What happens in a school

where meaningful learning remains unconfined by artificial ceilings or imposed standards?

​Students learn to think independently and develop original perspectives on age-old questions.

Curriculum Overview

MIS is designed with one guiding principle: that no one waits to learn. Gifted learners grow most when they are challenged in five ways, and lessons at MIS incorporate all of these components in each class, everyday.

  • Encouraging thinking deeply and abstractly about content
  • Exploring complexity of the content
  • Creative application of learning
  • Authenticity in the learning experiences
  • Acceleration of content, after meeting learning needs in the other four domains of depth, complexity, creative application, and authenticity

Because our teachers are not just subject-matter experts, but equally curious co-learners, they know just how to engage both an entire classroom and individual students by tailoring their approach day-by-day.

MIS believes that students learn most when challenged to solve real problems that face our world and communities today. Our pedagogy always starts with why.

As a curricular framework, we use the Integrated Curriculum Model developed by the College of William and Mary’s National Center for Gifted Education. While we use their published materials to supplement some of our units, we also develop our own units that specifically address current events, global travel, and the strengths of our students. The Integrated Curriculum Model fuses critical thinking, problem solving, and basic skills, emphasizing thinking and growth.

Elementary and middle school students at MIS attend eight classes of 40 minutes per day. Junior high and high school students have six, one-hour classes each day, with electives on Fridays.

Students in Grades K-8 have these courses daily:
  • English language arts
  • Math
  • Social and cultural studies
  • Science & science lab
  • Physical education
  • Recess
Students in Grades K-8 have these subjects at least twice a week:
  • Visual arts
  • Music
  • Electives (all students in 5-8)
  • Computer science and programming
    • students in 5-6 have computer science three days a week
    • students in 7-8 take computer science daily
  • Foreign languages (Spanish, Mandarin, and French)
    • students in K-2 take all three languages
    • students in 3-4 take Mandarin and their choice of Spanish or French
    • students select one language beginning in grade 5, and have additional options of Hebrew and German
High School (9-12) overview
  • 9th Grade
    • Analytical Writing
    • Math, at level
    • Science with Lab, at level
    • American History in a Global Context
    • Foreign Language, at level
    • Electives (see below)
  • 10th Grade
    • Literature course of choice
    • Math, at level
    • Science with Lab, at level
    • World Civilizations
    • Foreign Language, at level
    • Electives (see below)
  • 11th Grade
    • Seminar in English Composition
    • Math, at level
    • Science with Lab, at level
    • Comparative Government and Civics
    • Foreign Language, at level
    • Electives (see below)
  • 12th Grade
    • Literature of choice
    • Capstone Research Project
    • Math, at level
    • Science with Lab, at level
    • Humanities or Economics of choice
    • Foreign Language, at level (optional)
    • Electives (see below)
High School Electives:
  • 2D Mixed Media
  • 3D Design and Printing
  • Advanced Business Topics
  • Advanced Coding
  • Advanced Math Test Preparation
  • Advanced Vocabulary
  • Animation
  • App Design
  • Architecture
  • Astronomy
  • Board Game Design
  • Competitive Science Research
  • Competitive Speech and Debate
  • Cold War Politics
  • Computer Networking
  • Creative Writing and Narratives
  • Critical Reading and Test Preparation
  • Critical Theory
  • Culinary Arts I/II
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Media and Editing
  • Fantasy Literature
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Gender Studies
  • Genetics I/II
  • Health and Wellness
  • International Studies
  • Introduction to Business
  • Japanese Language, Culture, and Society
  • Journalism
  • Leadership Seminar I/II
  • Literature of the South
  • Literary Criticism
  • Marine Biology
  • Media and Society I/II
  • Military History
  • Molecular Biology I/II
  • Mosaics and Sculpture
  • Movie Making
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory
  • Mythology
  • National History Day
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Philosophy of Math
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Photography
  • Physical Education and Fitness
  • Psychology I/II
  • Public Speaking
  • Statistics I/II
  • Strength Training
  • Study Abroad
  • Theater
  • Web Design
  • World War II History and Literature
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

It’s our unique combination of gifted and global that sets us apart.