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Curriculum

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Marian has a rigorous commitment to academic leadership with high academic standards and high expectations for our students. To ensure each Marian girl succeeds, we offer:

  • A total college preparatory curriculum, including advanced placement and dual enrollment coursework
  • A competent, professional and caring faculty who specialize in teaching young women
  • Facilities, materials and educational tools to provide the optimal learning environment
  • Dedicated academic support services to maximize student success

Honors Courses

Marian’s curriculum is based solely on a college preparatory course load – science, math, languages, fine arts, social studies and theology. A variety of honors and advanced placement courses allow students to proceed at a more rapid pace and/or to approach subjects in more depth. Browse our Curriculum Guide to review the breadth of coursework. Honors courses that function as AP courses are so noted.

Dual Enrollment

Marian offers the opportunity to receive college credit as a high school student through a dual enrollment program. Every student will graduate with a minimum of 3 hours dual enrollment credit, as Marian's senior English course is dual enrollment certified. Earning college credit in high school allows students to save time and money at the university level.

Dual enrollment courses are listed in our Curriculum Guide. Marian offers dual enrollment courses with the following universities:

  • University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Metropolitan Community College

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).


 

Curriculum Map

A sample course of study is outlined below with the understanding that students can chart a course within this structure according to ability and effort. Students who demonstrate proficiency will be placed in higher level courses than those listed.

Freshmen

  • Theology
  • Composition & Literature
  • Biology
  • Algebra
  • Pre-AP History History & Geography
  • Mandarin
  • Art Foundations
  • Study Hall

Sophomores

  • Theology II
  • American Literature
  • Chemistry
  • Geometry
  • Economics 
  • Mandarin II
  • Introduction to Wellness
  • Study Hall

Juniors

  • Theology III
  • English Literature
  • Physics
  • Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry
  • U. S. History 
  • Mandarin III
  • Lifetime Fitness
  • Study Hall

Seniors

  • Theology: World Religions & Catholic Social Teaching
  • World Literature & Composition
  • Pre-Calculus
  • U.S. Government 
  • Mandarin IV
  • Pottery
  • Elective
  • Study Hall

 

What if I have special interests?


Signature programs like the Humanities Scholar Program, which focuses on literature, world languages, social studies and the arts, create an opportunity for students to pursue a special area of interest. Signature programs are offered in Humanties, STEM, and Visual and Performing Arts.


From calculus to CAD, students will find a wide array of STEM
courses. A dedicated STEM classroom along with biology, chemistry, physics and robotics labs encourages students to experiment and apply methods and models that will be used in college.


Honors Independent Research allows you to focus on an academic area of special interest to you. Working under the guidance of a faculty advisor, you’ll develop, test and research your thesis.
 

What if I need extra help?


Teachers use multiple approaches to learning and make themselves available beyond school hours.

Additional academic support is found through our dedicated
learning services coordinator, full-time, certified math tutor,
and a peer tutoring program.

With a dedicated college counselor, college planning begins freshman year and progresses each year with advising, test preparation, and application, financial aid and scholarship assistance.


 

Membership and Accreditation

Marian is accredited by Cognia 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. 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
  • The Nebraska School Activities Association NSAA