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Academic Excellence

The mission of Marshall is to educate global citizens who demonstrate strong academic habits, respect, compassion, integrity, self-discipline, and intellectual curiosity.

Marshall is a college preparatory school with a rigorous academic program focused on positioning students for acceptance at America's most academically challenging colleges and universities. Students are accepted each year at Ivy League colleges, large, state-run research universities and a host of other schools across the nation and internationally.

Marshall enrolls 448 students in grades 4 through 12, and 257 students in grades 9 through 12. Nine percent of upper school students are international. Marshall employs 40 full-time faculty members, with 60% of upper school faculty holding advanced degrees. Marshall's student:teacher ratio is 12:1 and the average class size is 16 students. Marshall offers 9 Advanced Placement classes, and 25 Honors classes.

Academic Honors

In recent years, Marshall has received the following academic honors:

  • ACT Red Quill Award winner (2008, 2009, 2010, only school in Minnesota)
  • A Marshall international student earned "Best In District" (2014) due to his artistic abilities and his work was later hung in the Capital Building in Washington D.C.
  • 5-10% of each class recognized in National Merit Scholarship program
  • Centurion Awards – numerous students recognized each year for over 100 hours of community service
  • State Music Competition Superior Ratings in Choir, Band & Orchestra
  • Student invitations each year for All-State band, choir & orchestra summer programs
  • The Marshall Dance Team has competed in 6 State Championships
  • Math League state championship winner 2009
  • Marshall international student selected to represent at Minnesota State Math League
  • Approximately 5 AP Scholars each year
  • Nearly half of upper school students take at least one AP exam with 77% scoring a 3 or better

2015 SAT

Critical Reading Math Writing Total
Marshall Mean 554 591 550 1692
Marshall Top 25% 627 665 627 1918

2014 SAT

Critical Reading Math Writing MC Essay Total
National Mean 497513487497.01497
Minnesota Mean 598610578587.61786

2015 ACT

English Math Reading Science Reasoning Composite
Marshall Mean 2825272627
Marshall Top 25% 3130302930

Special Academic Opportunities

Marshall offers an accelerated science track that allows students to take additional high-level science classes during their junior and senior years, placing them among the most competitive American high school graduates.

Marshall also offers senior students the opportunity to complete a Senior Capstone project during the month before graduation. The project requires a practical application of an individual student's knowledge, skills and interests, and must be approved by a school adviser before completion. Students have shadowed physicians, engineers, architects, and research scientists; built computers and projectors; written computer programs; and built motorized machines and vehicles. In addition, students have designed and built bridges in the Boundary Waters wilderness area, and designed and constructed furniture.

Senior speeches offer each senior student the opportunity to present to the student body on a topic of personal importance and significance to them. Students work with their Marshall adviser to prepare and present the speech during a school assembly.

Contact us at

  • Copyright© 2011 Marshall School
  • 1215 Rice Lake Road
  • Duluth, MN 55811
  • P: 218-727-7266
  • F: 218-727-1569
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