Signature Programs

Online / Blended Courses (MSON)

The Malone Schools Online Network, or MSON, was developed by the heads of six independent schools to provide high-quality online courses for qualified students. This unique consortium provides students at member schools with a variety of online courses which reach beyond or enhance the member school's existing program. MSON courses are taught online and combine synchronous instruction (real-time video conferencing) with asynchronous instruction (lessons which are recorded, or screencasted, by the teacher). MSON classes are similar to classes offered at traditional independent schools. Students work on projects, collaborate with classmates, read, conduct research, watch videos, participate in discussions, take quizzes and tests. The classes differ from traditional courses in that they are taught online and enroll students from all over the country. Students learn to interact and collaborate with classmates and teachers by using innovative technology, tools students will use in their future careers in academia and the workplace. MSON teachers come from participating schools and are experts in their fields. Each teacher shares the values of the Malone Schools: a commitment to excellence and a desire to preserve the rich personal elements of classroom teaching.

The following MSON courses have recently been taken by Hopkins students:
(Courses in bold were taught by a Hopkins teacher.)

Ancient Greek I
Arabic I
Advanced Topics in Chemistry
Chinese V
Etymology of Scientific Terms
Meteorology
Modern Physics

Please refer to page 35 in the Course Guide for more information.

Hopkins Authentic Research Program in Science (HARPS)

HARPS provides students with an opportunity to engage in authentic scientific research at a partner university or other research lab after completing a year-long experimental design curriculum on campus. This course is offered to 11th Grade students only.

In Term I of Grade 11, students concentrate on specific elements of the scientific method by executing physical and biological science techniques, completing targeted experiments, and delving into and critiquing current scientific articles in a journal-club format, all while learning content to complement experimental work. Upon this foundation, students begin to narrow their focus to a scientific area and identify potential laboratories doing work which aligns with their interests. '

After the summer experience, students share their research with the greater community during a poster session. The top presenters at this session will be invited to deliver a talk to their peers during the Fall science seminar. (Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry, application, departmental approval) 

For more information, please read the article: Making Scientists: Hopkins Authentic Research Program in Science