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At FWCD, students in grades 11 and 12 may apply to take Malone Schools Online Network (MSON) courses, which serve as a high school enrichment elective course and meet twice a week during the regular school day. Each course takes a blended approach, combining synchronous instruction, real-time video conferencing seminars, with asynchronous instruction, recorded lectures and exercises that students complete outside of class. The result lies somewhere between a “flipped  classroom” and a “virtual Harkness table.” Each course has a minimum of six students and a maximum of 16, allowing for a virtual discussion seminar that is delivered in high-definition classroom set ups.

A steering committee of six heads of Malone Schools, including FWCD, established MSON with John Malone’s endorsement. MSON provides upper-level students at registered Malone Schools with a variety of superior online courses offered in online classrooms that enhance each member school’s existing curriculum. These courses promote the values of the Malone Family Foundation and are taught by teachers from other Malone Schools in the network. The teaching professionals are experts in their fields; they have experience with independent school education and share a commitment to excellence, small class sizes and personal relationships. Students enrolled in these courses demonstrate sufficient independence and commitment to succeed in a virtual discussion seminar setting.

MSON Course Offerings

Students must make an application and be accepted into an MSON course. MSON courses serve as a high school enrichment elective course (fifth academic) in the FWCD program, and the course counts in a student’s GPA. Following completion of the course, Stanford University will supply a transcript for the class to College Counseling so students can submit it with their college application materials. Those students who take an MSON course will work with the Upper School to create a more individualized schedule in order to accommodate the designated MSON class. Each course has a minimum of six students and a maximum of 16. The result is a virtual discussion seminar that is delivered in high-definition classroom setups.

Classes take place twice a week during the normal school day for live, synchronous instruction that utilizes multiple-line, high-definition distance learning. Courses are taught by Stanford University professors and faculty from the participating independent schools.

2019-20 Course Offerings

Language
  • Arabic I and II
  • Chinese V
  • The Invention of Modern-Day Food Writing: Excursions in France’s Gastronomic Library

Humanities
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • American Democracy and Civil Engagement
  • The American Food System: Past, Present, Future
  • Are We Rome?
  • Bob Dylan’s America
  • Building Utopia
  • Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop: If Only You Could See This Place
  • Creative Writing in the Digital Age
  • Diversity in Global Comparative Perspective
  • Environmental Bioethics
  • The Fiction of James Joyce
  • Man’s Inhumanity to Man: Genocide & Human Rights in the 20th Century
  • Narratives of Place/The Place of Narrative on the N. American Prairie
  • Philosophy in Pop Culture
  • Playing God? The Ethics of Biomedical Advancements
  • Positive Psychology
  • Stolen Lives: Captivity in History and Contemporary Contexts
  • Think Global, Debate Local
  • Wartime Dissent in American History

STEM
  • Advanced Applied Math through Finance
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry
  • CSI: MSON – Forensic Science
  • Data Structures and Design Patterns
  • Explorations in Computer Science: Solving Multidisciplinary Problems with Computational Methods Genetics and Genomics
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Robotics

MSON Technology

State of the art technology links students with their peers and faculty: High-definition LCD displays and two high-definition cameras, in conjunction with touch-screen speaker phones, facilitate distance learning activities among the participating schools—all at once. Stanford University maintains the connective technology, and all MSON schools have access to both live and recorded content, as well as software that allows for student participation when away from the dedicated distance-learning lab

Malone Family Foundation

Founded by John Malone of Colorado, the Malone Family Foundation has established scholarships for students in grades 7 through 9 who are in the top of their class and have the desire and drive to educate themselves to the very best of their ability, but whose families cannot afford the tuition and expenses required by leading independent schools. The foundation sought out excellent partners:  independent secondary schools with an intense interest in educating the gifted and talented.  The foundation now supports 50 schools: 49 independent day schools and the Stanford University Online High School (OHS). The 49 independent schools each have received a $2 million grant to establish an endowment in support of a Malone Scholars Program at their school. FWCD is the only school in Texas with this distinction.

2019-20 MSON Consortium of Schools

Fort Wayne, Indiana
Casady School
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Chadwick Academy 
Palo Verde, California
The Derryfield School 
Manchester, New Hampshire
 
Fort Worth Country Day 
Fort Worth, Texas
Hopkins School
New Haven, Connecticut
Indian Springs School 
Indian Springs, Alabama
Manlius Pebble Hill School 
Syracuse, New York
Maret School 
Washington, D.C.
Mounds Park Academy 
Saint Paul, Minnesota
 

 
Newark Academy
Livingston, New Jersey
The Prairie School
Racine, Wisconsin
Porter-Gaud
Charleston, SC
The Roeper School
Birmingham, Michigan
St. Andrews Episcopal School
Jackson, Mississippi
Severna Park, Maryland
Stanford Online High School 
Stanford, California
Trinity Preparatory School 
Winter Park, Florida
University School of Nashville 
Nashville, Tennessee
Waynflete School 
Portland, Maine
Wilmington Friends School 
Wilmington, Delaware
Winchester Thurston School 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.