The Montessori Program at Lagunitas began in 1981 and continues to this day. So does the Open Classroom program, which was formed in 1970 and had its first multigrade class in 1971.
The San Geronimo Valley Community Gym was built with private foundation, county, state, and donated funds, and was a dream made possible through decades of work by school, Community Center, and community members. Groundbreaking for the construction began in the summer of 2007, and the gym was completed in summer 2009.
Today the Lagunitas School District land is home to not just the district’s two campus, but the Community Center in its longtime headquarters, West Marin Montessori - which relocated from the Woodacre Improvement Club in 2016, and a classroom run by the Marin County Office of Education in the former Marin County Free Library branch. In normal times, the SGVCC runs its VAST tutoring program from the Lagunitas Montessori Program complex, and its Loft program from the upstairs of the Community Gym. What comes next for the district is an open question, but whatever it is will be built upon the foundation of nearly 150 years of community-supported public education in the San Geronimo Valley.
For much more on the history of the Lagunitas School District from the 1960s onward, explore the pages of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center’s 50th Anniversary Community Guide here.