Marist School is a Catholic, private, nonprofit, college preparatory, coeducational day school of the Marist Fathers and Brothers serving students in grades seven through twelve. The school is owned and operated by the Society of Mary, more commonly known as the Marists, a religious congregation of priests and brothers founded in France in 1836. Marist was founded in downtown Atlanta in 1901 and is the oldest Catholic secondary school in the Atlanta area. The school moved to its current site on Ashford Dunwoody Road in 1962.
The Faculty and Staff
Marist faculty have, on average, 19 years teaching experience and 88% hold advanced degrees in their fields. The student/faculty ratio is 11:1, and the average class size is 17.
The college counseling staff is composed of three professionals who average more than 17 years' experience in college counseling and/or college admission. They participate in the professional activities of NACAC, SACAC, ACT, ACCIS, and the national and regional organizations of the College Board.
The Student Body
Approximately 1,095 students (50% boys and 50% girls)
25% Other Faiths
African American 7%
Approximately $2 million in tuition assistance is awarded each year.
Campus Ministry & Student Activities
Students are required to perform community service at every grade level. In addition to the individual requirement, every club and varsity team at Marist performs community service. A peer orientation program and several retreat programs are sponsored by Campus Ministry.
Approximately 87% of the student body participates in over 67 different extracurricular clubs and student organizations. There is a strong fine and performing arts program encompassing choral and instrumental music, dance, drama, debate, literary activities, and visual arts. 84% of students participate in an interscholastic sport. Varsity and/or lower program sports are offered in basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling.
The mission of Marist School is to form the whole person in the image of Christ through instruction grounded in religious values, the teachings of the Catholic Church, and the spirit of the Society of Mary. This mission is advanced through communal pursuit of excellence in academic, religious, extracurricular, leadership, and service programs.
Rev. John H. Harhager, S.M.
Rev. Joel M. Konzen, S.M.
Mr. Kevin Mullally
Marist is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) as well as AdvancEd, and holds memberships in numerous professional and educational organizations.