We Are the Answer We Seek Beloved Community: I have been grieving over the last few months. African Americans have watched their friends and … Read More
Marian is an all-girl, family-focused, and faith-based school. Students receive a transformational education and enrichment programming during their middle school years and graduate support throughout high school and college so they can develop the critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and life skills needed to succeed. From fifth grade through career success, we are Educating Girls for Life!
While respecting the religious tradition and heritage of each of our students, Marian Middle School, founded on Christian values reflected in the Gospels, manifests those values in all our efforts and models what it means to live life grounded in living one’s faith.
Marian Middle School’s programs emphasize an academic foundation and offer a full range of educational opportunities to enable alumnae to choose a high school with a strong college preparatory program. Students learn communication, critical-thinking, problem solving, leadership, and life skills, and thereby develop a strong sense of self-worth and confidence in their ability to overcome personal obstacles.
Family and Community Spirit
Marian Middle School promotes family values and provides opportunities for each student to be a good family member as well as to reach out and serve the larger community in which her family resides.
Respect for the Uniqueness of the Individual
Marian Middle School fosters a genuine respect for all individuals and recognizes each person as an unrepeatable creation of our loving God with unique, valued qualities.
Service to Foster Justice, Peace, and Equality
Marian Middle School is grounded in respect for fair and just treatment of all and in building healthy relationships in a harmonious setting.
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Mary Elizabeth Grimes has been honored with the Missouri Athletic Club’s Women of Distinction Award for her work on behalf of girls in the … Read More
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Marian supporters share their stories.
Marian Middle School challenges its students to achieve their potential, providing a strong academic foundation and the confidence to succeed in life.
I love volunteering my time with Marian Middle School. I’m constantly inspired by the enthusiasm and tenacity of the students and teachers! The leaders at the school know they need to connect students, families, teachers and the broader community to provide the strongest, most well-rounded curriculum possible and to help the students perform to their full potential. The education at Marian helps students find success at college prep high schools, into college, and beyond. They are about to add even more STEM opportunities, and that’s obviously so important since women are underrepresented in these fields. They definitely Educate Girls for Life.
I started my support of Marian because of my late aunt, Sister Maureen Bannister who was one of the foundresses of Marian. Education has always been important in my family and I was fortunate enough to attend excellent schools my entire life. Until a few years ago, my support was purely financial but more recently I have discovered that the most satisfying part of my week is the four hours I spend at Marian tutoring and coaching the young women. They are a delight to work with, they challenge themselves and me and it has reinforced in me how much I have to give to others. Encouraging a young woman to be willing to embrace whatever comes her way and to maximize her potential and seeing that she is taking to heart my encouragement, that makes my week successful.
People often ask me, ‘Why did you get involved with Marian Middle School?’ Originally, I volunteered to help with one project but after meeting the students, the staff, and other volunteers I was hooked on the mission! In my 10 years of involvement at Marian, I have seen how the school not only changes the lives of our students but also that of their families and the community. To truly understand the impact of Marian, I would encourage people to visit the school to see firsthand how these young ladies are being prepared for a brighter future.
I know the importance of girls’ education. I was impressed by the students I met at [Girls Night Out] and could tell Marian fosters more than just academic development. Marian Girls are smart, poised, and confident and they have big career dreams.
Toni and I have been proud Marian supporters and volunteers for many years because we firmly believe that investing in the future of girls like Marian students is the best way to give back our community. We were blessed to be able to provide the gift of a high quality education to our children, and we feel strongly that every child deserves that same gift, no matter what their circumstances might be. Marian not only provides an educational foundation, it gives these girls the tools and support that they need in all aspects of their life to become strong independent women.
Marian is a place that truly demonstrates their mission statement. Their number one priority is always the girls. They try to understand the girls’ past, enrich their present, and prepare for the future so as to break the cycle of poverty through well-rounded education.