Online Courses & 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
Modern Physics

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

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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

Independent Study

Independent Study is available to accommodate students who wish to pursue advanced study beyond the scope of the curriculum. The Independent Study Program is not meant to resolve scheduling conflicts. Students who wish to pursue independent work must obtain a form from a Department Chair or the Dean of Academics on which they must provide a detailed proposal of the planned course of study. The Independent Study form must be submitted to the Dean of Academics at least two weeks prior to the beginning of a term. Approval is based on these factors:
the academic merit of the project;

  1. the willingness of a faculty member to serve as project adviser;
  2. the academic maturity of the student;
  3. the approval of the relevant Department Head and the Dean of Academics;
  4. the enrollment of the student in a minimum of four academic courses.
Eligibility is restricted to students in Grade 11 or 12. Independent Study cannot substitute for a fourth course nor can it fulfill a departmental graduation requirement. At the conclusion of the independent work, the student receives a grade of Pass or Fail.

Semester/Year-Long Programs

Hopkins students may participate in alternative academic programs such as the Mountain School at Milton Academy in Vermont, CITYterm in New York City, the High Mountain Institute in Colorado, Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki, and the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, DC. Information on these and other programs is available from Mr. Jorgensen, Dean of Stduents. In addition, students interested in School Year Abroad or other modern language programs, should consult with Ms. Lin, Chair of the Modern Language Department. Most recently, Hopkins students have spent a year in China, France and Spain.

Senior Projects

One of Hopkins’ special educational opportunities is the Senior Project Program. During the final academic quarter of the year, seniors may design independent programs of study or creation. Seniors create formal applications which are reviewed by a faculty committee. The application process emphasizes the bond with faculty advisers, who coach one-on-one in a unique six-week mentorship. Out-of-School Advisers are required for any project that requires additional adult guidance or supervision. Projects substitute for academic credit at the discretion of the Senior Project Committee. Most Senior Projects substitute for one course.

Students in the past have designed projects to write, build, intern, volunteer, teach, perform, create, study, and set personal challenges for themselves. Recent trends suggest that colleges are interested in seeing these projects be challenging and not recreational, since they are designed to build skills in independent discipline necessary for college.

The Senior Project Fair, held on the last day of classes, has become an inspiring and intense event. Peers, parents, underclass and teachers fill our Commons to experience and discuss projects that are often a senior's final stamp of character on their high school experience. Many alumni return to report that their senior project was a key moment both in identifying their passion and in advancing their readiness for future challenges.