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We don’t need our students to be able to answer the questions of the past, or even the questions of today. Our students need to be able to answer the questions of the future. However, we don’t know what those questions will be yet. . . . So we need to equip our students with the problem-solving skills and techniques that will be useful—regardless of the questions they’re confronted with.

–Dennis Hu, Upper School math teacher and Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

 

Learning at the Upper School

 

The Upper School nurtures the intellectual talents and interests of all our students, inspires them to turn inquiry into insight, and empowers them to achieve their maximum potential. Here, students are challenged to think, supported to think, and eager to think—resulting in a deep and enjoyable education that lasts. Browse the Upper School Curriculum Guide below. 

 

Download the Upper School Curriculum Guide.

Student Recognition

In support of MKA’s Mission Statement, we strive to recognize students’ efforts and achievements. Awards offer us one meaningful way of celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of individuals and their contributions to MKA and the wider community. In particular, we believe in honoring students when they demonstrate academic, athletic, and artistic excellence, and when they model the values most important to MKA inside and outside of the classroom: an authentic commitment to the ethical pursuit of knowledge; actions guided by a purposeful and empathetic vision; and habits that reflect the spirit of generosity and integrity.

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of students in grade 9 take Global Citizenship, preparing them to be ethical, engaged and informed members of the world community.


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of Upper School students take three years of a world language, launching them on the road to fluency.

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of Upper School students can opt to take sophisticated, niche courses, such as economics and computer science.


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of Upper School students learn how to use a weight room and develop personal fitness regimens.


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of students in grade 12 spend several weeks before graduation intensively pursuing an area of interest during May Term.