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Greetings from the Head of School

A longtime trustee turned to me after a middle school concert and said, “You should not be allowed to see the spring concert unless you go to the fall show as well. You have to go to both to truly understand our school. Marshall is all about the gain.” He makes a good point. In the course of the school year, each musician acquires new skills. When the curtain rises, those new skills are on display, and we get to see and hear what our children have learned.

This notion of gain is something independent school families understand and embrace. It is why independent schools offer so many activities and commit to keeping class sizes small.

More than 70% of high school students attend a school with an enrollment greater than 1000. Typically, at those schools, students have to choose between arts and athletics. A decade ago, 73% of public school students quit sports by the start of high school. For these students, doors shut on opportunity, robbing students of the gain. By contrast, many independent school students try new sports and new activities after the start of high school.

This summer, fifty Marshall students demonstrated language skills they had gained while travelling abroad in Germany, France and Colombia. Studies show that independent schools students start language study earlier, stay with language study longer and graduate with significantly higher rates of proficiency than their public school peers.

Independent school students also start the Algebra sequence earlier and, therefore, are more likely to complete Pre-Calculus. On average, students at independent schools write papers more frequently, do presentations more frequently, collaborate more frequently, and hold leadership positions at a higher rate—and each of these is an opportunity to demonstrate understanding.

Simply put, opportunities to demonstrate new understandings abound at Marshall. And with each new opportunity, students derive more confidence. From the sixth grade play to Genius Hour, from Menogyn to Senior Projects, our students are asked to gain a full complement of skills and understandings. This expectation to participate is a norm in our student community, which is important because adolescents emulate what they see.

So if you are asked about the value of independent education, think of the concert anecdote. Families who invest in independent education have greater assurance that their children will experience “high gain.” It is nearly impossible to attend a school like Marshall without branching out and trying new things. Participation and engagement are the life habits we inculcate. I’m fortunate; I get to see gain every day. I measure the value of an independent education by observing the richness of the lives our students and graduates live.

Kevin Breen
Head of School

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Topper Tunnels

One of our traditions is to send state bound students off to their competition with a "topper tunnel." where all students line the front hallway and cheer for their classmates. Some of the teams and activities honored recently include:

  • Math League
  • Dance
  • Robotics
  • All State Music
  • Tennis
  • CyberPatriots



There might be plenty of paths from Korea to New York City's theater stages, but Paul Yoon may have taken one of the longer routes. The 2016 Marshall graduate started his journey in our Fregeau Auditorium and now finds himself at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Click below to learn more about Paul's journey from the Korea to the Big Apple with a critical layover in the Twin Ports!

Many people feel this is the best time of the year because of all the holidays, celebrations, and cheer as we wrap up another trip around the sun. More than a few others celebrate lists this time of year. Top moments of 2017, top movies of 2017, top sports plays of 2017 ... all those year-end lists give us chances to compare, contrast, debate and delve into a year's worth of memories. We're lucky at Marshall to have Kim Kosmatka as our photographer. She's talented, she's the best at capturing those "Marshall moments," and she knows our school and students so well! We've asked Ms. Kosmatka to put together her 17 best photos from 2017, and we'll be unveiling one per day leading up to 2018. The first photo, along with a bit of insider info from Ms. Kosmatka, will be on our Facebook page December 15. Be sure to head there each day to see this list unfold. And, since it is the giving season, be sure to give our Marshall School page a "like" and a "follow" if you haven't yet. Let's also spread the cheer to those outside of the Marshall community (and, in turn, give Ms. Kosmatka some much-deserved love) by hitting the "share" button on these fantastic photos images for which we are so thankful!