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Marian University Launches New K-12 Private School, Offers Flexible, Faith-Based Learning Across Indiana

Indiana families looking for a flexible, faith-based learning experience can now enroll in Marian University Preparatory School, a new virtual/hybrid, K-12 education option founded by Marian University and powered by Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN) – the nation’s leading provider of innovative, high-quality and tech-enabled education solutions.

“At Marian University Preparatory School (MU Prep), we believe all students deserve to master what they love and learn as they live,” said Head of School Jessica Morales Maust. “In partnership with Stride K12, we will champion every child to self-actualize their gifts, abilities and character while transforming the delivery of traditional K-12 education for every student and teacher we serve.”

Opening in August, Marian University Preparatory School will provide a learning model that blends the best of virtual instruction and face-to-face engagement, and is grounded and guided by faith. Using the comprehensive learning platform from Stride, Inc. to provide a world-class, personalized education experience, MU Prep will offer an adaptable curriculum in core subjects, religion, electives, and career and college readiness, as well as the platform, tools and resources necessary for successful online and hands-on learning.

MU Prep families will benefit from a high-quality academic schedule that fits their life. In addition to full-time virtual learning, families can elect for full-time hybrid learning known as Prep Plus, which combines virtual and in-person learning for a more hands-on experience. Mobilizing an engaging mastery-based curriculum are state-certified teachers with extensive training and experience who will provide virtual/hybrid instruction. Students will have access to comprehensive support, AP and honors courses, work-based learning opportunities, Marian University’s campus and network and most importantly, an engaging school community that extends far beyond the classroom.

Marian University, ranked the No. 2 Most Innovative School among Midwest Regional Universities for 2022 by U.S. News & World Report, provides an education distinguished in its ability to prepare transformative leaders for service to the world, and MU Prep aligns with that vision.

“For 85 years, Marian University has focused on delivering innovative opportunities to support the ever-changing landscape of education,” said Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener. “Marian University embraces ground-breaking education models tailored to meet individual needs of each student. In Stride, Inc., we have found highly skilled partners who can help us deliver a completely virtual and hybrid educational experience to K-12 students and families in Indiana and beyond.”

Stride, Inc. has delivered online education to more than 2 million K-12 learners over the last two decades and has worked with schools and districts across all 50 states to help develop local solutions to meet personalized online and blended learning goals.

Indiana students entering grades 6-9 in the 2022-23 academic year are eligible to enroll at Marian University Preparatory School to begin classes in August. Both virtual and hybrid learning options are available to Indiana residents, with in-person learning taking place in Indianapolis during the first year. Courses will also be made available to K-12 schools seeking to augment, extend or create new learning experiences in traditional schools. Marian University Preparatory School will add grade levels each year until grades K-12 are available and will increase access both statewide and nationally. Enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is now open, and Marian University Preparatory School is hosting upcoming information sessions. To learn more, visit

About Marian University Indianapolis

Founded in 1937, Marian University is the only Catholic university in Indianapolis and central Indiana. In 2021, Marian is serving more than 5,600 students with nearly 4,200 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students earning degrees in the arts, business, education, engineering, math, medicine, nursing, ministry, and the natural and physical sciences. The university's high-impact, experiential curriculum is designed to provide hands-on, collaborative learning opportunities. Marian climbed in U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Midwestern rankings to be named #2 Most Innovative Regional University and #27 Best Regional University. Marian University opened its College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, making it the first new school of medicine in the state of Indiana in 110 years. Marian's national champion varsity athletic programs include the 2012 and 2015 NAIA Football Championship, the 2016 and 2017 NAIA Women's Basketball Championship, the 2019 NAIA Women's Volleyball Championship, and nearly 50 USA Cycling national championships.


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