Learning At MKA

“...an education at MKA is the foundation for critical thinking, authentic inquisitiveness and exploring a variety of learning and teaching styles.”– Drew Jennings, Class of 2004
Research as Adventure

Turning open-ended questions into new discoveries

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Writing across the Curriculum

Turning original ideas into insightful products

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Culture of Integrated Ethics

Turning questioning into personal understanding and global engagement

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The MKA Core Experience

Turning shared learning experiences into a deep, multifaceted understanding of the world and what it means to be human

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Arts in the Curriculum

Turning the known into the new and unique

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1:1 Technology for Learning

Turning universal and robust technology access into a springboard for dynamic learning and limitless creativity

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Global Experience

Turning exploration into world perspective

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Libraries as Learning Hubs

Turning curiosity into understanding

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Innovative Teaching

Through intense professional development, teachers integrate the latest educational research and technology into their classrooms while modeling collaboration and lifelong learning. Outside of class, they provide open-door support as well as a mentor’s ear.
Faculty Who Love To Learn
  • Dedicated to their own learning
    as well as their students’, MKA faculty are committed to a continuous process of inquiry.
  • MKA allocates significant funding
    to support faculty members’ professional development.

  • The Professional Growth Process (PGP)
    engages every faculty member in an ongoing process of inquiry, reflection and adjustment of practice.

  • On-site professional development workshops
    provide opportunities for faculty to inquire, explore, collaborate, and experiment with new ideas.

  • Faculty members travel locally and globally
    to attend conferences and workshops with renowned experts.
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Faculty Who Live To Teach
As I reflect back on my MKA experience, what I valued most were my fellow students, our faculty and the engagement in scholarship, community and friendship that occurred between students and faculty. — Michael Feldman, Class of 1980
  • Faculty-Student Bonds
    Students enjoy close relationships with extremely caring and highly qualified teachers.

  • Faculty Accessibility
    Beyond the classroom, teachers welcome students’ questions and enjoying acting as guides and mentors.

  • One School, Three Faculties
    Each campus faculty is dedicated to teaching students at the appropriate developmental level.
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of MKA students have a teacher who acts as their academic and social advisor and advocate.

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of MKA students have access to their teachers outside of class—for academic help, mentoring or coaching.

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of 3rd-grade students collaborate to design and test their own innovative egg drop container.

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of 7th-grade students (and faculty!) participate in the interdisciplinary, intensive study and full-scale production of a Shakespeare play.

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of 11th-grade students research and write a scholarly, historical analysis paper.

1,000 Learning Adventures
1,000 Learning Adventures

Explore multiple books about submarines and build your own "life-size" vessel, complete with reflecting mirrors to create a working periscope.

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1,000 Learning Adventures

Inspired by a conversation with your favorite children's book author about where he gets his inspiration and how he started writing (and illustrating!), write and illustrate your own story.

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1,000 Learning Adventures

Act as a docent to guide your family and friends through the museum-quality Primary School Art Show and explain the technique and design decisions behind your works on display.

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1,000 Learning Adventures

Make a passionate, research-informed case in a social action letter to your local representative — perhaps to advocate for more wheelchair access in your community — and have your letter shared with the local Town Council.

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1,000 Learning Adventures

Initiate and develop your own community service project by identifying specific needs in the local community and exploring ways to address those needs in collaboration with other MKA students.

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1,000 Learning Adventures

Write, produce and perhaps even perform in your own play.

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1,000 Learning Adventures

Present findings from your original science research project—investigated, modified and mentored in collaboration with MKA faculty—at a national symposium.

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1,000 Learning Adventures

Publish your junior independent history thesis in The Concord Review, an international journal devoted to publishing the best examples of secondary school historical research.

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1,000 Learning Adventures

As part of Startup 101 during senior May Term, design an app that provides visitors to school and college campuses with unguided tours and pitch your concept to an audience of local investors and entrepreneurs.

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