Marianist Education

Marianist Education

Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco is an Archdiocesan Catholic school in the Marianist tradition. The Society of Mary (the Marianists) was founded in France in 1817 by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. The order is distinguished by certain charisms, or gifts given by God for the benefit of the Christian community. These charisms, to be People of faith, Followers of Mary, People of Community, Discipleship of equals, and Leaders in mission guide all Marianist ministries and programs in the U.S. and around the world.

A Catholic Marianist high school education fosters the premise of education as a transformative process. Rooted in the courage, spirit and compassion of our Blessed Mother, graduates of Archbishop Riordan High School will become leaders and mentors in society. The Marianist spirit holds dearly the principle of the Golden Rule where students become scholars who embrace diversity, mutual respect, and lead by example. To accomplish this task, Marianist educators are entrusted to educate in the five characteristics of Marianist education that guide the mission and philosophy of our school:

  • Educate for formation in faith
  • Provide an integral quality education
  • Educate in family spirit
  • Educate for service, justice & peace
  • Educate for adaptation & change

Archbishop Riordan is part of a network of 18 Marianist secondary schools in the U.S. More information about the Marianists can be found at

Marianist Integration Team (MIT)

Central to the identity of Archbishop Riordan High School are the Characteristics of Marianist education that guide the school’s mission and philosophy. Members of the Marianist Integration Team (MIT) facilitate the school community’s understanding of these characteristics and integration of these ideals in all aspects of school life, including our boarding program. Drawing on internal feedback, experience, assessment, and a variety of Marianist resources, including the Northern American Center for Marianist Studies, Office of Sponsorship, teacher education workshops and networking with other Marianist schools, the team creates and implements detailed long-term and short-term strategic plans to enhance the Marianist spirit at Riordan.