Course of Study
In order to graduate, our upper school students are required to complete the following course of study:
When appropriate, we prepare students for AP exams in different subjects. MMFS eleventh and twelfth grade students have taken and done well on Calculus AB and BC exams as well as the Physics AP exam.
View sample student schedules for each grade.
To read detailed descriptions about courses offered this year, please refer to the Upper School Course Descriptions.
The themes covered in English classes tie in with materials and concepts being studied in other classes. The key skills are essay writing, citations, and using textual evidence.
Ninth grade students focus on coming-of-age literature with an emphasis on exploring different identities. Students write essays about character identities, the culture and context of their upbringing, as well as the obstacles and choices they make. Texts have included To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Mosquitoland by David Arnold, and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
In tenth grade, students focus on stories of courage and perseverance, including The Odyssey by Homer (Emily Wilson translation and graphic novel by Gareth Hinds), Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, 1984 by George Orwell, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, Feed by M.T. Anderson, and The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.
Eleventh grade English classes focus on the theme of moral dilemmas. Texts explored include The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, selected short stories by Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes, and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines.
In twelfth grade, the theme is outsiders. Sample texts include Dubliners by James Joyce, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, Kindred by Octavia E. Butler, and the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.