Directed Studies

Since its inception in 1976, the Directed Studies program at MPCS has made it a priority to support non-traditional learners in developing a clear and confident understanding of their God-given gifts. Student success advances by applying customized learning strategies uniquely suited to individual strengths. Students increasingly view themselves as highly capable learners as they accomplish their goals. When discovered, these attributes support the true heart and soul of a Christian education — inspiring young men and women to aspire to all that the Lord has in store for them as lifelong learners and successful students within our challenging college-preparatory program, and beyond. Over the past four decades, MPCS Directed Studies program has been fine-tuned toward helping all types of learners find academic success. At its core, the well-established program has unceasingly supported our school mission in the preparation of confident learners and servant-leaders who honor God, love others, and walk in Truth.

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Gifted and accelerated paths

MPCS also accommodates the advanced or gifted learner; one who tends to be a highly motivated, critical thinker able to glean knowledge quickly and independently.

To meet the needs of these students, lower school teachers may offer an accelerated curriculum within the classroom. Teachers believe this allows advanced learners to continue to progress educationally at a rate that fits their learning profile and prevents feelings of boredom and frustration. The ENCORE enrichment program is offered to qualifying students in grades three through five to provide them opportunities for additional challenge and project-based learning to facilitate deeper problem-solving skills.

In middle school, many students qualify for advanced math and language arts courses. In addition, eighth grade students may qualify for advanced content in science. More than 50 percent of our middle school students qualify for the Duke TIP program.

The high school offers a wide range of curricular offerings challenging students to develop analytical abilities and problem-solving skills. With more than 56 Advanced Placement (AP) and honors course offerings spanning the curriculum, students are challenged to pursue course content normally reserved for college. Honors courses, 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 STEAM/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. Our seniors achieve 100 percent acceptance to top four-year colleges and universities, and graduating classes earn millions in scholarships annually. Dedicated teachers are highly qualified and committed to providing enriched learning experiences in a Christ-centered environment.
At Mount Paran Christian School, we believe all children are uniquely created with distinct strengths upon which they can build. Our instructors recognize the development of a student’s abilities and talents may evolve differently; therefore, instructors seek to know each child deeply in order to personalize his or her path of learning. Beginning in lower school, MPCS offers reading support, directed studies for those with learning needs, on-level classes, gifted instruction through our ENCORE program, and advanced classes.

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