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.

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

Key Components

List of 7 items.

  • MAPS Core Course (11th grade): Thought, Knowledge, and Belief (TKB)

    The TKB class focuses on political theory, geopolitics, international relations, psychology, ethics and philosophy.
  • MAPS Core Course (12th grade): SEARCH Senior Thesis

    Seniors work on their SEARCH project with SEARCH Coordinator.  Students also meet regularly with the MAPS director, and work with their SEARCH consultants.

  • SEARCH Project

    The purpose of the SEARCH capstone project is to engage with a global issue in a critical, analytical & innovative way.

  • Advanced Foreign-Language Study

  • 15 credits of approved MAPS courses

    A year-long course equals three credits and a term course equals one credit.
  • 150 hours of community service

    Students begin community service in the summer before their upper-middler year.
  • Study Abroad

    Study abroad for at least four weeks (recommended) with both a homestay component and an independent academic component, called the Pathfinder.
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
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