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Marion County Christian Academy

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.

Kindest Regards,
Rose C. Massey, Director
Founder of Marion County School of Music and
Marion County Christian Academy

We are located on the campus of the old Marion Memorial Hospital.

A tour through our new facilities


Waiting to see the school counselor is no longer a "Standing Proposition"

Assembly Hall

String and Guitar Room

Drum and Beginner Piano Room

Hallway Murals

2013-2014 School Calendar

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Field Trip Information

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Academic Requirements

The academic program at M.C.C.A. 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, M.C.C.A. 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 studies.


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.

Advanced Placement

M.C.C.A. 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, and Chemistry.

Course Descriptions

M.C.C.A. List of Subjects
Offered For School Year 2012-2013

Core Subjects ·

o Pre K through 5 phonics/reading comprehension
o Grades 7 - 12 general/advanced/College English 101
o Creative Writing/American Literature

· Mathematics
· Physical Education
· Science (earth and physical)
· Social Studies/History/World Geography
· Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Art
· Handwriting · Personal, Social and Health Education and Life Skills Classes
· Typing and Keyboarding/Computer Science /College Level

· Foreign Language
o German I, II, III
o 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)
· Cultural Diversity

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)

Description of Courses
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.

English 9 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 encouraged.

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.


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.

Journalism is 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.

Debate 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 body.

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.

International 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.

Algebra 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 environment.

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.

Business 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.

Psychology 101 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.

MUSIC 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 instruments.

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 Office.

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.

Courses in 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.

Earth/Space 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.

Biology Grades 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 information.

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.

World 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 boundaries.

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 War history.

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.

Leadership 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 ink.

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 art program.

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.

Marion County 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 performances.

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 instructional process.

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 Placement Exam.

Spanish 1 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 exploration.

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.



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