I am excited to share with you our new course catalog
for the 2019-2020 school year. Looking through it, I wish I were a current MHS student.
The high school years are a time for learning important skills and concepts, synthesizing large amounts of knowledge, and developing strong habits of mind. It is during these four years that students build the essential foundational competencies for success in future academic work and beyond. Equally important, high school is a time for students to take risks and be challenged. Inspiration and transformation happen as students learn from teachers who are passionate about their subjects and experts in their fields. It is a time when students are ready to think deeply, to hear different perspectives, and to be excited by challenging texts and classroom discourse. It is also a time to discover academic interests, feel the power of self-expression, and share convictions and opinions with a strengthening voice.
Our course catalog is a testament to the breadth and depth of an academic program that provides students with all of these skills and experiences. In its pages, you will find a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and rich, dynamic courses that challenge and inspire students as learners. Foundational classes, electives, and “Hallmark” courses allow students voice and choice in their path, while also providing the stepping stones that will launch them into their college experience.
The students have already received the new course catalog. During the past two weeks, with the guidance of teachers, advisors, and administrators, they have been choosing their courses for the 2019-2020 school year. Current sophomores and juniors have moved through the foundational courses and now have the opportunity to choose electives and Hallmark courses that interest them. As family members, please ask your student about their selections and share your thoughts and suggestions. I would have never taken an Art History course if my father had not strongly urged me to, and it has led to a lifelong passion. I encourage you to partner with your student in this process, and, as always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Lisa Alberti ’73
Dean of Academics and Faculty