eLearning @ MSA
Our students are excelling in online learning because MSA offers:
Individualized Attention that mirrors the same experiences students receive on campus. Every Friday is a Flex Friday, a time for students to schedule a time to meet one-on-one with their teacher over Zoom to discuss lesson questions, receive additional instruction, work on a project, etc. Students who might be struggling to adjust to the extraordinary amount of change and stress in their life also have the opportunity to extend their 1:1 time with a teacher.
"You all were super organized. And asked along the way what could help us all to succeed in an online platform. (My son & I) struggled this week trying to get work done, get on zoom calls, and to be positive and productive! I spoke with (his teacher) today and we came up with a plan to help (my son) get through the areas he struggled with. We implemented the new plan today and it was a roaring success. I can end this day with a smile on my face."
- Lower Parent
Supportive Counselors who remain committed to providing guidance for students and families during these unprecedented times. Our counselors are sending out weekly emails checking in on our students and families, providing additional advice to parents on how to speak to their children about the virus, and providing coping mechanisms that everyone can use to help alleviate stress and anxiety. Our counselors are also continuing to work closely with our juniors and seniors as they prepare for graduation and life after MSA.
"I helped (a student) bring to light some of the things that he "Can do" now versus focusing on what he cannot do right now. He was able to share with me that he had been able to get on a riding lawnmower to help his neighbor mow the grass, which he had never been able to do before."
- MSA Counselor
Structured schedules that emulate the regular school day. MSA teachers continue to teach all of their classes at the same time for every class period. Classes may not meet together online for the full period, but they do check-in during every class. This allows our students to have the structure of class with the flexibility to complete assignments on their own. Our teachers are the instructors, not our parents.
"I have found that having an agenda for what we are covering in class really has helped the students. In the (physical) classroom I have posted what we were covering for the day and how we would be covering it on a small white board for each period. I have brought over that same method of sharing the agenda with the kids at the start of our classes online. I think the students seeing the check list (that I normally check off after we finish an item) helps with the pacing of class."
- MSA Teacher
Digital tools that allow our students and teachers to explore online learning to the fullest. Students in grades 4 through 12 use Lenovo ThinkPad laptops at home to videoconference with their teachers and classmates. Our online platforms allow students to chat with their classmates and teachers, receive and turn in assignments, and keep up with their lessons in a clear, concise, and convenient way.
“I think that everything in the online learning process is excellent. The attendance process is great and I enjoy Google Meet. Getting assignments online is my favorite part of this process. I think the system you have set up is amazing and I enjoy being in the comfort of my home. I’m looking forward to us using Zoom next week so we can present our work to the class.”
- PreUpper Student
Creative classes that allow our students to continue exploring their passions. Academic rigor isn't only found in the core classes. Our students continue to have their art classes online using objects found inside and outside their houses. P.E. classes continue with filmed YouTube tutorials and lessons to make sure our students stay active and healthy. Band lessons happen with Zoom meetings, and our theater class has turned their spring play into a radio drama!
"Being that our Coral Lab science elective class is predominately a “hands-on” experience, it was refreshing to have the students keep the same hands-on mentality while expressing their love for coral reef creatures through artistic expression. Students made artwork using objects found around their house to create their animals. It was a great way to reconnect to the ocean while being isolated at home!"
- MSA Teacher
Social Settings that allow our students to continue their community interactions with each other. Our students miss their friends as much as they miss their teachers. MSA continues to offer additional activities that celebrate friendship and life outside of the classroom, including Friday Zoom lunch dates with all of our Lower School students, birthday celebrations with singing, signs, and cakes, and meetings for our club mentorship program.
KK's Mentor Club Meeting
If you are interested in learning more about life at MSA, both online and on campus, please contact our Admissions Office for more information.