Upper School

Marshall’s Upper School experience presents a balance between academic challenge, co-curricular opportunity, achievement-oriented student culture, and a rich community of faculty and peers. 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 rigorous curriculum. Teachers and curriculum are flexible, setting challenging but attainable goals for each individual, and the exploration of unique interests and talents is encouraged.

At A Glance

Fast Facts

  • Average class sizes of 18
  • Fine Arts and Language experiences available to students, rather than having to choose between them
  • Marshall students have open opportunities to earn college credit while in high school
  • College counseling programming to assist with ACT and SAT test preparation, college and scholarship searches, and support in your decision
  • More than 20 different Hilltopper athletics teams along with Speech, Robotics, CyberPatriots, and more from which to choose
  • Community Time during the school day creates space for students to invest deeply in extracurriculars and relationships with mentors
  • Advisory in Marshall’s Upper School operates like a college advisor – a guide, while also being there when students have other needs
  • Personalized and phased-in honors program so that fit can be determined together by student, teacher and parent
  • 97% of Marshall students report feeling safe and supported every day

What Students Say

“There is so much one-on-one time with our teachers, both in class and at other times like lunch, community time, and before and after school. Their door is always open and they take the time to know where you are at and how to best teach you. They know you.”
-Melissa, Marshall 11th grader

“The biggest difference here is that everyone respects the teachers. At my old school, everyone would talk all the time or act in a way that was disrespectful. Here, when it is time to work or the teacher is talking, we are all listening.”
– Sam, Marshall 9th grader

“I have friends who never study outside of school, but at Marshall they push you, they ask more of you, and they get you ready for what comes next. I just visited a college and I feel so comfortable and confident because I know I am prepared because of Marshall.”
– Maddux, Marshall 12th grader

“There is so much flexibility to explore in my classes. Currently I’m doing self-designed projects in American Lit. and Chemistry.”
— Ella, Marshall 10th grader

Meet Our Teachers

"Marshall School students expect a lot from themselves, but more importantly they expect a lot from their teachers. And we expect a lot from ourselves. Students expect us to make real connections with them, to work hard to help them improve, to hold them accountable, to avoid getting stuck in ruts, to try new things, to help see the fun in challenges, to hold them to their word, and to keep our word. Their expectations help me become a better teacher and a better person." -Nathan Mattson, Upper School English Teacher.

"Our program offers students the opportunity to do truly innovative work. Whether in art, music, band, or strings, we help guide students through meaningful and exciting artistic experiences that have an impact - both personally and academically."
- Lucas Anderson, Upper School Art Teacher

Portrait of a Hilltopper

Marshall graduates will be …

Effective communicators

  • Students develop effective writing strategies, focused speaking techniques and active listening through curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Multiple opportunities to interact with people representing ideologies other than their own make graduates open to and appreciative of other points of view.
  • The comprehensive program of academic and social opportunities at Marshall places a strong emphasis on developing strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with and instruction in a variety of technologies make students proficient in communicating via current and emerging technologies.

Critical thinkers and problem solvers

  • Students recognize and adapt to different thinking styles.
  • Students learn to systematically analyze problems.
  • Students are able to present ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Students transform personal creativity into practical solutions.

Engaged and ethical citizens

  • International classmates, opportunities for study abroad, and a curriculum which emphasizes global awareness all make graduates uniquely equipped to live in and understand today’s world.
  • The Marshall community has well-articulated expectations regarding personal integrity and self-discipline.
  • Students understand their responsibilities as caretakers on individual, community, and global levels.
  • Personal and global events are noted and discussed - in good and bad times- instilling in students an understanding of the situations of others.
  • Opportunities to take initiative and expectations to meet obligations help students internalize a sense of personal responsibility.

Curious and creative

  • Students are encouraged through a philosophy of participation. They learn to set goals as a team and to maximize the special skills of each team member.
  • Students are free to develop their own personal interests within a community which places value on self-expression and participation.
  • Students are encouraged to step outside their personal comfort zones - to try a new class, club, or activity.
  • The Marshall School community - students and their families - strongly support and promote a culture and appreciation of study and learning.

Balanced and resilient

  • One-to-one and small-group encounters within the community offer students a variety of opportunities to practice and establish self-advocacy skills.
  • Through a comprehensive program offering significant investigation, support, and opportunity, students enjoy a well-balanced experience at Marshall.
  • Marshall students develop sound judgment skills by making choices, experimenting with new ideas or activities, discussing complex life topics, and experiencing success and failure – always within a safe and caring environment.
  • Students are intentionally offered opportunities to learn about different religions and to reflect on their own beliefs.