Academics Overview

Marian High School has a rigorous commitment to academic leadership. Marian’s key strengths are our high academic standards and the high expectations we have for our students. To ensure each Marian girl succeeds, we offer:

  • a total college preparatory curriculum, including advanced placement and dual enrollment course work,
  • a competent, professional and caring faculty who know how to teach young women
  • and the best facilities, materials, educational tools and support system in the state of Nebraska.

Marian provides the opportunities of a large high school in a smaller high school setting. With an enrollment of under 670, Marian has what researchers say are the benefits of an optimum enrollment size (600-900):  stronger student achievement, higher participation among students and a richer curriculum. Marian offers the most comprehensive academic and extracurricular programs to ensure the development of the whole person – intellectually, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially.


Marian’s faculty and staff is dedicated to its students and their achievements, both in and out of the classroom. We educate at a 15:1 student-teacher ratio to ensure that each student receives the attention that she may need to be engaged in discussion and debate in a safe, nurturing classroom environment. In addition to optimum class size, Marian’s counselor’s meet individually with each student to assist her in her social development and her college and career planning. The faculty consists of 51 teachers, 85% of whom hold a Master’s degree. Marian’s teachers display a strong commitment to on-going professional development by participating in numerous state and national conferences.

Honors and Advanced Placement Courses:

Marian’s academic curriculum is based solely on a college preparatory course load – science, math, languages, fine arts, social studies and theology. Marian is committed to a rigorous and progressive academic program designed to meet the individual needs of each student. There are 38 honors courses and 10 advanced placement courses that allow students to proceed at a more rapid pace and/or to approach subjects in more depth. Honors Courses that function as AP Courses are so noted:

  • Students with a cumulative grade point average of 4.1 or above after eight semesters will graduate with high honors
  • Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8-4.09 will graduate with honors.
  • Graduating with honors is noted on both the transcript and diploma.


Honors Composition & LiteratureHonors American Literature & Composition

Honors/AP English Literature & Composition

Honors/AP English Language & Composition

Honors Journalism II

Honors Varsity Competitive Speaking

Honors World Literature & Composition

Honors Independent Research

Honors/AP European History

Honors United States History

Honors/AP United States Government and Politics

Honors Sociology

Honors Algebra/Advanced Algebra

Honors Geometry/Advanced Algebra

Honors Pre-Calculus

Honors/AP Statistics

Honors/AP Calculus AB

Honors/AP Calculus BC

Honors BiologyHonors Chemistry

Honors/AP Biology II

Honors Physics

Honors/AP Chemistry II

Honors Physics II

Honors Anatomy and Physiology

Honors Latin III

Honors Latin IV

Honors French III

Honors French IV

Honors Spanish III

Honors/Spanish IV

Honors/AP Spanish V

Honors Select Women’s Choir

Honors Art II

Honors Art III

Honors Art IV

Honors Band

Honors String Ensemble

Honors/AP Music Theory

Memberships & Accreditations

Marian is accredited by the North Central Association and by the state of Nebraska. Marian is a member of the College Board and National Association of College Admissions Counselors and complies with the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice. In accordance with Best Practices, upon request from a college for a student’s discipline record, the college counselor will disclose if a student has been placed on probation or expelled. Marian High School is a member of:

  • The National Catholic Educational Association NCEA
  • The National Association of Secondary School Principals NASSP
  • The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development ASCD
  • Women School’s Together
  • The Nebraska School Activities Association NSAA

Dual Enrollment Program

Marian has instituted a Dual Enrollment Program, which now gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for nine Marian classes. Marian offers Dual Enrollment courses with the following universities:

Nebraska Wesleyan

  • Honors/AP English Literature & Composition
  • Honors/AP English Language & Composition
  • Honors World Literature
  • Honors/AP Chemistry II

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Honors/AP Statistics
  • Honors/AP American Government
  • Honors/AP Biology II
  • Honors/AP Spanish V
  • Honors/AP Calculus AB
  • Honors/AP Calculus BC
  • Cyber-Security

Metropolitan Community College

  • Introduction to Business

**Students will receive information on qualifications, cost and deadlines from their teachers in the dual enrollment classes. Students who pursue dual enrollment will complete all coursework at Marian, including papers and examinations. **It is the responsibility of each Marian student to check with her future college or university to see whether the dual enrollment credits will be accepted and how they will be accepted (as fulfilling a requirement or as an elective).

One-to-One iPad Program

At the start of the 2013-2014 school year, Marian began integrating the use of iPads into our classrooms to enable them to grow into 21st century communicators, thinkers and problem solvers. We are excited to be harnessing our students’ energy and enthusiasm for technology and apply it toward learning inside and outside of the classroom. The iPad supports essential skill areas—complex communication, an understanding of new media, collaboration, creativity and self-directed learning. While it is certainly a dynamic new learning tool, it is not replacing the special and personal relationship between our teachers and their students. We believe it enhances our goal to create confident, independent and thinking leaders inspired by faith.

Click here to view the Student Acceptable Use of iPad Technology Policy acknowledgement form.

The Student Acceptable Use of iPad Technology Policy acknowledgement form is due before the beginning of each school year. Students will not be issued an iPad unless she has the form with her and it is signed by both her and a parent/guardian! If you have any questions, please contact Technology Director William Deibler at or 402.571.2618, ext. 1104.