Lets face the facts, the majority of the school is white. But as an African American female student, I will say that I never was mistreated by any of my teachers or fellow classmates. In the begining, it was hard to make friends because I was shy and I came from an all Black Catholic grammar school. So coming into an all white environment, took some adjusting for me. By, my sophomore year, I had joined two sports, a club and made friends. I am now a junior and matained a 3.8 G.P.A.! I have been on the honor roll for four straight semesters. The classes here, are extremely challenging esp if you are in honir and A.P. classes. I would recommend this school to other minority students. The sports programs abd academic programs are strong. Additionally, graduates go on to the best top colleges in the U.S.
Marist is great, I just wanted to address the "racism" issue. I have never seen any racism at marist, whatsoever. All my friends accept and like African Americans (I cannot speak for a whole school). In fact one sits at my lunch table every day and we tell jokes and there is nothing different. The reason why the majority is white is because roughly 85 percent of the area is white, so of course the majority of the school is white! Teachers are great, though some portions of the school are underfunded (Hockey team, band) it is overall a great school for everything.
Some of the negative reviews below contain some of the most twisted lies I have ever seen. First, dealing with the issue of "racism" at Marist. Complaints below say that there is a lack of diversity in the school; I can't seem to wrap my head around it. Marist is a private school that accepts applications and testing from ANY student. So is the lack of diversity caused by racism? Or lack of interest by minorities? I would have to say it is the latter. I am a white male, and I never even considered race when I chose my friends (my best friend is black). Everyone is accepted and loved at Marist; students that are Hispanic, Black, artistic, athletic, smart, shy, outgoing are all part of the Marist community. I could bore you with statistics, but I know first-hand that our academics are second to none. The teachers are so helpful and always there to help, and, as cheesy as it sounds, they make learning fun. The Redhawk Athletic teams are always some of the best, and we the best student section in the world cheering them on. I truly love everything about this school. If you want to make the best of your high school years, please consider Marist. GO REDHAWKS!
I'm a graduate of 2013 and I hated everything about this school. I would have transferred if it weren't for the fact I was forced to go to a private school. If you're an athletic kid you'll fit in fine and think Marist is the best place on the earth, but if you're someone who takes the artistic path then don't go here. Basically, a bunch of rich athletes who care little to nothing up those who do not fit inside of their binary. Another problem I had with the school is that some of the teachers were completely worthless. It seems that the better teachers are only given to honors students. HOWEVER, I did have a few teachers that were very great that I have learned valuable lessons from. The only reason Marist does not fail on my book is because as much as I did not fit in, and as much as I hated the school and mostly the people, I did end up going to college prepared for the most part. The curriculum, when you apply yourself, will get you places. BUT, if you can apply yourself in any setting I recommend sticking to a public school where creativity is accepted and you won't live a miserable life trying to fit in.
Marist HS is one of the most racist schools in Chicago, think about it's location. The staff is friendly, but administration cares nothing about African-American students. Your child may be recruited for sports with big promises, DON"T BUY IT! If your are of a minority race, RUN; students are allowed to call others the N word and get away with it on a daily basis. My child came home everyday telling me of the racist incidents and how it was never addressed. My child now attends the local public school, and loves it. Why spend $$$$ for your child to be called out of their name. Parents, of minority students take my advice, find a different school!! All of the African American parents will tell you it's racists but they don't stand up and fight the school on this issue. In light of the Zimmerman case, Marist would embrace him and so would many of the families who live in Mt. Greenwood and surrounding areas. Don't buy that brothers and sisters for life, it doesn't apply to the African American students. The school gives you an excellent song & dance to recruit you, but it is totally opposite. RUN QUICKLY and find your child another school!!
I love this school. This school is like my second home. I am going to be a sophomore in the fall of 2013. The teachers are ALWAYS there for help and support. My guidance counselor, T.F (his initials), is always there for me. Dean P. is always there to talk to. All the teachers here are approachable. The students NEVER exclude you. The academics are challenging, but it is challenging us for the future. Also, I love being challenged. There are SO many ways to be active throughout the school. I highly recommend this school to family, friends, neighbors, citizens, etc. I love Marist High School and I'm proud to be a part of the Marist Community. GO REDHAWKS!
My son graduated from here and wishes he went somewhere else. The school got too big. He got involved and was on some very good sports teams but didnt get much playing time. Academics were good, but not great. The one or two classes he didnt do that well in, he got very little support. I teach at a public school and sent my son to Marist to keep him away from trouble makers, which he did. But I wish (and so does he) that he would of went to a smaller private school. I feel that Marist is kind of like a diploma factory. The faculty and staff werent that friendly and the administrators were borderline arrogant. The principal doesnt care about individuals and will only speak to you if you are a big booster or an active alumni.
I had a daughter who graduated in 2007 from Marist and she cannot stop talking about what a wonderful school and experience it was for her. She is part Mexican and did experience some derogatory name calling but she still enjoyed her time there. My son onthe other had doesn't not look as white as my daughter and was never accepted. I had to pull him out. Where I thought it was lacking was in religious Ed, the man running the program at the time was a very liberal cafeteria Catholic and has since been replaced, thank God. I know that there is a problem with students that are not Catholic that have expectations of public school ideals, sorry then this is not the school for you, remember, above all Marist is a CATHOLIC school, run by Catholics, shocking. So, if you want a public education this is not the place for you.
Marist provides an excellent co-ed college-prep education for students. It's a well-rounded curriculum including both liberal arts and sciences, including an excellent computer science program.
2 sons 5 nephews and 1 niece of mine have graduated from here between 2001-2011. Every single one of them say how they wish they could go back whenever the topic comes up. All of them excelled or are excelling in college. Great place for kids to prepare. When my sons graduated 100% of both their graduating classes were accepted to universities and there were 420+ kids in both.
My son graduated in 2011 and is now in college and my daughter is currently a sophomore. I believe that this school prepares these kids well for college. I think last year 99% went on to college. As for the athletic issue, my son was not an athlete and my daughter is, both love(d) Marist and I don't think that is a social issue at all. As for the below comments regarding diversity, Marist is in an predominiately white area. What do you expect? In 2011, 83% percent of the school was white in a City neighborhood that is 96% white. Education, faith and discipline are all in well balance at this school. It is worth the money that I am spend(ing).
Marist H.S. truly is a marvelous place for children to learn and grow.This school believes in the teaching of self growth and to be proud of who and what you are and help them to take that belife with thru out life. All thoughts are always towards better educaton at all times.Any parent would be proud of a graduate from Marist H.S.
Great School. 5 stars isn't enough. For private education in the Chicago Metro area probably 2nd only to St Ignatius. Sports strong but not the emphasis placed that gets academics/sports out of balance. Our family will have an enriched life-long relationship with the school. As far as the negative comments concerning diversity/unfair intolerance are concerned, we personally didn't see it. Academic bar set high and so is the behavioral bar. It's tough to meet the requirements and stay above the bar. Those who do not are given due process and dealt with fairly and consistently. Zero tolerance for violent acting out and lack of focus/accomplishment in the class room. If you're looking for a laissez faire , 'anything goes' approach Marist is not for you.
Excellent school!! I have had 2 kids graduate from there and they are excelling in college. I have 2 more kids there now. Expensive but worth every penny.
The principal, Larry Tucker, and his staff make the students and their parents feel like a family.
I think Marist is a very good school. The curriculum is just right and the athletics are wonderful. I went there for 4 years and loved it. The school spirit is amazing and I think it is a wonderful school. I am proud to say I went to Marist! GO REDHAWKS!
I thought I was the only one who thought racism was a huge issue here. When I talked to the administration about it, they said they never heard such a thing. I'm glad to see others felt the same way I did and my daughter is white. Thank goodness she graduated from a very diverse public school , which was a wonderful experience especially as far as diversity goes. It was a great shock to her to see how awful the other students treated the African American students. How sad to see that there were only a quarter of the African Americans that started freshman year, graduated with this same class. Athletics and politics were also a huge issue. I would never recommend this school to anyone. Notice that almost all of the parent reviews are below average. The above average reviews come from former students who don't know any better.
What a horrible school Marist High School is. I am ashamed that my kid has to say he graduated from there! Horrible administration who dont care about the average student, only the athletes and student council
Marist is an absolutely excellent school. I graduated in 2007, making my class the second co-ed class. I feel that Marist prepared me wonderfully for the university level. I am thankful for the discipline provided from teachers, deans, and even our wonderful Marist Brothers. I feel that Marist is a family I will always belong to. I can not say enough about this wonderful institution. My only advice to those skeptical about Marist is to get involved. It is a very student run school, getting involved will make the whole experience only that much better. Our teachers are young, well qualified, and ready for the commitment of high school teaching. They are available at practically all hours and truly care. My brothers and I do not have a negative thing to say. Our Athletics really kept the Redhawk pride alive through the halls.
I am very sorry I sent my child to Marist. The school has too much emphasis on sports and not enough on academics. Furthermore, the teachers at the honors level are not carefully monitored and as a result, they get away with sub-par teaching. Terribly disappointed.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Marist High School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Marist High School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.