All MHS students take four years of English, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science, as well as three years of Foreign Language -- either Spanish or Mandarin. There are two to three hours of homework each night and 20 hours of annual community service to fulfill.
There is a strong emphasis at MHS on reading and writing in all classes with an approach to literacy that begins in 9th and 10th grade. Students take English five times a week and read classic books such as Frankenstein, 1984, Othello,and The Odyssey with the goal of understanding complicated narratives and learning how to write traditional literary analysis papers. Classes also include units on poetry, the persuasive essay, editorial, and oral history.
The 9th and 10th grade core curriculum establishes a foundation of critical thinking skills and features key content infused into all classes. The core 9/10 academic sequence includes English, Biology, Chemistry, Global History, Math, Foreign Language, as well as Physical Education, Health Education, and Art. Students are prepared for Regents exams, the school's Exhibition process, and for the greater interdisciplinary work of 11th and 12th grades.
In 11th and 12th grades students choose thematic elective and/or Advanced Placement courses that prepare them for the English Language Arts and the U.S. History & Government Regents exams. Math and Science courses include Algebra 2, Precalculus, AP Calculus BC, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Physics, Environmental Science, and Engineering Design. Students may enroll in college classes via the College Now program at Baruch and BMCC, and also at NYU and Pace for simultaneous high school and college credit. There are also elective courses such as AP World History, Psychology, Photography, AP Studio Art, Mixed Media, and Graphic Design.