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.

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.

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

Fort Worth Country Day is the only Malone Family Foundation school in the state of Texas. Established by John Malone in 1997, the foundation provides scholarships for students in grade 7-12 who are in the top of their classes and have the desire and drive to educate themselves, yet whose families cannot afford the tuition and expenses required by leading independent schools. The foundation supports 50 schools: 49 independent day schools and the Stanford University Online High School. Each independent school received a $2 million grant to establish an endowment in support of a Malone Scholars Program.

2018-19 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
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

2018-19 MSON Courses

  • Advanced Applied Math through Finance
  • Advanced Economics
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry
  • Am. Voice, Am. Speech: Word as Action from Anne Bradstreet to Donald Trump
  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic I
  • Arabic II
  • Are We Rome?
  • Building Utopia
  • Chinese V
  • Comparative Ecosystems
  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing Workshop (Odd year offering)
  • Creative Writing in the Digital Age
  • CSI: MSON—Forensic Science
  • Data Structures and Design Patterns
  • Debate Local, Think Global
  • Diversity in a Global Comparative Perspective
  • Environmental Bioethics
  • Ethics in the Digital Age
  • Etymology of Scientific Terms
  • Genetics and Genomics: Diving into the Gene Pool
  • Introduction to Music Theory
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • James Joyce’s “Ulysses”
  • Linear Algebra
  • Man’s Inhumanity to Man: Genocide and Human Rights in the 20th Century
  • Medical Bioethics
  • Modernism
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Philosophy in Pop Culture
  • Positive Psychology
  • The American Food System: Past, Present, Future
  • The Original Papers – A “Journal Club” Of Biological Literature
  • The Quantum Mechanical World
4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
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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.