"Lets face the facts, the majority of the school is white. But as an African American female student, I will say that I never was mistreated by any of my teachers or fellow classmates. In the begining, it was hard to make friends because I was shy and I came from an all Black Catholic grammar school. So coming into an all white environment, took some adjusting for me. By, my sophomore year, I had joined two sports, a club and made friends. I am now a junior and matained a 3.8 G.P.A.! I have been on the honor roll for four straight semesters. The classes here, are extremely challenging esp if you are in honir and A.P. classes. I would recommend this school to other minority students. The sports programs abd academic programs are strong. Additionally, graduates go on to the best top colleges in the U.S."
"Marist is great, I just wanted to address the "racism" issue. I have never seen any racism at marist, whatsoever. All my friends accept and like African Americans (I cannot speak for a whole school). In fact one sits at my lunch table every day and we tell jokes and there is nothing different. The reason why the majority is white is because roughly 85 percent of the area is white, so of course the majority of the school is white! Teachers are great, though some portions of the school are underfunded (Hockey team, band) it is overall a great school for everything."
"Some of the negative reviews below contain some of the most twisted lies I have ever seen. First, dealing with the issue of "racism" at Marist. Complaints below say that there is a lack of diversity in the school; I can't seem to wrap my head around it. Marist is a private school that accepts applications and testing from ANY student. So is the lack of diversity caused by racism? Or lack of interest by minorities? I would have to say it is the latter. I am a white male, and I never even considered race when I chose my friends (my best friend is black). Everyone is accepted and loved at Marist; students that are Hispanic, Black, artistic, athletic, smart, shy, outgoing are all part of the Marist community. I could bore you with statistics, but I know first-hand that our academics are second to none. The teachers are so helpful and always there to help, and, as cheesy as it sounds, they make learning fun. The Redhawk Athletic teams are always some of the best, and we the best student section in the world cheering them on. I truly love everything about this school. If you want to make the best of your high school years, please consider Marist. GO REDHAWKS!"
"I'm a graduate of 2013 and I hated everything about this school. I would have transferred if it weren't for the fact I was forced to go to a private school. If you're an athletic kid you'll fit in fine and think Marist is the best place on the earth, but if you're someone who takes the artistic path then don't go here. Basically, a bunch of rich athletes who care little to nothing up those who do not fit inside of their binary. Another problem I had with the school is that some of the teachers were completely worthless. It seems that the better teachers are only given to honors students. HOWEVER, I did have a few teachers that were very great that I have learned valuable lessons from. The only reason Marist does not fail on my book is because as much as I did not fit in, and as much as I hated the school and mostly the people, I did end up going to college prepared for the most part. The curriculum, when you apply yourself, will get you places. BUT, if you can apply yourself in any setting I recommend sticking to a public school where creativity is accepted and you won't live a miserable life trying to fit in."
"Marist HS is one of the most racist schools in Chicago, think about it's location. The staff is friendly, but administration cares nothing about African-American students. Your child may be recruited for sports with big promises, DON"T BUY IT! If your are of a minority race, RUN; students are allowed to call others the N word and get away with it on a daily basis. My child came home everyday telling me of the racist incidents and how it was never addressed. My child now attends the local public school, and loves it. Why spend $$$$ for your child to be called out of their name. Parents, of minority students take my advice, find a different school!! All of the African American parents will tell you it's racists but they don't stand up and fight the school on this issue. In light of the Zimmerman case, Marist would embrace him and so would many of the families who live in Mt. Greenwood and surrounding areas. Don't buy that brothers and sisters for life, it doesn't apply to the African American students. The school gives you an excellent song & dance to recruit you, but it is totally opposite. RUN QUICKLY and find your child another school!!"