Marshall’s Middle School lays the foundation for developing and nurturing Marshall's core values: strong academic habits, respect, compassion, integrity, self-discipline and intellectual curiosity. Early on, students are encouraged to be confident and independent thinkers by teachers whose energy and caring enrich the school. Small class sizes permit active participation, feedback, and engagement in a vigorous curriculum. Teachers and curriculum are flexible, setting challenging but attainable goals for each individual learner, while the exploration of unique interests and talents is encouraged.
- Class Sizes range from 12 to 22
- Daily Advisory, great personal attention, and mentorship
- Art and music for all students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades
- Choir starts in 4th grade, strings in 5th, and band in 6th
- Daily language classes
- Daily physical education class
- Robotics and STEM opportunities
- Extensive student support, dedicated additional support staff and space, teachers who really know each student
The Marshall Academic Commons (MAC) serve all students as place for enrichment, support, and remediation. Staffed by learning specialists and teaching faculty who represent the range of content areas, the MAC is a space where students can work 1:1 with a teacher, in collaboration with other students, or independently. Students use the MAC to receive help from learning specialists or tutors in specific subjects, general study and organizational skills, and SAT/ACT/AP test prep. Through direct instruction and coaching, MAC staff utilize a compassionate and strengths-based approach to help students come to a greater understanding of how they learn best. With this awareness, or metacognition, students at Marshall are better equipped to realize their potential and meet their academic goals. The learning specialists can also make tutoring referrals (both peer and professional), conduct initial screenings for learning difficulties, and provide support for students with learning differences.
"Curiosity is, in a great sense, what drives our interactive and experiential classes. It's extremely important that students at this age are invested in what they are learning and doing, so we work to foster that curiosity. Helping them as they are going through the process, and supporting them academically and emotionally as they grow - it's as deeply enriching for me in my work as it is for them." John Vallez, Middle School Science Teacher
"We are unique in the number of daily experiences our students have at Marshall - from gym to band to strings to languages. But the biggest reason I want my young children to go to Marshall when they are old enough is because, even in 4th grade, they are connected with peers and teachers who model what it means to really be in to learning. Even at that age they provide a vision for what it takes to be successful in college." Stephanie Kiero, Middle School Math Teacher