WELCOME BACK to another exciting school year at MPCS! If you still have any questions about starting the new year, please check this page for information, various forms, and links to all you need to know concerning the start of school.

 

Transportation notes

Carpool at MPCS is a well-oiled machine! Please take a moment to read through this information about maneuvering around campus, carpool cards, car decals, picking up and dropping off, walkers and bike riders, sibling drivers, student driver parking, and bus transportation.

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  • Carpool

    Carpool Cards and Decals
    A carpool card and an MPCS security decal has been provided to our families. If changes are needed, please e-mail carpool@mtparanschool.com

    Group Carpools
    A zip code list of MPCS families is available in the front office if you are interested in being a part of a carpool group. A group carpool form is by clicking here. Please email carpool@mtparanschool.com to inform us of any carpool group formed so your cards may be prepared.
     
  • Dropping off and picking up

    Students may be dropped off at any of the MPCS carpool locations each morning after 7:30 a.m. Afternoon pick-up involves several different pick-up locations and carpool lines around campus. Specific instructions for your carpool assignment are printed on the back of your carpool card. Please read these instructions carefully. High school carpool is separate from the other lines and we do not combine younger students with high school. (see note on sibling drivers). Other approved individuals may pick up students in the carpool line with a school issued carpool card provided by the parent to the individual.

    PLEASE do not pull into any handicap parking spots or reserved parking spots, even if you are only dropping off your child. These should remain open and available at all times.

  • Sibling Drivers

    If your high school student has a younger sibling who rides with them, please complete the Student Sibling Driver form here. Student drivers who take middle school or lower school siblings home from school will need to walk over to their sibling’s assigned carpool pick-up location immediately following the high school dismissal at 3:10 to pick up their sibling. They will then walk with the sibling to the high school parking area.
  • Student driver parking and senior spots

    Licensed high school drivers will be assigned a specific parking space through the high school office. A student driver application is available by clicking here and is required for all parking spot requests and must be signed by a parent. A parking space will be assigned and a security parking decal issued. These decals must be displayed on the windshield at all times.

     
  • Walkers and bike riders

    If your child plans to walk or ride a bicycle to/from school, a Student Walker Permission Form must be signed and returned to the office before this routine begins. These forms are available online here. Please return these to the main office. Any students going home with walkers/bikers must also have a permission form on file. Student walkers/bikers will also be assigned a carpool card to be used on inclement weather days. Parents should take time to review this procedure with their children so there is no confusion when weather prevents them from walking or riding their bike home.

    Got a "guest" student walker with you? Please complete the student walker/guest form here.

  • Parent access to campus

    There may be times during the school day where as a parent you need to come onto campus—lunch with your student, checking out a sick child, appointments with staff members, volunteer work, or other meetings. Entry to campus during the school day is through the main Stanley Road entry gate. As a part of our security program, all parents are issued annual car security decals (one per parent). These decals should be displayed in the driver’s side lower corner of the windshield. Parents or other visitors who come to campus without a decal between 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. should be prepared to stop and sign in at the security office at the main entrance to campus.

    We request parents refrain from checking students out after 2:00 p.m. due to carpool traffic.

  • Bus transportation

    MPCS offers bus transportation from several locations throughout the metro Atlanta area, which include the following cities: Acworth, Buckhead, Vinings, Cartersville, East Marietta, and Canton. For complete information on our bus transportation program, click here.


MPCS Communications

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  • Weekly Word E-news

    All MPCS families will be sent our Weekly Word online e-newsletter via e-mail. New parents are automatically subscribed. If you are not receiving the Weekly Word, please subscribe by clicking here. We encourage you to take time to read this important communication from the school. It is the best way to stay in-the-know about all school events and announcements. In addition, when important information occurs during the week between Weekly Word editions, an “e-blast” may also be sent to the same e-mail address.
  • Social Media

    Mount Paran Christian School has a strong social media presence and we encourage you to follow us, like us, hashtag us, and mention us in your own social media posts!

    Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  LinkedIn
  • Phone Directory

    MPCS provides a school directory of all enrolled students as an online resource for families. The directory will be available in September. Please note, the directory is not to be used for solicitation.

Uniform information

Not sure about what uniform pieces you need? Our complete MPCS School Uniform Guidebook and our School Uniform Guidelines document will provide you with all the details on uniform requirements for all grade levels. We encourage you to read these guidelines carefully before making purchases.
 
Land's End, Uniform Source, and Academic Fashions all carry MPCS-approved items. If you purchase uniform clothing there or elsewhere, make certain the item is on the approved uniform list. If it is not listed, it is not allowed for school wear.
 
Please take note of a few key changes to the uniform guidelines for the upcoming school year:
  • For chapel, boys grades 5 through 12 will wear a white oxford shirt (no logo required), khaki pants, and an MPCS school tie or school bow tie. Ties (regular and bow ties) may be pre-ordered online here, or may be purchased in the Eagles Nest store. Girls grades 5 through 12 will wear a white or blue oxford shirt with MPCS logo with approved khaki skorts or pants.
  • Spirit wear and player pack items, including hoodies, will be allowed on Fridays only. Approved MPCS logo daily outerwear can be purchased from the Eagles Nest store/uniform store and may be worn Monday through Thursday in the classrooms. Fridays are Spirit Days and students may wear school-approved spirit wear shirts and hoodies with approved bottoms.
 

FAQ

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What time does school start?

    Students in all grades should arrive on campus between 7:30 and 7:50 a.m., and the school day begins at 8:00 a.m. There is no supervision prior to 7:30 a.m., unless student is enrolled in EAZ early care. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. will need to sign in with the receptionist in their building and receive a check-in pass to give his/her teacher. Please note that school starts at 8:45 a.m. on Late-Start Wednesdays.

    For information on a new EAZ Early Care program click here.
  • Q: What time are students dismissed (new times)?

    School hours for students K-12 are as follows:
         Preschool (half day) 8:00 to 11:45 a.m.
         Preschool/APK (full day) 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
         Kindergarten-Fifth Grade 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
         Middle/High School 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
  • Q: What are Late-start Wednesdays?

    A Late-start Wednesday schedule provides devoted opportunities for professional development of staff, multi-grade level teacher collaboration, and Bible studies. Students may be dropped off during late-start Wednesday morning carpool from 8:20–8:45 a.m. Beginning August 16, the first late-start Wednesday, the official school day will begin with the morning devotion and announcements at 8:45 a.m. Bus route pick up times will remain the same every day. Any students arriving on campus prior to 8:20 a.m. must attend a monitored, age-appropriate study hall.

    Study Hall Locations:
    Preschool – Sewell Cottage
    Lower School – grades K-1 Spanish Room #2155, grades 2-3 ENCORE Room #2154, grades 4-5 Adair Gymnasium
    Middle School – Dining Hall
    High School – Weber Collaboratory
    Drop-off for all study hall sessions will begin at 7:30 a.m.
  • Q: Where do I find the student accounts office?

    The student accounts office (Kristy Hubbard) is located on the third floor of the Murray Arts Center as part of the school's business office suite. It is as simple as parking at the Murray Arts Center and entering through the first floor lobby. From there you may take the elevator or stairs to the third floor offices. The convenience of our online tuition payment  will not change. After-hour payments may still be made to the drop box in the main office as well as a new secure payment drop box in the MAC lobby near the lower floor reception desk. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Supporting MPCS

All of our families and staff are encouraged to support MPCS in a variety of ways, such as Annual Fund, Georgia GOAL, passive giving, and more. You can read full details on how to support the school by clicking here.

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  • Christian Life

    Moms In Prayer is open to MPCS moms who seek to support the school through prayer. The moms meet each Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the Murray Arts Center to pray for our school, students, faculty and staff, and families. Men of MPCS are encouraged to attend the monthly Men of Mount Paran meetings for breakfast, discipleship, fellowship with other MPCS dads, and prayer. For information on either of these groups, please contact Director of Christian Life Steve Kyle.
  • Eagle Backers

    Eagle Backers serves as the parent volunteer group for MPC athletics. Membership is open to all MPCS families and supports all of the school sports programs. You can become a member by clicking here.
  • Mount Paran Arts Council (MPAC)

    The Mount Paran Arts Council (MPAC) is a parent organization within the arts community of MPCS. MPAC represents the interests of students involved in the arts and supports their efforts through membership and volunteerism. Click here to become a member online.
  • Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF)

    The PTF has many exciting activities planned for the 2018-19 school year. Stop by the PTF table at Back-2-School Night and sign up to volunteer for one of the events and complete a membership form. You can learn more about the PTF and become a member by clicking here. The fee is only $20 per family.

Before and after school

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  • Eagle Adventure Zone (Pre-K-5th)

    The Eagle Adventure Zone (EAZ) Extended Care Program
    MPCS offers a before care and after school care program along with conference day camps for students preschool through fifth grade.
    Read More
  • Middle School

    Students who are not picked up by 3:20 and not working directly with a teacher or coach must go to the supervised study hall (free of charge) which is available until 6:00 p.m. in the Weber Collaboratory. Please refer to the student handbook for guidelines about this study hall.
  • High School

    No student is allowed to be on the MPCS property unless under the supervision of his/her parent or an MPCS staff person. Any students remaining after 3:20 p.m. who are not working with a staff member or attending a school event/activity will be sent to the supervised study hall in the Weber Collaboratory until picked up by his/her parent.
     
YOUR TUITION INCLUDES:
  •      full service lunch program by Sage Dining (K-12th)
  •      school-wide yearbook (PK-12th)
  •      basic classroom school supplies (PK-8th)
  •      nap mat (full day PK, K)
  •      textbooks/workbooks (PK-5th)
  •      high school retreat (9th-12th)
  •      student activity fees* (PK-12th)
  •      senior dues* (12th)
*Student activity fees are for daytime, academic activity-related costs
**Senior dues offset cost of graduation fees (individual orders or needs for graduation are at the expense of the senior)
 
ADDITIONAL FEES:
  •      textbooks/e-books (6th-12th)
  •      Connected Learning program ($350, 6th-12th)
  •      co-curricular/overnight trips
  •      special services
*Special services include directed studies, after school care, speech, Encore; fees assessed per service

STUDENTS PROVIDE:
Preschool: Book bag or backpack and lunch (refer to pre-K e-blast for further information)
Lower School: Book bag or backpack, large enough to hold a folder or binder. Please use discretion with characters printed on backpacks. No rolling book bags, please.
Middle School: All middle school students will need to bring a New International Version (NIV) Bible from home. A backpack or book bag with a computer compartment /sleeve will also be needed.
High School: High school students will receive a course syllabus from each teacher to see what materials will be needed. Students will need paper and pen/pencil on the first day, along with their purchased textbooks for each class.