Upper School

Marshall’s Upper School experience provides a world class education that is unparalleled in our region. Students and faculty are free and driven to explore the world and all its complexities. Small class sizes allow active participation, innovative projects, unique labs and a curriculum that is both rigorous and vigorous. Talented teachers work to unlock the potential of each individual, and students become part of a school community built on compassion, understanding and enagement.

At A Glance

Fast Facts

  • Innovative and engaging classes and activities

  • Time during the school day for students to explore extracurriculars and develop relationships with mentors
  • 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
  • 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

  • Average class sizes of 18

Marshall Academic Commons

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.

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.

Course Book

All students must successfully complete 5.5 credits yearly, or a total of 22 credits in grades 9-12, in order to graduate.

2019-2020 Course Descriptions

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