The traditional education model has been transformed by changes in technology and Fort Worth Country Day is capitalizing on the virtual classroom to enhance its rigorous college preparatory education. The 2013-14 academic year marked FWCD’s first year as a leader in online education through the Malone Schools Online Network (MSON)
, which provides independent schools access to virtual, real-time classes networked through Stanford University. The only Texas Malone Foundation School, Fort Worth Country Day is currently one of 23 schools in the nation participating in the MSON collaborative. During the 2018-19 academic year, 27 FWCD students are enrolled in 15 of the 34 MSON courses offered.
The MSON program was established by a steering committee of six heads of school that are part of the Malone Consortium. Former Head of School Evan D. Peterson was a member of this committee. For upper-level students at registered Malone Schools, MSON provides a variety of superior online courses offered in a virtual classroom that enhances each member school’s existing curriculum.
In MSON’s inaugural year, 12 FWCD students were enrolled in six MSON classes, ranging from Arabic and Chinese; to Advanced Abstract Math, Organic Chemistry and Meteorology; to Democracy, Freedom and the Rule of Law. A total of 10 courses were offered throughout the 2013-14, and 88 students from eight schools participated in the program. In year two, 15 schools participated. Twenty schools took part in the high-tech opportunity in 2016-17.