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Marshall School

Marshall School is a private independent college preparatory school in Duluth, Minnesota, educating students in kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition to serving learners from throughout the region, we offer a complete international boarding program for students from around the world. 

Marshall is accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS), with memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (AACIS), and the Global Online Academy. Marshall is also part of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) for athletics, and is renowned for our college preparatory and Forest School programs.

Students in our Hilltopper community learn and grow through three grade-level divisions:

Forest School - Elementary grades K-4 for ages 5-9
Middle School - Middle and junior high grades 5-8 for ages 10-13
Upper School - High school grades 9-12 for ages 14-18

Marshall School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization overseen and governed by a Board of Trustees.

Positive Impact

At the heart of Marshall School’s educational philosophy is the understanding that a student’s journey through our school is the starting place for a lifelong ripple effect. Here, learners are encouraged and supported while being taught the tools to discover their own unique path.

Students develop strong academic habits, learn to trust their intellectual curiosity, and explore what it means to become a global citizen. Our faculty seek to educate the whole individual, so that each student who walks through our halls will be able to contribute their own distinctive positive impact in the world. 

Mission Statement

"Inspiring lifelong learners to embrace challenge and create positive change."

Core Values

  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Self-Discipline
  • Intellectual Curiosity
  • Strong Academic Habits

Statement of Community

The Marshall School community accepts the responsibility for the safety, inclusion, and well-being of ALL members. We nurture and protect an environment that is affirming and empowering of individual voices, life experiences, and perspectives. We commit to learning and growing through our daily actions and interactions. We seek always to value, respect, and uplift those around us.

What is a Hilltopper?

Marshall School sits atop a beautiful 40+ acre campus on the hill overlooking Duluth, the landmark Lift Bridge, and the ports of Lake Superior. Thus, we are the Hilltoppers, a name referring to the people who are part of our community, near and far: our students, alumni, families, sports teams, faculty, staff, and administration.


Guiding Principles

History of Marshall School

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Marshall School has served the Duluth area for more than a century. Founded in 1904 as Cathedral Senior High School, Marshall has adapted with Duluth as the educational needs of the community changed. The foundation of providing the highest quality, college preparatory educational experience to students in the area has always remained a part of the school's history.

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