Upper School

Marshall’s Upper School experience presents a balance between academic challenge, co-curricular opportunity, achievement-oriented student culture, and a rich community of faculty and peers. Students are encouraged to be confident and independent thinkers by teachers whose energy and caring enrich the school. Small class sizes permit active participation, feedback, and engagement in a rigorous curriculum. Teachers and curriculum are flexible, setting challenging but attainable goals for each individual, and the exploration of unique interests and talents is encouraged.

At A Glance

Fast Facts

  • Average class size of 18
  • 2015 ACT Averages: Marshall 27, Duluth Public 23.1, Minnesota 22.9, National 21
  • Multiple Advanced Placement (AP) options to earn college credit
  • Students have taken 23 different types of AP tests; more than 75% earn a score of 3 or higher
  • Accelerated science sequence allows for more advanced elective and AP opportunities
  • Fine Arts opportunities from design and ceramics to theater and orchestra, and more
  • College counseling program begins in 9th grade, including free ACT/SAT test prep
  • On average, graduating seniors are offered $5 million in scholarships annually
  • Extensive student support, dedicated additional support staff and space, teachers who really know each student

Meet Our Teachers

"Marshall School students expect a lot from themselves, but more importantly they expect a lot from their teachers. And we expect a lot from ourselves. Students expect us to make real connections with them, to work hard to help them improve, to hold them accountable, to avoid getting stuck in ruts, to try new things, to help see the fun in challenges, to hold them to their word, and to keep our word. Their expectations help me become a better teacher and a better person." Nathan Mattson, Upper School English Teacher.

"Our program offers students the opportunity to do truly innovative work. Whether in art, music, band, or strings, we help guide students through meaningful and exciting artistic experiences that have an impact - both personally and academically." Lucas Anderson, Upper School Art Teacher




What Students Say

Marshall’s Upper School experience presents a balance between academic challenge, co-curricular opportunity, achievement-oriented student culture, and a rich community of faculty and peers. Students are encouraged to be confident and independent thinkers by teachers whose energy and caring enrich the school. Small class sizes permit active participation, feedback, and engagement in a rigorous curriculum. Teachers and curriculum are flexible, setting challenging but attainable goals for each individual, and the exploration of unique interests and talents is encouraged.


Portrait of a Hilltopper

Marshall graduates will be …

Effective communicators

  • Students develop effective writing strategies, focused speaking techniques and active listening through curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Multiple opportunities to interact with people representing ideologies other than their own make graduates open to and appreciative of other points of view.
  • The comprehensive program of academic and social opportunities at Marshall places a strong emphasis on developing strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with and instruction in a variety of technologies make students proficient in communicating via current and emerging technologies.

Critical thinkers and problem solvers

  • Students recognize and adapt to different thinking styles.
  • Students learn to systematically analyze problems.
  • Students are able to present ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Students transform personal creativity into practical solutions.

Engaged and ethical citizens

  • International classmates, opportunities for study abroad, and a curriculum which emphasizes global awareness all make graduates uniquely equipped to live in and understand today’s world.
  • The Marshall community has well-articulated expectations regarding personal integrity and self-discipline.
  • Students understand their responsibilities as caretakers on individual, community, and global levels.
  • Personal and global events are noted and discussed - in good and bad times- instilling in students an understanding of the situations of others.
  • Opportunities to take initiative and expectations to meet obligations help students internalize a sense of personal responsibility.

Curious and creative

  • Students are encouraged through a philosophy of participation. They learn to set goals as a team and to maximize the special skills of each team member.
  • Students are free to develop their own personal interests within a community which places value on self-expression and participation.
  • Students are encouraged to step outside their personal comfort zones - to try a new class, club, or activity.
  • The Marshall School community - students and their families - strongly support and promote a culture and appreciation of study and learning.

Balanced and resilient

  • One-to-one and small-group encounters within the community offer students a variety of opportunities to practice and establish self-advocacy skills.
  • Through a comprehensive program offering significant investigation, support, and opportunity, students enjoy a well-balanced experience at Marshall.
  • Marshall students develop sound judgment skills by making choices, experimenting with new ideas or activities, discussing complex life topics, and experiencing success and failure – always within a safe and caring environment.
  • Students are intentionally offered opportunities to learn about different religions and to reflect on their own beliefs.

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

Calendar

News

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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