MPA's Upper School offers a rigorous college-prep environment that is filled with opportunities for students in grades nine through 12. The high school classes detailed below are offered in a block schedule that allows students to take half of their core subjects in quarter one, and the other half in quarter two, continuing to alternate to complete the year. This ensures that teachers are able to go far beyond memorization and deep into their content areas. This approach is supported by research as well as many years of positive feedback from students, parents, and faculty. The high school experience at MPA truly prepares students for college, and more importantly, for life.

 


Ninth Grade Tenth Grade Eleventh Grade Twelfth Grade
English English 9: Composition and Literary Analysis English 10: Western Literature American Studies AP English Literature, Creative Writing, Contemporary Women Writers, Men's Studies, Fiction and Literary Adaptation, Sci Fi and the Politics of Imagination, Global Voices
Social Studies World History
OR
Honors World History 9
World History 10
OR
AP World History 10
American Studies
21st Century Global Issues, Constitutional Law, Government and Economics, Social Entrepreneurship, World Religions
Math Geometry
OR
Advanced Algebra 2/Trigonometry
OR
Honors Algebra 2/3
Algebra 2/Trigonometry
OR
Advanced Algebra 3/Advanced Trigonometry
OR
Honors Pre-Calculus
Functions/Probability/ Trigonometry
OR
Honors Pre-Calculus
OR
AP Calculus AB

Advanced Topics in Calculus
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics
Discrete Math
Honors Pre-Calculus
Statistics

Science Physics 9
Biology
Honors Biology
Chemistry
Honors Chemistry

Anatomy/Physiology
AP Biology
Environmental Science

Twelfth Grade Electives (Class of 2023 and beyond):  

Advanced Physics
Astrophysics 
Special Topics in Chemistry
Genetics
Environmental Chemistry
Scientific Research Methods

World Language Spanish
OR
French
* Student placement in French and Spanish is based on prior experience and/or written and oral assessment.
* Both languages offer classes from Level I – AP Language and Culture (class offerings contingent on enrollment).
Health &
Physical Education
9th Grade Health
9th Grade Physical Education
Students will take Physical Education in grade 9. Some students may elect to take an additional year as elective credit.
Fine Arts Theatre Arts Visual Arts Instrumental Music Vocal Music
Seminar &
Advisory Program
9th Grade Seminar  

Junior Seminar
Wellness

Senior Seminar
Non-
Departmental
Electives