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Parent Conference Information

Registration and Instructions

Spring conferences will be held on:

  • Wednesday, March 13
  • Thursday, March 14

Due to Parent Conferences, classes will not be in session on March 14-15.

We will again use an internet-based appointment booking system (Pickatime) to coordinate meeting times; you will use your internet browser to make appointments. Scheduling will open on Tuesday, March 5 at 10:00 a.m. You will not be able to access anything on this site before that date.

Click Here to Access Pickatime to Schedule a Conference

How to schedule a conference:

  • If you are a returning parent, log in using the account information you created last year. Your username is your email address. If you’ve forgotten your password, there is a link to get a new password.
  • If you are a new parent, create a new account and register yourself. This will log you into the Pickatime system.
  • Record your password so you can use it to login in the future.

You now have to link yourself to your student or students. To add a child to your account:

  • For each child, enter a student ID. The student ID is the first and last name of the child. Use all lowercase letters and no spaces - Harry Hilltopper would be entered as harryhilltopper. Please use your student’s given first name and not their nickname.
  • If you have an international student using a nickname, please type in their given first name, nickname in parentheses and last name.
  • Enter your student’s birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy with leading zeros) in the U.S. date format (ex. 01/01/2013)
  • Click “Add”
  • Repeat the process to add additional students

Once you link to your student, you will see all available appointments for all of your students linked on the system.

Your student’s teachers are listed at the left of the screen. Click on the available appointment to “book” your time. As you build your conference schedule, please remember to allow yourself a few minutes of passing time.

Please print your appointment and request a reminder email (available as you log out) to keep track of your date and times.

Forms and Information

College Counseling

College Visit Information

College Representatives at Marshall School

For upcoming college visits to Marshall's campus, log in to your Naviance account, click on colleges, then click on visits to see the list of upcoming visits.

Remember, if you have a college listed in your "colleges I'm thinking about" section, you will receive an automatic email reminder about a college's visit to Marshall from Naviance. Keep the list of colleges that you're interested in up-to-date.

College Fairs

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) Fair - Monday, August 20, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
  • This usually occurs late August or early September each year in Minneapolis or St. Paul.
  • Published in 1996 and revised in 2000, Colleges That Change Lives is a book that reminds students about the tremendous potential that exists for them if they find the right college match.
  • Colleges That Change Lives features author Loren Pope’s choices for the top 40 liberal arts colleges and universities based on his years of research as a journalist, as well as his direct interaction with students and graduates of the CTCL schools.

Minnesota/Wisconsin Education Fair - September 12, 2018

  • This local college fair rotates between St. Scholastica (even years) & a Wisconsin site (UW-Superior) every other year.
Minnesota National College (NACAC) Fair - October 24 & 25, 2018
  • Marshall School will arrange a field trip for juniors to attend this fair on Wednesday, October 24th.
  • This fair is attended by more colleges than any other fair in the U.S.: there are more than 450 colleges represented at the fair.
  • Performing and Visual Arts College Fair - Tuesday, October 9th, 2018, @ 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Held at the Minnesota Institute of Art.

Private College Weeks

Application fee waivers may be given out at each campus you visit during these weeks. Check with each school you visit to find out their policy.

  • This is a free, week-long introduction to the 17 private colleges and universities. Campus tours and general information sessions are offered twice daily at each campus.
  • Register at
  • Sponsored by colleges affiliated with the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
  • For more information, go to

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Advice for Visiting Colleges

Visiting a college is one of the most important information-gathering tools in the college search process. It provides an excellent opportunity to determine a college's fit for your goals and aspirations.

The junior year is a great time to begin visiting colleges. There is no one perfect time to visit colleges, but it is best to do so when school absences can be kept to a minimum. In fact, the first campus visit should made be via the internet. College websites provide information that will help prioritize colleges to physically visit.

Begin your visits close to home: Minnesota has many outstanding schools of all sizes and varieties: public, private, urban, suburban, rural, large, medium and small schools. You might begin your campus visits with a Minnesota school that fits your exploration criteria. Go on these visits with an open mind; you might find the type of place that is right for you, and can then expand your search geographically from the type of school that interests you.

Links to MN colleges websites:

Augsburg College, Bethel University, Carleton College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, Macalester College, MN State Colleges and Universities, University of Minnesota Crookston, University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Minnesota Morris, University of Minnesota Rochester, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, St. Catherine University, Saint John's University and College of Saint Benedict, St. Olaf College, College of St. Scholastica, and University of Saint Thomas.

Fall Visits:

Many families prefer fall campus visits while courses are in session. Admission offices may be understaffed at this time because officers are on the road recruiting. It is most important to call well in advance for fall visit appointments. We suggest that seniors schedule visits for the second or third week in October around parent conference days. This allows seniors to visit colleges without missing much school; we strongly recommend planning a fall college trip during this time.

Spring Visits:

Travel during Marshall's Mid-Winter or Spring Breaks to be able to visit many colleges in a week. Many colleges hold specific programs for juniors and seniors in the spring.

Summer Visits:

Although you will not see the campus with many students in action, both you and the admissions office have more time to devote to your visit. Admission offices are generally more relaxed in the summer and are willing to spend more time with you. Often, it is easier to schedule an interview with an admission representative in the summer. Many colleges become summer conferences facilities that make the campuses more active. Although the majority of summer programs do not reflect the typical students or courses of the academic year, summer visits will give you enough information to continue your interest in the school.

Visits after being accepted:

Some students visit campuses after they have received all their admission decisions, which can be a good strategy, because in the spring many colleges offer special admitted student weekend programs. You will have the opportunity to stay overnight in a residence hall, eat the school's food, attend a class or two, see extracurricular activities, and get to know some of the people who might also be attending the school as first year students next year.

Make the most of your visit:

  • Discuss your itinerary with your Ms. V-B, who can help you map out your visit and plan your itinerary.
  • If you will miss school, notify the Attendance Office, (Mrs. Kanoff) at extension 199 or by emailing in advance in order to be able to pick up a homework request from teachers.
  • Review the college website and any information the school has sent. Develop a list of questions to ask the admissions officers and current students; this is particularly important if you have an admissions interview. Depending on your interests, you may also want to schedule meetings with people such as coaches or professors. If you do request additional appointments, prepare a separate list of questions for those meetings.
  • Do not plan to visit too many colleges during the same timeframe. We suggest no more than two colleges in a day, or seven on any one trip. College visits are more work than you may think!
  • Arrange your schedule so that you are able to attend everything: the information sessions, tours, and interviews. Most schools offer information sessions at least twice each day, six days a week. These sessions are typically prefaced or followed by a student-led tour. Call ahead (at least two weeks), as reservations may be required.
  • Inquire about the possibility of observing classes. Most admission offices are happy to provide a list of classes pre-approved for visitors. Observe class sizes, facilities, and teaching styles. Ask about the accessibility of faculty.
  • Request good directions to the school's campus and admissions office. Confirm the location of guest parking for admissions candidates, parking fees, and possible discounts.
  • Make sure you see a dorm room similar to the one in which you will live. If possible, ask to see a real first year's room. Housing options vary greatly from school to school, and can include: single sex, coed by floor, coed by room, separate bathrooms, and coed bathrooms. Different options may exist for upper class students.
  • Eat in the dining facilities. You need to know if the food is acceptable to your taste. Inquire about meal plan programs as well.
  • Talk to as many students as possible. Find out where students study, hang out, and go on weekends. Ask different students about the current issues on campus, and what they like or dislike about the school. Also, check the bulletin boards for campus news, and pick up a campus newspaper, as it will tell you about campus life.
  • If you will be applying for financial aid, parents should plan to meet with the school's financial aid officer. Many admission counselors are also well versed in financial aid and will be able to answer most questions.
  • Take detailed notes. When visiting several colleges during a short span of time, you may have difficulty remembering the differences. Use the time in the car to record your impressions of each school.
  • Collect business cards, take note of the names of each person you meet during your visit, and send thank you notes accordingly. Make it personal by referring to something from your conversation. Remember, everyone likes to be appreciated for doing a good job.
  • Be sure to spend some free time exploring each college and the surrounding area on your own. Keep in mind that you are choosing a home for four years, not just a college.

The college interview:

Some colleges recommend interviews; few actually require them, and some do not even offer them. Interviews, when offered, can and do make a difference. The interview is the only face-to-face part of the search process. It is unlikely, however, that the interview alone will persuade the admission decision committee to overlook weaknesses in your application.

Types of interviews:

The on-campus one-on-one interview with an admissions officer or student intern:

Typically, an admissions officer conducts such interviews, and his or her reactions to your 30-60 minute conversation will be included in your file. It is, perhaps, the most important type of interview because the interviewer is often a decision-maker.

The on-campus group interview:

This type of interview is more useful to students in helping them gain information about the school, than it is in helping the school gain information about the students.

The alumni interview:

This type of interview is becoming more popular. It can, occasionally, provide critical information to an admissions committee. These interviews are usually arranged after the college has received your application, and usually happen in Duluth.

The high school visit or admissions evening (both hosted by a college representative):

Similar to the campus group interview, you can distinguish yourself in the crowd by asking thoughtful questions. Admission officers routinely keep notes of all their contacts with students in these (as well as other) settings, unless the size of the meeting prohibits doing so.

Objectives of the interview:
  • Your foremost objective is to convince the college representative that you are a good fit for that school. How do you do that?
  • Develop your interview objectives based on your strengths and weaknesses, your high school record, and your personality. Consider your responses to the following questions as you prepare for your interview:
    • How do you want the interviewer to remember you?
    • How, in 30-60 minutes, do you communicate the special qualities that set you apart from other applicants?
    • How do you handle any doubts the admissions officer may have about a weakness in your record?
    • How can you find out if the school is right for you, and how do you want to communicate why you think the college is a good fit for you?

Remember that the interviewer also has objectives. Her of his primary goal is to learn about you and your interest in their school. However, the interviewer also considers the interview as an opportunity to sell their school to you.

How to prepare for an interview:
  • Practice answering questions about the following: your academic record, test scores, grades, course selections, activities, summer experiences, goals, and your interest in the school.
  • Read the literature sent to you by the college, in guidebooks or on the college's website.
  • Be prepared to discuss your academic background and test scores. Also, be prepared to discuss how you spend your time outside of school.
  • Know your objectives and what you hope to accomplish during the interview.
  • Candor and maturity will work in your favor.
  • Be prepared to discuss a blemish in your record without complaining, making excuses, or blaming others.
  • You may find an admissions interview similar to job interviewing you have already experienced.
Interview dos:
  • Be yourself.
  • Maintain good eye contact.
  • Dress well and neatly. Take your baseball cap off.
  • Be positive.
  • Listen.
  • Try to avoid one sentence or one-word answers. Remember, each question is an invitation for a conversation. Keep it going.
  • Show interest. Be engaging. Pay attention to both the questions being asked and the answers your interviewer gives.
  • Be honest.
  • Prepare a few questions about the school ahead of time.
  • Relax, have fun! Remember the interviewer is looking for reasons to like you and to find ways in which the college is a good fit for you just as you are trying to sell yourself to the college.
  • Send a thank-you note/email.
  • Turn your cell phone off.
Interview don'ts:
  • Do not be late for your appointment. If you are late due to extreme circumstance, phone the admission office to give them time to make accommodations.
  • Do not ask the interviewer to compare colleges.
  • Do not make excuses or blame others for any blemish on your record. Offer concise explanations that indicate a sense of personal responsibility and/or lesson learned.
  • Do not provide academic materials unless they are requested. Admission officers will review your transcript and resume at another time; they prefer to use the interview to get to know you personally.
  • Do not argue with your parents during the campus visit. They will have questions that might be different from yours -- let them ask. An argument will only reflect poorly on you.
The interviewer's questions:

College interviews usually focus on your high school record, personal interests, and college goals, so be prepared to discuss these areas before your first interview.

Be prepared to discuss the type of student you are; your favorite subjects, most challenging courses, what you like best about school, whether your academic record is an accurate reflection of your ability, and your activities.

About you. You may not like it, but the interview is about you, so be prepared to talk about yourself and your interests. Some of the discussion topics may include books you enjoy reading, people you admire or consider to be heroes, your family and friends, how others see you, your dreams and aspirations, and your views on current events.

About college. Be prepared to discuss why you are interested in the college, what you are looking for in a college environment, your academic interest (if you have one-don't be afraid to admit that you are undecided), and your long term goals. It is also very common for interviewers to ask what other colleges you are considering, but giving a non-specific response is okay.

Final thoughts:

Most important, relax and be yourself. The admission decision does not depend exclusively on the interview. Interviews are, generally, just a friendly, informative conversation. This is your opportunity not only to establish a personal connection with the college through the interviewer, but search seriously about this college and how well it fits you. Remember, college is a match to be made not a prize to be won.

Interview thoughts for parents only:

The purpose of the interview is for your daughter or son to learn more about the school and vice versa, so resist the temptation to answer questions that are addressed to your child. The actual interview will involve only the student and the admission officer. During the 30 - 45 minute meeting, you can walk around campus on your own or keep an appointment with a financial aid officer. Following the interview, you may be given an opportunity to ask questions. Feel free to ask your questions then regarding the application, deadlines, tuition payment plans, or parents' organizations.

If you accompany your son or daughter on a campus visit, resist the urge "to see all" in too short a period of time. Tired or harried students and parents do not usually make pleasant visitors.

College Search Information

College search resources

Naviance Family Connection is a comprehensive resource for Marshall students and their families. It contains current activities and advice from the college counselor; links/urls to helpful websites for testing, applications, financial aid, and scholarships; a document library of materials for Marshall students; and helpful tools and inventories, such as the career search tools, a learning style inventory, and the “Do What You Are” personality inventory. Students use the My Colleges function to organize their college search and compare their scores and records with admission results for past Marshall students and institutional data for each college.

College search links:
Minnesota-specific college search links:
Varsity athletics in college:
Information on Canadian and British universities

Paying for College

Paying for College

Money matters - from Marshall to college

As increasing college costs put more stress on family resources, the topic of financial aid can be a decisive factor in the college search for many families. The College Counseling Office strongly encourages students to honestly and openly discuss with their family the role of financial assistance in the college selection process. While we believe that the total cost of college should not be the primary factor which shapes the college search, availability of financial aid frequently plays a critical role in the final decision about which college a student attends.

There are two basic types of financial aid: merit-based (academic or other talents) and need-based (requires a family to submit financial documentation which establishes their eligibility for aid). A third-party organization, such as the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and/or the College Scholarship Service (CSS), serves as an impartial agent in assessing eligibility.

The timetable for applying for aid

Families should begin to explore financial aid and scholarship opportunities as early as the summer before senior year. CSS profile forms should be completed in early winter of senior year, and the federal application (FAFSA) is also due in early winter.

The College Counseling Office encourages parents and guardians to discuss financing higher education with their children in order to assure that college planning will reflect family circumstances and will promote the search for any and all means of supporting our students' aspirations.

Need-based financial aid

This is the most common form of financial assistance. Need-based financial aid packages include combinations of federal, state, and/or institution-based loans; grants; and work-study programs.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The FAFSA website offers you information about (1) getting organized to complete the FAFSA, (2) completing the FAFSA, and (3) checking on your status or updating your FAFSA information.

FSA ID Website: A Federal Student AID (FSA) ID is a username and password that you must use to log into the FAFSA and other U.S. Department of Education websites. (Parents need their own separate FSA ID if they wish to log into a child's FAFSA account electronically.) Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically. It replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN in May 2015.

Instructions for Completing the FAFSA: This website contains detailed instructions for every question on the FAFSA.

CSS Profile: An online financial aid form that is required by many colleges (especially private colleges). This profile is used to determined your family's financial need and from there determine the amount of aid awarded by a college. The profile is used by colleges to determine non-federal assistance.

FinAid: This is probably the best site for information on all aspects of financial aid. Loans, grants, estimators; if it has to do with financial aid, it is probably here. Every family considering need-based aid should determine their approximate eligibility by completing the means test offered by the College Board. We also encourage families to use this link for a Need Analysis, Financial Aid Estimation Form. This will provide you with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) for college. Knowing your EFC allows you to begin looking at grant and/or loan options for paying college costs.

Sallie Mae: Lots of information on student loans and financing a college education. This agency administers the Federal Parent Plus Loan program.

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Merit aid - scholarships

Merit aid (for academic and/or other special talents) can come from a variety of sources. These include college-sponsored scholarship programs, corporate or non-profit scholarships, government sponsored scholarships (military academies, state scholarships), and/or multicultural scholarships.

Families should not overlook the variety of scholarships (both merit and need-based) available through almost every college and university in the country. In addition, be aware that thousands of foundations and organizations earmark money for college-bound students each year and in some cases the funds go unused.

To help Marshall's seniors, we compile the scholarship information we receive each month from colleges, universities, organizations, and foundations looking to award money to deserving students. As we receive this information, we update the monthly newsletter with each scholarship's information, and we email this newsletter to juniors, seniors, and their parents at the beginning of every school month.

Students are also encouraged to create a FastWeb account, as this allows them to enter in specific information about their backgrounds and interests for FastWeb to create updated lists tailored to each student. This is possibly the biggest and best scholarship search site on the web. You do have to register, but it is free and the site does not spam students with outside emails.

Local scholarships:

Duluth-Superior Community Area Foundation (DASCF)

Currently DSACF administers more than 50 scholarship funds. These scholarships have been established by individuals, businesses, and organizations wanting to help residents of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin achieve their educational goals.

Each scholarship fund has specific eligibility criteria that are defined by the donor when the fund is established. Some of these criteria are geographical/residential area, financial need, academic record, recommendations, seriousness of purpose, and school and community involvement.

Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund

In 1949, as a memorial to his parents, Marshall W. Alworth established the Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund to provide scholarships in certain designated science subjects and math for students with outstanding scholastic ability. It was the hope of the founder thus to help young people prepare for careers that may be of benefit to humanity.

FAQ about financial aid

Q: How can I tell if my child is eligible for financial assistance for college?
A: Take a means test and see if the child qualifies for need based aid. The best way is to complete the FAFSA before your child enters her/his first year of college.

Q: How do I find out about merit scholarships?
A: The College Office maintains a list of scholarships in Naviance. There are many others that may be accessed through various local and national organizations. (e.g., Rotary Club, DSACF, Alworth, etc.) Please review the scholarship section in Naviance as well as the monthly newsletter sent to junior and seniors (and their parents).

Q: If my child receives need-based aid, won't a merit award just get subtracted from the need-based aid offer?
A: In some cases colleges subtract the outside award from the whole package, reducing loans and self help as well as grants, while others subtract outside awards from loans and self help only.

Q: What if our family doesn't qualify for need-based aid but isn't prepared to pay the full cost of a private college?
A: Perhaps merit scholarships could help. Also state colleges with a lower price tag should be considered.

Q: If Marshall grants X dollars of financial aid, should we expect the same amount of aid from colleges?
A: Probably not. College is usually more expensive, and institutional and federal methodologies are different than the formula private K-12 schools use.

Q: Does it hurt my chances of admission to apply for aid on my application to college?
A: It depends. The means test will determine first if you qualify for need-based aid. From there, it's a question of whether the college is need-blind, meaning that it will consider students for admission regardless of whether they need financial aid or not. If a college is need-aware (and many colleges are), a student's financial need may indeed affect the admission decision.

Please refer to the monthly e-newsletters, which are automatically emailed to juniors/seniors and their parents, for an updated list of scholarship opportunities.

Standardized Tests

Standardized Tests

In this section we offer an overview of the tests students may encounter, information about registration, score reports, general scheduling, and test preparation. It is important to review specific college application requirements and recommendations in order to meet the testing requirements.

Registering for Tests

Marshall School Code = 240640

Test Center Codes:

Testing CenterACT Testing Code
SAT Testing Code
Marshall School23353024-124
East High School23811024-125
University of Minnesota Duluth021570n/a
Superior High School157650n/a
University of Wisconsin - Superior046820

2018-2019 ACT/SAT Testing Dates:

Testing will be offered at Marshall School on these dates:

ACT - September 8, October 27, April 13, June 8

SAT - August 25, October 6, May 4

Where to Register: Students can register for the ACT online at or for the SAT I or SAT IIs (Subject Tests) online at Students will need to print a registration ticket from their testing account directing them to a particular test center.

Cost of the Tests: The cost is $46.00 for the ACT only or $62.50 for the ACT+Writing. The late fee is an additional $29.50. Students can add, change, or cancel college score recipients until noon (Central Time) on the Thursday immediately after the test date. The cost for the SAT I with optional writing is $64.50 and without the writing section is $47.50, and the SAT IIs (also known as the SAT Subject tests) cost $22.00 to $26.00 each with an additional $26.00 Basic Registration Fee. The late fee is an additional $29.00. Students can add, change, or cancel college score recipients online until 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on the Monday one week after the scheduled test date.

Fee Waivers: The College Board and ACT provides a very limited number of test fee waivers for students with extreme financial need. Students and parents of students who meet the financial guideline qualifications will receive notification that they are eligible for fee waivers. Please contact the College Counseling Office if you would like to request a fee waiver, which must be done over two weeks in advance of the registration deadline.

Test Results: Scores are available for viewing online in the student's ACT or SAT account four to six weeks after the test date. Colleges request that a student's SAT I and SAT II or ACT scores be reported to them directly from the College Board or ACT. There is a fee for this service unless the student requests that the scores be sent directly to up to four colleges when initially registering for the test, because four complimentary score recipients are included at that time. Colleges receive scores approximately four to six weeks after a score report has been requested online, over the phone, or after a paper request has been sent to the College Board or ACT. For an additional fee, scores can be rushed to colleges. It is a student’s responsibility to confirm that campuses receive all scores.

Special Testing: Please contact the Ms. V-B to request special testing accommodations. Please note that it is very rare for students to qualify for special testing. The request process is lengthy, requires weeks for review, and requires all medical diagnoses documentation of learning disabilities to be within the last three years.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):

The TOEFL iBT is a required test for international students only. The test is comprised of 4 sections; reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The test last about 4 hours and 30 minutes. the test center is located at Prometrics in Duluth. Students register at Students may check out a reference book from the College Counseling Office for preparation purposes. Most students take the TOEFL in junior and senior years.


The PSAT, will last two hours and 45 minutes. It contains three sections—Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics. Marshall 11th grade students will sit for the PSAT.

Primarily, the PSAT is still designed to acquaint students with the SAT I, to serve as a diagnostic tool for analysis of students' learning, and to enable students to participate in the National Merit Scholarship competition (junior-year administration only). Marshall juniors are automatically registered for the test and take it at Marshall in October. The PSAT is now scored like the SAT.

The Pre-ACT program helps 10th graders build a foundation for future academic and career success. It is a comprehensive resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and beyond. Marshall uses the Pre-ACT because it can help all students—those who are college-bound as well as those who are likely to enter the workforce directly after high school. The Pre-ACT test is a powerful predictor of success on the ACT. The Pre-ACT is administered in the fall of tenth grade. Marshall sophomores are automatically registered and take it at Marshall in October.

The PSAT 8/9 helps 9th grade students build a foundation for future academic as well as career success. It's a comprehensive resource that helps students prepare for the Pre-ACT and PSAT, and eventually the ACT and SAT. This test is administered in October of 9th grade.

Test Preparation

Taking the SAT and Preparing for the ACT are booklets available in the College Counseling Office that include test-taking tips and a complete sample test. Students should read them carefully.

The Advanced Placement Examinations are administered at Marshall each May. Students achieving high scores (usually a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1-5) could receive college credit or be placed in advanced level courses. Check each college's policies for specifics about awarding credit or advanced standing.

Marshall students (about 1/3 of students) typically take two rounds of the SAT I (Reasoning tests) and two of the SAT II (Subject tests), the first round during junior year, and the second during the first semester of senior year. Since no college or university requires more than three SAT IIs, a student can be discriminating about which to take. Mathematics (levels I and II) is usually among the most often required, whereas the others are usually up to the student. Students should consult with the college counselor and review sample tests in order to select SAT IIs appropriate to their intended fields of study and on which they are likely to score well. Additionally, colleges usually list which subject tests they require on their websites.

ACT: Marshall students (about 95%) usually take two rounds of the ACT. Most students follow the same schedule as the SAT. Almost 100% of Marshall students take the ACT.

Ninth Grade: Ninth graders take the 8/9 PSAT (this is a pre-PSAT test) in October.

Sophomore Year: All sophomores take the Pre-ACT (practice ACT) in October.

Junior Year: All juniors take the PSAT in October. Juniors should take the SAT I and/or ACT in February, March, April, May or June, and SAT IIs in May and/or June. (Some students take the SAT II Tests in both May and June to accommodate testing in more than three subjects.) It is usually best if a junior waits until spring to begin taking the SAT I, though any student who feels adequately prepared may test when ready.

Senior Year: Students have three opportunities to take SAT I or II tests and three opportunities to take the ACT throughout the fall of senior year. It is important to be mindful of college deadlines for receiving scores. This is especially true for recruited athletes and anyone opting for an Early Decision or Early Action application process, as these decisions are typically made in December. Even December SATs will be accepted by the UC system, which has an application deadline of November 30th, if scores are sent directly. When applying to colleges that require these examinations, seniors must take the initiative in requesting that scores be sent directly from the College Board's testing office or from the ACT office to each college and in confirming that the scores have been received. Colleges do not accept scores as valid unless they are official score reports from the College Board or ACT.


The college counselor strongly believes that preparing for tests can greatly ease the burden of stress and uncertainty that many students feel, and therefore urge students to take advantage of the many cost-free alternatives available for preparation. The first and most available resources come from the College Board or ACT or TOEFL and are available for free use from the College Counseling Office. Most students prefer to use the Method Test Prep free online program linked via their Naviance accounts for ACT, and Khan Academy preparation for the SAT.

Student Information and Log-in


Marshall teachers and students utilize Schoology as a learning platform for course materials, assignments and grades. Parents have the opportunity to access student information. Credential instructions are e-mailed during the first week of school.

Click here to access the Schoology Log-in page


Naviance is a web-based software program developed specifically for college search and application process. User accounts are managed by the College Counseling Department.

Click Here to Access Your Naviance Account

Lunch Program

March Lunch Menu

You can now make payments (for a la carte items) to your lunch account online! Log-in to view your balance and recent transactions. Click on the "Add Funds" button on the homepage, and you'll be redirected to the eFunds website where you can set-up an account and make your payment.

Log in to Wordware Here

MPO (Marshall Parent Organization)


Be a part of the Hilltopper community

Marshall Parent Organization (MPO) is the gateway for parent involvement at Marshall School. Opportunities abound for parent involvement ranging from supporting athletic teams, celebrating academic achievements, hosting social events, and recognizing outstanding performances in the fine arts, to expressing appreciation for Marshall's outstanding faculty and staff. If a volunteer opportunity below appeals to you, or you have questions regarding it, please reach out to the contact person associated with that opportunity. Thank you for your support, and for all you do for Marshall School.

Current Opportunities

Volunteers needed to provide lunch items for the Marshall teachers and staff. Anything from paper products, a pan of bars, or salads to a crockpot full of deliciousness can be used! The teachers and staff look forward to this show of gratitude from Marshall families. See the sign-up page at for more information, or contact Jeana Marshak at

2019-20 Course Registration

Upper School Course Book 2019-2020

Upper School 4-Year Planning Sheet

Upper School Course Request Form

Upper School Registration Letter

Rising 9th Grade Registration Letter

Rising 8th Grade Registration Letter

Rising 7th Grade Registration Letter

Rising 6th Grade Registration Letter

Rising 5th Grade Registration Letter


Back to School Info 2018-2019

Back to School Information - 2018-2019

You can click on each of the topics below to view additional information. Please contact Donna Kanoff, Student Services Coordinator, at with any questions.

Family Handbook and Calendar

1:1 Technology Program Information

1:1 Program Introduction and Computer Buying Tips

1:1 Technology Handbook 2018-2019 (Coming soon!)

If you have any questions about technology at Marshall or the 1:1 Program, please contact our Director of Technology, Tony Lockhart, at 218-727-7266 ext 105 or

School Supply Lists

Middle School Supply List (click to open pdf)

Upper School Supply List

For the first days of school students should bring a pen/pencil and paper/notebook. It is advised that students wait until meeting with teachers for the first time to learn their specific requirements for additional needed supplies.

Health Center & Accident Insurance Information

Busing Information

The Duluth Public School District provides transportation to and from Marshall for students who reside within the district boundaries and request transportation. Please contact Karen Snyder ( to make arrangements.

Fall Sports Information

Fall sports practices begin mid-August!

Visit the Marshall Athletics page for registration information, schedules, and more!

All students new to Marshall athletics and all Marshall athletes entering grades 7, 9, and 11 will need to take an ImPACT test. Various testing times are offered throughout the first three weeks of August - please contact the athletics office at 218-727-7266 ext. 119 for more details.

Lunch Program Information

Meal Plan Options

2018/2019 Pricing & Options

The meal plan option ensures a healthy lunch for your student every school day. Meal plans are discounted to keep the cost of the lunch program reasonable for families and will not be refunded or carried over into the next school year. Payments for the annual plan are due before the first day of school.

Family Accounts:

Payment for daily meals, community time (CT) purchases and a la carte purchases will remain the same. Deposits can be made into the family account and the account balance is reduced as consumed. Any balances in the family accounts at the end of the year will be refunded or carried over into the next school year.

  • Families are asked to pay in advance for student lunches. Lunch checks should be separate from other payments to the school. Families with more than one child at Marshall may send one check for all of their children.
  • Please include the Family ID Number on all checks/payments. Your family ID number is listed on the Important Student Number Sheet in the Back to School Night packet.
  • Students are responsible for and encouraged to check their lunch accounts on a regular basis with the dining services staff. Should the account drop below the daily lunch cost students will be offered a limited lunch (peanut butter/jelly sandwich and beverage).
  • Presently there is a $5.00 per day limit on what middle school students may purchase and a $10.00 per day on upper school student accounts. If you would like to adjust the daily limit on your student’s account, please contact Dean Korach, Director of Food Service, at 218-727-7266 ext 116 or email

If you wish to sign up for the meal plan option, please contact Sue Nystrom directly at 218-727-7266 ext 196. Thank you!

You can now make payments (for a la carte items) to your lunch account online! Log-in to view your balance and recent transactions. Click on the "Add Funds" button on the homepage, and you'll be redirected to the eFunds website where you can set-up an account and make your payment.


9th Grade MORE Trip Information

The 9th Grade class will travel to Camp Menogyn, September 4 - 7, 2018.

Letter to Parents

Menogyn Waiver

Marshall Overnight Permission Form

Menogyn Packing List

After School Program (Grades 4-6)