Marian Middle School takes students at all levels of academic readiness and prepares them for success in high performing high schools, post-secondary education, and 21st century careers. This begins with a differentiated, foundational program in math, science, social studies, and language arts, religious education, and foreign language ensuring students have a solid academic base on which to build. As an independent, Catholic school, Marian is able to align its curriculum with the highest national standards and benchmarks and to adapt them to fit the needs of its unique learners. From this foundation, students are challenged to apply their academic knowledge to solve real-world problems.

STEM

Much of Marian’s authentic, project-based learning comes through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). In 2011, Marian introduced STEM to students as a stand-alone class. Since then, STEM has become an interdisciplinary way of learning, teaching, and thinking. Teachers cultivate student curiosity through the utilization of authentic project-based learning and the engineering design loop. These processes engage students in the research and naming of real-world problems and the developing, evaluating, and re-designing of solutions. Projects are student driven, engrossing students in areas of passion and creating life-long learners who know they are already making a difference in our world. The question Marian asks students as it prepares them for 21st century careers is not, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” but “What problem do you want to solve?”

Quest

At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, a student-driven, cross-curricular STEM initiative was implemented. Through inquiry and project-based learning, Quest guides students to research and identify problems and strategize solutions. Quest leads Marian Girls into a design and re-design process where they will seek to create and enhance solutions. Check out some of their projects here.

  

 

Berges Family Innovation Center

During the 2014-2015 school year, after a presentation by fifth graders (MMS Class of 2018), we realized that the physical space, equipment, and supplies our students had access to did not allow them to fully explore core subject matter, let alone new fields such as robotics, engineering, and computer programming. The solution to this problem was to create a STEM Innovation Center with four state-of-the-art learning spaces: a STEM laboratory classroom, a makerspace classroom with a workshop, a maker library, and a multi-disciplinary learning space.

  

A $250,000 grant from the Berges Family Foundation in June 2016 was instrumental in helping us achieve our goal of creating the STEM Innovation Center. Their grant and the many grants and individual gifts that followed are providing a solid foundation for Marian Girls continued STEM learning and, ultimately, increasing their interest and capacity to take on STEM careers. These careers will help them break the cycle of poverty.

Innovation Center Sponsors

Founder’s Circle

Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust
Berges Family Foundation
Brown Sisters Foundation
Emerson
Monsanto Company
Barbara Archer
Peter and Susan Frane
Carol L. Rogers

Trustee’s Circle

William T. Kemper Foundation
The Raskob Foundation

President’s Circle

Scottrade

Principal’s Circle

Incarnate Word Foundation
Society for Information Management
Louise C. Bullock
Cynthia G. Heath
James and Katherine Martin
Joan Shaffer

Leader’s Circle

The Service Bureau Foundation
Elizabeth Carver
George and Karen Kersey
Susan O’Grady

Investor’s Circle

Clayton Brown
Dawn and Michael Szatkowski

Ambassador’s Circle

Sisters of the Most Precious Blood
Peter and Caron Benoist
Lauren Bodenschatz
Christine Burghoff
Erica Ciarlo and Katie Kellett
Emily Clote
Erin Counihan
Ann Cronin
Dianne and Cleman Decker
Dennis and Rebecca Donnelly
Deborah Fitzgerald
Ashley Gilkey
Kelly Graham and Gary Righi
Maureen and Ben Hoeft
Cynthia Hoffman
Katie Kemp
Erin Lynch
Lucy McCalpin and David A. Wright
Jessica and Corey McCarthy
Mary Ann McGivern, SL
Marcia and J. Duke Niedringhaus
Barbara O’Leary
Ana and Nicholas Pantazi
Erin Pisoni
Kathy Rehmer
Matthew Roberts
Barbara Roche, SL
Pearl Scheve
Curtis Sidorski and Lara Heisohn-Sidorski
Phillip and Candace Stallone
Kate and Mark Stroble
Kim and Mike Sullivan
Eric Treptow and Sheila Chibnall-Treptow
Barbara Wilkinson
Michelle Witte
Kara Wurtz

Donate Now

Click here to make a gift toward the innovation center or our STEM program. Why give? Learn why you should give here.

Press

St. Louis Business Journal: Philanthropy Spotlight (July 2016)
St. Louis Review (September 2016)
St. Louis Business Journal: 5 Things (December 2016)

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