The curriculum of a great independent school illuminates and enriches every aspect of the institution. It flows like a river of meaning through a school culture, and helps to guide both thought and practice.
The MBS curriculum both reflects and enhances the School's core vision, a vision that places the student at its center. At Morristown-Beard we believe the ages corresponding to grades 6-12 in the life of a young person are crucial to developing the habits of mind and academic skills, as well as the love and joy of learning in and of itself, that will help to create life long learners and knowledgeable citizens. Our carefully sequenced program takes students on a journey of the mind, each stage of which gives them more control over their own education, while eliciting from them increasingly sophisticated demonstrations of their problem solving skills and communication abilities. And alongside them during this journey, acting as mentors and guides, are our dedicated and professional faculty
: informed, open to news ways of thinking, and driven above all by a passion to nurture the minds of our students.
Now well into our second century, we are proud of and nourished by our rich traditions, but we do not allow them to encumber our minds as we continue to evolve a curriculum that will prepare our students for the 21st century world they will help to create. Our capstone Senior Project
, for example, has been a graduation requirement for several decades, but we recently updated and expanded it significantly because its combination of academic and real world experience has never been as relevant to our students as it is now.
I urge you to follow the links and spend a few moments reading our current Strategic Plan
, which takes the curriculum as its point of departure, and our Statement of Curricular Philosophy
, which guides its path. I think you will gain a greater understanding of our vision of learning, the teaching methods we embrace and the goals we have set for ourselves as we continue to grow as a School and as a community, faithful always to our commitment to remain a great and enduring institution of learning.
Dean of Faculty