Comprehensive Instruction

The Upper School offers a well-balanced education to students who want the challenge of a demanding college preparatory curriculum. In small classes of 14 to 18 students, teachers inspire each student's enthusiasm for learning, help students achieve self-discipline and self-confidence, uphold high standards of performance, and help students to accomplish their academic goals.

Moravian Academy is committed to maintaining a diverse student body. We value the integrity of each individual's unique background and experience.

We also believe that the moral and physical development of students should complement their academic achievements. We offer opportunities to participate in a variety of dramatic and musical productions and vocal and instrumental groups; students also conduct weekly chapel services and perform volunteer work at community organizations.

Departments

List of 6 items.

  • Arts

    We believe that our disciplines—studio art, theater, and music—are the perfect combination of creativity, technical skill, problem-solving, and expression of the human spirit. Science, math, history, language, culture, philosophy, and faith invariably find their way into all of our art offerings. We encourage students to develop their imagination for everyday use, to learn the importance of perseverance, and to exercise curiosity and creativity in the pursuit of a passionate existence. Our goal is to immerse students in experiences that ignite a lifelong devotion to and a genuine respect for artistic expression in all its forms.
  • English

    The English program teaches critical thinking and rhetoric through a combination of reading, writing, and discussion. Teaching methods range from lecture to project based work, but are predominantly discussion-based. While the program does not have a formalized scope and sequence—primarily because of the broad range of students’ abilities and levels of maturation—the ninth and tenth grade programs tend to be heavily skills based, while the upper-level programs hinge more on the exploration of themes and modes of thinking as literature and culture express them.
  • Global Languages

    Studying a language at the Upper School is more than just an academic exercise. Through exchange and immersion programs, cultural evenings, and involvement in the greater community, we show students that having proficiency in multiple languages can benefit them both personally and professionally. We help them develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills because communication is the goal. Our highly capable and passionate teachers interact with students and strive to create environments where mistakes are accepted and risk-taking is encouraged. In the end, we hope that our students will use their skills beyond the classroom and that they will have a better understanding of other cultures, as well as their own.
  • History

    The History Department’s instructors seek to encourage students to interact authentically with each other and with the peoples of other times, places, and cultures, using historical problems and situations to think logically, creatively, analytically, and synthetically. Courses focus on questions and ideas that require student engagement, and emphasize reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking skills. We prepare students for college by treating issues of interpretation of evidence, using primary source materials to get to the foundations of history, and introducing students to historiography. 
  • Mathematics

    Students take mathematics for each of their four years at Moravian Academy. Math courses are varied and include Honors and AP offerings that range from Algebra I to BC-level AP Calculus, Linear Algebra, Calculus II, and Calculus III. Our curriculum allows teachers to challenge students who have a strong aptitude for mathematics and form a strong foundation for those students who are less enamored with the subject. As a result, 75 percent of this year’s senior class will graduate having completed one of our five levels of Calculus.
  • Science

    The Moravian Academy Science Department strives to help students understand the world around them through courses varying from college prep sections and electives to Honors and AP offerings. Our teachers are accomplished scholars in their own fields and have developed exciting courses to share their enthusiasm with our students. Through thoughtful in-class discussions and usage of the latest technological advances in the lab, our science department shapes outstanding critical thinkers.

Department Chairs

List of 6 members.

  • Christopher Eckman 

    Chair of the History Department
    Amherst College - B.A.
    University of Michigan - M.A.
  • John Marks 

    Chair of the English Department
    Kenyon College - B.A.
    New York University - M.A.L.S.
  • Leigh Nataro 

    Chair of the Mathematics Department
    Messiah College - B.A.
    Iowa State University - M.S.
  • Robert Riker 

    Chair of the Music Department
    Bucknell University - B.A.,M.Ed.
  • Kimberly Sanborn 

    Chair of the Global Languages Department, French Teacher
    St. Lawrence University - B.A.
    Indiana University - M.A.
  • Nicholas Selan 

    Chair of the Science Department, Physics Teacher
    West Virginia Wesleyan College - B.S.
    Miami University - M.S.

Merle Smith Campus

Downtown Campus