Friends is a member of the growing Malone Schools Online Consortium. As one of the schools recognized for academic excellence and commitment to diversity, and endowed with financial aid resources, by the Malone Family Foundation, we partner to provide enrichment courses to juniors and seniors.
“MSON provides upper level students (generally juniors and seniors) at participating Malone Schools with a variety of superior online courses that enhance each member school’s existing curriculum. These courses are taught by experts in their fields. MSON teachers have experience with independent school education and share a commitment to excellence, small class sizes, and personal relationships. Course offerings target the most talented high school students at member schools. MSON students demonstrate sufficient independence and commitment to succeed in a virtual discussion seminar setting.
“Each MSON course takes a blended approach, combining synchronous instruction—real-time video conferencing seminars—with asynchronous instruction—recorded lectures and exercises students complete outside of the class. Each course has a minimum of 6 students and a maximum of 16 students. The result is a virtual discussion seminar that is delivered in high definition classroom set-ups.”
MSON courses are part of a student’s five-major course load at WFS. Classes will meet twice synchronously each week, supplemented with several hours of asynchronous study. Those who wish to take a MSON course as a sixth major need to follow the established process for sixth-major approval. Eligible students should be juniors or seniors with a passion for the course work, and who have completed graduation requirements in related fields of study. Some semester courses are available, and sophomores can apply for those also. WFS students should receive the approval of the department chair, and list other course choices in case scheduling problems arise. Students with six majors are not eligible for additional MSON semester classes in the year of their sixth major. The school has about fourteen MSON semester course spots available so not all who are approved may get a spot. Priorities for approval include: 1 MSON class per person; seniority; those taking a language as a fifth major. If there are open spaces after the registration deadline, then course approvals will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested students should see the Head of Upper School. The application is available on the website under “resources.”