Academics section

MMS Announces 2015 Valedictorian and Seniors' College Choices

Mount Madonna School (MMS) is pleased to announce Lexi Julien as the 2015 senior class Valedictorian. Julien earned this distinction through hard work and focused effort, edging out her peers at the small Central Coast school known for strong academics, environmental education, performing arts and a competitive volleyball program. The 2015 high school graduation ceremony will commence at 9:30am on Thursday, June 11 at the school’s upper campus. 

Junior's Poem Wins First Prize in County Competition; Eight MMS Students to Have Works Published in Anthology

For the second time in as many years, Mount Madonna School (MMS) student’ junior Julia Gratton has wowed the judges and received first prize in the 22nd annual Santa Cruz County High School Poetry Competition. Gratton’s poem To the Janitor took top honors, while another of her works, 793 Cranes, received an Honorable Mention. 'Nurturing Values-Based Learning Journeys for Tomorrow's Citizens", 5/9/2015, "Call with Ward Mailliard, Values Educator: Nurturing Values-Based Learning Journeys for Tomorrow's Citizens." Listen to the podcast or read the call transcripts

Gender Equality and Women's History: Students Share Research with Campus Community

March was Women’s History Month and the 12th graders taking the American Women’s History elective course with teacher Tiffany Wayne chose to commemorate by launching a campus education campaign highlighting historical and current gender equality issues.  

India West: Mount Madonna's "Ramayana!" Returns to San Jose in June

India West, 5/15/2015, "Mount Madonna's Ramayana! Returns to San Jose in June." Read more

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Mount Madonna Students Win National Environmental Award

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 5/16/2015, "Mount Madonna students win national environmental award," by Kara Guzman. Photos by Kevin Johnson. Read more

EPA honors Mount Madonna class

Honoring Traditions: Middle School Student Mural Installed

Thalia and Melpomene, the ancient Greek muses, are frequently depicted in modern theater by two masks with exaggerated expressions. These iconic theatrical symbols, one smiling and one frowning, represent the divide between comedy and tragedy, and feature prominently in a Mount Madonna School (MMS) student mural recently installed at the Upper Campus. The Journey Within and Without by Zoe Kelly, class of 2015, "Teaching +T: Classrooms Around the Globe," an eNewsletter, featuring "The Journey Within and Without," an essay by Mount Madonna School senior Zoe Kelly. Read more

Photo by Shmuel Thaler

Sophomores to Assist Scientists with Goby Research on Catalina Island

The Mount Madonna School (MMS) sophomore class will have a unique opportunity on their upcoming 9th and 10th learning journey to Santa Catalina Island: the opportunity to assist visiting scientists with research on a tiny and plentiful fish, the Catalina Goby.