Marin County

10,000 Degrees was founded in 1981 as the Marin Education Fund providing scholarships to Marin students. Since then, we have expanded to seven additional Bay Area counties serving more than 16,000+ high school and college students each year. In Marin, 10,000 Degrees provides near-peer mentoring, financial aid advising, scholarships, and college matriculation support at all 12 Marin public high schools and College of Marin. Our Academic Success tutors support K-12 students from low-income backgrounds at 19 Marin County public schools.

Established in


High School Students Served Annually

High School Participants
K-12 Academic Success Students
Early College & Career Awareness (ECCA) Students
College & Financial Aid Workshops

Scholarships in FY23

Awarded to
$ 0.1 M
College Students

Partner Schools

Mill Valley School District
Mill Valley Middle*

Novato Unified School District
Hamilton Meadow Park K-8*+
Loma Verde Elementary*
Lynwood Elementary*
Marin Oaks High
Novato High
San Jose Middle*+
San Marin High

San Rafael City Schools 
Bahia Vista Elementary*
Coleman Elementary*
Davidson Middle*
Laurel Dell Elementary*
Madrone High
San Pedro Elementary*
Venetia Valley K-8*
San Rafael High
Terra Linda High

Sausalito Marin City School District
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy*+

Shoreline Unified School District
Tomales Elementary*+
Tomales High*
West Marin-Inverness Elementary*+

Tamalpais Union High School District
Archie Williams High
Redwood High
San Andreas High
Tamalpais High
Tamiscal High School

College of Marin
Dominican University

* Academic Success Partner School Only
+ Early College & Career Awareness (ECCA) Offered 

The Opportunity in Marin County

Meaningful change. Lasting impact.

Nestled between the redwoods and trails of Mount Tamalpais and the Pacific Ocean, Marin County is a beautiful and desirable place to live and work. Yet the pandemic and struggling economy have exacerbated educational and economic inequities, especially for our students from low-income backgrounds and BIPOC communities. The college dream remains out of reach for many Marin high school students, as the troubling statistics at right demonstrate.

10,000 Degrees works to change that. We are committed to increasing student applications for free financial aid at our partner schools, and helping more socioeconomically disadvantaged students in Marin get into college, persist in college—and graduate with their degree. That’s our promise.

What we do: We work directly with Marin students from low-income backgrounds to:

  • Foster a college-going culture
  • Introduce 2- and 4-year college pathway options
  • Assist students with college applications and enrollment
  • Help students apply for and manage free financial aid (FAFSA & CA Dream Act)
  • Provide scholarships and near-peer mentoring to successfully navigate the entire college journey
  • Offer community college transfer support
  • and more!

Our support extends to, through, and beyond college: We offer paid internships and career development opportunities through our local business partners.

of Marin County high school students are socioeconomically disadvantaged
0 %
of Marin County high school seniors graduate without meeting the academic requirements to attend a four-year college; and
0 %
of Marin County high school students did not submit applications for free financial aid.
0 %
Your gift to 10,000 Degrees will allow us to help more Marin students from low-income backgrounds achieve their college and career dreams.

Academic Success

10,000 Degrees Academic Success volunteers tutor students from low-income backgrounds in Marin County public school classrooms. Established in 1997 as Marin County School Volunteers, which merged with 10,000 Degrees in 2017, our volunteers now tutor K-12 students at 19 Marin County schools, providing academic tutoring, classroom support, and homework assistance.

Career Mentor Program

Early College & Career Awareness (ECCA)

The goal of ECCA programming is to promote connection for targeted populations to their schools and communities by specifically supporting their transition from middle school to high school, and encouraging post-secondary planning as early as middle school. Our programs focus on areas of academic support, connectedness, systems navigation, future thinking, and parent engagement.

Summer Success Program

What our partners, students, alumni, and staff have to say about 10,000 Degrees

Regional Stories

Regional Leadership Team

Christopher Gonzales - Chief Strategy Officer in 10,000 Degrees

Christopher Gonzales

Chief Strategy Officer

Hugo Que

Director of College Access, Marin & Contra Costa
Marin Advisory Board

Mark Mokelke, Chair
Diana Bojorquez
Shelly Clemenco
Pam Cook
Barbara Dalmau
Linda Frank
Pam Franklin
Pepe Gonzalez
Christine Leppones
Monica Mehra
Angela Nicholson
Ramona Polk
Mike Silva
Tracy Solomon
Gabrielle Tierney

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