursue a lifelong passion for learning.

    Branson believes that diversity of people and thought enriches us all and promotes responsible leadership in the global community.

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: 51 faculty members; over one-half hold advanced degrees. Student to faculty ratio is 6 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.

School Profile

Last Modified on August 31, 2017