Oliver Honors Institute

In 1965, R.D. Oliver saw the need for a school that would foster “Christian Education for Leadership”. In celebration of our founder, the Oliver Honors Institute is rooted in the perspective that critical engagement of the world’s greatest works will shape Christian leaders of the highest caliber, ready to confidently transform the world with truth, love, and grace.The Oliver Honors Program is rooted in scripture and the classic works of Western civilization from the perspective of Christ’s centrality to all aspects of life.

Returning to the Classics

The Oliver Honors Institute is modeled after the tutorial systems of Oxford and Cambridge. This approach to learning ensures that students master the material as they are expected to articulate and defend their ideas at each tutorial. As universities move toward blended Humanities programs, Oliver scholars will be well-prepared for the interdisciplinary nature and rigorous demands of higher education at the world’s best academic institutions. In place of a traditional Bible course, Oliver scholars will dive deep into a robust reading list of great works derived from the Oxford Classics program and Torrey Honors Institute, while reading the entire Bible within four years.

Academic Program

The Oliver Honors Institute cohorts are limited to 15 students per grade level and will take an interdisciplinary Faith and Humanities course each year at Maranatha as a fulfillment of the Bible requirement. Oliver scholars are taught by vested Honors and AP teachers in a tutorial format that emphasizes Socratic discussion and the development of excellent writing skills. Students will be challenged to write college-level essays, present at academic symposiums, and develop the communication skills necessary for successful leadership. Oliver scholars will be awarded with an honorary medal at graduation as well as a seal on their transcripts to highlight their exceptional academic achievement.

Student Accomplishments

Graduates of the program will have a robust and highly competitive portfolio complete with college-level analysis papers, participation in academic seminars, and a capstone project to be presented to the entire Maranatha community. Students will also have read selections of over 100 great works through successful completion of the program, preparing them for the academic rigor and perseverance they will need in order to achieve at the highest level.

How to Apply

Students must pass the ISEE exam with at least a 6/9 in each subject and complete an interview with a faculty panel. Continued participation in the program is contingent upon a yearly progress review with the program director.

Application requests can be done in person at Fresh Start or by email to d_baker@mhs-hs.org

Transfer Policy: Transfers into the program may be accepted in some circumstances, contingent on fulfillment of the prerequisites as well as the completion of three textual analysis papers from the reading list.

For transfer inquiries and paper prompts please email d_baker@mhs-hs.org

Click HERE to view reading list and brochure





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