Marshall School began in June of 2005 in the village of Madhavapatnam. At that time, there were 5 students in the kindergarten and 1st standard classes attending the school in a rented house. With just $6,000 of donated funds, an old house was purchased in 2006 to hold the growing number of students. Each year, a new class was added to accommodate the children as they completed their yearly studies. In 2009, additional funds were donated to remodel and enlarge the building which had been used for the first orphanage (hostel) to create the current Marshall School facility.
451 children are enrolled in Lower Kindergarten (LKG) through the 10th standard for the 2014-2015 school year. 50 of those children have parents who can afford to pay for their school fees. The rest of the children come from very poverty-stricken families. Joyful Journeys, Inc. strives to provide a completely “free” education for the children from those families. 183 of the “poorest of the poor” children currently have a sponsor whose $20 monthly contribution pays for their books, supplies, uniforms, shoes, and teacher salaries. Students learn three languages: their area language of Telugu, the national Hindi language, and English. By meeting specific requirements such as adding a computer lab, science lab, physical education teacher, and 1,000 square yards of playground land, the school was officially recognized by the Indian government in early 2010. With this primary school recognition, students were able to move on to secondary school once they completed the 7th standard level of instruction. Only students who graduate from a government recognized secondary school are allowed to go on to college, and Marshall School students are now able to do so.