Global Education

Marshall's academic program is both vigorous and balanced, with an outcome-based goal of preparing students to be successful in college, in a global world, and in life.

As the Twin Ports' flagship independent school, Marshall stands out for a variety of reasons. Held to standards that are separate from state and national mandates, Marshall is able to provide an education that is dynamic, attentive, and follows the latest in teaching best practices.

Student Support

For decades, Marshall School has done incredible work in balancing high collective expectations while developing individual students. This happens on an individual and cultural level because we strive to build real, meaningful relationships with our students and their families. We genuinely and deeply care about our students. This also happens because of some important investments in space, size, and time noted below.

  • Small class sizes - the average class size is 18 students.
  • Dedicated support space - the Marshall Academic Commons (MAC) provides individual support and enrichment for students reaching for their next level in any particular academic subject.
  • Advisory for all students - daily for our youngest students, and multiple times per week in the Upper School.
  • Personalized College Counseling - our students are educated and empowered when it comes to where they choose to go upon graduating from Marshall School, and this program begins in 9th grade.
  • Multiple school counselors - dedicated at both the Middle and Upper School levels.

Student Engagement

Our small class sizes are a regular source of compliments in the Twin Ports ... but it is so much more than just the numbers in the classroom that make the difference. The environment our educators are striving to create is one of great engagement. We want students to feel comfortable raising their hands, advocating for help, both reaching and risking, but also knowing they have a meaningful connection to many adults and fellow classmates at Marshall. While we are always focused on improving engagement in our classrooms, we are getting more and more attention for already being a top performer in this important area among independent schools.

  • Multiple unique, project-based experiences across our entire curriculum.
  • Countless student-led experiences, from individual classes and assignments to parent-teacher
  • Diverse array of extracurriculars beyond 20+ athletic teams, in order to promote inclusion, advancement, community celebration, and success of all our students.
  • New and meaningful opportunities being developed for and by students regularly.

Advanced Curriculum

Certainly, the outcomes speak for themselves regarding our academic program, especially with our graduating seniors being offered more than $5 million in merit-based scholarships annually. This happens both because of our people and of the unique freedoms of our academic plan. We've had recent graduating seniors have science experiments chosen to be performed on the International Space Station, and our middle school students recently hosted a Duluth-focused clean water science symposium.

  • Advanced STEM experiences including robotics, engineering, coding, and computer science.
  • Broad Humanities opportunities including Literature, History, Languages, and Ethics and World Religions.
  • Innovative classroom approaches such as, Genius Hour, Maker's Fair, GiverCraft, and Random Acts of Shakespeare.

  • Wide ranging fine arts opportunities from ceramics to orchestra, choir to digital photography, and band to theatre.

Exceptional Teachers

If we circle back to the most important part of education - the connection between a student and a teacher - Marshall School has a deep tradition of having exceptional educators filling its classrooms. A specific type of person wants to join our school, or is recruited to join our community as a teacher. Our teachers are not only incredible educators, but they are also great mentors for their students. Our status as an independent school allows these great teachers extraordinary freedom to dive as deep and roam as far in terms of their material as they feel their students need.

  • Nationally recognized, Marshall faculty have made presentations locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Freedom to teach subjects widely, broadly, and without the constraints of state-mandated standardized tests.
  • A wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and educational experiences among a very diverse group of educators.

Topper Tunnels

One of our traditions is to send state bound students off to their competition with a "topper tunnel." where all students line the front hallway and cheer for their classmates. Some of the teams and activities honored recently include:

  • Math League
  • Dance
  • Robotics
  • All State Music
  • Tennis
  • CyberPatriots



If you had the opportunity to raise your level of confidence, would you take it?

Marshall students Phoenix Braxton-Brown and Sahen Rai leaped at this opportunity when they discovered the many wonders of Marshall's speech team. Students benefit from a litany of skills they gain while on the team: critical thinking, time management, speaking with purpose and structure, thinking before talking, organization, an understanding of human psychology, and more, but they agree that confidence far exceeds everything else.

"Before this year, whenever I went up to speak, I was always shy and spoke as quietly as possible and with as few words as possible," Braxton-Brown said. "But once you get to that level, that's one of the things that you have to have—you have to have a lot of confidence in order to actually speak and be successful."

And be successful, they have. Marshall tied for second as a team at sectionals, and five individuals are now moving on to compete at the MSHSL State Tournament this Saturday, April 22 in Apple Valley. Joining Braxton-Brown and Rai at state is Jack Schenk, Kellyn McKee, and Zachary Kaplan.

Monday, March 13, our community unites to demonstrate this excellence via the Marshall Fine Arts Showcase. This annual show has been a tradition for many years, and students beautifully reveal the heart of Marshall through their pieces. Done in partnership with Zeitgeist Arts, the event is a celebration of Youth Art Month. "We try to pick work that really showcases what we've been learning," Burns said, "or maybe a student really pushed their own boundaries and we're really proud of them."

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