Our Mission:

To engage students and create community leaders of tomorrow through a multi-disciplinary, project-based high school education with a focus on environmental issues.


Established in 2011, The School of Environmental Leadership (SEL) is a “school within a school” located within a comprehensive public high school. The SEL is a project-based, environmentally-focused program that emphasizes development in leadership and 21st century skills. The SEL was born out of a partnership between nonprofit Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) and parents seeking to build the next generation of environmental leaders.

The four-year program is designed to give students increasing ownership and independence over their educational experience. The SEL does this by integrating academics, leadership, development, public speaking, creative arts, technology, engineering, project management, environmental justice, and community service. All of which focus on the “Four C’s”: Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.

The SEL’s flagship school opened in 2011 and is located in Marin County, CA, commonly referred to as MarinSEL. MarinSEL is located within Terra Linda High School in the San Rafael City Schools district in San Rafael, CA. Being a “school within a school” means that MarinSEL students are integrated with the Terra Linda High School community and attend many of the conventional classes that are taught. MarinSEL distinguishes itself by offering an innovative curriculum that builds on the traditional subjects and augments the students’ high school experience.