Fast Facts

Type of School Roman Catholic Diocesan Co-educational College Preparatory High School. The 17 Catholic Parishes in McHenry County contribute financial support to the school
Founded 1959
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Accreditation AdvancEd – North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement
Recognition Illinois State Board of Education; National Catholic Educational Association
Graduates Over 99% of Marian’s graduates enter institutions of higher learning
Class Size The average class size is 22.6 (2015-16)
Ratio Student/Teacher Ratio is 16.8 to 1 (2015-16)
Open House The annual Open House events are scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AND Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Placement Test The High School Placement Test is administered on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 8:15 AM
Enrollment and Makeup of Student Body
  • Total Enrollment (2015-16): 689 students
  • Catholic: 89.8 %
  • Non-Catholic: 10.2 %
  • Graduates of McHenry County Catholic Jr. High Schools: 65.1 %
  • Graduates of Other Jr. Highs: 34.9 %
  • 6 McHenry County Catholic Schools are represented in the Marian student body: Montini Catholic School, St. Margaret Mary, SS. Peter and Paul, St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Mary and St. John the Baptist; 18 public junior highs; as well as 5 private elementary schools.
Academic Credit Requirements Marian Central requires twenty-four credits for graduation distributed as follows: Credits per Department:

  • 4 English
  • 4 Religious Studies
  • 2 Foreign Language, Art or Music
  • 3 Science (Biology Included)
  • 3 Mathematics
  • 2 Social Studies (.5 Consumer Economics, .5 Government, US History)
  • 3 Physical Education/Health/First Aid
  • 3 Electives

24 Total

Tuition Assistance There are two types of programs: a) the work/job program; and b) the Fr. Joseph Egan Financial Aid Grant program. Both programs require families to complete an application and submit it to a third party with whom the school contracts to confidentially analyze family need. Grants are based solely upon demonstrated need. The maximum assistance from the Fr. Egan program is three-fifths of the tuition of a family from a participating parish. The job program earnings reduce a family’s tuition by approximately $1000 per student. Families can apply for either of the programs or both.
Transportation Options Transportation options include: a) PACE buses between McHenry, Wonder Lake and Marian; between Crystal Lake and Marian; and between Harvard and Marian; b) Contracted school buses between Marian and the following communities – Marengo, Huntley, Algonquin, Lake In The Hills, Crystal Lake, Oakwood Hills, Cary, Johnsburg, Spring Grove, Richmond, and Hebron; c) Woodstock District 200 buses for families residing within the district; and d) car pooling
ACT Profile
Class of Composite Score
2015 24.6
2014 24.8
2013 24.8
2012 24.9
2011 24.3

Marian Central’s ACT scores are the highest in McHenry County. Click here to compare against other area schools.

National Merit Scholarship Program
Class of Commended Semi-Finalist
2016 7 0
2015 1 1
2014 1 0
2013 1 2
2012 5 6
Illinois State Scholarship Program
Graduates # Scholars % of Class
2016 35 22.2%
2015 38 20.0%
2014 37 23.3%
2013 37 23.0%
2012 37 22.0%
Post Graducation Plans & College Scholarships Of the 182 members of the Class of 2015, 97.8% of the class, upon graduation, enrolled in college, .5% joined the military, 1.2%, enrolled in a trade school, 1.2% were undecided. The class members as a whole earned over $24.3 million in college scholarships.
Conference Affiliation Marian Central is a member of the East Suburban Catholic Conference. Other schools in the ESCC include: St. Viator (Arlington Hts.), Marist (Chicago), Marian Catholic (Chicago Hts.), Joliet Catholic Academy, Nazareth Academy (LaGrange Park), Benet Academy (Lisle), Carmel (Mundelein), Notre Dame (Niles), St. Patrick (Chicago)
Athletic Program The following are the athletic program offerings:Boys:

  • Fall: Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer
  • Winter: Basketball, Wrestling
  • Spring: Baseball, Tennis, Track & Field


  • Fall: Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Dance Team,Cheerleading
  • Winter: Basketball, Dance Team, Cheerleading
  • Spring: Soccer, Softball, Track & Field