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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 difficult 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 449 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)
  • Trigstar Competition School Champion 2010
  • 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
  • Recent State Athletic Championships in Dance, Boy’s Soccer
  • Math League state championship winner 2009
  • Minnesota State Math Team participation (four students in the past four years)
  • 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

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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 advisor 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 advisor to prepare and present the speech during a school assembly.

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