Course of Study

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Classes at MHS are built around a set of essential concepts, skills, and experiences that offer students a blueprint for understanding the complexity of the world. We call these “keys.” These keys provide a way of understanding the world and the human condition.

Exploring revolution as a key concept from the Enlightenment, to the American Revolution, to the Industrial Revolution gives students the opportunity to understand human history in a way that goes beyond those isolated events.

Key concepts provide a way for students to explore an academic discipline.  As students study these principles, our curriculum offers key skills and experiences that are necessary tools in the intellectual journey.  Mastering these keys prepares student for continued intellectual pursuits and lifelong learning.

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Key Skills

  • Close Reading
  • Annotating Texts
  • Creating Arguments to Answer Research Questions
  • Identifying and Analyzing Literary and Linguistic Elements
  • Creative Writing
  • Effective Use of Grammar and Sentence Structure
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Performing Experiments
  • Comprehending, Speaking, Reading, and Writing in a World Language
  • Making Objective Observations
  • Performing Experiments
  • Collecting and Analyzing Data
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Objective Observation
  • Abstract Thinking

Key Experiences

  • Conducting Interviews
  • Participating in Seminar Discussions
  • Crafting Original Research Projects and Papers
  • Working in a Group
  • Meeting with Experts in a Field of Study
  • Presenting Papers in Symposia
  • Language Immersion
  • Applying Mathematics for Financial Literacy
  • Designing and Performing Unique Experiments
  • Participation in Sustainability Projects on Campus and Abroad
  • Hands-on Culinary Experience
  • Creative Expression Projects
  • Learning New Research Formats Such as Literature Reviews and Critical Memos

9/10 Humanities: English Language Arts and History

Students explore utopian and dystopian themes in a two-year cycle. Different schools of thought are incorporated into the curriculum to offer students an in-depth view of history.

9/10 World Language: Spanish and French

Vocabulary acquisition, grammar, and pronunciation are embedded in studies of cultures, geography, and cross-cultural comparisons. Students look closely at cultural constructs and concepts such as the individual and family, education, recreation, customs, traditions, cultural diversity, and other contemporary issues.

9/10 Mathematics: Geometry, Algebra 1 & 2, Integrated Algebra

Mathematics is a differentiated course with individualized courses of study designed to meet students’ needs and help them progress. Arithmetic, geometry, and algebra are the three pillars of 9/10 mathematics, united by student projects, extended independent practice or group work, and math history. Students focus on discovering the “why” of math, rather than simply being told the “how?” of conventional rules.

9/10 Science: Physical and Life Sciences

Students explore the origin of the universe and of physical science with a focus on chemistry. In this two-year course of study, students explore topics such as the Big Bang theory, force and momentum, cell structure, energy concepts, Earth’s chemical resources, sustainability, DNA and radioactive dating, biodiversity, ecology, and evolution.

9/10 Physical Expression

Students have access to a fully-equipped gym, and Physical Expression offerings have included basketball, skiing, urban hiking, and yoga. The focus of these offerings is to help students discover opportunities for physical activity and expression that they can carry through life.

9/10 Health

Health offers a comprehensive program focused on the mental, physical, and social well-being of the individual. Students study healthy habits for wellness, nutrition, mental health, human sexuality, epidemiology, and sports science.

9/10 U.S. Government

Students explore the structure of the United States government, meet with specialists, and participate in exercises such as writing bills and mock Congress. U.S. Government takes place during the January Experiential Term, which offers students the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to visit museums, tour national monuments, and meet with legislators and lobbyists.

11/12 Language Arts

Students explore world literature through various themes. Literature is seen as a tool to empathize with the under-represented, to develop sensitivity for cultural diversity, and to showcase universal truths.

11/12 Twentieth-Century World History

Students explore the concepts of nation and state in relation to nationalist and independence movements in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and post-1945 Central and Eastern Europe. Students develop their ability to analyze and recognize the approximation of truth in history through research methods.

11/12 World Languages: Spanish and French

Students continue to explore cultural constructs and contemporary issues. While continuing to learn and practice language skills at a more advanced level, students become aware of the similarities and differences between their own culture and that of their studies.

11/12 Mathematics: Math Studies, Pre-Calculus

Mathematics continues to be differentiated, offering individualized courses of study designed for each student. Students may be working on concepts such as sets, numeric systems and radicals, trigonometry and statistics, and more advanced integration techniques.

11/12 Sciences: Environmental Systems & Societies, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Students may choose to study one of three science tracks. Environmental systems and societies is taught in conjunction with biology, and students examine concepts ranging from population models, conservation, and biodiversity to the biochemistry of organic molecules. Chemistry students examine concepts ranging from chemical reactions and mechanisms to atomic theory. Physics students examine concepts ranging from gravitation, magnetic fields and force to stellar distances, luminosity and magnitude.