Enabling students to maximize their God-given gifts and talents in a Christ-centered environment is the driving purpose of everything we do in the high school. Knowing each individual is gifted differently, we seek to achieve our goal by providing excellent opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, and co-curricular activities, all built upon a firm commitment to Jesus Christ.
Outside of the classroom, students participate in a variety of co-curricular activities. Student life at MPCS is chock full of arts productions, bustling sports schedules, weekly club activities, service projects, and social events. From High School Retreat, homecoming, study abroad, missions, community service, class trips, and academic clubs, there is never a dull moment at MPCS.
Our seniors achieve 100% acceptance to top four-year colleges and universities, and graduating classes have earned more than $7 million in scholarships annually. Dedicated teachers are highly qualified and committed to providing enriched learning experiences in a Christ-centered environment.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND COLLEGE-PREP CURRICULUM
Academically, the high school offers a wide range of curricular offerings challenging students to develop analytical abilities and problem-solving skills. With over 24 Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings spanning the curriculum, students are challenged to pursue course content normally reserved for college. Honors courses, 32 of which are offered in every content area except Bible, provide additional academic challenges for students who wish to delve more deeply into a specific content area. The innovative STEM program with Project Lead The Way curriculum introduces students to the design and creation process, which is in high demand throughout the modern business world. The Directed Studies program provides additional, personalized support for students with diagnosed learning needs. Overall, 25 total course units are required for MPCS graduation.
The high school Bible department seeks to unite with home and church by offering a program of study which supports and expands the discipleship efforts of both. Each course is designed to appeal to and speak to both the heart and mind, as true spiritual formation and transformation only take place when these two areas merge in the classroom. The scope and sequence of Bible courses in grades 9-12 is designed to encourage students to process biblical truth and principles as they cognitively and spiritually mature in their understanding of God’s Word. The end result is for students to acquire an insatiable love for scripture with a thorough knowledge and understanding of it while equipping them for all of life’s challenges ahead — and ultimately motivating them to have a true love for God and his fellow-man.
REQUIREMENTS: 4 units required - including Old Testament, New Testament, and Apologetics
- Bible 101: A year-long survey of the Bible, the course is designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of scripture.
- Introduction to Apologetics : Taken during the junior year, this course will introduce the students to the very basics of a defense of Christianity.
- New Testament Studies: New Testament Studies is a course designed to introduce students to the person and work of Jesus Christ.
- Old Testament Studies: This freshmen level Bible course will explore the foundations of our Christian faith through the lens of the Old Testament.
- Study of Romans : This senior level Bible course is a conceptual, in-depth study of the book of Romans.
Mathematics department objectives are to provide each student the ability to achieve his or her own personal goals in math while preparing for college. Using a traditional approach to curriculum, we provide accurate placement for individuals with opportunity to advance. Mathematics is a key area of curriculum where analytical thinking and problem-solving skills are developed. Students are challenged to find most appropriate strategies while understanding multiple avenues can be explored. Through mathematics one can begin to understand and appreciate the complex design God has placed in nature. As Galileo stated, ”Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe.”
REQUIREMENTS: 4 units required – students must complete a minimum of Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry, AP Calculus and AP Statistics are also offered
- Algebra I: Considered to be the most important foundational math course in high school, the primary aim of Algebra I is to enable the student to learn, communicate, and apply algebraic concepts.
- Algebra II: Reviews the linear functions and equations from Algebra I and continues with an in-depth study of quadratic equations and conics as well as a study of higher-degree polynomial functions, along with other advanced topics such as rational, logarithmic and exponential functions.
- Algebra II Honors: In addition to the information covered in Algebra II, the honors course will be more extensive and go into deeper levels of study than the regular course. This includes the extensive use of word problems and practical applications.
- Algebra III: A one year course that continues the study from Algebra II with an extensive review of Algebra I and Geometry.
- AP Calculus AB: AP Calculus AB is a one-year high school course equivalent to a one-semester college course in Calculus.
- AP Calculus BC: A one-year high school course equivalent to a one-semester college course in Calculus II.
- AP Statistics: A one-year high school course equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based, college course in statistics with the purpose of introducing students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.
- Geometry: The study of lines, angles, plane figures such as triangles, circles, and quadrilaterals, and solids. Basic principles of two and three-dimensional figures, algebraic skills, and coordinate geometry will be used in problem-solving situations. Technology is utilized and integrated into lessons and exercises throughout the course in order to improve students’ overall understanding. Geometer’s Sketchpad and computer graphing software are an essential part of the course. Prerequisites: Algebra I
- Honors Geometry: Building on the non-honors course, Honors Geometry will be faster paced and will provide a deeper and broader study of concepts taught.
- Pre-calculus: A continuing study of polynomial and other various functions from Algebra II, along with study of trigonometry.
- Pre-calculus Honors: In addition to the information covered in Pre-calculus, the honors class will study more challenging problems and move at a faster pace.
- Statistics: This course is designed to introduce students to statistical thinking, particularly as it relates to medicine, education, environmental science, business, psychology, sports, politics, and entertainment.
Few things in the world can provide students with as great an insight into God as creator as the study of science. Science is the exploration of the physical and biological world around us. In addition to examining God’s craftsmanship throughout our world, students strive to learn critical skills such as problem-solving, experimental design, and analytical thinking.
Our science program offers multiple tracks, which can be tailored to needs of the student. We offer a variety of college-preparatory classes including on-level, honors, and Advanced Placement. Our Advanced Placement options include AP Computer Science Principles, AP Physics 1 and 2, AP Chemistry, and AP Biology. Regardless of level, each course includes inquiry-driven laboratory experiences and is designed to challenge each student and to develop critical thinking skills. Teachers bring real-world experience into the classroom, providing an experience beyond the textbook.
Students have a unique opportunity to earn a STEM endorsement on their diplomas by taking engineering electives, which are a part of the nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way Engineering Program. These AP-level courses provide students with the skills needed to enter into senior executive internships with local businesses that employ STEM in their work.
REQUIREMENTS: 4 units required – Physics, Biology, Chemistry (recommended) or Environmental Science and an additional science course, AP Physics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Computer Science are also offered.
- AP Biology: A demanding college-level course, designed to be the equivalent of a year-long Biology course taken during the first year of college.
- AP Chemistry: This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year with discussion of chemical kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, buffers, coordination complexes, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry.
- AP Physics I: An algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that includes topics such as Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.
- AP Physics II: A full-year course, equivalent to a second-semester introductory college course in physics.
- Biology: A survey course that focuses on the foundational principles of the Life Sciences.
- Biology Honors: A survey course that focuses on the foundational principles of the Life Sciences, interdisciplinary study and research which exceed the breadth and depth of the on-level counterpart.
- Chemistry: An introductory course that covers all or most of the following topics: stoichiometry, nomenclature, atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, states of matter, gas laws, equilibrium, and acid base.
- Chemistry Honors: In addition to the concepts covered in chemistry, honors students are expected to have a track record of science, math, and English proficiency, be self-motivated, and demonstrate a work-ethic worthy of an honors course.
- Environmental Science: This course provides students with a foundation of understanding and knowledge in environmental concerns such as acid rain, endangered species, invasive plants and animals, and man’s role in the environment.
- Human Anatomy and Physiology: This is a lab-oriented course that will use dissection, physiology experiments, models, computer software, cooperative grouping, and lecture to learn the structure and function of the human body.
- Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors: A course in which students will study the structure and the function of the human body from both a cellular and systemic perspective.
- Oceanography: Marine Science is a focused course of study in which students will recognize that the ocean is a dynamic system reflecting interactions among organisms, ecosystems, chemical cycles, and physical and geological processes, on land, in air, and in the oceans. There is an additional fee and summer trip involved with this course.
- Physics: A course which focuses on the study of kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, gravitation, waves and sound, light, and electricity.
The innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program with PLTW curriculum introduces students to the design and creation process, which is in high demand throughout the modern business world. MPCS offers PLTW curriculum starting in Kindergarten and culimates with AP-level coursework for those on the STEAM/STEM track in high school.
- AP Computer Science Principles: This course aims to build student awareness of the demand for computer specialists and for professionals in all fields who have computational skills.
- Engineering Concepts: The second course in the Engineering and Technology Pathway for Project Lead The Way.
- Introduction to Engineering Design: A high-school level foundation course in the Project Lead the Way Engineering Program.
The goal of the English department is to inspire students through process modeling, inquiry-based learning, and biblical integration to read, write, create, and think effectively in order to communicate wisdom and knowledge to a world hungry for truth. Students embrace a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum which aids them in comprehending complex texts and in developing not only grammatical accuracy but personal writing style. Field trips, technology, project-based learning, submissions for publication, and study-abroad opportunities aid students in making personal connections and global contributions.
REQUIREMENTS: 4 units required – Genre Studies, World Literature, American Literature, and British Literature
AP English Literature and AP English Language are also offered.
- American Literature 11: This course prepares students for college level work through both independent and guided research, analysis, and oral/ written expression via complex study of drama, novels, poetry, and related writings of some of America’s greatest authors.
- American Literature Honors 11: Though the curriculum is similar to American Literature, the daily teaching methods are suited for honors students’ learning styles and focuses on independent inquiry, creative expression, complementary research, interdisciplinary study, exceptional oral and written expression, group collaboration, in-depth discussion, and increased processing speed.
- AP English Language and Composition: This course has a heavy focus on nonfiction with an integration of key fictional works representing the movements of American Literature and assists students in becoming skilled independent readers of various texts and in becoming skilled composers who write for various audiences and purposes.
- AP English Literature and Composition 12: Using British literature as the vehicular content, students in this advanced course will hone their skills in intensive reading and analysis of literature and will develop stylistic maturity and sophistication of critical interpretation as evidenced in their compositions.
- British Literature 12: The experiential study of novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and nonfiction writings and how they morphed through the nation’s history is intended to give students a thorough understanding of some of England’s greatest authors and works while challenging them to mature levels of critical thinking and reading comprehension.
- British Literature Honors 12: While the course content parallels British Literature, the methodology is suited for honors students’ learning styles identified through distinguishing characteristics: independent inquiry, creative expression, complementary research, interdisciplinary study, exceptional oral and written expression, group collaboration, and in-depth discussion.
- Genre Studies 9: Genre Studies combines biblical teachings with a selection of novels, short stories, nonfiction, drama, and poetry to build confidence in language development and literary analysis.
- Genre Studies Honors 9: Encompasses the same literary and grammatical material as Genre Studies with additional emphasis on independent inquiry, creative expression, complementary research, interdisciplinary study, exceptional oral and written expression, group collaboration, in-depth discussion, and increased processing speed.
- Pre-AP English 10: A rigorous course focused on challenging highly motivated students to improve their critical reading, writing, and thinking skills to prepare them for success in AP Language and AP Literature as well as in college and includes examination of literature from different cultures around the world.
- World Literature 10: Building upon skills developed in Genre Studies, the World Literature course emphasizes critical thinking skills from a biblical perspective as students examine literature from different cultures around the world.
The world languages department assists students in reaching an appropriate level of proficiency using the national standards on language learning. From level 1 through AP, foreign language teachers incorporate a variety of methods including the use of authentic audio and visual materials to strengthen the skills required to speak the language. Through mission trips, trips abroad, language clubs, cultural components, and community service projects students are provided opportunities to use their skills in real-world contexts. In each of our classes, the cultural component is as important as the language learning.
REQUIREMENTS: 2 units required, 4 recommended - French, Latin, and Spanish
AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, and AP French are also offered.
- AP French Language: An intensive and rigorous French study designed to develop students’ proficiency in four integrated language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the equivalent of a third year college course (5-6 college semesters) in advanced French composition and conversation and prepares students for taking the AP French Language Exam. The class is conducted entirely in French and authentic texts and supporting materials – films, TV programs, newspapers and magazines – are presented and discussed entirely in the language. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of three levels of French, reasonable proficiency in using the language, and a teacher recommendation.
- AP Spanish Language: The main objective of this course is to prepare students for the AP Spanish Language exam by focusing on continuation of Spanish grammar as well as In addition, students read selections of a wide variation in genre, theme, style, length, and degree of difficulty. Students practice all types of activities that will be included in the AP exam. AP Spanish Literature Students will read, discuss, and analyze all authentic works listed on the required reading list for the AP Spanish Literature Exam.
- French I: This class provides a strong foundation in the basic skills of pronunciation, grammar, oral communication, reading, and written expression of the French language as well as an introduction to French culture.
- French I Honors: While covering the same curriculum as French I, honors level students are assigned additional readings, projects, and assignments.
- French II: Students will develop the five skill areas learned in French I to a greater depth, as well as offering a more thorough study of the history and culture of all French speaking peoples.
- French II Honors: Students will develop the five skill areas learned in French I to a greater depth, as well as offering a more thorough study of the history and culture of all French speaking peoples.
- French III Honors: Students will continue to develop their proficiency in the three modes of communicative competence: interacting with their peers and other speakers of the language, understanding oral and written messages in the target language, and making oral and written presentations in the target language.
- French IV Honors: For students who would like to continue their French studies, but do not necessarily wish to take the AP French Exam, the French IV course will explore literature, culture, and the diversity within the French speaking world more in depth than they have been able to in the lower levels. We continue to improve upon and develop complex structures of the target language. Prerequisite: Successful completion of French III.
- Spanish I: This course focuses on the basic foundational structure of the Spanish language, including both grammar and conversational skills as well as becoming acquainted with the Hispanic culture.
- Spanish I Honors: This course focuses on the basic foundational structure of the Spanish language, including both grammar and conversational skills as well as becoming acquainted with the Hispanic culture.
- Spanish II: This course builds on the foundations of Spanish I, allowing students to increase proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
- Spanish II Honors: Building on the foundation of Spanish I, students develop proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
- Spanish III: Building on the foundation of Spanish II, students develop proficiency in spoken and written Spanish.
- Spanish III Honors: Students continue to develop their proficiency in the four skills: listening, writing, reading, and speaking and will use more complex structures in Spanish on a variety of topics.
- Spanish IV Honors: This course is designed for advanced students to continue the study of the Spanish language.
The social studies department strives to have students achieve academic excellence through the study of various cultures, regions, countries past and present, and the role of Christianity throughout. Students are exposed to historical and current events through written interactions, discussions, and in-class seminars. As students progress through the years, there are increasing opportunities for rigor with Advanced Placement coursework and electives. Students are challenged to think analytically and develop a growing understanding of America's role in the world stage, and more importantly the Christian community.
REQUIREMENTS: 4 units required – World History, U.S. History, American Government (1/2 unit), and Economics (1/2 unit)
AP Human Geography, AP World History, AP U.S. History, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology, and AP American Government are also offered
- AP Human Geography: This freshman level course is designed as the equivalent to an introductory college course in human geography.
- AP Micro Economics: This course is for advanced students interested in college-level work in economics with a study of fundamental economic concepts such as scarcity, opportunity costs, production possibilities, specialization, and comparative advantage.
- AP United States Government: This college-level course is designed to prepare students for the AP US Government exam by teaching students to know and understand important concepts, facts, and theories as they relate to United States government and politics.
- AP United States History: This course is designed as a college-level course in United States history and provides an advanced understanding and interpretation of facts and events of U.S. History from the period of pre-discovery to present day.
- AP World History: A college level course designed to help students develop a greater appreciation for global issues through the study of history.
- Economics: Provides a basic understanding of the capitalist system of economics, the U.S. Constitution, and the structure of the federal government as it relates to economics from a Christian worldview.
- Economics Honors: In addition to the on-level economics class, Honors Economics will have a more in depth focus which includes advanced writing, practicum based learning, and a deeper investigation of current events associated with the study of Economics.
- United States Government: This course is examining the legal foundations and major institutions of the state and nation: constitutions, laws and officials of the United States Government.
- United States Government Honors: In addition to what is covered in the non-honors U.S. Government course, this class includes additional opportunities to demonstrate a grasp of the American political system through a variety of methods, including essays, research projects, and in-class discussions.
- United States History: This course is designed to provide a basic understanding and interpretation of facts and events of U.S. History from the period of pre-discovery to present day.
- United States History Honors: In addition to the information covered in the non-honors course, instruction in this class emphasizes the development of analytical skill along with additional reading, writing, and varied testing techniques.
- World History I: This course is designed to provide an introductory understanding and interpretation of facts and events of World History from the period of ancient civilizations to the 1300s.
- World History I Honors: In addition to the information covered in the non-honors course, instruction in this class emphasizes the development of analytical skills along with additional reading and writing.
- World History II: This course is designed to provide an introductory understanding and interpretation of facts and events of World History from the period of the 1300s to present day.
- World History II Honors: In addition to the information covered in the non-honors course, instruction in this class emphasizes the development of analytical skill along with additional reading and writing.
MPCS students may take a variety of electives in arts, athletics, science, and in other areas before graduation to expand their knowledge and exploration of career paths.
REQUIREMENTS: 3 units total electives
- AP Psychology
: This college-level course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.
- Executive Internship:
This course is designed to provide highly qualified seniors a hands-on field experience focused on personal interest or career aspirations.
- History Through Film
: The goal of this course is to understand and comprehend the major historical events of United States history through the medium of film.
- Intro to Business and Entrepreneurship:
In this course students will study the concepts, principles and operations of private enterprise.
- Intro to Sports and Entertainment Marketing
: This course introduces the student to the major segments of the sports and entertainment industry and the social and economic impact the industry has on the local, state, national, and global economies.
- Personal Finance
: Students are introduced to the basic principles of personal finance, budgeting and the basic principles of investing.
- Psychology : This course is a survey of the field of psychology and includes the major orientations (neurobiological, psycho-analytic, cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic), and will also introduce students to the methods, concepts, and terminology of the field of psychology.
Every student is required to complete a full year of health and fitness while in high school. Additionally, each student must also complete one full year of study in the arts. Other elective offerings, such as SAT-Prep, creative writing, engineering, and personal finance, offer students opportunities to delve into content not normally addressed in the traditional classroom setting.
- Advanced Strength Training and Sports Conditioning: The scope of this course is to work in conjunction with players, coaches, and teams to reach their personal and corporate goals with regard to the sport(s) that they are involved and meets before school.
- Female Fitness and Health: This course is designed for female students and introduces them to beginning concepts of lifetime sports, team sports, wellness, and health.
- Female Strength Training: While covering all of the same concepts as the strength training course but tailored to females only.
- Physical Fitness and Health: This course introduces students to beginning concepts of life fitness, wellness, and health.
- Strength Training: A combination of weight training, cardiovascular fitness, ply metrics and core fitness activities.
The arts department provides each student the opportunity to explore and refine their God-given talents and abilities, developing them to their highest potential in order to serve others through their gifts. Over 30 full-time and adjunct teachers create life-changing experiences through classes and performances in music (band, chorus, orchestra, chapel band), dance, theatre, technical theatre, audio engineering, visual arts, and digital media.
The Dozier School of Arts (DSA) offers a magnet program of curricular study in arts with specific concentrations throughout a student's high school career.
REQUIREMENTS: 2 units
Dozier School of Arts track: 4-10 units
- Advanced Costuming: Intermediate and advanced skill development in design and fabrication techniques for theatrical costuming and stage props.
- Advanced Dance: Dance instruction focuses on movement skills in ballet and modern technique as well as learn choreography in ballet, modern, jazz, and other styles that will lead to main stage concerts each semester.
- Advanced Graphics - Digital Illustration:
- A course developed as an intermediate level course for students who are proficient in the use of graphics applications and who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills.
- Advanced Graphics - Typography and Print Design: A course developed as an intermediate level course for students who are proficient in the use of graphics applications and who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills.
- Advanced Stagecraft (grades 10-12; year-long): Intermediate and advanced skill development in design and fabrication techniques for scenography, to include scene design, scenic painting, set construction, stage management, stage lighting and sound.
- AP Music Theory: Designed to develop musicianship skills – ear training, sight singing and keyboard harmony – along with cognitive knowledge of the elements of music and the foundation of tonal harmony.
- AP Studio Art (drawing or 2D design): This course is an advanced course for students who are highly motivated and committed to art and students are required to develop a portfolio of work according to specific guidelines.
- Concert Band: A college preparatory music performance class with emphasis on the instrumentalist’s development of characteristic tone, proper intonation, technical facility, and musical interpretation as it applies to ensemble and chamber performance.
- Concert Choir: Open to all high school students who desire to study and sing vocal music in an ensemble.
- Contemporary Chapel Band: This course is open by audition and interview to any student desiring to participate in an actively performing contemporary music ensemble that focuses on Christian praise and worship music.
- Drawing: An intermediate level course for students with previous art experience who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills study focuses primarily on graphite, charcoal, pastel, and pen and ink.
- Foundations of Art: Students in this introductory level course study drawing, painting, and 3-dimensional art works on basic levels to develop strong foundational skills.
- Fundamentals of Acting and Advanced Acting: These courses will provide an overview of basic theatre concepts including character development, stage movement, vocal techniques, and improvisation.
- Graphics I - Intro to Graphics Applications: A course developed as an introductory course for students wishing to develop a basic knowledge of graphic design software applications.
- Introduction to Dance/Health: An introductory-level course with focuses on movement skills in ballet and modern technique as well as introducing students to the beginning concepts of life fitness, wellness, and health.
- Introduction to Music Business: This course will walk a select number of students through various aspects of the music industry to gain basic knowledge of studio recording, creating products to market, artist management, concert promotion, and online media marketing.
- Introduction to Recording: Provides an overview of the recording industry standard software, Pro Tools, in which students learn various techniques to capture, edit, and mix recorded instruments/sounds into a digital format.
- Introduction to Technical Theater: An introductory course that focuses on technical theatre design including designing set pieces, learning aspects of costume design and construction, the study of lighting design and techniques, and examine audio design and sound board operation supportive of theatrical productions.
- Music Theory: This introductory course will explore the history of music, studying various composers, cultures, styles, and the influences they have on music today.
- Orchestra: A college-preparatory music performance class with emphasis on the development of characteristic tone, proper intonation, technical facility, and musical interpretation as it applies to ensemble and chamber performance.
- Painting: This course is designed as an intermediate level course for students with previous experience who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills and focuses primarily on watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints.
- Photography I - Intro to Photography: A course designed as an introductory course for students wishing to develop a basic knowledge of digital photography.
- Photography II - Photojournalism and Visual Storytelling: A course designed as an intermediate level course for students who are proficient in the use of the digital camera and who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills.
- Pottery: Students will explore a broad range of techniques and approaches to art through hand-built clay.
- Public Speaking: This elective offers study and practice of speech communication in interpersonal, small group, and a variety of public communication situations.
- Publication Design: A course designed as an intermediate/ upper level course for students who are proficient in the use of graphics applications and who wish to work in conjunction with the yearbook staff as designers.
- Publication Photography: A course designed as an intermediate/ upper level course for students who are proficient in the use of a digital camera and who wish to work in conjunction with the yearbook staff as photographers.
- Songwriting and Music Production: Advanced class that focuses on song development by/for artists we are developing. Students will learn how to write and produce music in a studio environment, and take a song from concept to final product.
- Video Production I: An introductory course for students wishing to develop a basic knowledge of video production.
- Video Production II: Students will refine film and video editing techniques using Adobe Premiere Pro software.
- Yearbook: A course designed as an upper level course for producing the MPCS yearbook.
MPCS partners with local business, medical, and service organizations to provide seniors with internship opportunities. Internships enable students to gain hands-on experience in areas of interest.
The goLead course starting junior year engages students in real-world leadership development. The course also provides avenues for senior-year internships in various fields.