Mercersburg’s Advanced Program for Global Studies (MAPS) is a two-year program for highly motivated students beginning in the upper-middler year (11th grade). Students must apply to be accepted into MAPS, which expands and goes beyond the existing Mercersburg curriculum. MAPS enables students to become creative and discerning thinkers, independent and self-directed learners, and compassionate and engaged global citizens. The cornerstone of MAPS is the SEARCH Project. MAPS seeks to encourage and inspire students to redefine their potential and performance, both academically and personally.
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Who can apply for MAPS and when?
Students in strong academic and disciplinary standing at school
Current 10th-grade students apply in the spring term
Incoming 11th-grade students are eligible to apply and may apply after enrolling at Mercersburg
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MAPS Core Course (11th grade): Thought, Knowledge, and Belief (TKB)
The TKB class focuses on political theory, geopolitics, international relations, psychology, ethics and philosophy.
Senior Year Capstone Project The purpose of the SEARCH capstone project is to engage with a global issue in a critical, analytical & innovative way.
There are three major deliverables over the course of this year.
Research Paper – Each student will write an original thesis paper. Each research paper will consist of 25-‐30 pages of text (roughly 7,500-‐10,000 words excluding cover pages, bibliographies, etc.).
Proposal – Each student will create an actionable proposal. Each proposal will be a call to action based on the student’s research. It may range from proposed legislation to a business proposal to a grant proposal, etc. This proposal will be 10-‐15 pages in length.
Oral Presentation – Each student will orally present his or her thesis and proposal to a panel. Each presentation will last between 45-‐60 minutes including a question and answer period.
Below is the approximate timeline for the major deliverables:
Fall Term Interim – Expanded Literature Review End of Term – Complete Outline of Thesis Paper
Winter Term Interim – Rough Draft End of Term – Thesis Paper
Spring Term Around Interim:
– Proposal Due – Oral Presentation
More detailed syllabi and instructions will be distributed over the course of the year.
The requirement for MAPS students to complete study of a foreign language through Level 4 (or higher) emphasizes a focus on communication, proficiency, culture, and immersion. A student may use summer study to reach the desired level, and international students with a native language other than English must achieve a high level of English proficiency.
15 credits of approved MAPS courses
A year-long course equals three credits and a term course equals one credit.
Students must take 15 credits of approved courses from at least four different discplines.
English English Language (AP) English Literature (AP) Existentialism
Fine Arts Art History (AP) Studio Art
History Art History (AP) Comparative Government and Politics (AP) European History (AP) Human Geography Middle Eastern Studies Term Classes US History (AP) World History (AP)
Mathematics AB Calculus (AP) BC Calculus (AP) Economics (AP) Linear Algebra (pAP) Multivariable Calculus (pAP) Statistics (AP)
Modern and Classical Language Chinese IV Chinese (AP) French IV French Language (AP) French World (pAP) French Literature (pAP) German IV German (AP) Greek Latin Vergil (AP) Latin Literature (pAP) Spanish IV Spanish Language (AP) Spanish Literature (AP)
Students may complete the 150-hour community-service requirement through work on and off campus, on weekends, and over breaks and vacations. Work may be performed in conjunction with the study-abroad component, must be done in an approved program with guidelines and expectations, and must be age-appropriate service work. In addition, students may complete community service through volunteering with the writing center, the language media center or the math center and through hosting foreign exchange students.
Study abroad for at least four weeks (recommended) with both a homestay component and an independent academic component, called the Pathfinder.
MAPS students complete a minimum four-week study-abroad experience with a homestay component. The experience may be completed alone or with a group of fellow students. Students are expected to meet a defined degree of language proficiency upon return from abroad. Ideally, the experience will be completed in the summer between the 11th- and 12th-grade years, and will be to a country in which a language other than the native language of the student is spoken.
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