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:



    • 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.


    • 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! 


    • 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


    • 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.


    • 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