The Minerva Baccalaureate emphasizes interconnected ideas that span disciplines. By interweaving related concepts throughout the curriculum, MBacc courses foster a more coherent view of related fields—like the physical sciences—as well as an ability to apply these ideas to new contexts. These interconnections are a complement to students’ focused learning within four core subject tracks: science, social studies, literary arts, and math. A unique fifth subject track, Personal Skills, addresses critical maturational, and social-emotional abilities rarely addressed in high school.
While the entire curriculum is aligned with applicable national U.S. standards, each subject builds upon these basic requirements. For example, the mathematics curriculum is appropriate for the vast majority of students and extends into modern areas such as algorithmic thinking, computer and data science. This integrated design enables institutions to readily adopt the curriculum, providing students with a modern alternative to teach-to-the-test curricula like the AP and IB.
The optional fourth year Cornerstone courses offer extraordinary, university-level learning with transferable college credit.
The first three years of the Minerva Baccalaureate are designed to fully integrate with existing high school subjects, complementing and enhancing standards-based U.S. curricula. The optional fourth year is devoted to college-level coursework, which focuses on four key competency clusters, and includes a final Cornerstone Project.
Class sessions in each course are 50-minutes long and meet twice per week, with the remainder of time available for guided self-study, electives, and other required high school courses. This blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning makes more efficient use of class time and provides ample opportunity for other educational and personal pursuits.
Graduates of the program will receive a fully accredited high school diploma, as well as the Minerva Baccalaureate diploma. Those participating in the fourth year will also receive 32 units of college credit.
The first three years of study are aligned with the core high school courses, with the addition of a personal skills track:
The fourth year includes college-level courses offered by Minerva University for transferable credit:
Students unify their learning across courses to envision, plan, and produce an integrated solution to a challenge of their choosing.