Learning in school is a teenager’s most important job. For this reason, in part, the classroom becomes a laboratory that reveals emotional and interpersonal problems and provides a gauge for adolescent maturity. A student’s prognosis after leaving the Academy depends, in large part, upon scholastic competence. But we also know that a student’s academic performance, in large part, will be a function of psychological maturity.
Therefore, MA’s academic ambitions are not limited to a mastery of course content. We foster the development of mature students, who are curious, excited about learning, skilled at scholastic tasks, and ready (at graduation) to learn quickly and perform well in demanding schools and colleges, where classmates also are curious, competent learners. To help MA students achieve this academic competence, the school offers challenging curricula, intimate classes and expert teachers who welcome close relationships with students.
To prod students to grow up, as students, classroom teachers are well-integrated into the MA clinical program. Clinical teams support the school’s discipline, but teachers also support and participate in the clinical program as academic advisors to each team. They bring grades and teachers’ concerns or kudos to Friday therapy groups, and they take back (to the other teachers) a clinical grasp of each student’s emotional struggles.
MA students can pursue honors in most subjects and earn AP credit. The school supports preparation for PSATs, SATs and ACTs. Academic advisors help parents and students to choose courses, complete applications and organize college and school tours.