Our School

Marvin Ridge High School was established August 2007 in Waxhaw, NC.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the students, staff and Marvin Ridge Community for all of the following recent achievements:

 

ACADEMICS

  • Graduation Rates: 99.7% for 2015-16; 99.5% for 2014-2015; 99.4% for 2013-2014; 99.7% for 2012-13; 100% for 2011-12; 99.34% for 2010-11; 97.4% for 2009-2010; 98.1% for 2008-2009
  • North Carolina READY Initiative/Accountability Model Performance Composite Testing Results: 90% for 2015-16; 93% for 2014-2015; 85.2% for 2013-2014; 81.1% for 2012-2013
  • Named an Honor School of Excellence for 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2102-2013 by State Department of Education ! 98.6% on/above grade level per EOC tests!! Read more...
  • Community Read is sponsored by MRHS each summer - all staff and students read the book and we have a day of discussion and activities when school resumes in the fall; Community Read's have included The House of the Scorpion; Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Hunger Games; choice of 3 books about the Sudan (ex. They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky); choice of five books about the Middle East; choice of five books about China and Chinese-Americans; Thirteen Reasons Why; and The Overachievers.

ATHLETICS

  • Conference Athletic Wells Fargo Cup Winner: 2007-2008 through 2015-2016 (nine consecutive years)
  • North Carolina Wells Fargo State Cup Winner 2013-14 
  • North Carolina State Cup Runner-up for 2014-15 and 2015-16
  • Read more about our Athletic program
  • The best student section in UCPS - the Orange Crush! 

CLUBS AND OTHER EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • over 60 active clubs - MRHS Clubs for Students
  • Largest FBLA chapter in NC for the past 6 years
    • students learn about business through meetings, guest speakers, trips to New York City and Orlando, as well as regional, state, and national competitions
    • in the past ten years, over 200 students have placed at state competitions, and over 15 students have placed nationally, with two National Champions
  • MRHS has a top-performing Speech and Debate program
  • MRHS provides an Annual Leadership Workshop for Student Council and all club presidents

FINE ARTS

  • The MRHS Chorus consistently receives Superior ratings at regional adjudicated performances.
    • In Spring 2017, the MRHS Chorus will present combined concerts with the UNC-Charlotte University Chorale
    • The MRHS Chorus received Gold ratings at the World Strides Heritage Festival in Washington, DC (2013) and New Orleans (2014)
  • The MRHS Marching Band has consistently been a class champion over the past eight years and has been named the Grand Champion Band in at least one contest for the past six seasons. 
    •  The Color Guard was named Gold mentalist at the 2014 WGI World Championships in the Class A Division and was a finalist in the open division in 2016. 
    •  The Concert Band has received a superior rating in Grade 6 over the past 8 years. 
    • The Jazz Band has received numerous awards as well. 
    • The band would like to express their gratitude to the Marvin Community.
  • Our Theatre Arts program has produced performances such as Alice in Wonderland and Servant of Two Masters (2008-2009);The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Clue (2009-2010); Jungle Book and Godspell (2010-2011); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Urinetown (2011-2012). In 2012-13, Charlotte's Web garnered local acclaim and the musical Once Upon a Mattress brought down the house. The Theatre Arts program was nominated for multiple "Blumey" Awards which recognize excellence in high school theatre.

OTHER REASONS WE THINK OUR SCHOOL IS THE BEST...

  • Our ranking with US News and World Report Top Public High Schools (full report here).
  • Our sister school connection to the High School Affliated to Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China
  • Teachers of the Year: Kim Cooke (2007-2008), David Dahari (2008-2009), Sandra Tran (2009 - 2010), Mark Mennitt (2010 - 2011), Crystal Powell (2011 - 2012); Kelly Gates (2012-2013); Lindsey Arant (2013-2014); Matthew Montroy (2014-2015); Mari McTamney (2015-2016)
  • Is currently the only IB (International Baccalaureate World School) in UCPS with a Diploma Programme whose succcess rate surpasses all national and world averages.
  • Number of AP (Advanced Placement) courses offered
  • Foreign Languages offered: Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Latin
  • Distance Learning Program offering courses through the internet from NCVPS and UCVirtual
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