Academics

Orientation

A parent/student orientation will be held prior to the first day of school. The meeting is required for all new and returning students and at least one parent or guardian of each student.

Communication

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will receive a communication folder for correspondance between school and home. Folders will be sent home on a daily basis and should be returned the next school day.

Administration/Teacher/Parent Relationships

If a meeting is necessary, arrangements will be made to meet with the teacher after school at a mutually convenient time. Should concerns still prevail, a conference will be scheduled with the teacher and administration. The school administrator has the ultimate authority to resolve issues, and that decision will be final.

Homework

Homework assignments are an integral part of the academic process; therefore, some assignments may be graded. Assignments are given for the following purposes:

  • 1.

    For practice, for reinforcement of new skills, and for study

  • 2.

    For corporate remedial purposes when it is clear that the class as a whole is having difficulty with particular subject matter

  • 3.

    For the completion of long-term projects such as book reports, science fair projects, etc.

Homework for fourth through twelfth grade will be communicated via three ways, verbal communication by the teacher in the classroom, assignments written on the board in the classroom, and through our web-based school system FACTS SIS.

Incomplete Homework

For first through third grade, incomplete homework assignments will result in the student making up the work at home in addition to any regularly assigned homework. A Homework Preparedness Report will be sent home to parents of elementary students each time homework is incomplete. This form must be signed and returned the next school day with all homework that is then due.

Teachers will contact parents personally whenever three incidents of incomplete homework occur within a nine-week grading period. Additional incidents of incomplete homework (within the nine-week grading period) will result in an administrative conference and may result in after-school detainment.

For fourth through twelfth grade, failure to complete homework that is to be graded will result in a zero grade for that particular assignment.

When a student fails to complete homework that is not to be graded, the student will be required to complete and submit the homework (and any additional assignments that are due) the next school day. A zero grade will be issued for the incomplete homework should the student fail to submit the homework on the second day.

Failing to submit long-term projects (or any of the multiple assignments associated with the completion of a long-term project) will result in a ten percent reduction in the assignment grade for each day the project is late. Students may receive a day of grace for justifiable, documented reasons.

Grading Scale

A+

97-100

A

93-96

A-

90-92

B+

87-89

B

83-86

B-

80-82

C+

77-79

C

73-76

C-

70-72

D+

67-69

D

63-66

D-

60-62

F

0-59

I

Incomplete

Failing Grades

The academic progress of students is made evident through a web-based grading system, report cards, and when necessary, personal communication. A parent/teacher conference may be necessary when students receive failing grades in any given subject.

Report Cards

Report cards will be available at the end of each quarter. The school calendar reflects the dates when report cards are available. Grades are computed by the following formula:

Nine Week

30% - Tests

70% - Daily grades/quizzes/homework

Semester

45% - Tests

45% - Daily grades/quizzes/homework

10% - Semester and Final Exams

Semester Exams

All students in grades four through twelve must take first semester exams. Students in grades nine through twelve may be exempt from final exams in a subject if they have a 96 average at the time of the final exam for that subject.

Achievement Tests

Stanford Achievement Tests (SATs) will be given to all kindergarten through eleventh grade students. Mandatory PSAT testing will be given to all tenth and eleventh grade students in October of each school year.

PSAT Testing

All tenth and eleventh graders are required to take the PSAT test at Milford Christian Academy. The test is given during normal school hours. There is a $25 testing fee that will be billed to your account on your October statement.

Promotion

Students are expected to pass all subjects in order to be promoted. If in kindergarten through eighth grade a student fails only one subject for the year, the student may still be promoted; however, summer school may be required for remediation in that academic area. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade receiving two or more F’s will be required to repeat the grade.

Summer School

Students in grades nine through twelve must receive a passing grade for each class to receive credit. High school students who fail any subject required for graduation must repeat that course in summer school in order to receive full credit. 

Summer school will begin in June. Students may not be absent more than one day from summer school in order to receive credit for attendance.

Graduation/Credit

Grades 9-12 College Prep Diploma

  • Bible - 4 credits (minimum of one credit per year while attending MCA)
  • English - 4 credits
  • Math - 4 credits (must include Algebra II)
  • Social Studies – 3.5 credits (must include American history, American government, and economics)
  • Foreign Language - 2 credits
  • Science – 3 credits (must include physical science, biology, and one advanced science, e.g., chemistry, anatomy, physics)
  • Physical Education - 1/2 credit
  • Health - 1/2 credit
  • Electives – 5 credits (must include computer and financial literacy)

High school students must meet the following requirements for classification purposes:

  • 6 credits – Sophomore
  • 12 credits – Junior
  • 18 credits – Senior

Semester grades for each class are computed by averaging nine-week grades.
Yearly grades are computed by averaging semester grades.
ALL GRADES WILL BE CALCULATED.
Point values for calculating grade point average (GPA) are listed below.
Honors courses will be weighted with a scale beginning at 4.25.

A+

4.0

A

3.9

A-

3.7

B+

3.3

B

3.0

B-

2.7

C+

2.3

C

2.0

C-

1.7

D+

1.3

D

1.0

D-

0.7

Honors

  • Pastor’s List – All A’s for every class for each quarter
  • Principal’s List – All A’s or B’s for every class for each quarter
  • Honors List – A B average for each quarter (with no D’s or F’s)
  • Valedictorian – Highest GPA for all classes counted for high school credit
  • Salutatorian – Second-highest GPA for all classes counted for high school credit
  • Graduating with Honors – 3.5 GPA for all classes counted for high school credit

Electives

Students may not drop or add elective courses after three weeks unless extraordinary circumstances exist and only upon permission of administration. Some elective classes may not be graded, and the transcripts will reflect pass or fail. Electives held one or two days each week will earn one-fourth credit per semester. Electives held three or four days per week will earn one-half credit per semester.

Post-Secondary Education Options

MCA accepts PSEO classes based upon the following:

  • Parents must meet with administration
  • Not all classes will be accepted by MCA if there are philosophical differences with MCA’s philosophy of education
  • PSEO classes can only replace a like class at MCA
  • PSEO classes are weighted at a 4.25 grading scale
  • Any PSEO classes above MCA graduation requirements will not be factored into valedictorian or salutatorian awards
  • All transcripts must be received by the administration office
  • MCA will add PSEO classes above MCA requirements on transcripts

Administration reserves the right to deny credit, weighting, etc. in the best interest of the school.

Transcripts

Students may request transcripts to be sent to a college/university of their choice. The first transcript will be sent at no charge. Each additional request will require a $5 payment before the transcript will be sent.

Field Trips

Field trips are an important part of the total curriculum at MCA designed to reinforce classroom instruction. A liability release for these outings must be signed by the parent or guardian each year at time of enrollment. Parents will be notified before each field trip and must sign a permission slip permitting their child to participate. If parents choose for their child not to attend field trips, the student is still required to attend school. Parents are encouraged to participate in field trips so as to provide adequate supervision. Parents should dress in modest, appropriate attire.