The 20th Annual Open House program for prospective Marian High School students and their parents will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the school.

This Open House is offered to any student in grades 9 through 12 and any student from Carbon, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties interested in attending Marian for the upcoming school year.

Grade schools who feed into Marian High School will also be holding Open House for prospective students.

The local grade schools Open House dates are as follows:

St. Jerome Regional School, Tamaqua – Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford - Sunday, Jan. 30 from 12-2 p.m.

Ss. Peter & Paul, Lehighton - Sunday, Jan. 30, beginning immediately following the 11:00 (Family Mass)

St. Joseph Regional Academy, Jim Thorpe – Sunday, Jan. 30, from 12-3 p.m.

Holy Family Academy, Hazleton – Friday, Feb. 4, from 6-8 p.m.

McAdoo Catholic – Registration will be held on Monday, Jan. 31, for grades Kindergarten through eighth beginning at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 6-8 p.m. or by appointment.

As part of the school's 2011 Catholic Schools Week celebration at Marian, the program will begin with information exhibits. There will be booths showing various activities, clubs and organizations. Individual subject areas will also be set up with presentations, and tours will be conducted. Refreshments will also be served. This is an opportunity for interested families to gain information about educational opportunities at Marian.

The formal part of the program will begin at 1:00 p.m. and conclude with door prize drawings, including a top prize of $500 toward tuition at the school, for the 2011-2012 or the 2012-2013 school year. This drawing is available for any student entering his/her freshman year in 2011-2012 or 2012-2013. Participants must be present to win.

For more information on all schools, contact the Development and Alumni Office at (570) 467-0641.

The theme for the Catholic Schools Week is "A+ for America - Catholic Schools" and festivities will continue all week.

Marian High School Activities for the week include the following:

Sunday – "A+ for America – Catholic Schools in our Parish" ; Open House, 1-3 p.m. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

Monday – "A+ for America – Catholic Schools in our Community"; Motivational speaker for students in the gymnasium, Mr. Jack J. Laurie. Assembly, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday -"A+ for America – Catholic Schools in our Students"; Ice Cream Sundaes during lunches; Dress Down for the Ronald McDonald House, Penn State

Wednesday – "A+ for America – Catholic Schools in our Nation"; Boys volleyball game; teams will be named from branches of the service. Students to wear uniform pants and red/white/blue shirts

Thursday – "A+ for America – Catholic Schools in our Vocations"; Mass, Jesus Jam

Friday – "A+ for America – Catholic Schools in our Faculty and Staff"; Jack J. Laurie Hypnosis Stage Show

Marian Catholic has called a high school built on farmland in Rush Township home since 1964, and is now in its 57 year.

The school was formed in 1954, which had been declared the Marian Year in honor of the Blessed Mother.

The school had a unique, three-town campus created from the former Catholic high schools in those communities.

At the beginning, Marian freshmen students attended St. Jerome, Tamaqua; sophomores attended St. Ann's, Lansford; and juniors and seniors attended St. Mary's Coaldale. The current campus was constructed in 1964.

The nickname of the school's boy's sports teams, Colts represents the towns from which it drew students, with the C for Coaldale, L for Lansford, T for Tamaqua and S for Summit Hill. The O represents Other communities that sent students to Marian.

The three school setup lasted for 10 years before the present school, which is still home to Marian Catholic, was built to accommodate all four grade levels.

Marian serves students from parishes both Roman and Byzantine in eastern Schuylkill and Carbon counties and Luzerne County, while extending a welcome to students of other faiths.

This year, there are 28 faculty members and 320 students enrolled, with a graduating class of 84.