Signature Programs

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Meaningful Intellectual Challenge

Signature programs cultivate high levels of preparedness through college and beyond.

At MBS, your student is empowered to take hold of their educational pathways and explore the multitude of remarkable academic options offered across the curriculum.

Middle School

The Middle School at MBS offers an array of Signature Programs that will empower your child to learn and grow at a significant time. As educators, we know that the intellectual development and emotional growth of our students in grades 6 through 8 is essential to their search for their identities as they define themselves in terms of new relationships and roles with peers and adults.

Therefore, both in and beyond our Middle School classrooms, learning for our students includes a strong social and emotional foundation as we deepen their awareness of self and others, and help them form a sense of how they might contribute to and flourish in the world. Our Signature Programs promote that development in ways that reinforce and build on traditional learning models. Through our Signature Programs, your child will be inspired to explore, discover, and act.

Current Middle School Signature Programs:

  • Appreciating the World Around Us - Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls
  • Financial Literacy
  • Social-Emotional Competencies
  • Technology for Collaborative Learning
  • "Write It!"

Learn more about these programs in the slideshow below.

Upper School

The Upper School at MBS features an ever-evolving group of Signature Programs built upon forward-thinking academic research. As educators, we know that your student 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 student 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.

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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"Write It!"

MBS provides students in 7th and 8th grade with intensive writing workshop periods that supplement their regular English classes.

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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.

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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.

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Financial Literacy

Each Middle School class suspends its normal activities for a portion of the year to offer your child a mini-semester (a “mini-mester”) on financial literacy.

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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