Marian Catholic High School

Marian Catholic High School, under the sponsorship of the Springfield Dominicans, is a coeducational, college preparatory high school where students seek truth, exhibit personal responsibility, cultivate their individual talents, and demonstrate Christian service and leadership.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 883 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,200
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Placements

Marian Catholic High School places among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Tuition per .5 credit: $300.00 Tuition per 1 credit: $425.00
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 1995

Student Body

Total Students
883 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Marian Catholic High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
68 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
17 students
Number of AP Courses
22 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Seminar, Biology AP, Calculus AB AP, Calculus BC AP, Chemistry AP, Comparative Govt. & Politics AP, Computer Science A AP, English 3 AP, English 4 AP, Human Geography AP, Macroeconomics AP, Microeconomics AP, Physics 1 AP, Physics C AP, Psychology AP, Spanish AP, Statistics AP, U.S. Govt. & Politics AP, U.S. History AP, World History AP
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Khaki pants and school polo)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Financial aid and scholarships are available. Awards are based on both need and merit.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Sean Mele
Admissions Associate
Anthony DeCarlo



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
46 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Abraham Lincoln Book Discussion Group, Admission Corps, Anime Club, Black Student Union, Blood Drives, Bowling Club, Computer Club, Creative Writing Club, Diversity Club, Dominican Ambassadors, Dominican Preachers, Equestrian Club, French National Honor Society, Game Club, Generation Green (Ecology Club), Go Extreme For Jesus Club, Gospel Choir, History Club, International Club, Latin National Honor Society, Literary Society, Math Club/Contests, Model U.N., Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society (NHS), Operation Snowball, Political Club, Psychology Club, Robotics Club, Safe Place, Science Olympiad, Service Club, Spanish National Honor Society, Stage Techs, Student Council, The Megaphone (Student Newspaper), Varsity Club, Video Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Band Program, Choirs, Guitar Club, Liturgical Choir, Speech Team, Theater

School Notes

  • The Marian Catholic student body has approximately 900 students from 69 communities in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Marian Catholic students have been extremely successful academically both before and after graduation.
  • The 87-acre campus includes:
    • The 500-seat Leadership Center
    • The 430-seat Croarkin Theater
    • Art rooms
    • Two Band practice halls
    • Campus Ministry Center
    • Student Chapel
    • 58 classrooms
    • Fiberoptic backbone throughout the campus supporting a full wireless environment
    • Technology/Media Center
    • Fully networked teacher resource room
    • Guidance and College Counseling Center
    • Two Gymnasiums
    • Learning Resource Center
    • Music, choral, and practice rooms
    • Master Science laboratory
    • Physics, Biology, and Chemistry laboratories
    • Research library with more than 28,000 volumes
    • Weight training room
    • Baseball, soccer, and softball fields
    • Lighted and FieldTurf football stadium
    • 8 tennis courts
    • Running and fitness trails
Profile last updated:

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (12 reviews)
Beyond content with Marian Catholic. Outstanding academics, strong community and family values, and dedicated staff.
- Posted by
Marian Catholic has been everything we asked for and more. Our daughter loves the school, the teachers, the community, and we've been very fortunate with their generous scholarships to make her education affordable. Our son is ready to start high school next year, and we didn't even look around — Marian is the one and only choice!
- Posted by
Although I moved before I graduated, my best memories and connections to people were from Marian. I loved it. Tough, yes. Worth it, absolutely. Faculty was always fantastic and students always great. My time at Marian means more to me than the 2 years at the school I graduated from in SC.
- Posted by
My daughter absolutely loves Marian Catholic High School. She is receiving a quality education from amazing teachers and staff. She is developing into a wonderful young woman with love and compassion towards all people. Best choice we've ever made sending her to Marian!
- Posted by
I've had my two children attend Marian Catholic HS. MCHS was a perfect fit for my kids and my kids were a perfect fit for MCHS. This school prepares their students with more than just the tools to enter college, they help prepare them for life. MCHS is a great foundation from which their students grow. I couldn't be happier with MCHS.
- Posted by
2nd generation alumnus. Loved my 4 years at MCHS. Strong academic, athletic and social atmosphere. Still have best friends 20 years later!
- Posted by
Love, love, love Marian Catholic!!!! Marian's reputation proceeds itself. It has a wonderful environment that focuses on academics, community and faith. I have 3 sons...... one who graduated from Marian in 2015 and went on to graduate college in 2019; one who is currently a junior and one who will be a freshman next year. Marian has been a blessing. Attending Marian has been an invaluable investment from which our family continues to reap the benefits.
- Posted by
I am proud parent of a Marian Alum and a current student. Our family's experience has been positive on all fronts. The students are challenged academically and supported spiritually while given the opportunity to grow personally. There are an abundance of extra-curricular activities as well as a bevy of sports to complete the Spartan arsenal!
- Posted by
Great school where the administration and faculty expect the students to take pride in their work. To respect one another. And be the best person they can be. Plus a phenomenal music arts program. Great sports program. Broadcast media and STEAM programs. College prep at its best!
- Posted by
Marian was a great choice for my son. The support and dedication the school has for the children is remarkable. The goal is to ensure all kids are equipped with what they need to move on to the next level. I do that my kid was well versed as he went to us his college journey. Kudos to Marian. I would recommend them to any family. Keep up the good work! Class of 2017.
- Posted by
I absolutely LOVED my time at this school. It's hard academically especially in honors/AP classes but very much pays off when your first year of college seems almost easy even in a competitive major. Senior year here was the best year of my life, the time when you finally get close to all your classmates and teachers. This school very much becomes `home` too many students and alumni, and it can be very hard for some kids to graduate and leave it behind. Despite all the pains during my years here, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat despite the sacrifices. You will guaranteed be blessed with an amazing education, lifelong friends, nostalgic memories, and a second home to come back to.
- Posted by
As an alum and parent of 2 alums, Marian Catholic gave me and my children an education that taught us how to learn which allowed us to be successful and competitive in the workforce. The tuition is worth every penny when you see your children move forward to their 1st choice colleges and graduate and succeed from there. Forever a Spartan!
- Posted by

Endorse Marian Catholic High School. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards
Endorse this school:

Recent Articles

What A Teacher Does
What A Teacher Does
A teacher wears many hats. Here's a look at her duties and responsibilities.
How Diverse Are Private Schools?
How Diverse Are Private Schools?
Decades ago private schools could have been accused of being elitist. You had to have money to attend. The student populations were fairly homogeneous. Fortunately that has changed.
Private School Job Searching 101
Private School Job Searching 101
Here is a guide for teachers and administrators seeking employment in private schools. Think of it as a roadmap for the job search process.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 883 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $12,200
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Cook County, IL is $9,311 for elementary schools and $15,967 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Cook County, IL is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

Quick Links