Marianapolis Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational, Catholic, day and boarding school for students in grades 9-12 and postgraduate. Its 400 students of many different faiths hail from over 35 area towns, many states around the US and 20 countries worldwide. Students are exposed to a plethora of opportunities, including dozens of clubs and organizations, athletics, cultural trips abroad, the chance to hold leadership positions, and L.E.A.P. Week.
L.E.A.P. Week is a one-week mini-term in March during which groups of students and faculty explore a specific topic, project, or adventure. Course offerings typically focus on specialized skills, the arts, community service, scientific field studies, cultural immersion experiences, or outdoor challenges. Some recent courses included trips to Chicago, Charleston, Puerto Rico and Oklahoma, while others took part in community service initiatives, learned how to cook and participated in food blogging. To learn more about L.E.A.P. Week, visit www.marianapolis.org/leapweek.
Marianapolis is at the forefront of technology in and outside of the classroom and offers a wide range of honors and advanced placement courses for students. Additionally, the curriculum offers over 100 elective courses and focused areas of study. Students compete on champion athletic teams, develop fine and performing art talents, and serve the local community, all while preparing to attend the best colleges and universities throughout the United States and the world.
Throughout its 90 year history, Marianapolis has successfully educated international students seeking an independent boarding school experience in the United States. The goal of the English as a Second Language Department (ESL) is to develop communicative proficiency in English in students whose first language is something other than English. Since the ESL program embraces students with a wide variety of abilities and backgrounds, the program is structured to take students where they are along the continuum of competence and move them forward. Testing is done to determine the appropriate level placement for each student with the ultimate goal being to matriculate into the mainstream English classroom. The ESL Department also supports its academic goals with a unique curriculum component called the Experiential Learning Program. In this program, students select from a variety of off-campus excursions and educational experiences that support the students’ cultural competence.
The Marianapolis education continues on athletic fields, across dance floors, and behind camera lenses. Each student must participate in two seasons of extracurricular activities every year. With nearly 40 different teams, activities, levels and options to choose from, all students have choice here. The elite, competitive athlete is in good company here with over a dozen varsity programs. Students can learn a competitive sport for the first time, too, accessing JV and IIIs level options. And for some of our students seeking additional academic engagement, the Math Team, Robotics Club, Media Team or Tech Crew are excellent opportunities. To learn more about extracurricular activities, visit www.marianapolis.org/extracurricular.
Open to kids 8-15 is Camp Stonewall, a residential summer camp right here at Marianapolis. Participants choose from a wide variety of sports, drama, and arts & crafts activities during the day, and enjoy all-camp special events in the evenings. International campers are welcomed as part of the International Summer Learners (ISL) program, and everyone can participate in our S.W.A.T. weekend adventure trips.