MARIAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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700 ASHLAND AVE
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL 60411
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Phone: 708-755-7565
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Catholic
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 271.8
  • Number Students: 1087
  • Number Teachers: 77
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Steven Tortorello
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  • VOC-TECH
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (31 ratings)
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    School Reviews (29 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-21
    "My daughter has had so many opportunities while playing in the band. Her level of academia is outstanding because of the expectations of the teachers and curriculum. There is no sub par expectation. If that's where you are in your desires and/ or abilities, then this is not the school for you. Elbow grease will be needed and you are expected to earn what you get. I'm glad I chose Marian and feel secure that this school has adequately prepared her for the next chapters in her life."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-29
    "Marian is great school for academics. My concern is the new administration. A lot of the seasoned experienced teachers have recently retired and we have a principal with no management experience. In addition, the school decided to rollout iPad e-textbooks. Parents had to cough up $700 for iPad with case, insurance, keyboard. $300+ in books. The school took on way too much rolling this out to the entire school - books not downloading, book provider who has horrible customer service, connectivity issues for kids at school. I feel terrible for the Seniors who had to buy the iPad in their last year. My kid is a Junior and I am none to happy about it. Voiced concerns to the school - and their response was the kids will use it in college. WRONG...niece is a freshman at Harvard - Windows Laptop required. If the administration is this out of touch....how will they lead the school???"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-21
    "There is a lot of great things at Marian Catholic and much I am a happy about. However, I am writing this review for potential band parents and students. The renonwed band program at MCHS has a lot to offer but be careful. If your son or daughter wants to expand their horizon and participate in sports, musicals or any other school activity they will be discouraged by the band leadership. If you have a kid that wants to do nothing but band...fine...go for it. The band program wields much power at the school. Don't believe band leadership when they say your kid can do sports or other fine arts activities. We volunteered countless hours in the band program and were treated like pariahs when our talented child wanted to do more than marching band. Whle they preach leadership and provide opportunites to lead they don't teach how to lead in difficult situations. The band is extremely talented and hats off to the dedicated students and parents. Since 25% of the student body is in band and the band has won state in their class for over 30 years, they wield far too much power at the school. My advice...stand up to the band leadership bullys!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-04
    "After reading some of the negative reviews, I was surprised because they are the opposite of my daughter's opinion of MCHS. A dedicated student, she thrives on the high expectations of the teachers. Her GPA has remained 4.0 from the beginning. There may be some "bratty" students or those with "entitlement attitudes", as there are everywhere, but she also knows that the only thing anyone is entitled to is what they earn. Such "bratty" students are far outnumbered, and are only the focus of those who choose to focus on them. Moving on, for the motivated student who values academic achievement and strives to excel, MCHS is an excellent school. Students who are not so motivated may dislike the expectations and requirements. Fundraising? What private school doesn't have fundraisers? MCHS's fundraisers are about the same as any other private school, possibly lighter than some. Having met many of my daughter's friends, I like the students I know and find them warm, positive, focused, dedicated and supportive of one another. All in all, I love what MCHS offers my daughter and our family."
    Student Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-29
    "Marian is not what it used to be. Recently, it has become all about money and not focusing enough on the care of the students who go there. You get in more trouble for not turning in calendar money than being disrespectful to one another. Yes, Marian has an excellent academic program and prep for college but good morals should be taught along with that. Also the admission process is not difficult. I know plenty of people who did not pass the original entrance exam but went to summer school to be accepted. My hard work on the exam didn't even matter because everyone else just went to summer school and got put into B classes. It was that easy. (Another way Marian focuses on retrieving money). Plenty of other schools have high expectations AND warm, respectful communities. In the perspective of a leader and an honors student, If you want your child to be unhappy and in an environment that pushes you down instead of lifting you up, send him or her to Marian."
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