Miller School of Albemarle offers a rigorous yet supportive college preparatory curriculum that includes ample hands-on learning experiences. Fifteen Advanced Placement courses and four Dual Enrollment courses are available, along with specialty tracks in Applied Engineering and Humanities. The faculty is comprised of a remarkable group of educators that includes published authors, award-winning artists, and professional athletes. Students benefit from teachers who meet them where they are, while challenging them to reach their full potential.
The curriculum at the Miller School of Albemarle combines rigorous coursework with individualized attention and support. Students are challenged to reach their full potential as learners, building not only content knowledge but also creativity, problem-solving abilities, and analytical skills. Our wireless campus and new laptop requirement enable us to stay on the cutting edge of technology education. A full spectrum of courses, including many honors sections and thirteen Advanced Placement options, provides the flexibility to meet each student’s individual needs while preparing all students for college success. For more information on individual courses, see the Course Descriptions below.
The academic day begins at 8:00 a.m. and includes six 50-minute class periods, concluding with a 30-minute “help session” from 2:50-3:20. This session may occasionally provide time for the extension of a lesson or lab, but it most often serves as a time for students to seek extra help and one-on-one assistance from their teachers. View the Daily Schedule.
In keeping with our motto, “Mind, Hands, and Heart,” the Miller School of Albemarle curriculum includes many opportunities for hands-on learning, both through students’ traditional classes and through innovative courses such as Design/Build. For example, a student may use surveying equipment to determine the height of Caton Hall in geometry class, gather a water sample from Miller’s 12-acre lake in earth science, and build a scale model of his or her dream home in the woodworking portion of Design/Build.
The Miller School of Albemarle classroom often extends beyond the walls of our academic buildings as students make use of our 1,600-acre campus and take frequent field trips. Each year, all students attend a Shakespeare play at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, visit a variety of museums, and enjoy cultural activities throughout the central Virginia area. Our proximity to the University of Virginia gives students access to many of its resources through research workshops, visits to facilities, and interlibrary loans.
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The Humanities Program allows students to flourish creatively and scholastically by providing an academic track in literature, history, fine arts, foreign languages, and performing arts. The program allows students to accumulate credits toward the Humanities Certificate. Credit is awarded for curricular work and co-curricular activities, with more weight being given to Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment and Senior Seminar options. Program completion culminates in a year-long Capstone Project, which is offered via Senior Seminar or an IS.
Applied Engineering Program
The Applied Engineering Program is designed to inspire and promote curiosity in this diverse field while exposing students to various disciplines from traditional engineering fields (such as Civil and Mechanical) to more modern engineering fields (such as Biomedical, Environmental, and Chemical). Students focus academic efforts on the most challenging math and science curriculum that MSA has to offer. Students also participate in engineering based cocurriculars, field trips, competitions, and building projects to develop their portfolio.