Mercersburg’s Advanced Program for Global Studies
MAPS is a two-year program that begins in 11th grade with a competitive application process. In 11th grade, MAPS students take the course “Thought, Knowledge and Belief,” which focuses on philosophy, ethics, politics, global topics, critical thinking, and community engagement projects. The capstone experience embedded in MAPS is a senior research project titled SEARCH: Study-Engage-Apply-Research-Create-Help. Each student is paired with at least one professional consultant outside of the Mercersburg community.
Using the principles of Challenge Based Learning, a student’s SEARCH project culminates in the successful completion and defense of a 25-to-30 page analytic research paper, a 10-to-15 page “call to action” community engagement proposal, and a 45-minute presentation of the SEARCH project to a panel of peers, professionals, educators, and experts. Additionally, the MAPS program requires a four-week international travel experience with homestay and an independent academic component, language study through Level IV, and advanced coursework in at least four different core disciplines.
For more information on MAPS, contact MAPS Director Peter Kempe (firstname.lastname@example.org
) by email or at 717-328-6380.