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.
Explore the Pillars of a Morristown-Beard school Education:
Academic Rigor and Innovation
Today, we know without question that your student doesn’t need courses that are driven and defined by information, as was routine in past generations of school pedagogy. Today’s courses need to be driven by ideas and by conceptual patterns. We can no longer be satisfied if our students absorb data, facts and information and recycle those back to us in the form of objective tests; instead of courses that focus on the power of memorization, we need courses that stimulate the power of imagination, courses that excite curiosity, courses that ask your daughter or son to create new knowledge, not merely transmit old knowledge.
The Morristown-Beard School academic program is built upon our vision of 21st Century academic rigor, which includes:
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Collaboration and Leadership
Agility and Adaptability
Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
Effective Oral and Written Communication
Accessing and Analyzing Information
Curiosity and Imagination
Our innovative curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, independent thought, and intellectual risk taking. It supports cross-disciplinary connections and a holistic view of knowledge. It encourages integration of habits of intentional speaking and writing so that students may develop and articulate their ideas.
The curriculum is process-oriented, and teachers’ assessment of student work reflects the means by which a student creates and learns in addition to final product. The curriculum at Morristown-Beard School esteems the qualitative as well as quantitative dimensions of learning and supports students' making connections to other areas of intellectual thought and the larger world.
The best way to learn more about Academic Rigor at MBS is to spend time on our campus. Please visit us soon!
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.
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.
The Upper School offers courses that equal or exceed Advanced Placement (AP) courses as rigorous alternatives to the standardized AP curriculum.
This Middle School program fosters an awareness that classroom learnings have a place in the world at large.
MBS Centers for Learning
Decades of academic research highlight the importance of both meaningful teacher-student engagement and highly experiential learning in the intellectual growth of young people. Accordingly, Morristown-Beard School has thoughtfully created three Centers for Learning to best engender the high-level development of several essential skills in your child.
The Center for Academic Writing helps your child embrace the writing process, learning to appreciate writing as a tool for inquiry while experimenting to find her or his voice on the page.
Throughout their school experience, MBS students receive support and instruction from the Center for Teaching & Learning.
Slated to open in 2019, the Center for Innovation & Design will be a cutting edge academic environment designed to encourage and enable your child to expand their minds and break through traditional ways of thinking and understanding the world.