Academics

Communication

Communicating with parents is crucial in the educational and spiritual development of students. Parents may communicate with teachers via email or by setting up an appointment to meet in person. When issues arise, a parent should always contact the teacher first. Should the issue not be resolved, a conference may be scheduled between the parents, teacher, and administration. Administration has the ultimate authority to resolve issues, and the decision will be final.

Homework

Homework assignments are an integral part of the academic process and are given for practice, reinforcement of new skills and study. Homework assignments also include the completion of projects such as book reports or research projects. It is the teacher’s discretion when to assign homework and to determine which assignments are to be graded.

Homework assignments will be communicated in both verbal and written form within the classroom as well as through FACTS.

Students in kindergarten through third grade may be assigned weekly homework. Incomplete written homework assignments will result in consequences based on the classroom management system. When three incidences of incomplete homework occur within a nine-week grading period, the teacher will contact the parent. Additional incidences of incomplete homework within the nine-week grading period will result in a parent-teacher conference. Students will be required to make up incomplete assignments at school.

Students in fourth through twelfth grade will be assigned weekly homework. Incomplete written homework assignments will result in the following:

  • Graded homework assignments will result in a zero for that assignment.
  • Non-graded homework assignments will result in the student being 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.
  • Failure to submit long-term projects on time will result in a project grade reduction at the discretion of the teacher.

Note: Students in fourth grade will not receive a zero for an incomplete graded or non-graded homework assignment until the second semester; however the homework is required to be completed.

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

P Pending - Assignment is expected to be completed, and grade will be entered upon completion.

M Missing - Assignment was not completed in the allotted time, and a grade of zero was given.

E Excused - Assignment was not completed; however, the student is not expected to make up the assignment, nor will a grade be given.

Report Cards

Report cards will be available in FACTS through the FamilyPortal 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% - Each Quarter

10% - End of Semester Exams

Yearly

50% - Semester One

50% - Semester Two

Semester Exams

Exams will be given at the end of the first and second semester. 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 students at selected grade levels during the spring of each school year.

The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test will be administered to all tenth and eleventh grade students in October of each school year during school hours. This testing is required, and a testing fee will be billed to your FACTS account.

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.

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.

An administrative conference will be held with parents and the student when remediation through summer school is required. Students who do not complete the requirements for remediation may not be promoted to the next grade or received graduation credit.

Graduation/Credit

Grades 9-12 College Prep Diploma

  • Bible - 4 credits (minimum of 1 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)
  • Fine Arts - 2 semesters anytime during 7th-12th grade

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 and semester grades.

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

  • Honor Roll – GPA 3.4 or higher
  • Merit Roll – GPA 2.4 - 3.39
  • 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

Elective courses are offered based upon classroom capacity. Students will have the opportunity to select a course based on seniority (i.e. seniors get first choice, etc.). Some elective courses are graded on a pass/fail basis and will be reflected as such on the report card.

Post-Secondary Education Options

MCA accepts PSEO/Dual Enrollment classes based upon the following:

  • Juniors and Seniors who have earned at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA by the end of the prior school year may participate in PSEO courses with administrative approval.
  • Parents must meet with administration prior to enrollment in a PSEO course.
  • Any courses for the fall semester must be approved by August 1. Any courses for the spring semester must be approved by December 1.
  • PSEO classes may only replace a similar class at MCA if approved by administration.
  • There is no reduction in MCA tuition for students who participate in PSEO courses. Curriculum fees may be reduced if a student is replacing a normally scheduled MCA class with a PSEO course.
  • Only one PSEO class may be taken per semester by juniors and two classes per semester by seniors.
  • Students may take a PSEO Bible class as an elective, but all students will remain enrolled in MCA’s Bible classes.
  • Students will not be permitted to leave the MCA campus during the school day for PSEO courses. PSEO courses must be taken in an online format.
  • Students will need to provide their own laptop or tablet for taking the courses. MCA will provide wifi access.
  • PSEO classes are weighted at a 4.25 grading scale.
  • PSEO classes will be included on transcripts for credit purposes, but will not be factored into valedictorian or salutatorian awards in such a way to give the PSEO student an advantage over a student who has taken college prep course requirements from MCA.
  • Administration reserves the right to deny credit, weighting, etc. in the best interest of the school.
  • All transcripts must be received by the administration office at the end of the semester for the PSEO course to be added to the high school transcript.

Christian college coursework is preferred and encouraged. For students seeking courses through the state funded College Credit Plus program, there are Christian colleges in Ohio such as Cedarville University and Ohio Christian University that participate in this program. Other options, not part of the College Credit Plus program, that offer PSEO (Dual-Enrollment) courses include Veritas Baptist College, Pensacola Christian College, and Bob Jones University.

Transcripts

Students may request transcripts to be sent to a college/university of their choice. Up to three transcripts may be sent at no charge. Each additional request will require a $10 payment before the transcript will be sent.

Field Trips

Field trips are designed to reinforce classroom instruction. Parents will be notified before each field trip and must sign a permission slip allowing their child to participate. Parents are responsible to pay fees related to field trips. If parents choose for their child not to attend field trips, the student is still required to attend school. Failure to attend school may result in an unexcused absence. Parents may be encouraged to participate in field trips so as to provide adequate supervision. Parents should dress in modest, appropriate attire.

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