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

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News

With a big section 7A championship tilt on tap today for Marshall's boys soccer team, let's check in with a Hilltopper grad having soccer success at the college level. Megan Coughlan, Class of 2015, has led the Vassar Brewers to second place in the Liberty League so far. The junior, who was named to the 2016 Liberty League All-Academic team is a Biology major on the Pre-Med track. Coughlan and the Brewers are set for an October 20th home contest against William Smith College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Click below to learn more about this talented Topper turned Brewer!

Jeremy Stephan, a 2015 graduate of Marshall, dreamed of playing college football. Through dedication and hard-work throughout his high school days, he realized his dream; as he plays football at Macalester College, located in St. Paul, MN. Jeremy is currently in his junior year pursuing a chemistry degree, with future plans to attend medical school to become a surgeon. Below is a Q&A with Jeremy on his experience as a college student-athlete and some advice for our current Hilltoppers.

The day of the interview, Jeremy rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown in a 56-21 win against Beloit College.

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