Academics section

Welcome to Our New Faculty!

Four enthusiastic teachers have joined the ranks at Mount Madonna School (MMS) this year. Brendan Dilloughery, Haley Campbell, Stewart Diaz-Mogollon, and Tiffany Wayne will be educating our students in the areas of middle and high school mathematics, science, outdoor adventure, English, Spanish, creative writing and history. 

Educating for Authentic Success

Below is an article Mary Supriya McDonald wrote in January 2013 in conjunction with the Lower School's focus on curriculum mapping and core competencies.

Importance of Gratitude and Play, and Welcome Back to School from Supriya McDonald

Dear Lower School Families and Mount Madonna School Community,

The mountain is beginning to feel like school time as the morning ocean fog begins to retreat and the warm fall weather arrives. The lotus flowers in the lake near the bus stop are in full bloom. The playgrounds are being filled with wood chips, sand and pea gravel. Our maintenance crews have been busy painting decks, classrooms, railings and the gym floor received a complete sanding and refinishing. The Mountain of Fun Summer Program was a wonderful success and a huge thank you to Jenni Leach for serving as the Summer Director and to Hema Walker for serving as co-teacher, as well as to Isa Stead for offering arts and crafts.

Preschool & Kindergarten Work Party

 We hope that you might find some time to come to the preschool/kindergarten campus on Saturday, August 23 from 11am to 2pm to help with all sorts of jobs, from emptying new sand into our sandboxes to washing cubbies, to gardening. (If you have shovels and pruning shears or hedge clippers please bring them. We do not need any painting supplies.) Your help will be greatly appreciated and there will be refreshments!

Aug 23, 2014

Preschool & Kindergarten Social at the Beach

All preschool and kindergarten families are warmly invited to the annual MMS Pre/K Garden Party at the Pajaro Dunes starting at 2:00pm! This event is the perfect opportunity for parents/guardians and children to get to know one another - or get reacquainted after the summer break!

The Pajaro Dunes are located at the end of Beach Street in Watsonville.

Questions? Please contact Sarojani Rohan, Pre/K Director, at

Aug 17, 2014

Middle School Annual Start-of-School Camping Trip

We are excited to start the year off with our annual middle school beginning-of-the-year camping trip. This year we are planning to go to Big Basin.

We will be holding a Field Trip Orientation for middle school parents and students on Wednesday, August 27, at 6:30 pm (ALL 6th and 9th grade and all new Middle & High School students are requested to attend) to ensure that students are well prepared for the trip. We ask that students bring their gear up to meet with the faculty advisors who will check their gear and help them make any needed adjustments. 

River Rafting Annual High School Trip

HS students are expected return to the MMS campus on Sat, Sep 6 at 4pm. Parents/guardians will receive a Power Announce message on Sat confirming the arrival time.

Supply Lists for 2014-2015 School Year - ALL GRADES

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! To help you prepare for the upcoming school year, supply lists for all grades are below. If you have questions, please contact the class teacher directly.

Updated 7/14/14 with Bookshop Santa Cruz book purchase URL and 10% discount.

Updated 7/18/14 with MS Spanish supplies.

Updated 8/29/2014 with changes in HS English booklist.

Summer Assignments for Middle & High School Students

Below are lists of summer reading and assignments from various teachers. For the most part, assignments are due before the first day of academic classes, which is Monday, September 8th (the first week being our annual field trips). 

Updated 7/14/14 with Bookshop Santa Cruz book purchase URL and 10% discount.

SAT Testing

Jan 24, 2015