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

As an independent school, MIS remains free from the strictures of legislation, policies, and testing that don’t nurture the inherent learner in every child. We grant our teachers significant autonomy to design classroom experiences and deliver important content in the ways they see fit. And 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.

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 for some of our units, we also develop our own units that specifically address current events, global travel, and the strengths of our students.

All MIS students attend eight classes of 40 minutes per day. The following subjects comprise our program.

Core Subjects (taught daily for all students):
  • language arts
  • math
  • social and cultural studies
  • science & science lab
  • physical education
  • recess
Specials (for all students, with dedicated instructors):
  • visual arts
  • music
  • foreign languages (Spanish, Mandarin, and French)

For most grades, specials occur twice per week.

Weekly Classes:
  • environmental science
  • critical thinking
  • social and study skills
  • computer science (grades 4+)
  • leadership (middle 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.