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Over the years we have adjusted our daily class schedule and necessary support to meet the needs of our students. Apart from academics, students must also learn time management skills, and how to advocate for themselves and seek help from teachers. These are the intangible skills a student will need for college. 

How we are different:

  • Faculty are more accessible to our students, simply by the grouping and placement of their offices on campus. 
  • Students have Individual Learning Time up to four times a week. This class time allows students to seek out faculty assistance, complete assignments, or work on group projects. 
  • Family and House meetings during the school day are great academic breaks for students, even as young adults they need a “recess”. These meetings are led by our student and faculty house/family leaders. Students have an opportunity to develop leadership skills, grow and strengthen their friendships, and refresh their minds so they can finish the school day. 

 

Flex-Mod Schedule

Our daily class schedule reflects one you will experience in college. Each day is different, but week to week remains the same. Class times vary between 85, 55, and 25 minutes. Since implementing the Flex-Mod schedule, we have seen more participation in class, students coming to school better prepared, and increased extracurricular activities participation. Example shown is for a freshman (9th grade). 

 

Schedule

Schedule

 

Student Support

Individual Learning Time (ILT)
A time during the student’s class schedule where students report to a designated study space and may work individually or in groups. 

Mandatory Learning Time (MLT)
If a student has an academic grade below 70%, then their ILT will change to Mandatory Learning Time (MLT). Teachers may impose a higher requirement such as 75% or 80% depending on what the teacher determines to be most appropriate for their class and a particular student. Instead of having the option to meet with faculty during this time, the student is required until their academics and/or responsibility is reestablished at an appropriate leave to be allowed to return to ILT. 

Structured Learning Time (SLT)
If faculty and/or our academic team deems a student needs more support, then their MLT will become Structured Learning Time (SLT). Students will be assigned a specific location for SLT and have a homework checklist and/or tutoring, depending on what is needed. A specific SLT teacher will work with the student individually until improvement is seen in their academic grades and commitment. 

Special Courses

Freshman Seminar
A course designed for 9th grade students who would benefit from additional academic oversight and structure as they transition into our college preparatory environment.  Students will learn study skills and develop positive habits while receiving further tools to benefit their current course schedule, as well as continued academic success in future years.  Developing advocacy for oneself is a forefront of the class, as students are guided on the importance and availability of communication with teachers on their academic work and finding the paths to reach their goals.

Senior Seminar
A class designed for 12th grade students to explore career options and selecting their top university choices.  The teacher will help the students navigate the college application process and provide individual support such as reviewing a student's application essay when needed. The class further evolves into providing a deeper understanding of "real world" responsibilities and insight that will benefit them after graduation.

ACT/SAT Prep Course
With 98% of graduates continuing their education into colleges across the country every year, their preparation to gain the acceptances and scholarships is a key part of their studies and support at Maur Hill - Mount Academy. In addition to the college prep curriculum and daily starters that take place within their classes, we offer the ACT/SAT prep course to further advance their knowledge and skills for these exams. Students will learn specific strategies for each section of the test, adopt those best strategies most suited for them as an individual test taker, and then take practice exams to apply and evaluate their progress. The course will commit specific weeks of focus to each section of the exam and students will continually learn techniques and build skills, including those related to time management and test-taking anxiety. A student will have their overall progress evaluated by the teacher who can provide further resources, supplementary study material, and support in the specific area(s) the student has the greatest opportunity to increase their score.

Maur Hill - Mount Academy is an official ACT & SAT testing site and each exam is offered several times during the semester on campus. The College Counselor will post testing dates at the beginning of the school year and students may register for the exams online themselves or meet with the Counselor for support in registering.

International Seminar (International students only)
A course within the English as a Second Language Department that encompasses a diverse set of academic and interpersonal skills an international student may not have previously developed or experienced in their home country, but will be vitally important to their success in their studies in the U.S. The class will benefit a student's transition into the U.S. education system and in particular their smooth immersion into the mainstream classes at Maur Hill-Mount Academy and the college prep curriculum.

The ESL Director will provide guidance and support within the student's current class schedule and the skills developed in this class will  continue to actively benefit the student through their next steps into university and future careers.  The class will focus on the following areas and also those identified by the school on an individual student basis.

TOEFL Prep Course (International students only)
Not all U.S. and global universities and colleges require a TOEFL for admission, but MH-MA does provide a prep course for international students in the event it is required and the student would like additional support. This class is within the ESL Department where students work on grammar and writing skills, and complete practice tests designed for each section of the official TOEFL test (reading, speaking, listening, writing). There is extensive focus on TOEFL vocabulary for the student's advancement and preparation for the exam, and a student is required to take the official TOEFL test at least once during the course. The ESL Director evaluates each individual student's progress towards their goals and provides additional resources, supplementary study material, and further support in the specific area(s) where the student has the greatest opportunity to increase their score.

Maur Hill - Mount Academy is an official TOEFL testing site, and the exam is offered several times each semester on campus. The College Counselor will post testing dates at the beginning of the school year, and students will meet with the Counselor to sign up for a specific test date(s) and register for the exam(s).

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