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Marian Central Catholic High School

Private | 9-12 | 169 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $155,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,000.

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Posted November 30, 2012

Im a freshman a marian and do not feel welcomed at all. I know it can be hard being a freshman, especially being new and not knowing anybody, but I feel this school doesn't push discipline as much as i would like it too. This might sound weird coming from a student, but I feel like some of the kids at this school are very judgmental, towards other kids who might be a bit different. I choose to go to marian because i thought it would be a better environment to get along with more mature kids, but i was wrong! Next year i will be transferring.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 4, 2012

We could not be more pleased with the education our son and daughter have/are receiving at Marian. The teachers are caring, professional and extremely dedicated. The atmosphere is inclusive and yet academically demanding. We have found the teachers to be consistently available to assist students both before and after school. I would highly recommend this school for anyone interested in sending their kids to a school that will thoroughly prepare the students for College.
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Posted July 18, 2012

Money talks at this school. Discipline and enforcement of school policy varies widely depending on who the students is and who the teacher and adminstrator are. Curriculum is very, very limited and outdated. Teaching appears to be more lecture oriented and teachers very opinionated. The students seems to learn sheerly through the volume of homework they are given rather than from direct teacher-student interaction. Parents are expected to buy books that are never used. An equal or better educational environment can be obtained at most of the public high schools in the area.
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Posted April 7, 2011

The academics are challenging, but only a limited curriculum is offered at the school. School leadership talks a big game regarding ethics and discipline. However, enforcement of certain unethical conduct is lacking. Rather than focussing on the big issues of the day, school leadership is too concerned with ties not being tight enough and school spirit getting out of control. Speaking of ties, the time period of making male students wear sweaters and ties is too long (mid Oct to mid April), out of season, and out of date. More choices should be given for an appropriate dress code. Overall, Marian is a decent school. However, it doesn't offer enough to make it a cost effective choice. Schools in McHenry County, such as Cary-Grove, Prairie Ridge, and Jacobs have many more opportunities and provide a secondary education that is sufficient enough to grow as a student and be accepted at any major college program throughout the midwest and across the country.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2009

Great School!!! We have sent five through there!
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Posted July 25, 2009

Absolutely terrible.... religious staff is very oppionated and dont accept anything else.... i would never reccommend anyone else to go there.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 27, 2009

My son just finished his freshman year at Marian Central. The kids are great and the teachers care about their students. Worth every cent spent. No regrets.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2009

Wonderful school. Go here if you want to be a lawyer, doctor, or businessman. Purely college prep and has a strong science program.

Posted September 21, 2008

Speaking as a Marian Central grad I can honestly say Marian prepared me for college. I have stronger study habits and note taking skills than other students that attend WSU with me. Teachers at Marian care about their student's success and will do anything they can to support it. The administration on the other hand are not so great. Money means alot when it comes to getting in trouble at Marian
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 20, 2008

Not a good school for average students. Inconsistency in educational quality and teaching performance. Discipline not always enforced. Students sometimes disrespect teachers and other students and the administration allows it! I would not recommend it for the money spent and return on educational investment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 13, 2006

One of the best decisions we made when selecting a high school for our children!
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Posted January 24, 2006

While a smaller school, this is definitly your best bet is quality of education is your top priority. The school has expanded quite a bit in the last 10 years, and it will continue to do so as it has a very strong and loyal alumni group.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 3, 2005

My son is a sophmore at Marian Central. I believe he is receiving the best education available in this area. The level of academic expectations is high and the teachers are dedicated professionals. The work is not easy. Focus, preparation and serious studying is required, however, since this is a college prep school, I am relieved that my son will be comfortable in a college setting when that time comes. Unfortunately, he does not take part in many extracurricular activities because the homework is quite time consuming. I would highly recommend this school - they actually receive an education!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Hispanic 3% 24%
Black 1% 18%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Charles D Rakers
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1001 McHenry Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: (815) 338-4220


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