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Intensive Learning

For one week each March, regular classes are suspended for “Intensive Learning,” when Middle and Upper School students and teachers engage in an in-depth study of a specific subject, often involving off-campus research. This long-standing MFS tradition — which dates back to the mid 1970s — allows teachers and students to break out of the structure of formal class periods and traditional study for a time of experiential learning. Both students and teachers are encouraged to view themselves as life-long learners and students of the world around them.

Grade 5

Art, culture, and a 19th century seaport: Students take day trips to Philadelphia and a three-day trip to Mystic, CT, where they experience life on a whaling ship.

Grade 6

Service and Adventure: Students explore local outdoor sites, spend time indoor rock climbing and hiking, and spend the night at the Pocono Environmental Education Center.

Grade 7

Musical Theater Workshop: Students discover all aspects of a theatrical production and focus in on an element they find inspirational.  Workshops may include costume design, stage crew and audio visual technology, choreography and dance, or script development and performance.

Grade 8

Environmental Education: Students participate in environmental education work on and off campus, including a three-day trip to YMCA of the Pines in Medford, NJ.

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