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While many parents fear the dreaded middle school years, MPCS embraces them! We are honored to play a major part in molding students during these formative years — shaping their hearts as well as their intellectual minds. With high expecations for academic effort, guidance for adolescent inquiry, and relevant presentation of the gospel, the MPCS middle school is an experience that many kids remember fondly.


MSLR-9511.jpgLearning occurs best through authentic, hands-on activities promoting problem-solving and relevancy. When lessons are presented with creativity and relevance, adolescent minds are truly engaged. MPCS students experience this through fully-equipped science labs, math manipulatives, classroom debates, real-word experiences, and 1:1 technology integration (Microsoft surface devices and Google Classroom). Questions are encouraged. Conversation is promoted. Critical thinking is fostered.

Teachers are Georgia-certified educators who are dedicated to the Christian faith and committed to integrating biblical Truth into all aspects of school life. Small student-to-teacher ratios are valued for individualized instruction. Grade levels are organized into academic teams of four to five teachers who deliver instruction in core subjects. An exploratory team of teachers provides daily opportunities for student self-expression in a plethora of athletic and creative areas.

Middle School Science lab
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Higher-Level Curriculum

Daily core subjects include language arts, math, social studies, science, and Bible, all of which are taught through student-centered methods in a climate of high expectations. In addition to weekly chapels, every subject is taught through the lens of biblical Truth. Curriculum is challenging and above standards. Teachers work with students to succeed.

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Exploratory class options are selected by the student. Offerings include visual art (various), chorus, dance, band, orchestra, drama, journalism, Intro to Graphic Design, STEAM, Spanish, and French. Physical education can include personal fitness, team sports, and outdoor education. Outdoor Ed is a student favorite where our vast campus is utilized for kayaking, climbing, archery, fishing, and more.

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1:1 Device Connected Learning Program

Each middle school student receives a school-issued Microsoft Surface Pro device for use in the classroom and at home. Students do utilize novels and paper workbooks for some classes, but learning is integrated through both technology and traditional methods. Learn more here.

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Advanced Courses

Advanced content classes are offered in math and language arts for qualifying students. In eighth grade, accelerated (high school-level) math is offered as well as advanced science (physical science).

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Directed Studies Program

The Directed Studies program at MPCS supports non-traditional learners in developing clear and confident understanding of their God-given gifts. Our specialized teachers spend individualized time working with students with mild learning differences or dyslexia, guiding them to reach their goals. Read more about this program.

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Middle School Student Forum

Middle School Highlights:

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Student Forum

Each year approximately 300 middle school students and faculty gather in the Kristi Lynn Theatre for a full-scale political convention. Homerooms are divided into "states" with student-selected names, such as the "State of Grooviness." Students come dressed in costume with banners ready to campaign for their favorite candidates. Following a roll call of the states, each candidate is introduced by their campaign manager and delivers a compelling speech about their platform. The culmination of the event is the casting of votes and election of an eighth grader to serve as president.


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Service and Discipleship

Middle schoolers live out servant-leadership through service projects with MUST Ministries, MPCS Family Serve Day, and other Christian Life ministry partners. Students also are involved in advisory groups and bi-monthly Bible studies. In addition, off-campus Spiritual Emphasis days are set aside for middle school each year.


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Extracurriculars and Clubs

MPCS middle school students are given opportunities to explore their talents at the same or greater level as their public school peers.

Art, drama, dance, chorus, band, and orchestra are available as exploratory classes and as extracurricular activities. A middle school drama and musical are both presented each year (by audition), and middle school students participate in the marching band program in eighth grade.

Sports teams offered include baseball, basketball, competition and sideline cheerleading, cross country, fishing, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling.

Other clubs for involvement include

  • Middle School Student Forum
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Musical Theatre and Drama Productions
  • Show Choir (alternate years)
  • Marching Band (Band, Drum Line, Colorguard)
  • Winterguard
  • FLL® Eagle Robotics
  • Art Club
  • Cooking Club
  • French Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Eagle Ambassadors

Club signups occur after school begins. We will announce the sign-up in the Weekly Word.

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Class Fairs

Each grade works on a culminating project and grade-level presentation. Sixth-graders work on entreprenuerial business projects and display their new business and products at the Business Fair. The World War II Fair includes extensive research on various subjects concerning the era and dressing up as historical figures for the large-scale fair and presentation. 

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Class Trips

Relationships are forged and world views are broadened during grade-level overnight trips. Sixth grade explores Chattanooga, Tennessee. Seventh grade travels to historic Charleston on a two-day excursion. Middle school culimates with the eighth-grade four-day trip to Washington D.C.


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"Mount Paran has proven a great fit for our son. After being here for a year, we realize what has made this journey so special: balance. Middle school is awkward enough; the students and teachers have provided such a balanced environment that our son seemed to feel at ease here right away. The balance has been a Christian environment, a caring environment for not only their own for those less fortunate, a comfortable environment where classes are small enough to make class participation inviting, exposure to new types of classes, gourmet lunch every day, a nice balance for athletics and the arts, and a nice balance for being an extension of what we teach at home."​​​

-T. Pless, Parent

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