A Letter from MKA Head of School Nigel D. Furlonge
Welcome to MKA. I am sure you will soon discover the warmth and openness of the engaged, diverse, and vibrant school community that welcomed me and my family in 2021. Building, cultivating, and stewarding transformative communities have been core parts of my life as an educator and are key reasons why I was honored to join MKA.
MKA is a school where vision and integrity breathe life into our students’ learning and growth. Academic, artistic, and athletic excellence have been deeply-rooted, longstanding hallmarks of an MKA education. The faculty and staff design and facilitate learning experiences that aim to cultivate healthy, joyful, ethical human beings who will contribute to better futures. Our campus spaces and the intentionally designed experiences that unfold in our classrooms and art rooms and on stages, fields, and courts make robust learning possible for all students at MKA.
Intentionality is key to meeting the needs of our students and families, and graduating problem solvers, thoughtful communicators, and dynamic, critical thinkers are essential aims for MKA. Equally important is the work of cultivating empathetic listeners who understand the substance and salience of being culturally competent. MKA’s mission moves beyond Knowledge and centers Vision and Integrity in equal measure.
MKA is a school our world needs as we are intentionally responsive and designed to position students to grow increasingly comfortable with learning about, stretching towards, and grappling with the world as it is. So whether you're a student at the Primary, Middle, or Upper School, a parent, or an alum, we will engage with you, and you're going to be on the edge of your learning. But as you're on the edge of your learning, you will experience joy; you will experience belonging; and you will experience community.
We describe “Today’s MKA” as “a school both rich in tradition and committed to embracing the future." From our rootedness, we reach forward to sustain a school that contributes to making a world in which everyone can thrive. I hope you join us.
Nigel D. Furlonge
Head of School