The Centers of Excellence

Marianapolis strives to prepare our students for all aspects of college life and beyond. We want our students to grow into successful individuals and contributing citizens to the global community. At Marianapolis, we want students who want to take every advantage that Marianapolis has to offer and run with it.

The college admission process is becoming more and more selective each year.  In the college process of today, it is not always enough for students to have good grades. College admissions boards are now looking for well-rounded individuals, to contribute to their communities. As a result, Marianapolis has been striving to create new opportunities for our students to stand out to college admissions boards and have the highest opportunity for success. With this in mind, Marianapolis launched two new signature programs: The Ninth Grade Experience and the Centers of Excellence.

Ninth Grade Experience

Marianapolis believes that the preparation of students to be prepared for college and life after Marianapolis begins the second students step on campus their freshman year. The Ninth Grade experience will teach freshman the skills needed to succeed not only at Marianapolis, but for the rest of their academic career. The Casimir Seminar and the Humanities course combined focus on building skills that students can use in their day-to-day lives such as critical thinking, communication, and cross-curricular learning.

Centers of Excellence

Building off of the skills obtained their freshman year, sophomores will have the option to enroll in one of two Centers-- Business & Entrepreneurship and Civic Engagement & Service. A third Center involving innovation is in the process of being developed. The Centers of Excellence were created with the idea of giving students the opportunity to gain more practical experience while allowing them to become globally engaged in a specific focal area in addition to the traditional education model. Each of the Centers will embark on a unique course curriculum focused on the area of study of their chosen Center, complete a three-week supervised internship, and complete a senior capstone project, among other requirements. Students who have successfully completed the program, in addition to the standardized graduation requirements, will receive a specialized diploma at graduation.

Formation: 9th Grade

By the end of their first year, students will have developed skills in:

  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Information Fluency
  • Oral Communication
  • Ethical & Civic Responsibility
  • Quantitative Literacy


  • Humanities
  • Casimir Seminar

Exploration: 10th Grade

During the sophomore year, students will begin to consider specific areas for further academic exploration through:

  • Targeted Courses
  • The LEAP Experience
  • The Lunch & Learn Series
  • Guest Speakers
  • Clubs & Activities


  • Civic Engagement
  • Legal Studies
  • Business & Entrepreneurship

Application: 11th Grade

The highlight of the 11th grade for students in the Centers of Excellence is the completion of a supervised, structured internship experience. 

Students will have the opportunity to apply learned concepts and skills to a potential career path through this three-week experiential learning requirement. 


  • Finance & Accounting
  • Global Government
  • Internship Seminar

Evaluation: 12th Grade

During the senior year, students enrolled in the program will engage in a major capstone project in the form of a written work that brings together their conceptual understanding of the human endeavor, their application of skills learned, and their experiential learning outcomes. 


  • Capstone
  • International Business
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Micro & Macro Economics
For more information or to answer any questions, please contact Dr. Ed Sembor, Associate Dean of Experiential Learning.
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