Last month I wrote about the introduction of Mandarin into our middle school program and how that effort is an extension of our mission to education global citizens.

Of course, global citizens must have more than just facility with foreign languages. To become contributing members of a global society, we believe our students need to have experiences working with others different than themselves.

At Marshall, we strive to create such environments and opportunities in several ways:

  • By attracting and admitting a diverse racial and socio-economic student population locally.
  • By attracting and admitting international students who can share the very different cultural experiences they have had globally.
  • By providing opportunities for our students to experience other cultures through study abroad experiences, both during the school year and over the summer break.

Today, I want to write about the inclusiveness in our student body. Contrary to popular opinion, Marshall students are not all the same. In fact, Marshall is more diverse than our three public school counterparts in Duluth. Last year, the latest in which we have comparable data, 19% of Marshall students (nearly one in five) were a part of a minority group. According to figures provided by the public schools, that compares with 17% of the student body at Central, 14% at Denfeld, and just 7% at East.

Nor are students all from “rich” families. This current year, 23% of Marshall families had combined incomes of less than $50,000 a year.

We are very proud of the ways in which such a diverse group of students quickly learns to look beyond their difference and work toward common goals. The most common goal at Marshall: To succeed academically. What is the best way to tell? All our students see college in their futures.