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Golden Gate Academy

201 Seminary Drive
Mill Valley, CA 94941

(415) 380-1400


Golden Gate Academy is a licensed preschool serving children ages 2 through 5 years. Our school has served Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (GGBTS) and the Marin community since 1960. We are a department of GGBTS and function as a lab school for the seminary. Our goal is to provide excellent preschool education in a warm, nurturing, and fun environment. We offer a Christian atmosphere where the child will learn that God made us and loves us. GGA is a lab school for the seminary and serves as a model preschool for those looking to begin their own program.

At Golden Gate Academy we offer age appropriate activities that are designed to develop the whole child. The curriculum offers opportunities for learning in language arts, math, science, social studies, physical education, computer, fine arts, foreign language and Bible. The Academy also offers a rich environment for play.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

We believe that through play and guided learning, children develop all the skills they need for school. Childhood is a time for fun, exploration and self-discovery. Golden Gate Academy offers an environment that encourages the love of learning and provides opportunities to explore new ideas. Please visit our website or schedule a tour to learn more.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Golden Gate Academy provides quality early childhood education for the children of Golden Gate Seminary and the community of Marin County by providing a stimulating, loving, Christian environment and a curriculum of active learning that nurtures the growth of the whole child.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedules: Though each classroom has a different time schedule, all class schedules include the following activities:

Free Center Play:
Blocks, Legos, dress-up, home living, reading, listening center, computer, art, writing, manipulatives, sand or water tables, puzzles, etc.

Guided Activities:
Language Arts, math, science, social studies, Bible, art, drama, stories, games, music and finger plays.

Circle Time:
Calendar, unit themes, games, guided reading, weather, music, finger plays and stories.

Provided in the morning and the afternoon by GGA. Students with food allergies or special diet restrictions must bring snacks from home. **If your child will be in extended care in the late afternoons, please provide an extra snack in their backpacks to be eaten during that time.

Brought from home.

Nap/Rest Time:
Napping will take place in the 2-year-old and 3-year-old classroom.

For the children who do take a nap during the day, special enrichment classes will be offered such as music, art, foreign languages, or creative movement.

Outside Play:
Sandbox, water table, tricycles, tire-swings, slides, games, running, jumping, etc. "


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year