The Malone Schools Online Network provides motivated, upper-level students at participating Malone Schools with a variety of academically challenging courses beyond what would normally be available to them. These interactive seminars bring students together from across the United States with dedicated teachers in real time. MSON joins the best of independent school education with the latest video conferencing technology to chart new territory in online learning.
The Malone Schools Online Network (MSON), now in its seventh school year, has its origins in the fellowship among 50 extraordinary independent schools across the United States. These schools all received transformational endowment gifts from the Malone Family Foundation that allow them to fund Malone Scholars each year.
In 2012, at the annual meeting of Malone Schools heads, six heads of school envisioned a collaboration based on the expertise of the Stanford Online High School to extend each school’s curriculum and challenge their brightest students. After a pilot in the 2012-13 school year, MSON launched in 2013 with 12 schools and 9 courses. In 2013, Maret School, on behalf of MSON, received a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation to support the program’s development. From its origins, MSON received critical guidance and support from three founding schools: Stanford Online High School, where the consortium’s technology is based; Hopkins School, which employs the Dean of Instruction; and Maret School, which has played the lead academic and administrative role. In, 2016, Claire Goldsmith was hired as the first Executive Director, and MSON received an endowment fund from the Malone Family Foundation.