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Welcome to the Marion County Christian Academy website.
This site will give you the necessary information about the courses we teach, the fine arts and athletic programs we offer and the facilities to provide education at its finest.
In the past years Marion County Christian Academy gained constant success and growth, as well as experience in building a magnet for education, rooted in a fundamental respect for children from every corner of the globe. We are, indeed, an extended family, where little value is placed on the difference of race, creed, color or religious background. We are, in fact promoting equality In every part of our scholastic experience.
Too often, the prevailing culture compels young people to look and act in certain ways. The fact that each person has his or her own set of unique, God-given, gifts and talents is often lost in that push to ride the cultural tidal wave.
Our students enjoy an atmosphere which provides a safe haven for all to focus on becoming self-directed, confident, and well-educated young men and women, able to lead life independently and equipped to face the future on their own terms.
So, if you are a student or a parent interested in taking a closer look, our hope is that you will browse around the website and eventually come for a visit. If you would like to send us your Pre-Application to learn more about Marion County Christian Academy, we would gladly respond immediately and assist you in learning that MCCA really is the best choice for your child to join a school which is thoroughly committed to education on all levels.
Rose C. Massey, Director
Founder of Marion County School of Music and
Marion County Christian Academy
We are associated with the Cathedral Bible College
A tour through our new facilities
Waiting to see the school counselor is no longer a "Standing Proposition"
String and Guitar Room
Drum and Beginner Piano Room
2013-2014 School Calendar
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academic program at Marion County Private Academy is designed to prepare our
students for a lifetime of learning in a global society. We offer each student
a challenging college-preparatory education along with the freedom and support
to discover his or her passion. The program of study is also designed to meet
the entrance requirements of the most selective colleges and universities. With
a student/faculty ratio of 8:1, MCPA affords a learning environment that is, at
once, both challenging and intimate. We know each student well and understand
the responsibility we have to enable him or her to succeed in his or her
College-preparatory courses are
standard for all students, with 24 academic credits required for graduation.
Most students carry 6 (six) academic subjects. Specific requirements include
four credits in English, two in the same foreign language, four credits in high
school mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II required), 4 (four) in
history (US history required), and 4 (four) in science (Biology and Chemistry
required). In addition, the Academy requires credits for graduation in Art,
Music, Health, Physical Education, Psychology and Phylosophy/Religion.
MCPA students have a strong history
of academic achievement on College Board Advanced Placement examinations.
Students have demonstrated a consistent ability in various subjects, are
encouraged to take courses that prepare them for the AP exams. The following
advanced placement courses are offered to those students who qualify: Calculus
AB ,Calculus BC, Statistics, US History, World History, French Language I &
II, Spanish Language I, Latin I, German I, II, and III, English Language and
Composition, English Literature and Composition, American Literature, Biology,
MCPS List of Subjects Core Subjects ·
School Year 2012-2013
o Pre K through 5 phonics/reading comprehension
o Grades 7 - 12
general/advanced/College English 101
o Creative Writing/American Literature
· Physical Education
Science (earth and physical)
· Social Studies/History/World
· Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Art
Handwriting · Personal, Social and Health Education and Life Skills
· Typing and Keyboarding/Computer Science /College Level
· Foreign Language
o German I, II, III
French I & II
o Latin I & II
o Spanish I, II
· Choir/music appreciation/voice
· Musical instrument instruction - (Wind-instruments, percussion,
brass, keyboard, piano)
· Tae Kwon Do (beginner/advanced)
· Garden Club/horticulture
· Drama, Performance
· Crafts (beginner/intermediate/advanced)
Your child may choose certain classes in the After School
Program and stay until 6:00PM (a $10 fee applies)
Payments are easy to
make: Weekly, Bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annually. We
provide Payment Books for easy record keeping. After School Program
participation is Tax-deductible (as Childcare expense)
High School Course Descriptions 2012 - 2013
COMPUTER SCIENCE (A new addition to the present curriculum) The
Marion County Private School Computer Science Department classes are designed
to prepare students with the keyboarding and basic computer skills required for
personal advancement, post-secondary education, and further computer-related
training. All courses in this department meet the Marion County Private School
Applied Arts/Career Technical Education requirement. Individuals wishing to
sign up for this course will take individual training time until additional
computer equipment becomes available.
Computer Skills Grades 9-12 Students in this year-length
course will acquire a variety of computer skills and improve their typing
proficiency. Students will learn specifically the applications of word
processing, database, spreadsheet, draw, paint, web page design, and Internet
skills by using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Typing Tutor,
Photoshop and others. Each student will also learn how to scan pictures and how
to use a digital camera.
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT MCPS courses in
English are designed to develop communication skills in reading, writing,
speaking, and listening, as well as to develop an appreciation for literature.
Forty units of English are required for graduation with 10 units required in
each of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Summer reading is required for
all college prep and honors courses. All of our English classes have been
aligned with top Private Schools in the United States.
is a college-prep course in literature, composition, grammar, and language. The
literary forms of the short story, novel, drama, and poetry are studied.
Composition skills in expository, narrative, descriptive, and creative writing
are developed. Grammar fundamentals, including parts of speech, syntax,
coordination, and subordination are an important part of this course, as are
spelling, vocabulary development, and critical thinking skills. Specific
emphasis is given to paragraph writing. Computer skills are introduced and
English 10 This is a college preparatory
composition/literature course which emphasizes vocabulary building, literature
analysis and full length essays with attention given to punctuation, Sentence
structure, and style. One Shakespearean play and participation in one team
debate is required. It involves expository writing which reflects higher
cognitive skills and. requires development of oral communication, including a
unit on debate.
English 11 This course covers literature,
composition, and reading on a higher level of comprehension skills by second
semester. The requirements a full-length composition, formulating/development
of a thesis, outlining, writing effective introductions, transitions, and
conclusions. Expository and persuasive compositions and writing essay
examination answers requiring basic literary analysis. Content of this course
will be combined with a thorough review of grammar and syntax. SAT practice and
vocabulary development are included.
English 12 Completion of 3
years of all English courses. This course further examines the three common
strands of high school English, English literature, composition, and language.
The writing of a major research paper is an essential part of the course as
well as preparation for a college essay and for college entrance exams. Through
the study of literature, film, and student experience, this class will examine
how one develops and incorporates a responsible ethical code in one's life, and
how one responds to the pressures and judgments of social institutions.
Students will develop their own ethical code and will strive to make
connections with the various ideas we encounter, the experiences we have, and
the community in which we live.
Movie Review - Film and Literature This
class will examine how these selected readings and films relate to contemporary
moral quandaries. Thus, the class will explore how film has uniquely mirrored
and commented on the social, political, and cultural landscape. In addition, we
will discuss film terms and vocabulary to build visual literacy, while learning
to write about the movies more effectively. Finally, we will explore the
various ways in which film and literature have portrayed a responsible ethical
code of living, as well as how the individual should respond to the pressures
and judgments of social institutions.
FURTHER SUBJECTS INVESTIGATED
Philosophy and Ethics is taught to all
sophomores, juniors, and seniors. In this part of the course, students will
examine some of the major philosophical and ethical theories and thinkers.
Students will be expected to gain insight into some of the major philosophical
questions facing us, and some of the answers posed by the great philosophers of
the past. The subject matter is suited to students who like to read, think
about important ideas, and discuss them in depth.
offered in After School classes. It introduces students to all types of writing
for the media, closely following formats established in the professional press.
The class emphasizes writing, design, layout and web-based publishing. Basic
word processing and desktop publishing programs are utilized and students will
produce a web-based edition of El Gato and learn basic yearbook design
techniques for the Wildcat Yearbook as well. Though not a prerequisite for
Journalism 2 (Newspaper or Yearbook), students who take this course will be
better prepared for the rigors of these project-based courses.
Class offered as an After School Class. This class is intended for students who
are interested in Debate and Speech, and wish to debate actively
participating in Speech and Debate competition. It provides extensive practice
and development of essential skills necessary for successful tournament
participation. (Tournaments will only be entered if students are well
established in their debate activities)
HEALTH the examination
of harmful health substances, harmful health behaviors, sexually transmitted
diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS), abstinence and pregnancy prevention. Age and Grade
appropriate materials are presented to better understand Health and the Human
The Art of Living Live Courseis
designed to contribute to the development of skills in the areas of time
management and creative life skills. The course investigates all life skills,
including Banking, Time and Money Management, Schedules and Planning, Teen Sex,
Violence, Drugs, Date Rape, Marriage, Pregnancy, Childcare, Insurances, Taxes,
Funerals and planning for families after death.
Cuisine And Hospitality Grades 10-12 This course is a year long class
designed to acquaint students with the basic art of cooking skills, equipment,
ingredients, and product standards, and experiencing various foreign recipes.
Emphasis in the first semester is placed on nutrition and wise consumer
planning. Emphasis second semester is on developing skills in the preparation
of full course meals. of many cultural varieties will be prepared during the
year. There will be an individual project each semester. Guests will be invited
to lend their knowledge and experience to the quality of this elective course,
especially international cooking skills.
The Industrial Technology Program provides opportunities for exploring
and developing skills in vocational areas as well as developing skills that can
be used in leisure time activities as well as preparing for job skills These
courses and individual training plans are offered in partnership with the
Marion County Technical Education Center, and offer a student the chance to
receive a degree in their technological training along with their High School
Diploma. Students must meet all enrollment criteria with the Tech. Center and
show continued willingness and ability to maintain a C average or better.
Students will have to provide transportation to the Tech. Center and their
return to MCPS
The aim of the Mathematics
Department is to provide students with a sequence of study to suit their needs
and abilities. The development of basic mathematical skills, logic, and
critical thinking, the preparation for further training beyond secondary school
mathematics, and the appreciation for the contribution of mathematics to
civilization are among the objectives of the mathematics curriculum. Most math
courses require grades of C- or higher to advance to the next level, Geometry,
Algebra 2, Trig/Pre-Calculus, Trig/Advanced Topics, Calculus, and Statistics
have other prerequisites. Each year of a math course meets one year of the
two-year math requirement for graduation. Two years of math (including one year
of Algebra 1) are required for graduation.
Algebra Algebra Successful completion This course
will take a full year to cover the Algebra 1 topics of eighth grade math course
covered in the first semester of the yearlong program. It is designed for
students who will benefit from an algebra course completed over a two-year span
instead of one year. They fulfill only the Algebra 1 requirement for college
admission purposes (i.e. one year of college preparatory math.)
Geometry Algebra 1 or Algebra 2. In this course, the student
studies plane and solid geometric with a grade of C- figures. Topics include
parallel lines, triangles, other polygons, or higher. (Circles, areas, volumes
and geometric proof.) Emphasis is given to course vocabulary and the course
second semester.) articulation of geometric conjectures.
2 Algebra 1/Algebra 2 and Geometry/ This course reviews the basic concepts
of Geometry with a grade of Algebra 1 and continues with the study of linear
functions. Products and factors of polynomials, rational expressions,
irrational and complex numbers, quadratic equations and functions, variation
and polynomial equations, analytical geometry, exponential and logarithmic
functions, variation and polynomial equations, analytical geometry, exponential
and logarithmic functions, determinants, and probabilities. Sequences, series,
and matrices are covered when time allows. Course content is not as extensive
and the pace of the class is not accelerated in order allow a paced
Trigonometry The bulk of the course will be a study
of circular functions, trigonometric functions, graphs and inverses of
trigonometric functions, and applications of trigonometry. Sequences, series,
and probability will also be presented. Vectors, polar coordinates, exponential
and logarithmic functions, logic, finance and matrices will be studied as time
allows. Student work at a paced mode.
Pre-Calculus This course
will investigate topics of vectors, matrices, conic sections along with
exponential and logarithmic functions. Pre-calculus concepts of limits,
continuity, derivatives and integrals are introduced.
101 The basics of Business will be investigated. Students will be receiving
all the basic knowledge of Business and how to be prepared in embarking upon a
business venture. The concepts of this course are to teach all of the basic
knowledge necessary to begin a small business.
All Junior and Senior High School Students. The basic knowledge of what
Psychology is and what it does will be taught. Students will understand for
what Psychology is used, and why it is an important part of today's medical
community. Students will be required to do research projects and investigate
information to complete an entire research paper, as they might be required to
do at any College. Excellent preparation for a college course.
The Performing Arts Program offers students
opportunities to further their enjoyment and understanding of music and drama
and to increase their skills as performers on stage or in instrumental and/or
vocal music. Whether as performers or listeners, students will develop an
understanding and appreciation for their area of study. Students are required
to participate in all performances and other activities of the music and drama
organization of which they are members. Students also have the opportunity to
participate in several competitive music festivals and stage performances. All
courses will meet the Visual/Performing Art requirement for high school
graduation and college eligibility.
Glee Club Choir - Victorian Choir. This is and After School Program
and the course is designed to acquaint students with a basic knowledge of
proper vocal technique, musicianship, and music reading skills Choral music
styles will be ranging from traditional to contemporary. The major focus is
ensemble singing. This is a performance-oriented class. Campus and Community
performances are required.
PIANO Students will be introduced to
the basics of playing piano with right and left hand, separately and when able,
will perform with both hands. Emphasis will be on the student identifying with
notes, being able to read the music and identifying music scripts.
DRUMS Students will be introduced to the basics of playing
drums. Various rhythms and proper performance on the trap set will be studied
and practiced. Students will learn to perform by accompanying other
instruments, such as the piano.
DRAMA This course addresses the
culture, art, and craft of several performing arts. The literature of the
stage, film, and television mediums is explored. Acting and analysis skills are
developed through a variety of course activities. The philosophy that acting is
"living truthfully in pretend circumstances," the course will employ exercises
and techniques that help unlock students' ability to involve an active
imagination. The course meets all the requirements of the State of South
Carolina, for the High School Public Educational Systems. The course is offered
only in the summer during Summer Arts Camp.
BALLET AND DANCE
This course is presented in the After School Program. Students learn basic
moves, placement and terminology, as well as choreography and performance
skills. Partnering and group dances will be taught. Advanced Dance Workshop
classes offer experience with different styles of dance, from jazz to tap, to
the various forms within ballet. Students learn basic moves, placement and
terminology, as well as choreography and performance skills.
APPRECIATION Junior and Senior High School Students
This course is
designed to encourage greater understanding and appreciation of music through
analysis and comparison of various periods and styles as they relate to
cultural and historical influences. Areas of study include elements of music
during the major historical periods, which include the Baroque, Classical,
Romantic and 20th Century periods: Jazz, Pop and Rock music as well as
Non-Western music influences.
Beginning Woodwinds All Grades
Beginning Woodwinds introduces students to the fundamentals of playing a
woodwind instrument. Students will be introduced to various woodwind
instruments, as well as gain an understanding of finger placement and other
techniques that are essential to playing an instrument. This is a discovery
course designed for students who may have an interest in learning how to play
an instrument. Students will be required to order and purchase their own
This program provides the
opportunity for students to become involved in activities that can be enjoyed
now and for most of their lives. The primary objectives of the Physical
Education program are development of skills in a variety of physical activities
and an appreciation of physical fitness. All freshman students must be enrolled
in either Physical Education, Tennis, Golf, Cross Country, Basket Ball, Soccer,
Dance or Karate. Students with medical exemptions must submit a doctor's note
with specific dates of exemption and information to the School's
Physical Education: The purpose of this program is to
provide students with a broad range of experiences and exposures to varied
sports activities such as ballet, karate, cross country, basket ball, golf,
tennis, horseback riding and field games. It is a course required for all
Junior and Senior High School students. Special uniforms, equipment or dress
codes will apply in some of these courses.
the Science Department are designed to provide students with the opportunity to
investigate the fundamental laws and principles that govern the universe and to
understand the phenomena which affect us in our daily lives.
Environmental understanding of our environment. The focus is on the
development of thinking and decision-making skills, especially with regard to
environmental issues, such as: air and water pollution, global warming,
landfills, and animal preservation. The course provides the science back-
ground needed to analyze ways to protect and conserve our environment. It meets
one year of the high school life science requirement.
Science Grade 9
This is a beginning college prep course in physical
science, introducing students to the main principles of chemistry, nuclear
science, meteorology, geology and astronomy. through laboratory activities,
students learn the basic techniques, methods and limitations of science.
Because of the nature of the class, attendance, attitude and behavior are
important considerations. Students will visit various science centers to expand
their knowledge on the subjects taught. This course meets one year of the high
school life science requirement.
Biology 8th graders:
Biology is the beginning of the accelerated science pro- gram. It has
two major aims. The first is to become acquainted in 8th grade with biological
facts and with the concepts that are built on science and. methods to recognize
the limitations of Biology. The second is to understand what science is.
Biology Grades 10-12: This course has two major aims. The first
is to introduce Earth Space Science and to ensure that the students become
acquainted with biological facts and with the concepts that are built on them.
The second is to understand what science is - to feel its spirit, to appreciate
its methods, and to recognize its limitations. Specific areas covered include
ecology, cells, biochemistry, genetics, the theory of evolution vs. creation,
biotechnology, reproduction, development, plant and animal structure and
function, and the five kingdoms of organisms.
11-12: This course is intended to be an introductory course to college
level Chemistry and will receive the knowledge of facts, principles, and
processes an understanding of the means by which they may continue into a
second science such as a human endeavor with social consequences.
Chemistry in the Grades 10-12: completion of previous courses
The course focuses on chemistry as it relates to community concerns such as
environmental pollution, nutrition, and health. It requires more writing than a
traditional class might require.
Physics Grades 11-12: This is
an introductory college prep course designed to increase knowledge of physics.
Mastery of physical concepts as they apply to everyday life will be emphasized.
Exercises will reinforce the concepts and will include extensive use of the
computer as a tool for research and development of
Social Studies classes provide
background knowledge that enable students to understand past and present
cultural global and national policies and practices. All students will receive
course studies in the study of various social developments.
History Grade 9 World History is a required course intended to deepen the
student's understanding of ancient, medieval, and modern world cultures. The
scope is world-wide with attention given to both western and non-western
civilizations through the beginning of the 20th century.
Introduction to Law Grades 10-12 Introduction to Law is a course
that will focus on State, National and International legal systems. It is
designed to investigate, discuss and appreciate the legal structure presently
in place in our country and how it is best used within our society and it's
United States History Junior and Senior High School
Students are taught U.S. History, a required course in order to graduate.
During the first semester, students study gain knowledge in the growth and
development of the United States, as well as significant factors leading to
changes in American agriculture, industry, commerce, and society in the 1800's
and identify the connections between history and current events. In second
semester, students study political, economic, and social reforms of the early
1900's and trace causes, progress, and results of World War I (the early
Depression), World War II and the pre- and post-cold war eras. Students will
have been introduced to the involvement of the United States in various wars,
such as the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and all other details of American
Economics High School grades 9 - 12. Economics is a
required senior year semester course. This course helps students understand the
fundamentals of how our society allocates resources to overcome the problems of
scarcity. There are three main parts to the course: an introduction to the
study of economics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics.
This year-long course is for students who are currently school leaders or
hope to take on leadership positions at MCPS. The curriculum will focus on such
leadership skills as organization, event planning, presentation skills, etc.
Guest speakers will give workshops on running meetings, marketing ideas, and
motivating constituents. Ongoing projects will revolve around student body and
related school activities such as talent shows, spirit weeks, fund raising,
dances, campus clean-up days, and more. Priority will be given to elected
student council members, but spaces will be available for leaders in other
areas of the school and for those wishing to learn about leadership. This
course may be repeated for credit.
Office Assistant the teacher
or staff member, essential because both teachers and offices depend and a
parent/guardian on assistants to handle certain tasks on a daily basis.
Students may enroll in only one Assistant position period per year.
Hospitality Culinary Arts - This course is a part of our After
School Program, in which students learn about the basics of cooking and proper
presentation of food, drink and general entertainment. Students will be
introduced to the art of proper entertainment.
The Visual Arts Department offerings are designed to acquaint interested
students with a variety of forms of expression for creative experience,
exploration, recreation or career training in the field of art. Students are
encouraged to develop an awareness and appreciation of art through instruction
and practical studio experience. All courses meet the Visual/Performing Arts
requirement for high school graduation and college eligibility.
Basic Art Grades 9-12 is a
year-length studio experience for students interested in the basics of art.
Students are introduced to drawing, painting, and other art forms. The history
of art is addressed and skills in basic media are used to teach the principles
and elements of design. Media include tempera, watercolor, pencil, pen, and
Intermediate Art for students having experienced This
year-length course provides studio experience for students who wish to further
develop skills, perception, and expressive capacities, as well as knowledge to
explore the medium of painting, originality, personal experience, and creative
awareness. Media include previously used materials plus oils, acrylics,
scratchboard and mixed media. A portfolio of the student's work will be
assembled. Projects also include still-life and life drawings, an oil copy of a
famous painting, a landscape painting, a distorted grid drawing, and research
of an artist.
Advanced Art for students having experienced all
previous courses: This year-length studio course is an honors course and is
structured with an emphasis on previously learned mediums,
creative/interpretive problem solving, and in-depth visual exploration.
Portfolio quality work is the goal, with an eye toward placement into a college
Digital Photography Digital Photography is a
year-length course which will introduce students to the aesthetics of
photography through digital imaging. The emphasis of the course will be on
photographic composition and creative artistic expression. It further
introduces different types of digital cameras, video cameras, lighting, with
the publishing of a website, DVD, prints and a photography hardback book.
Emphasis in this class is to produce quality digital photographs and digital
video to be edited using Adobe Photo Shop. The participating student must have
his/her own approved digital camera and other required equipment upon enrolling
in this After School Course.
Private Academy offers 5 foreign languages The World Language Department offers
elective courses, as well as classes in our After School Programs, designed to
acquaint students with the many aspects of a chosen language and cultures of
selected lands. Interested students are encouraged to learn a world language
whether the goal is conversational, vocational, or college-preparatory.
:Language classes emphasize speaking, reading, and writing. A minimum of 5
students must be enrolled in this course in order to provide teaching staff and
materials. DAILY HOMEWORK IS REQUIRED.
French 1 emphasizes
the basics of grammar and pronunciation skills. Culture and geography are
introduced. Participation in guided French conversation is required. Students
have the opportunity to learn about French culture through music, film and
performances. A large vocabulary becomes the basis for French 2.
French 2 In this course, all prior work is reviewed. For the first time,
students formulate their own writings of French short stories and begin short
French essays, and participate in advanced conversation. Students have the
opportunity to learn about French culture through readings, music, film, and
German 1This course introduces students to the
basics of the German language, culture and geography. Correctness of
expression, pronunciation and comprehension of oral and written German is
emphasized. The students learn the basics of grammar and must participate in
guided German conversation. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the
target language are an essential part of the lessons. Videos, role playing, and
films supplement instruction.
German 2 is an extension of German
1 and covers the remainder of basic grammar. Conversations in the text dealing
with everyday situations. Students role play and produce story books, short
stories, letters and notes for various topics. They read short stories and
report on books both orally and in writing. Participation in guided German
conversation is required. Instructional videos are essential tools in the
German 3In this course all prior grammar
is reviewed. For the first time,students study works of German authors and are
introduced to important German historical events, art, and music. Oral and/or
written reports are presented. Emphasis is placed on communicating in German
and enhancing listening comprehension. Students have the opportunity to view
movies, videotapes and participate in skits, make commercials and produce
multi-media announcements in order to further develop conversational skills.
German 4 In this course prior grammar is reviewed as students
study German literature, art, politics, current events, and also view films,
videotapes, and German commercials. Oral and/or written reports are presented.
Students read German newspapers/magazines and put together a German newspaper
and skit. One purpose of this course is preparation for the German Advanced
Students learn the basic grammar and pronunciation skills of Spanish.
Memorization and drills are required. Basic conversation begins. Elements of
Spanish culture are introduced through videos, music, textbook, and teacher
Spanish 2 This course builds on Spanish 1 grammar
and conversation. Students learn to express feelings, hopes, opinions, doubts,
and wants in a fairly complex manner. Conversation practice must continue.
Students gain a direct view into Hispanic life, past and present. works by
Hispanic authors. Oral and/or written reports are presented through literature,
art, music, video, and audio recordings.
Latin 1 emphasizes the
basics of grammar and pronunciation skills. The origin of the language is
explored. Formulation of grammar, essential in this language is the main stay
of the course. Writing and reading the language are required. Participation in
basic Latin conversation is also required.