Innovative learning takes many shapes and forms inside MPCS classrooms.
In preschool, to innovate may involve constructing towers with oversized blocks or creating tangrams on the iPad Osmo®. Lower school STEAM helps students work through project-based functional design by trial and error. Earth science curriculum includes worm farms to aid in the cultivation of the lower school garden. Middle school advanced science labs may explore chemical reactions to introduce bio-engineering hypotheses.
AP Biology takes swab samples to study and compare effective sanitization standards. Technical Theatre designs and fabricates real-world productions, while students in sound design are mixing for chapel band in the campus recording studio. Our flagship entrepreneurship class fully operates the Roost Coffee Co. on campus, which serves staff and students daily.
What is PLTW®?
The innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) 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. MPCS offers PLTW® engineering curriculum starting in Kindergarten and culminates with AP-level coursework for those on the STEAM/STEM track in high school.
Exploring Equals Discovery
As a Christian school, we honor students’ inquisitive nature to explore and discover the created world (Psalm 111:2). We nurture their ability to design and create new and innovative solutions to authentic problems. In this way, students are trained to uncover that which has never been known about our world, while creating and innovating a newly-designed environment that has yet to exist (Exodus 35:30-35).
MPCS is intent on providing relevant educational experiences that leave lasting impressions on students’ minds and hearts, instilling durable knowledge. Our goal is to equip students with skills and tools to engage the culture and workforce of the twenty-first century.
From preschool through high school, each division has initiated an aligned action plan that serves to develop students in STEM/STEAM disciplines. With engineering design built into the curriculum, learning experiences are authentic, hands-on, and application-oriented. Students are engaged as investigators, experimenters, designers, and makers. MPCS is proud to be an official Project Lead The Way® school!
I was afforded the unique opportunity of an externship with a local hospital’s anesthesiology department, where I was first introduced to my future career. This exposure allowed me to be far ahead of my peers in pursuing medicine. And, by playing sports, serving as class chaplain, and participating in Key Club, I learned firsthand what it means to be a servant-leader.
Dr. A. Anderson
Class of 2011
MPCS Campus Bluebird Trail
Mount Paran Christian School houses seven bluebird nesting boxes on campus - one for each grade level from PreK3 through fifth grade. Our goal is to help expand and protect the bluebird population, while teaching students the importance of conservation. Working under the guidance of Jim Beardan, master gardener and founder of "Green Meadows Preserve Park Blue Bird Trail," lower school students are involved in a Cornell University study that incorporates observations, data collection, and tracking of the local bluebird population.