Upper School Programs & Courses

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A Rigorous Upper School Curriculum

Our Upper School curriculum offers challenges to every student and satisfies a broad range of interests.

Our private high school curriculum offers a rigorous academic program to challenge every student and satisfy a broad range of interests. MBS students can also participate in an array of co-curricular options to gain a deeper understanding of themselves while contributing to the community beyond.

We encourage our students to take risks, to engage deeply in learning, and to become independent thinkers. At MBS, we teach the values and habits of mind that we believe will prepare young people not only for success in college, but also for lives of meaning and fulfillment.

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Academic Guidelines and Requirements

The school year consists of two 16-week semesters. Students are required to take a minimum of six courses per semester. Seniors must pass all of their courses to graduate. Exceptions to any of the academic requirements listed below must be approved by the Head of Upper School and Dean of Faculty.

English 4 years
Math 3 years (Integrated Math 1, 2, 3)
History 3 years
Science 3 years laboratory sciences with no repeat
Arts 1 year fulfilled through the Art and Design or Performing Arts Program
(2 years starting with Class of 2024)
World Language 3 consecutive years of the same language
Wellness

Wellness 9 (full year); Wellness 10, 11 (one semester each)

Learn More about Required Academics

Students generally go beyond these minimum requirements in pursuit of their academic interests,
and we encourage them to do so.


Upper School Signature Programs

Our private high school features an ever-evolving group of Signature Programs built upon forward-thinking academic research. As educators, we know that your child will benefit most from innovative classes that provide academic rigor and the opportunity for meaningful intellectual challenge. The majority of these courses feature small class sizes, allowing for true student-teacher engagement, and collaborative, team-based assignments and assessments.

We continually seek to push the boundaries of our teaching and learning, and our Signature Programs reflect this commitment. Our Signature Programs are an important reason why our students report extremely high levels of preparedness (and consequently, achievement) through college and beyond. We’re confident that your child will enjoy the intellectual journey through these classes – and the rest of the Upper School curriculum, too.

Current Upper School Signature Programs:

  • Advanced Seminars 
  • Advanced Studies
  • Earned Honors Model
  • Humanities Program
  • Independent Studies
  • Writing Across the Curriculum

Learn more about each of these programs in the slideshow below.

Upper School Signature Programs

Independent Studies

Our Independent Study program encourages Upper School students to explore areas of interest that fall outside the traditional course catalog.

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Humanities Program

This integrated Upper School curriculum, global in perspective, will allow your student to make new and surprising connections among different cultures.

Read More about Humanities Program
Earned Honors Model

Upper School has created a model in many classes whereby students are given the opportunity to earn honors on the basis of the work they produce.

Read More about Earned Honors Model
Writing Across the Curriculum

In this Upper School program, students are given frequent opportunities to write and think more critically and creatively and engage more deeply in their learning.

Read More about Writing Across the Curriculum