Academic Curriculum

Language

The Language Arts curriculum at MBS emphasizes a breadth and depth of work. Instruction emphasizes deeper comprehension of material, critical literary analysis, multiple perspectives, and creativity, in addition to enhancing vocabulary, grammar, and the mechanics of writing. Classes include Introductory Language Arts, American Literature, British Literature, and advanced electives such as College Essay Writing. For written products, students use a recursive process, including pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and critiquing to produce final drafts.

Mathematics

The MBS Mathematics curriculum is divided into four areas of study that emphasize conceptual understanding, practical application, generalization of concepts, and continuity of instruction to promote student growth over time. Classes include: Remedial Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Consumer Math, and Advanced Math. Instruction is multisensory and emphasizes visual aids, manipulatives, and applied projects in addition to more traditional written work.

Science

The MBS Science curriculum is structured to provide students an opportunity to explore and investigate the natural world using the principles of the scientific method as a guide throughout the process. Instruction takes place in a dynamic, interactive classroom that emphasizes experiencing science first-hand through models, experiments, dissections, and exploration of the natural world. Courses include: Applied Science, Earth Science, Physical Sciences, Introduction to Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Biology I and Biology II.

History

The MBS History curriculum connects the past to the present and raises students’ awareness of local and global affairs. Classes use a place-based approach with a strong emphasis on geography and developing students’ abilities to think critically and present facts to support an opinion. Instruction emphasizes differentiating fact from opinion, predicting consequences, and recognizing recurring themes across different periods of time, cultures, and locations. Courses include: Ancient World History, Modern World History, United States History I, United States History II, and advanced electives including Political Science and Sociology.

Art and Technology

Students have the opportunity to engage in the creation of art, including the elements of design, two and three-dimensional representations, acrylic and watercolor painting, photography, film, printing techniques, and ceramics.

Students also have the opportunity to develop competence with a variety of technology tools, including learning the language of technology, how to use technology to solve real world problems, how to use technology to illustrate and evidence their learning, and how to use technology for research and communication. Students develop competence with programs such as Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Electronic Portfolio programs, and digital media and editing software.

Physical Education and Health

The Physical Education and Health curriculum emphasizes cooperation, conflict resolution, and the development of healthy habits for life. Instruction and activities focus on improving students’ fine and gross motor skills, overall physical fitness, positive self-concept, responsible personal and social behaviors, and understanding of how to choose individual, team, and recreational activities to establish a healthy lifestyle now and in the future. Students learn about disease and injury prevention, drugs and alcohol, sex education, relationships, nutrition and healthy eating, accessing and critically evaluating health information from a variety of sources, and using information to make well-informed personal decisions that promote wellness.

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