Marianapolis Preparatory School

Thompson, Connecticut, USA view map
Co-Ed, Roman Catholic

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Marianapolis Preparatory School is a coeducational, Catholic boarding and day school offering college preparation for students of all faiths. At Marianapolis, students from the United States and 19 foreign countries come together to develop the confidence and skills required for spiritual, intellectual, athletic, and artistic success. Marianapolis enrolls 400 day and boarding students. The school’s 150-acre campus provides a beautiful and safe haven for study and athletics. The cultural and entertainment riches of Boston (1 hour), Providence (1 hour) and New York (3 hours) are readily accessible from our campus. Marianapolis has an extensive ESL Program.

P.O. Box 304, 26 Chase Road, Thompson, Connecticut, USA 06277

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Director of Admission: Dan Harrop
Admissions Phone:860-923-9245Fax:860-923-3730
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: January 31
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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  • Founded: 1926
  • Campus Size: 150 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, CAIS/CT
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     74 134 208
Boys     96 96 192
Total     170 230 400

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $41,928
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $13,745
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 30.00%
  • Average Awarded: $0

Summary: MPS Students Are Excited about Learning. Academics are the heart of a Marianapolis education, and each student thrives within a rigorous college preparatory course of study. Marianapolis nurtures students to become responsible and independent learners, as well as challenges students with an exciting and extensive program emphasizing breadth of intellectual exposure, depth of study, and significant out-of-class preparation. Consisting of core traditional academic subjects, the curriculum reflects the richness and diversity of a broad spectrum of cultures. The curriculum fosters the development of critical and disciplined thinking, precise communication and scientific analysis, creative problem solving, careful and logical thinking, and understanding of the social, scientific, and political background of Western and non-Western civilization. At all grade levels, the curriculum encourages students to think critically, creatively, and independently, and to articulate ideas effectively.

Department Director: Karen Tata

Average Class Size: 17

Full Time Teachers: 35

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 40.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 13

Notable Achievements: Math Team ties for 1st place in CT in 2012, One student named National Merit Finalist, One student named National Merit Semi-Finalist

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center
  • Science & Math Center
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • European History
  • Honors
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Civil War, Vietnam War, Women's History, WW II
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • The Bible
  • Ethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Justice
  • Theology
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women's History
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • Web Design
  • Networking
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • History of Music
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Voice
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Journalism
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Publications
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Textiles
  • Theater Arts
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Multivariable Calculus sponsored by EPGY at Stanford University
    L.E.A.P. Week

AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • European History
  • US Government & Politics
  • Physics B
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • US History
  • World History

Summary: Marianapolis is a warm, loving, community and our student life reflects that. We strive to offer activities, both intellectual and social, that appeal to all our students. Whether you love chess or dancing, like to debate or make pottery, there is something, and usually several things, for each student to enjoy. There are movie nights, and board game nights, and dorm decoration competitions. There are bonfires and barbeques and ice cream socials, and traditions like Rake Day and Homecoming. For our boarding population, there are trips to Boston and New York City for shopping, sporting events and shows and more. Our ESL students learn about American culture with monthly trips to educational and fun destinations.

Department Director: David DiCicco

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 6

Average Students Per Dorm: 20

No. of Girls Dorms: 4

No. of Boys Dorms: 2

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 
Kitchen Facilities 

Dress Code: Formal

Student Life

Summary: Living at Marianapolis means making friends with not just classmates and roommates, but with your dorm parents and your teachers. The campus is absolutely beautiful, 150 acres (60 hectares) gorgeous tree and flower-filled acres. But it is the people who you will love the most. Our residential and day students' lives are filled with activities, academics, sports and clubs. For our residential students, living with friends from the U.S. and around the world is one of our student's favorite part about Marianapolis. Dorm living promotes independence as students learn how to balance their studies with their social lives. Living on campus you will have the option to participate in more activities. Whether it's a game of basketball or soccer outside, billiards or ping pong in the game room, or a trip to Boston for the day. Each weekend offers as least one outing as well as on campus fun, or you can stay behind and study--it's your choice. Dorm Parents are faculty members who live in the dorms as guardians, role models, rule enforcers and mentors. They offer students a balance of steady support and guidance.


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Indoor basketball court(s)

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Honor Council
  • International Clubs
  • Math Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Science Bowl
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Summary: A Team for Each Student At Marianapolis, students can choose between 13 varsity teams and 19 other athletic programs, honing their skills and building their strength with two hours of practice every afternoon. The less experienced athlete can compete at the junior varsity or third team level, while the varsity athlete is challenged by a more demanding practice and game schedule. Come to a game on campus and see the results for yourself - healthy, enthusiastic students and highly competitive teams.

Arts Department Director: Rebecca Patenaude

Athletics Department Director: Eric Gustavson

Notable Achievements: 2013 Boys' Varsity Baseball SENE champions, 2013 Girls' Varsity Basketball win SENE, 2011 SENE Boys Golf Champions

  • Art Club
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Bowling
  • Dance
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Snowboarding
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Summary: Our curriculum standards, faculty advising program, and extracurricular opportunities ensure that our students will learn the skills they will need for success in college. By focusing on the personal and intellectual growth of each student, the faculty and the curriculum prepare students well for the rigors of higher education. Advisors, teachers, and deans help each student choose an appropriately challenging class schedule and advise about athletics, extracurricular activities, community service opportunities, and standardized tests – all of which play parts in the college admissions process. We know every student well and can offer each student individualized guidance to choose the school that will be the best fit for his or her talents, interests, and personality.

Department Director: Edward Sembor, PhD

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

American University Anna Maria College Art Institute of Boston Art Institute of Chicago Assumption College Babson College Bard College Bates College Bentley College Berklee College of Music Boston College Brandeis University Brown University Bryant University Bryn Mawr College Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve Catholic University Clark University Clarkson University Colby College Colby-Sawyer College Colgate University College of the Holy Cross College of William and Mary Connecticut College Cornell University Dartmouth University Davidson College Drexel University Earlham College Elmira College Emory University Endicott College Fairfield University Fordham University Franklin Pierce College Georgetown University George Washington University Gettysburg College Grinnell College Hartt School of Music Hartwick College Hamilton College Indiana University Ithaca College James Madison University Johns Hopkins University Johnson & Wales University Lafayette College Lehigh University London School of Economics Loyola University, Chicago Lynchburg College Manhattanville College MA College of Pharmacy MacLester College McGill University Miami University, Ohio Middlebury College Mills College Mount Holyoke College New York University Ohio University Ohio Wesleyan University Parsons School of Design Penn State University Pitzer College Pratt Institute Providence College Purdue University Quinnipiac University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island College Rochester Institute of Technology Rosemont College Rutgers University Sacred Heart University Saint Michael’s College Salve Regina University Simmons College Stonehill College Stony Brook University Seton Hall University Skidmore College Saint Anselm College St. John's College, MD St. Lawrence University St. Michael's College Stonehill College SUNY Albany SUNY Stonybrook Syracuse University United States Airforce Academy United States Naval Academy University of California University of Chicago University of Connecticut (UCONN) University of Hartford University of Illinois University of Madrid University of Massachusetts University of Michigan University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Rhode Island (URI) University of Rochester University of Vermont University of Virginia University of Wisconsin Vassar College Washington College, MD Washington University, MO Wesleyan University Wheaton College Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: The Marianapolis campus is active throughout the summertime! Enrolled Marianapolis Prep School students have an opportunity to continue their courses of study in the MPS Summer Session. Participants take summer classes in order to meet graduation requirements on time. Non-native English speaking students also make tremendous progress in our intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program throughout June and July. Open to students entering U.S. grades 5-8 is Camp Stonewall, a residential summer camp. Participants choose from a wide variety of sports, drama, and arts & crafts activities during the day, and enjoy all-camp special events in the evenings. International campers are welcomed as part of the International Summer Learners (ISL) program, and everyone can participate in our S.W.A.T. weekend adventure trips.

Department Director: Edward Sembor

Camp Stone Wall

July 01, 2013 to August 09, 2013

Camp Stonewall is a co-ed sleepaway camp nestled on the Marianapolis Prep School campus serving ages 9-14. We offer daily activities in athletics as well as performing and visual arts. The Camp Stonewall community values respect, loyalty, independence and enthusiasm among all of campers and staff.

Registration Deadline: July 01, 2013
Tuition: $1,500
Financial Aid Available:  No
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