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Upper School Academic Planning Guide
The course descriptions in this book are provided as a general guide to aid the MCA students in selecting appropriate courses for the school year. The descriptions are brief and do not represent all material covered in the course. Course offerings may change as needs and availability of resources demand.
Table of Contents
Course Levels pg 3
Schedule pg 3
Core Subject Courses
Bible Courses pg 4
English Courses pg 5
Math Courses pg 6
Science Courses pg 8
Social Studies Courses pg 10
Foreign Language Courses pg 12
Fine Arts Elective Courses pg 13
Technology Elective Courses pg 14
Physical Education FORGE pg 15
Other Academic Elective Courses pg 17
General (P/F) Elective Courses pg 19
Class of 2017 pg 20
Classes of 2018+ pg 21
Grade Point Average Calculation & Class Rank pg 22
Course Levels Standard/College Preparatory – all courses at MCA not otherwise indicated are standard, college preparatory level, focusing on critical thinking skills, problem solving and mastery of subject knowledge. Honors – more academically challenging than our college preparatory courses. Instruction is both accelerated and in greater depth in honors courses and is intended to prepare students for subjectspecific, collegelevel courses taken either at MCA or posthigh school. Honors GPA weight is earned. Prerequisite Requirements : 85% average in prior related coursework; teacher recommendation. Placement assessments may be used for some courses. Dual Credit – college courses taught on the MCA campus by our teachers who also serve as college professors. Students are concurrently enrolled at MCA and the college granting credit. The coursework and expectations are exactly the same as in the sections of the course taught on the college campus. Both high school and college credit are earned simultaneously by passing the course. Available in 11th12th grades. Honors GPA weight is earned. Admission Requirements : as stated by the college granting credit including a satisfactory ACT, SAT, PSAT or ACT Aspire test score and may have a minimum GPA requirement. See the academic guidance office for further details. Prerequisite Requirements : 85% average in prior related coursework; teacher recommendation. Placement assessments may be used for some courses. Advanced Placement (AP®) – university level college courses taught by our teachers on our campus. AP are the most challenging courses taught in high school. While learning the subject matter of the course, students increase their critical thinking, problemsolving, analysis, and writing skills through collaborative learning, indepth study and discussions. Each course concludes with a national standardized exam in May. The exam score may earn students college credit and/or placement into higher level college coursework. All students enrolled in an AP course take the AP exam and the exam fee is charged in April. Courses available in 11th12th grades. AP GPA weight is earned. Prerequisite Requirements : 85% average in prior related coursework; teacher recommendation. Placement assessments may be used for some courses. Visit: APStudent.CollegeBoard.org for further program details
Schedule Students must enroll in courses necessary to meet graduation requirements. A minimum of 7 for credit, grade earning courses are required during periods 07.
Zero Hour is an optional class period. It meets four days a week, Monday Thursday 7:308:25. Students who have a full schedule of academic or fine art classes during periods 17, may opt to have no class zero hour and begin their school day at 8:30 with 1st period. There is no study hall class during zero hour. Students who must come to school before 8:30 and have no zero hour class will report to the library for studying.
0 Hour 7:308:25 MonThur
1st 7th Periods 8:30 3:10 Mon Thur
FORGE for Athletes 3:15 4:00 Mon Thur
1st 6th Periods 8:00 1:15 Fridays (no 7th period or FORGE on Fridays)
Core Subject Courses
Bible Courses 1 course required for each year enrolled at MCA
Students are automatically enrolled in the appropriate Bible course for their grade.
Systematic Theology *9th Grade
This is the foundational course for our high school Bible curriculum. The course provides students with a thorough study of systematic theology. Areas of study will include Bibliology, Theology proper (God the Father), Christology, Pneumatology, Anthropology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, Angelology, and Eschatology. The theological foundation given in this course will be used as a basis for Bible courses in grades ten through twelve. (1 Credit)
*All freshmen are enrolled in this course and new students in grades 1012 will be enrolled when available in their schedule and space is available. The intent is for all students to complete this course before graduating.
Church and World History 10th Grade
The study of Church and World History is, by definition, broad in scope. There is no way to focus on all that could be evaluated. However, the major themes in human behavior and interaction are important parts of understanding who we are and how we are to function in God's creation. We cannot simply expect to live all our lives in secure and familiar surroundings. While this is certainly true, we (particularly as Christians) are a people mainly influenced by Western culture. The integrated Church and World History course will cover a wide spectrum of movements, events, and people from around the world, but we will take an especially careful look at how faith in Christ has led to the development and growth of those people who live in the culture of the West. This isn't so much of a geographical association as it is one of ideas and beliefs. There will be substantial examination of Biblical teaching in regard to all that is studied. The Lord truly is master of all things at all times and it is in light of His truth and providence that we will consider what has happened since Genesis. We will ask two major questions throughout this course: (1) How does God use events and people in world history to culminate in the perfect timing for Christ's coming into the world? (2) How does God use events and people in world history to grow and strengthen His church and to prepare the world for the return of His Son? (1 Credit)
Major Biblical Books 11th Grade
This Bible course focuses on an indepth analysis of primary, themesetting books of the Old and New Testaments. This study is designed to help students read, research, exegete, and share major scriptural principles from the following books: Genesis, Deuteronomy, 2 Samuel, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Malachi, Matthew, Romans, James, Revelation, and Job. Students will be expected to offer analysis of focus texts, to defend (through writing and discussion) Biblical thematics, and to take opportunities to share the truths of Scripture with others. The Major Biblical Books course has as its ultimate goal a greater understanding, love and appreciation for the great truths of the Christian faith. (1 Credit)
Life Calling is gateway course that introduces students to the concept of a purpose and calling in life, making a positive difference in the world by developing in character, scholarship, and leadership. Students gain an understanding of the Christian way of life and learning that enables virtue, servant leadership, and citizenship in God’s kingdom within the context of the concept of life calling and the discovery of one's Godgiven design as a basis for this calling. This discovery is based on foundational values revealed in the Christian faith which form a Christian worldview students will continue to develop throughout their entire education