Academics At Marist
The Marcellin Program aims to support each student as they learn, grow, and achieve academic success and college readiness, similarly to their peers. Admission to the program is based on the entrance exam and junior high performance. Inspired by the founder of the Marist Brothers—St. Marcellin Champagnat—who struggled academically himself, the program provides for the diversity in learning styles and the necessary strategies to help each student reach his or her full potential.
With the goal of preparing our students for college and career, courses that are part of the Marcellin Program have a focus on content and skill development. Strategies are employed to facilitate the learning process, and direct literacy instruction is part of the curriculum.
Courses in the Academic track are structured
and focus on basic skills. The teachers help facilitate the
learning such that students become more self-motivated
about their learning. The goal is to develop independent
thinkers who take initiative, think critically, respond
creatively and apply what is learned to the world around
them. Academic classes expect students to be active
participants in the learning process such that students
seek assistance with learning and assignments.
A wide range of honors courses are provided for students with high academic achievement. These courses are challenging and provide more information at a faster pace than general courses.
Courses in the Honors track have structure, but most students in these courses are proactive about their learning. Honors courses require students to take initiative, think critically, problem solve, and apply learned concepts. The focus is on application, analysis, and synthesis rather than basic skills.
Marist offers a variety of AP courses for students to take for which they may receive college credit. Students in these course are provided college level study on specific topics. An exam at the end of the year tests their knowledge and awards them credit toward the university they choose to attend.
AP courses are structured to align with the College Board curriculum focusing on depth of content. Students in these courses are independent learners, self-motivated, and able to complete assignments with minimal guidance. Foundational skills are expected as these courses focus on mastery of advanced concepts and analysis relevant to the topics. Students who enroll in these courses are required to sit for the AP exam in May.
Student Disability Services exist at Marist High School to provide students with reasonable accommodations intended to reduce the effects that a disability may have on their performance in a traditional academic setting. Documentation required for consideration of accommodations must be current (no older than three years) and provide a comprehensive evaluation with evidence of an impairment that causes substantial limitations.