Our School

Greetings from the Head of School

To visit Marshall is to understand what schools should be about. We respect tradition, we believe in challenge, we meet the needs of our students, and we guide them on their journeys towards becoming their best selves. Inside each classroom, students drive the learning process: they plug in, they weigh in, and they own their experience. Our teachers fully commit to a career on the Hilltop; many have served the schools for decades and others join us specifically to work on our exceptionally collegial team.

Marshall has been recognized as a model school by the National Association of Independent Schools for our work to measure and increase student engagement. Teachers have led the charge to create a dynamic 21st century curriculum. The result is evident in classrooms, and in our engagement scores which keep pace with the finest schools in the country. Engagement is also evident in the hallways and on teams - our students are doers, and our participation rates--in music, in clubs, and in athletics--are truly exceptional.

Marshall also believes in learning for a purpose. We are a 21st century global school grounded in Midwest sensibility. Our founders vowed to train “wholly educated students” by “emphatically teaching honesty, integrity, discipline and leadership.” Those values are present in our mission today as we strive to develop ethical leaders for our ever-changing and global world.

Welcome to Marshall!

Kevin Breen
Head of School

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



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."

Imagine how muddled you would feel if you stumbled onto a stage, were mistaken as an understudy, and forced to perform a play in which you knew none of the lines. This 'play-ception ' is the premise of Marshall's One Act play of 2017—The Actor's Nightmare. Written by Christopher Durang, this fun, entertaining comedy will keep you interested as you witness the struggles of the main character, George, as he is thrust into several plays he knows nothing about and begins to even doubt his own identity as he confuses all the actors around him who don't understand why he doesn't know any of his lines.

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