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Our History

Our History

The first Brandeis Hillel Day School was established in 1963 in San Francisco by a handful of adventurous parents led by Rabbi Saul White of Congregation Beth Sholom. What began with 34 children in kindergarten and first grade grew within fifteen years into two K-8 schools with the founding of the second campus in Marin in 1978. From the start, we’ve been part of the Lonee C. Hoytt Community Center Campus, sharing space with the Osher Marin JCC and Congregation Rodef Sholom.
Our Head of School, Dr. Peg Sandel, is fond of describing Brandeis Marin is “a startup with a history.” Those words perfectly capture this unique moment at our school.
In our prior incarnation as Brandeis Hillel Day School-Marin, our doors opened to our first students in 1978, and our first eighth graders graduated in 1983. During the past 37 years, over a thousand students have come through our campus and benefitted from a stellar, Jewish-values based education.

Just like the founders of our Marin campus those many years ago, we find ourselves again pioneers—chalutzim—as we settle into our new status as a fully independent school this 2015-2016 school year. The excitement on campus is palpable as we continue to innovate and grow our program to better meet the needs of our Marin community.

In 2015, after a carefully considered multi-year transition, we became independent of the San Francisco campus to better serve the unique needs of our community. And Brandeis Marin was born.

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