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McMullen Scholars Program

The McMullen Scholars Program is a highly competitive, integrated program of study at the Honors and Advanced Placement levels throughout the Scholar's four years at Calvert Hall.  It provides an experience that surpasses the traditional Honors track in most high schools through unique field experiences and research opportunities.  This program focuses on an appreciation of the Humanities as a basis for a Christian humanist education.  This emphasis is reflected in the Program's requirements of Honors Latin and a Humanities course for all Scholars.

The entire Scholars Program takes a hands-on approach to the humanities through participation in multiple cultural field experiences throughout the year. At least three times a year, they attend plays, concerts, visit museums and local cultural and historic sites, and attend lectures given in school or in the community.  Most years a major out of town field experience is offered, to expose students to the tremendous cultural resources of our region and nation.

In their senior year, Scholars must devise and complete a Senior Independent Project. This can take many forms: a research paper of 25-35 pages, an original musical composition, literary or artistic work, original scientific research, or an internship-based research project rooted in the experiences gained at an internship in one of many fields. They work with a Readers’ Committee to develop and create the project. One of their Readers is usually a mentor outside of the school community with expertise in their area of study. The Scholars then present their project to their fellow students and any interested faculty in a seminar format. This is a full credit course taken alongside the ordinary senior requirements.

McMullen Scholars are encouraged to pursue Honors or Advanced placement-level courses in English, Social Studies, Classical and Modern Languages, Mathematics, and the Sciences.  They are required to maintain Honors-level study in at least two disciplines throughout their four years at Calvert Hall.  These courses are designed to challenge the intellectually gifted student through accelerated content, interdisciplinary approaches, collaborative learning, and original research.

Program Directors
Mr. Louis Miserendino
Director, McMullen Scholars
Grad Year: 1999

Mr. Peter Lynch
Assistant Director, McMullen Scholars
University of Pennsylvania - M.S.Ed.
University of Pittsburgh - B.S.