What is an International Baccalaureate Candidate School?

Purcell Marian High School is a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.*  IB World Schools share a common philosophy and commitment to provide a high-quality, challenging and truly international education that we believe is important for our students.


*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes:  the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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You can feel the positive energy at Purcell Marian High School!

That's what people are saying when they visit, talk to our students, or observe our teachers in our classrooms.  And that's what we want to share with you!  Whether you're a prospective student, parent, alum or neighbor, Purcell Marian welcomes the opportunity to share the exciting positive energy flowing through our school!  From being named an International Baccalaureate (IB) Candidate School* to the return of girls soccer, there are exciting changes taking place all over campus.


We hope you'll take a moment to check out some of the highlights below.  We can't wait to show you what's coming next!


Together.  Onward Cavaliers!

Characteristics of a Marianist Education 

  • Educate about responsibilities to God, family, neighbor and self.

  • Cultivate a willingness to serve others.

  • Bear witness to the Gospel with a personal and committed faith that touches the heart.

  • Promote dialogue between faith and culture that illuminates reality from the perspective of the Gospel.

  • Bear witness with a faithful commitment to the church that makes the Gospel credible today and tomorrow.

  • Make present the example and influence of Mary as the first disciple and as an educator in faith.
  • Create a favorable environment for education.

  • Cultivate interpersonal relationships characterized by openness, respect, integrity, and dialogue.

  • Express authority as a loving and dedicated service.

  • Influence others by exhibiting the Marianist traits of openness, hospitality, graciousness, and faith.

  • Provide a coherent curriculum, professional personnel, and adequate facilities and finances.

  • Develop respect for the dignity of the person as a son or daughter of God, unique and individual.

  • Develop an interior spirit and self-knowledge.

  • Develop a concern for global and local issues of culture, ecology, and the use of technology.

  • Foster diversity among faculty and staff as well as student body.

  • Offer Mary as a model of integrity in relation to the realities of the world.
  • Promote a missionary spirit for the reign of God.

  • Educate for solidarity, justice, and peace.

  • Attend to the poor and marginalized.

  • Promote the dignity and rights of women.

  • Promote programs of service, encouraging the formation of Christian service groups.

  • Announce the goodness and justice of God, and denounce oppression under the prophetic influence of Mary.
  • Educate to shape the future.

  • Develop critical thinking skills in the search for truths.

  • Be open and adapt to global and local context through enculturation and interdisciplinary education.

  • Be available and respond to the signs of the times in faith.

  • Educate persons to accept and respect differences in a pluralistic society.