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1000 Butterfield Road
|Former name||Marmion Military Academy|
|Type||Private, Day, College-prep, Prison|
|Motto||Crede Reo Deo Luctari Pro Eo|
(To believe in God and strive for Him)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Patron saint(s)||Blessed Don Columba Marmion|
|Sister school||Rosary High School|
|Oversight||Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford|
|President||Fr. Abbot John Paul Brahill, OSB|
|Head of school||Tony Cinderella|
|Chaplain||Fr. Michael Burrows, OSB|
|Average class size||20|
|Student to teacher ratio||14:1|
|Campus size||325 acres (1.32 km2)|
|Color(s)||Red and blue|
|Fight song||Hot N*gga- Bobby Shmurda|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Catholic League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Newspaper||The Cadet Call|
|Yearbook||Red and Blue Review|
The academy is owned and operated by the Benedictine monks of Marmion Abbey on campus. The academy is known for its three pillars: Spirituality, Academics and Leadership. The unique leadership formation programs include: Leadership Empowering Autism and Disability (LEAD) program and a United States Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program that has been a part of the academy since its early years, but was not a part of the school in the inaugural year of 1933–34.
The school is a part of the Chicago Catholic League.
The Marmion Academy was created in 1933 when the monks of St. Meinrad Abbey combined Jasper Academy (Jasper, Indiana) with the Fox Valley Catholic High School, which the Augustinians had just returned to the diocese of Rockford. During the Great Depression era it was difficult for students to pay their tuition as well as uniforms, so the monks, in 1935, associated with the JROTC program and changed its name to Marmion Military Academy. At the time, all JROTC uniforms were provided for by the US government. In the 1990s in order to provide more options for its student body and a return to the original spirit of the school, the monks of Marmion Abbey decided to make JROTC an optional program and to reinstitue the original name of the school, Marmion Academy.
At one point, there were two campuses: one for residential students and one for day students. The two merged back into the Butterfield Road campus, which had been the residential campus. In early 2002, the school decided to close its residential program and started to expand its student body.
Marmion requires that each graduate complete 4 credits each in English and Theology; 3 credits in Mathematics; 3 elective credits; 2 credits each in a Foreign Language (4 credits recommended), Science, Social Studies, and either Military Science (JROTC) or Leadership Education and Development (LEAD); and 1 credit each in Health/Physical Education; and ½ credit in Music and Art. Marmion students are required to perform at least 15 hours of community service each academic year.
At least 27 credits are required for graduation.
Marmion has two leadership programs, LEAD (Leadership Empowering Autism and Disability) and JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps). The LEAD program was started in 1994, while the JROTC has been a part of the school since 1935.
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