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CSI: Mount Madonna – High School “Sleuths” to Investigate School’s Annual Career Forum

Collaborating in grade-level teams, high school students at Mount Madonna School (MMS) will brush up on their sleuthing skills and question “suspects” to learn about their “crimes” (i.e. career paths) at CSI: Mount Madonna, a career forum event planned for March 13…

Mount Madonna School Champions Inclusive Education Through Flexible Tuition Model

Mount Madonna School (MMS) has fostered curiosity, critical thinking, creativity and meaningful relationships as an independent preschool – 12th grade school for more than four decades. Now MMS proudly announces its ongoing commitment to providing high-quality education to families of diverse socio-economic…

Students Roll Up Sleeves on National Day of Service

 The Mount Madonna School (MMS) community honored the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a nationwide day of service on Friday, January 12. “This year, MMS students and faculty participated in our third annual day of service…

Watersheds and Ocean Ecosystems: Science Center Visit Enhances Learning

Recently, Mount Madonna School (MMS) fourth and fifth grade students visited the Seymour Marine Science Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz; this off-campus learning adventure was included to support students’ studies of local watersheds, food webs and the ocean ecosystems….

Learning Happens in Community: Meet High School English Teacher Sangita Diaz-Houston (’99)

Sangita Yolanda Diaz-Houston (‘99) is the new Mount Madonna School (MMS) high school English and creative writing teacher. She holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Santa Cruz, master’s in education from both the University of California, Santa Cruz…

Growing Up in Santa Cruz: High School Chemistry Students Conduct Seasonal Experiment

Growing up in Santa Cruz, January 2024, “High School Chemistry Students Conduct Seasonal Experiment.” Recently, Mount Madonna School (MMS) 10th grade students explored “redox reactions” – a high school chemistry class version of holiday crafting – during a lab activity. A redox…

Agricultural Museum Provides First Graders with Hands-On History Lesson

Recently, Mount Madonna School (MMS) first grade students visited the Agricultural History Museum at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville for a learning adventure. Knowledgeable docents guided students through various hands-on activities that offered the youngsters the chance to sample some…

Enhancing Imagination: Performing Arts Character Projects

Creative self-expression, academic excellence and positive character development are hallmarks of a Mount Madonna School (MMS) education, and are infused throughout the preschool through grade 12 curriculum. The performing arts Character Project, designed for students grades six through 12, consists of three…