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 14:1 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 percent 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 & Literature
Honors American Literature & Composition
Honors/AP English Literature & Composition
Honors/AP English Language & Composition
Honors Journalism II
Honors Varsity Competitive Speaking
Honors Independent Research
Honors/AP European History
Honors American History
Honors/AP American Government
Honors World History
Honors Algebra/Advanced Algebra
Honors Geometry/Advanced Algebra
Honors/AP Calculus AB
Honors/AP Calculus BCHonors Biology
Honors/AP Biology II
Honors/AP Chemistry II
Honors Physics II
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 String Ensemble
Memberships & Accreditations
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:
- Honors/AP English Literature & Composition
- Honors/AP English Language & Composition
- Honors Physics
University of Nebraska at Omaha
- Honors/AP American Government
- Honors/AP Biology
- Honors/AP Spanish V
- Honors/AP Calculus AB
- Honors/AP Calculus BC
**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.
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 email@example.com or 402.571.2618, ext. 1104.