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MA is Exceptional Academics, with a 10:1 student/teacher ratio and 100% graduation rate. Our school consistently tests above the local, state and national averages at every grade level, plus we offer accelerated learning programs and dual college courses.

MA is student involvement, offering numerous clubs, competitive sports programs and meaningful activities for students of all ages. Our faculty and staff care about each individual student helping them reach their full potential.

MA is religious education, focusing of the teachings of the Catholic Church while emphasizing Christian morals and values that parents teach at home. We educate the whole person.

We are more than a school, We Are Marquette!



Why send your child to Marquette Academy?

With all that's happening in our world today, a safe place for your child's education should be the last of your worries. We have an environment which is moral and value based in a society that needs it now more than ever. As a result of the uncertainty of the pandemic, we've been working hard to make sure we've got all our bases covered.

Despite the difficulties presented by Covid19, our educators were able to provide daily instruction and learning opportunities to our students. We would like to thank the faculty of Marquette Academy for their tremendous efforts in ensuring that our students finished out the school year on a positive note. Through their hard work, our teachers created and provided continued education to all grade levels through the use of google classroom and other online learning platforms. Not only did they supply review materials, they continued onward in providing new educational opportunities through a variety of learning methods. Thank you to all our staff for your tremendous efforts in ensuring that each of our students continued to receive a high quality Catholic education. A message to our principal, Mrs. Rick, from one of our parents says it all:      

“Now that I have e-learning under my belt, I wanted to take a moment to let you know how impressed I am with the job you and Marquette have done throughout all of this.      

 I have a lot of interactions with other schools, and employees who are parents in districts around the Midwest.  Marquette is far ahead of the pack, and you should be incredibly proud of the job you and all of your staff have done.        

My kids have adjusted very well – while missing their friends and teachers like crazy - and the support from their teachers has been excellent and prompt.  I’ve even learned a whole new bunch of programs and software, so old dogs can learn new tricks!      

Thank you for helping to make sending my children to Marquette Academy one of the best, and easiest decisions I ever make.”   

Ryan Reynolds

Due to Marquette Academy’s attention to detail, our students are better prepared for each next step in their education. Our Preschool programs are play and learning based, which means that in Kindergarten, students are reading entire books, writing and doing math. Junior High students are prepared for High School through the use of STEM based learning, focusing on problem solving and analytical thinking, as well as accelerated Math, English and Science classes. With a 100% graduation rate, and an emphasis on community service, our high school seniors are more prepared for college and the real world. We are the only school in this area who offers the Running Start program to earn an Associate’s Degree from IVCC while in high school. We also offer Dual Credit Courses, and the IAI program which both help students earn college credits. Google classroom helps facilitate learning at every grade level, even our youngest students are using technology via Chromebooks, iPads and the computer. All these things combined, puts our students ahead of the game!

Looking towards the Fall, we are planning for our students’ safe return. We are fortunate to have a 10:1 student/teacher ratio, which means smaller class sizes for more one on one focus, as well as ease during return for safety. We will follow CDC requirements and recommendations regarding social distancing and safety, plus we are implementing cleaning protocols and purchasing medical supplies needed. No matter what lies ahead for the upcoming school year, we are confident in saying that Marquette Academy is the best choice for a quality education. Join the Marquette family today! Visit our website at for more information. To schedule a private tour, please contact our main office; GS 815-433-1199 or HS 815-433-0125.

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Early Education Campus – Houses Preschool through 8th grade
1110 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350

High School Campus
1000 Paul Street
Ottawa, IL 61350

Marquette Academy is a Roman Catholic school community consisting of students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni under the direction of the Bishop of Peoria.

Marquette Academy recognizes that every person is created in the image and likeness of God and having an eternal destiny, strives to provide the spiritual, academic, social, emotional and physical formation necessary for an eternal destiny in an ever-changing global society.

We dedicate ourselves to academic excellence, lifelong learning, holistic growth and Christ-like leadership. We believe in the development of the whole person who is value-oriented, competent in communication, and skillful in creative and critical thinking skills.

Marquette Academy also serves as a college preparatory school as well, integrating eternal truth and values into a strong academic program whose goal is to stimulate the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical growth of the students, thus enabling them to become competent, concerned, responsible and ethical members of an ever-changing global society.