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.
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.
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 Curriculum is very, very limited and outdated.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.
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the time period of making male students wear sweaters and ties is too long (mid Oct to mid April), out of season, and out of date.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.
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