Mark Day School
39 Trellis Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

learning commons

At Mark Day School, we know that true learning is all about connecting with a whole world of ideas, questions, people, and possibilities.

Back when our campus was built, the school library was a student's window to the world. Today, a thousand media devices fill that function, and what we need most is to help our children make meaningful connections--globally and locally--in a world of information. If we want our children to be creative thinkers, wise leaders, avid readers, and curious researchers in this day and age, we must help them learn to:

  • Read and explore ideas across multiple forms of media
  • Ask good questions about the messages and information that surround us
  • Think critically about the credibility of information sources in a world where everyone is an author
  • Work together with peers--whether in the same room or across the world--to develop and answer complex research questions
  • Create and disseminate media that inspires individual, community, and global action

Across subjects and grade levels, Mark Day School teachers today use every resource at their disposal to build these critical skills. Yet our campus wasn't designed or built with this kind of learning in mind, and its library space in particular doesn't match the scope of our teachers' vision. Imagine what they could do with a space designed to help students explore our new world of information, media, and interconnectedness! This is the vision behind our new Learning Commons.