Prospective Families

Welcome to Marian Central Catholic High School!

Marian Central Catholic is one of six Diocesan high schools under the authority and direction of the Bishop of Rockford. It serves as the central high school for the seventeen Catholic parishes in McHenry County. Marian Central welcomes students of families who participate at these McHenry County parishes, students of families who reside in other counties, as well as students of other faiths.

The school began operating in 1959 as a cooperative venture of the then fourteen Catholic parishes in McHenry County. Since that time, over 7,000 students have graduated from the school. In 1995, the first major building expansion project was completed which allowed the school to grow to a student population to over seven hundred. In 1999, the school acquired 27.5 acres of land across the street from the main campus where athletic fields were developed. In 2010, the school completed a science wing and chapel addition. These additions as well as other programmatic updates and additions have been the result of undergoing continual strategic planning followed by implementation in order to assure the school provides outstanding educational opportunities for its students.

As a result of the most recent strategic planning process, many technological updates and additions, facility upgrades, program improvements, and teaching methodologies to name a few are occurring and will continue in the future. Marian Central welcomes over 700 students each day providing a comfortable and friendly community where students are valued and educated in all aspects of their being. Classes are small enough for students to get to know each other, yet our student body is large enough that we offer a varied and challenging college preparatory curriculum. Teachers and staff are dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional growth of every student, and they strive to provide the attention nurturing and support necessary for a successful high school career.

Throughout the school year, we conduct spiritual retreats, daily Mass in our chapel where teams, clubs and student groups gather for Eucharistic celebrations, all school Masses, a communal penance service during lent, regularly scheduled adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and regularly scheduled confession opportunities. All year long Marian Central encourages its students to participate in volunteer work and offers opportunities for students to contribute their talents and time to charities through extracurricular organizations such as Catholics in Action, Key Club, Student Council, the National Honor Society and other clubs. Marian calls its student to be supportive, caring individuals in the classroom, on the stage, on the athletic fields and courts, and in the community.

We offer a Catholic/Christian faith community where students are encouraged to grow religiously and spiritually as they interact with each other, the church, and society. Our curriculum challenges all students, fosters academic excellence, encourages the development of critical thinking skills, promotes physical wellness, and leads to a commitment to life-long learning within a caring and moral educational environment. We prepare our students to be responsible citizens in society as well as active participants in society. Most importantly, we guide our students in character development and the establishment of ethical standards through the application of Catholic principles and the teaching mission of the Church.