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Marion High School

Public | 9-12 | 1118 students

 
 

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Posted March 24, 2013

Excellent high school! My children are extremely happy and receiving a top notch education. I have no doubt they will be well prepared to excel at the post secondary level. The faculty, staff, and administration are outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

I graduated top of my class at MHS and am now attending SIU on a scholarship. I am taking the upper-level classes out there and I feel that MHS has definitely prepared me for college. The teachers that teach the AP classes are exceptional. Like every school, it has its problems, but most student disenchantment with MHS can be attributed to their own apathy. Neither my family nor myself have a "name" in Marion and I was given every possible opportunity-equal to everyone else. MHS has an excellent guidance staff, and hands-down the best science program in southern illinois.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2007

A few may report some good things about this school and that is very nice of them but the fact is most people who know the truth would not agree with them. The fact is this school has alot of what you might call DRAMA and alot of people their have Attitudes. This school is very crowded , their are problems and yes people do complain about things. The school staff does not seek to find solutions to problems/complaints, they ignore the people who have them. This school has a hidden policy, 'Go Along or Go Away ' and they don't care about any one but their staff. After 4 years now with three children at this school our time is just about over so we will be moving on , Beware of this school........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

I am a former Marion High School educator and must say it is an exceptional place to work and learn. The staff is friendly, discipline problems are kept to a minimum and the learning environment is always positive. Parents can continue to blame the system or 'politics', or they can make their children and themselves responsible for their education. For a small, southern Illinois town, Marion is heads and tails above many high schools. It offers many athletic, academic, and extra-curricular opportunities. Stop complaining, get invovled, and make the best of your high school experience!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 19, 2007

School seems to be struggling with providing quality teachers. Discipline could use some work. Sports have more priority than academics. They lack extra programs for students who excel and students that need extra help. The district seems to have potential, but they need to get a fire under them and work on the academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2006

I went to marion high school and it was great they were strict but in a good way...They taught and helped me through anything I needed...And Im very thankful for that..This is definetly one school I would require my kids to go too...You should take the time and think about it too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2006

Graduated from Marion a few years ago. Great school, got me well prepped through its college prep courses. They need a new facility since the town is booming and overcrowded, but it is a great experience. Students who complain simply do not take advantage of the opportunities and should do so. It's easy to complain. I attended a top tier college and am now a lawyer in a major Eastern city, and my MHS education was on par with every school out there. The school offers so many types of courses, whatever you want to go into. Unfortunately, there are a lot of lazy students and parents who would just as soon complain about how others get special treatment, which I did not find. I am a proud graduate of a great, diverse, innovative school, MHS.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 2, 2006

This school was completely awful to my daughter and myself. There are more than 1200 teenagers attending this school and not one of the individuals on the administrative staff can control them. It's a shame that we have this school here in Marion and that the High SChool Extension Center is so vastly over-looked. Sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

The youngest of my three children will graduate from Marion this year. While this school provides a high-quality education in many ways, it is apparent that many opportunities are not made available to students whose families are not 'politically connected,' particularly in extra-curricular activities. Marion is a very insular community in many ways and that insularity is reflected in the public school system. Let's hope that changes as the community continues to grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

The School's facilities are well kept, unfortunately ethics are not. Double standards and discrimination abound. Politics are an intrical part of the atmosphere both professionally and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students52%
Female51%
Male53%
Black7%
Asiann/a
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Native Americann/a
White59%
Low income26%
Not low income64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female59%
Male47%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Low income40%
Not low income59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students52%
Female50%
Male53%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Low income31%
Not low income61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

26%
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46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

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Graduation rate

79.9%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 51%
Black 10% 18%
Hispanic 2% 24%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1501 South Carbon Street
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: (618) 993-8196

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