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Causes: Education, Primary & Elementary Schools, Secondary & High Schools

Mission: Marian Middle School, a Catholic school serving adolescent girls of all religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by fostering their spiritual, academic, social, moral, emotional, and physical development in preparation for and successful completion of college preparatory high schools.

Results: Since Marian Middle School opened its doors to 14 girls in 2000, the school has shepherded 214 young women through middle school. Our alumnae have a 96% high school graduation rate and 82% go on to enroll in post-secondary programs at two- and four-year institutions of higher education. Moreover, Marian Middle School has watched 15 alumnae graduate from college and begin their careers. Plus, we have given over $1.4 million in scholarship money to our graduates over the past 10 years!

Target demographics: Students who attend Marian Middle School come from low-income backgrounds.

Direct beneficiaries per year: During the 2015-2016 school year, we served more than 100 girls in grades five through twelve.

Geographic areas served: Students travel from 24 different zip codes around the St. Louis metropolitan area to receive a life-altering education.

Programs: Marian offers an extended school day (10 hours), a longer school year (10 months), small class sizes, a challenging academic program in a disciplined environment, a full array of enrichment activities, counseling services, and graduate support to alumnae in order to succeed in our mission to break the cycle of poverty for students.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Marian is a great place to grow as yourself with visionary leadership and committed enthusiastic teachers. Students are friendly and happy and confident.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long time volunteer and supporter, I am so proud of the accomplishments of Marian Middle School students. The curriculum is challenging and students work hard to achieve their goals, while teachers encourage them reach even higher. From middle school, to high school, to college and beyond, Marian Middle School supports girls and their families on their road to success.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marian is making a difference in the lives of the girls and their families everyday!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marian Middle School is a great place for girls to get a quality education and firm foundation for a successful life!

turner1973

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was accepted as an incoming 6th grader, and it was a blessing! Sarah thrived, and had opportunities that she would not have had in public school . She went on to the IB program, where she excelled, and she earned a full scholarship to Hofstra University iN NY. She is a freshman at Hofstra this year, and our family still stays in touch with many of her former teachers from Marian. We appreciate everything they did for our child, and our family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter attended Marian Middle School for 6th and 7th grades. We then moved out of STL. She is 16 and was accepted into NYU'S Summer program this year. She (and we, as parents), credits Marian Middle School for building her knowledge, her self-esteem and encouraging her to succeed. I wish that every young lady had the opportunity to be a Marian student.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a founding Board member I am honored to have been a part of helping a dedicated group of people that planted the seeds for Marian Middle School.

16 years later, Marian has a 95% graduation rate and helped hundreds of young women prepare for college preparatory high schools on through college. With an emphasis on a quality education, emotional and spiritual support Marian has laid the foundation to help students achieve their potential, and the chance to break the cycle of poverty.

Today Marian is supported by dedicated teachers, staff, volunteers and a donor community that is committed to it's ongoing success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marian Middle School provides young women with the education and empowerment to look to their futures and know that they can truly accomplish anything. This school gives each student the opportunity to learn and grow, and feel confidence in their abilities to do well and succeed. There is such an uplifting spirit that is shared by the students, parents, faculty, and volunteers that embodies the mission of Educating Girls for Life. The lessons learned go far beyond the classroom and out to the community and hopefully someday the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Marian Middle School is an amazing place with passionate teachers and enthusiastic staff members. Everyone in the Marian community goes above and beyond to educate the students for life. Marian not only teaches the typical curriculum, but they also do things like bring in volunteers to have the students do mock interviews, and connect the students with business people in the community. Any student would be lucky to attend Marian Middle School.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This school not only gives young girls an opportunity to transform their lives but teaches them how to be the next generation of leaders. Their STEM initiative hits it out of the park. Great people doing great things!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's an amazing school school and a wonderful place for girls to evolve and become wonderful women

Ana E.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the mission and what Marian does for these girls! They are truly Educating Girls for Life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is a student at MMS. This school deeply cares about their students. They are educating them for life! They know each girl is an individual with her own unique talents and abilities. They want them to flourish and be successful in life! We are very thankful for this opportunity for my daughter!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This school is so special. In educating girls for life, they've made a difference in so many girls formative years. The school sets high expectations for their girls and gives them the support they need to succeed. Marian is focused on academic and social preparation for high school. Marian has 215 graduates and 80% of graduates have attended college.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Marian Middle School is amazing! Everyone- administration, teachers, staff, volunteers are committed to the girls. I have been privileged to work with them on a professional level. Spent a week with the 5th grade girls, teacher, and volunteers. All of them were powerful ambassadors for the school. Marian Middle School- you have so much to be proud of! Thank-you for the work you are doing and the example you are setting!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Marian Middle School has opened it's doors to many Hispanic girls from poor families who are not able to pay for a quality education. Most Hispanic children have to attend public schools where they are considered lesser beings, are bullied for their lack of English, and resort to dropping out early or joining gangs. This school encourages friendly communication, equality, and justice, while teaching the necessary subjects (math, reading, science, etc.). While many public schools are failing our children, Marian Middle School is an example to follow.

Martha35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marian Middle School is a joyful, exciting place. I love going there. The girls are polite and serious but also fun loving. The teachers are remarkable, always upbeat and helpful. The halls are neat and the atmosphere is one of appreciation.

Martha Alderson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at Marian last year. I was amazed at the girls' enthusiasm for learning and for the disciplined yet friendly and relaxed atmosphere in the school. The staff extends their hospitality with a sincerity that makes you feel special. But as I learned, it is the girls and this school that are special and unique! Without a doubt, Marian provides a unique option for girls to participate in a top-notch school.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Marian middle school is helping to break the cycle of poverty for the girls who attend school there. They provide a firm foundation of learning for the students, not just for school, but for life. When girls graduate from Marian in 8th grade they are well-prepared for high school, college, and beyond. The faculty and staff are excellent and their dedication to their students is unwavering. I hope one day that every girl gets a chance to be a Marian Girl!

Former staff

Rating: 5

Marian Middle School is an incredible school where the teachers and faculty, supported by generous donors, work hard to foster the holistic development of young ladies who exhibit the grit and talent to be future leaders in our communities.