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Upper School Experience & Curriculum

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Upper School Curriculum

The MICDS Upper School is a national leader in college prep curriculum.

Our focus on academic rigor–combined with a breadth of offerings and the commitment of our outstanding faculty–ensures that students are well-prepared for the academic and personal challenges they face after graduating from MICDS.

 

Core Subjects: Sample of courses offered

English

American and Global Literature, Literary Analysis, Creative Writing

Science

Bio-Chemistry Applications, Anatomy, Marine Biology, Astronomy, Botany, Chemical and Physical Systems, Genetics and Biotechnology, Forensics, Environmental Science, Electronics and Robotics, Kinesiology, Maker Science, Neuroscience

History & Social Studies

U.S. and World History, Contemporary Global Issues, U.S. Government, Economics

Mathematics

Linear Algebra, Integrated Math, Statistics, Discrete Mathemetics, Calculus, Number Theory

World Languages

Spanish, French, Latin, Mandarin Chinese

Unique Electives

Literary Monsters, Genre Literature: Horror, Sci-Fi and Gaming, Global Literature and Nonfiction, Foundations of Entrepreneurship, Modeling with Technology, Constitutional Law, Engineering the Environment, The Photographic Essay

Fine and Performing Arts

Every student is required to take fine and performing arts. Classes include ceramics, painting, chamber choir, photography, architecture, acting, digital design and instrumental music.

Athletics

As part of our mission, 9th - 11th grade students participate in two seasons of athletic activity per year. 12th grade students participate in at least one season of athletic activity per year.

College Counseling

Starting in 9th grade, students work one-on-one with a counselor to make informed decisions, curate courses and plan their path to the college or university that will be the best fit.

An Exceptional Foundation

IN ADDITION TO OUR CORE CURRICULUM WE INTEGRATE THE LATEST LEARNING TECHNIQUES AND PHILOSOPHIES

intentional use of technology

From creating multimedia presentations to manipulating real-world data for analysis, technology is leveraged in all grade levels to deepen student engagement and allow for a more thorough exploration of content.

globally-focused learning

Thoughtful collaboration with international partners inspires global citizenry and leadership, making students better aware of their place in the wider world.

community service

MICDS prepares young people for higher education and for lives of purpose through the integration of student-driven service learning projects that are tied to the curriculum.

More Stats and Facts
Global Learning

Through international student exchange programs, service learning, cultural trips and study abroad opportunities, students learn global citizenry, world languages and cross-cultural collaboration.

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interscholastic sports teams

College-bound

On average, over 50% of our graduating seniors attend highly selective universities categorized as “Most Competitive” by Barron’s.

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alumni worldwide

Advanced Placement

Last year 325 students in grades 10 -12 took more than 750 AP® examinations in 27 separate subjects. In the past three years, more than 80% received qualifying grades.

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activities and clubs in the Upper School

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