Four-Year Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Our four-year interdisciplinary curriculum, to culminate in the student’s senior year, combines skills in research, writing and presenting and incorporates service and reflection. The capstone accesses a student’s passions and addresses critical local and global concerns and the school’s core values. Our program requires each student to practice habits of mind; to engage in formal inquiry; to participate in meaningful service activities; and to reflect on essential questions. The program also affords a student the opportunity to showcase her learning and her global and community interests for an authentic audience. Designated courses starting her freshman year prepare each student for her final Capstone Project through a series of scaffolded lessons and projects.

Social justice and change are at the heart of the Capstone Curriculum which is designed to integrate every aspect of an MGA education into one cohesive curriculum that provides rigor, flexibility, and focus. In addition to the final Capstone Project, each year has an inquiry focus and a theme that nurtures a student’s emerging sense of self and responsibility. The themes help students reflect and make connections between classroom learning and their own lives, thus strengthening engagement. In addition, the themes coincide with critical work in their designated courses.  

Interdisciplinary Curriculum Scope and Sequence:

Ninth Grade

Focus
Inquiry & Investigation

Designated Courses
World Cultures
Biology

Theme
Understanding of Self

Typical Courses
Biology
Algebra or Geometry
English
World Cultures
French or Spanish
Art & Music
Technology
Physical Education

Typical Projects & Skills
Reflection Journal
Digital Portfolio
Multigenre Project
Library & Information
Formulation of Questions

Tenth Grade

Focus
Project-Based Learning

Designated Courses
English
Ethics & Morality

Theme
Broadening Self-Understanding

Typical Courses
Chemistry
Geometry or Algebra II
English
World History
Morality & Ethics
French or Spanish
Health
Technology
Art & Music

Typical Projects & Skills
Reflection Journal
Digital Portfolio
Arts Integration
Authentic Inquiry
Presentation Skills
Service Learning

Eleventh Grade

Focus
Inquiry in Social Justice

Designated Courses
Social Justice
Other

Theme
Self as Agent of Local & Global Change

Typical Courses
Science Elective
Math
English
US History
Social Justice
French or Spanish
Other Elective

Typical Projects & Skills
Reflection Journal
Digital Portfolio
Proposal Projects
Authentic Inquiry
Connection to Community
Presentation Skills
Service Learning

Twelfth Grade

Focus
Capstone Project

Designated Courses
Varies

Theme
Personal Passion

Typical Courses
English
Electives in:
Math
Science
Social Humanities
Fine Arts

Typical Projects & Skills
Reflection Journal
Digital Portfolio
Community Relations
Authentic Inquiry
Presentation Skills
Service Learning
Project Design & Management

 

 

 

WORLD CULTURES (required, 9th grade):
World Cultures aims to provide a solid introduction to world geography, religions and the historical origins of modern conflicts and issues, while incorporating current events. Using discussion, lecture and projects, students will explore the world while creating a foundation for future learning in the social studies. This class will introduce students to research methods and primary source analysis, while emphasizing strong, evidence-based writing skills. FOCUS: The understanding of human religions and cultures, making students aware of their place in a global world.

ETHICS & MORALITY (required, 10th grade):
An introduction to philosophy, ethics, the role of religion and basic ethical theories. Students will examine contemporary moral issues and apply ethical theories to those issues. Tools and frameworks are given for dealing with moral complexities and dilemmas so that each student may make her way to conscientious self-determination. This class will develop skills in speaking and listening, analysis, research methods and presentation. FOCUS: To understand moral and ethical issues on a global and local scale.

SOCIAL JUSTICE (required, 11th grade):
Building on knowledge gained in World Cultures and Ethics & Morality, this class focuses on social justice and peace issues in our local and global communities and their impact on the family and the individual. For purposes of gaining greater insight into the causes and effects of injustices in our world, various methods of instruction are used: course textbook, audio-visual resources, guest speakers and hands-on service. Students engage with topics of special interest to them and inquire into cause and effect, as well as potential solutions.

ELECTIVES (12th grade):
These classes will include scriptural studies of holy books important to the religions of the world and/or a study of important figures in religious history.