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Marshall's academic program is both rigorous and balanced, with an outcome-based goal of preparing students to be successful in college, in a global world, and in life.

Academic Program Highlights

  • Average class size of 16-18 students
  • Active, student-centered instruction and classroom environment
  • All faculty teach in their area of expertise; most hold master's and other advanced degrees
  • Daily advising for all students
  • Thoughtful student assessment
  • Accelerated math curriculum
  • Accelerated science curriculum with field research components
  • Visual arts, band, orchestra, and choir
  • Rigorous foreign language instruction
  • Physical education with an emphasis on participation
  • International partnerships with a global emphasis
  • Service learning and character education program

Faculty Characteristics of Professional Excellence

  • Knowledgeable about cutting-edge content and developmental theory
  • Practiced in setting high – but not uniform – academic standards/expectations for all students
  • Practiced in setting high – but not uniform – behavioral standards/expectations for all students
  • Skilled in eliciting deep, engaged, and active learning for all students
  • Skilled in providing continuous reinforcement/feedback that leads to consistent high-level performance (ie. performance at or near each student’s capacity)
  • Skilled in providing explicit test preparation for all graded events
  • Practiced in administering mission-consistent discipline in all instances
  • Practiced in establishing meaningful emotional and psychological engagement with students.
  • Practiced in giving active support for and establishing active engagement with colleagues
  • Practiced in making positive contributions to a professional, mission-focused sense of community with all constituent groups
  • Skilled in the modeling and teaching of mission-appropriate characteristics that grant significant levels of responsibility and adult-like roles to all students
  • Practiced in establishing proactive communication with, and service to, each students’ parents
(Adopted from standards developed by ISM: Independent School Management)

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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