Upper School

11th Grade

Moses Brown juniors are emerging scholars discovering that not only do they have something to learn each day, they have something to add.

Whether studying classic literature or delving into deeply personal research and writing, they bring their best critical thinking, analytical, and creative skills to class discussions and the empty page.

In a rich array of mathematics, science, and technology classes, they can push themselves to analyze, understand, and invent.  And they can try their ideas out in the Y-Lab, our 5,000-square-foot maker space.

Of course, they can also find and nurture their talents on stage and screen with art and media electives, and hone their athletic abilities on our many championship teams.

A professionally-staffed college counseling office guides them as they begin to consider what comes after Moses Brown, and students can extend their learning far afield with exciting trips to places like China, Florence, Mount Rainier, and the Dominican Republic.

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Curriculum

English

Juniors at Moses Brown examine the American experience through the lens of literature, with special attention to the cultural and historical context that gave rise to specific works of art.  Whether studying The Great Gatsby, Leaves of Grass, or works by Thoreau, Emerson, Dickinson, or Toni Morrison, students are challenged to regularly produce papers displaying...

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Math

Math students in eleventh grade generally take precalculus, and some choose to add AP Statistics as an elective.  Some opt to focus on real-world applications of mathematical concepts in Algebra 3.  Students who have displayed an aptitude and passion for mathematics may take senior-level electives when recommended by the math faculty.  At every grade in...

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History/Humanities

Juniors at Moses Brown take a year-long history course focused on the expansion of democracy and the interplay between the national government and individual Americans.  How did democracy expand in the U.S., and why, and who were the primary actors who made this happen?  How have race, gender, and class affected the political development of...

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Science

At Moses Brown, the Science department strives to nurture a spirit of inquiry in every eleventh grader.  Laboratory experiments, field observations, and close reading of scientific literature guide students as they study the natural and physical sciences and consider the implications of science in modern life.  In every discipline, students apply the scientific method and...

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STEM

In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, students need to be able to create digital environments, not just use them.  Coding stresses computational thinking, in which students break a problem down and express a solution in steps that a computer can understand.  After all, in the 21st century, the ability to code will be as critical...

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World Languages

At Moses Brown, juniors are learning to use their growing fluency in another language and deepening their sophistication of grammar and vocabulary to emulate that of native speakers.  Mastery of a foreign language is critical to understanding one’s native culture and worldview, and those of others.  Of course, it also opens a myriad of travel...

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