Our curriculum is a mixture of traditional classroom learning, interdisciplinary studies, and expeditionary learning activities. What and how students learn changes with each grade as they gain more skills and knowledge and start to choose their own courses and paths of study. We believe that students learn best when their quest for knowledge and discovery is fueled by their own curiosity. Since our school is small, we are able to innovate and customize our curriculum each year to fit our current student body and faculty. We offer a variety of subject areas through learning expeditions, interdisciplinary courses and single-subject classes. Our single-class subjects for STEM subjects, languages, art, music, and other electives.
- STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
- English Literature & Language Arts
- Humanities – History, Culture, Religion, Global Studies
- Business & Entrepreneurship
- Health & Wellness
- Life & Career Skills
- Yoga & Meditation
- Physical Education
- Art and Music
Our Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) program is an integrated approach to studying multiple subjects to examine a theme, issue, question or topic.
IDS forms the foundation of our Expeditionary Learning program. Our learning expeditions are focused on two interdisciplinary streams: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Humanities (English, History, Religion, Sociology and Art).
Interdisciplinary learning empowers students to explore different perspectives and views. It is also a great way for students to ‘connect the dots’ between subjects, train flexible brains, create personal meaning, and find comprehensive solutions to real-world problems.
IDS courses can explore diverse aspects within a subject area, or look at a topic or issue that cuts across different subjects. All courses center on making connections, comparisons, synthesizing data, integrating ideas and concepts, research, writing, reading, project application and final evaluation, and understanding real-word implications.
Whenever possible, we look at issues from different world and cultural perspectives, examining the implication of these dynamics for personal, national, and global development.
Our students are immersed in term-long learning expeditions, covering standards across many subjects. Learning Expeditions are designed around real-world issues and problems which could be local or global. Learning in this way is both rigorous and fun, and requires the development of personal responsibility, teamwork, openness, self-awareness, creative thinking, and problem-solving.
We have the unique ability to do Learning Expeditions that explore cultures, geography, history, and socio-economic dynamics of Amritsar, Punjab, and India. Students get to deeply connect and personalize their experience of India with these opportunities to learn locally through a multi-disciplinary lens.
Since most countries have specific college entry requirements, we support our students in fulfilling those requirements through an Independent Study option. This often is an online accredited course of study from their home country. MPA teachers are available to guide and support students who wish to participate in this program after the parents and students determine what courses they need. Students can also take AP courses online as electives. AP exams are conducted in a local school in Amritsar, and our teachers assist students with enrollment and logistics.
Sports and physical training comprise a major portion of our curriculum at MPA. Our philosophy places great emphasis on developing fitness, agility, and a cooperative spirit.
From Monday to Friday, at least two hours a day is dedicated to physical activity. All students must take part in a variety of programs, including running, rigorous fitness training, yogic workouts, Gatka and Kabaddi, a traditional Punjabi wrestling sport. All students are tested at the beginning of the year to provide a physical fitness benchmark and set goals for achievement before the end of year Physical Fitness Test.
Team sports provide an important venue for the development of cooperative social skills. Our soccer and basketball teams train at different times throughout the year, and the more committed students travel to Delhi to take part in sports tournaments at the American Embassy School. The Kabaddi teams play with great success in local tournaments.
- Regulation-size soccer field and smaller field
- Two Kabaddi courts
- Volleyball/Badminton court
- Two basketball courts
- Martial arts grounds
- A multipurpose field for Ultimate Frisbee
The Capstone project is designed and implemented entirely by the students in their senior year, and is based on their passions and interests. It gives students the opportunity to apply all the knowledge and experience from their time at MPA and demonstrate the interconnection of values and practices from their academic, spiritual, and wellness studies. This project represents the personal synthesis of their high school journey and is excellent preparation for the level of work and personal application required in higher education.
Our comprehensive academic program is in the final stages of approval for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
With NEASC certification, a diploma from MPA will be equivalent to a US high school diploma. Students will be eligible for admission to universities in more than 180 countries around the world.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which partners with over 1500 public, independent, and international schools in the US and worldwide to assess, support, and promote high quality education for all students through accreditation, professional assistance, and pursuit of best practices. NEASC aspires to provide a process for meaningful, ongoing whole school improvement while honoring the unique culture and context of each institution we support. Founded in 1885, NEASC has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education longer than any other accreditation agency in the United States.