As the October 24 Open House approaches, we hope that parents and students consider introducing the school to potentially qualified applicants. It is my experience, informed through seeing a wide variety of area boys enrolled here throughout the years, that many in our city, county, and region could apply to MUS, gain admittance, and quickly thrive here. However, too many good families just don't know our school.
My gut tells me that while the news outlets, to cite a popular resource, feature MUS from time to time, understandably the news reported is often athletic in content. Around 70% of our students compete in interscholastic sports annually, and they generally compete at a very high level, so it should come at no surprise that MUS will be reported in the local prep athletic stories. Most high school news reported collectively that I see is athletic in nature, so MUS's deserved athletic reputation reflects honestly.
That said, before these boys hit the fields and courts, they go to class. They average 28.5 on the ACT. They led the state last year in National Merit Scholarship awards for a single school. They won the State Latin and middle school Math Counts competitions. They regularly score 4s and 5s on a mountain of AP tests for a class of just over 100 boys, often exclusively scoring 5s on the most demanding AP mathematics tests. This is really impressive stuff for an "athletic school."
So, while some of us in our tribe know about the school's historical combination of academic and athletic achievement, about the tremendous faculty, teaching relationships with students, and quality curriculum, more need to. Admittedly, we require a unique audience. We lead the area in tuition price, we maintain a time-honored and serious Honor Code, we don't admit girls, and the academic responsibility for each boy is serious. Not all are cut out for this place.
Yet, while the standards remain high, those who accept the challenge and who prioritize their lives in accordance with the requirements find tremendous support and encouragement, even love, within these halls. They grow into their responsibilities, and gradually they emerge as "well-rounded young men of strong moral character" fit for a wide array of college acceptances, ultimately for civic and commercial leadership. We all know that we could use plenty more of the type unleashed out there into the big, bad world for society's good.
Maybe you know of someone who might be interested?