WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE!

Welcome to Mount Paran Christian School. We are excited your family has chosen to join our family! We have organized this information in order to help answer your questions to begin with a smooth transition. Be sure to visit NEWS AND EVENTS in the top tab to see recent announcements and up-to-date news updates.

 

GETTING STARTED

Check out this general information to help prepare you for the first day of school.

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Uniforms

All K-12 Mount Paran Christian School students wear uniforms daily. Please refer to the visual MPCS UNIFORM GUIDE to help choose from the many uniform options available for students in K/TK through grade 12. On Fridays, students may wear approved bottoms with any MPC spirit wear shirt. 

MPCS approved uniform vendors are:

*Please remember that daily-approved outerwear must be adorned with a full MPCS square logo, MPC over eagle head logo, academic seal logo, or Arts logo. Outerwear MUST be SOLID black, navy, or royal blue quarter or full zip jackets with NO hood and large color panels.

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Tuition Payments

Tuition payments may be paid via the drop box in the Mulkey Building main office, the student accounts office in the 3rd floor of the Murray Arts Center, or the through the convenient online FACTS payment system.

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Carpool, Parking, and Bus Transportation

CARPOOL

In the morning, parents may drop off at any school entrance. MPCS runs multiple carpool lines each day for afternoon dismissal. The routes are determined by the age of the child and whether there are multiple riders or a single student in the carpool. Specific details for your family pertaining to carpool will be mailed prior to the first day of school. Note that gates are open during morning drop-off and afternoon dismissals. During the school day, parents gain access to campus with car security decals provided by the school.
 

STUDENT PARKING

Licensed high school drivers will be assigned a specific parking space through the high school office prior to the start of school. A student driver application is available by clicking hereThe application 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. More information about sibling drivers and walkers can be found under EAGLE LINKS under transportation information.
 

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Bus routes to locations in Buckhead/Vinings/Smyrna, East Cobb, West Cobb, and Woodstock are available. For bus reservation forms and information, please visit our transportation page. If you plan to have your child walk home, a permission form is available online.

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Extracurricular Programs (Extended Day Grades PK-8)

EAGLE ADVENTURE ZONE
MPCS offers early-care supervision and an after-school care program called Eagle Adventure Zone for students in preschool through fifth grade.

  • Early Care hours are 7:00-7:30 a.m. Preschool students will be supervised in the Sewell Cottage. Students in grades K – 5 will be supervised in the Adair gym. There is no extra charge for this service. 
  • EAZ runs from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Students must be registered to attend EAZ. Drop-in's are available with pre-registration online. There is an additional fee for this program.
     

THE ZONE

MPCS offers an after-school care program for middle school students is sixth through eighth grade in the Weber Collaboratory from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Instructors will engage students with structured outdoor and indoor activities, snack, and homework time. There is an additional fee for this program.

 

CLICK HERE for information and registration for all extracurricular and extended day programs.

 

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Teachers and Class Schedules

Preschool and lower school students may check class rosters and visit with their teachers at Back-2-School Night. 

Grades 6-12 parents will receive academic schedules via email in mid-July which are created by administration based on past academic records and spring registration for courses and exploratories or electives.

High school parents will be contacted by the Admission Office to discuss placement testing and student scheduling during the summer upon completion of registration.

 

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School Supplies, Textbooks, and E-books

Supplies
Basic school supplies are provided for all preschool through eighth grade students and will be available in the classroom on the first day. All students will need to bring their own backpack. NIV Bibles are also needed in middle and high school. High school students receive a list of needed supplies in each class within the first week.

Textbook and E-books
Middle and high school students are required to purchase textbooks and e-books as part of the Connected Learning Program (1:1 device). Parents will receive log-in information for your course selections and as soon as book sales begin in mid-July via the eTechCampus site.

 

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Lockers (middle and high school)

Locker assignments are provided on the first day of school for high school and throughout the first week for middle school students.

Locker shelving is sold in the Eagles Nest school store.

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Class-Level Orientations

Be sure to attend the school-wide “Back-2-School Night.” This event includes time to meet with your teachers and the information fair in the Hughes Gymnasium with representatives from all school-wide activities. Be sure to come by to find out more about arts, athletics, academics, Christian Life, and all aspects of MPCS.

Preschool, lower, middle, and high school orientation nights for parents are held after school has begun. See the “key dates” section on the right for exact times for each grade level.

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Sage Dining

Lunch is included in tuition for grades K-12. Our full-service catering program provides wide menu selections each day, including a choice of hot entrées, a deli and salad bar, fresh fruits, and a daily soup. Menus are posted on the school website under "Eagle Links" and parents are always welcome to enjoy lunch with their child. Parent and guest meal tickets may be purchased in the main office of the Mulkey Building.

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Summer Reading

Mount Paran Christian School students are required to complete limited summer reading and academic activities to prepare for the upcoming school year. Please review details concerning each grade level or class math and reading log requirements.

Get the full list under Eagle Links, Summer Reading.

FACILITIES ON CAMPUS
  • Murray Arts Center  
  • Mulkey Building (lower and middle school)  
  • Dozier Hall (high school)  
  • Sewell Cottage (preschool)  
  • Rowland Cabin  
  • Catherine Steele Sewell Stadium  
  • Knox Athletic Performance Center (training and weight room)  
EAGLE FAMILY TIPS

Learn more about how the different areas of school function during the school year.

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Visitors and Check-out

Visitors (parents included) must sign in at the front office when on campus. Should you need to check out your child during the school day, please come to the main office of the Mulkey Building. Allow time for your child to be called from class and report to the office. 

High school students must sign in or be checked out through the high school office in Dozier Hall.

All checkouts must occur before 2:00 p.m. After this time it is difficult to park and maneuver through blocked carpool traffic.

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School Clinic Information

MPCS provides a full-time clinic staffed by registered nurses. The clinic is open during school hours to provide emergency first aid treatment and distribute parent-approved medications. Forms for the school clinic can be found under Eagle Links. Parents should update the clinic with any changes in health conditions, medications, or surgeries during the school year. Contact nurses at nurse@mtparanschool.com.

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New Student Mentors

All new high school students and rising ninth-graders will be partnered with a current MPCS student to help them in their transition. This program is the Peer Mentoring Initiative (PMI).

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School Spirit

The MPCS mascot is the Eagle and the school colors are blue, black, and white. Spirit wear may be purchased in the Eagles Nest school store located in the main office of the Mulkey Building (open 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday). 

Students may wear MPCS spirit wear with uniform pants on Fridays.

Be on the lookout for information coming soon about the "Blue & Black Bash" pre-game tailgates where our school family comes together for food, fellowship, and festivities prior to each home football game. 

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Exploratories and Electives

Exploratories and electives are offered for all grades PreK-12. Lower school students rotate through exploratories each week as a part of their daily schedule. These classes include art, critical thinking, music, Spanish, and STEAM. Students participate in P.E. and recess daily. 

Middle school students are offered these and additional exploratory options including band, chorus, drama, dance, French, and yearbook.

High school students may choose from a variety of electives. All new high school students will meet with a counselor to plan their schedules and electives upon completion of registration.

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Weekly Chapel

In addition to daily Bible instruction, all students participate in chapel services on Wednesdays. Grades K-12 walk to the Kristi Lynn Theatre of the Murray Arts Center for chapel. Parents may always join us at chapel. Check the website for the line up.

Preschool (in Sewell Cottage) 9:00 a.m.

Lower School 9:00-9:30 a.m.

High School 12:00-12:45 p.m.

Middle School 9:55-10:40 a.m.

GETTING INVOLVED

We encourage you to get involved in the life of our school as students, athletes, artists, servant-leaders, and volunteers.

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Sign Up for Extracurriculars and Clubs

There is always something taking place on our campus! Athletic teams compete throughout the year. The Murray Arts Academy offers after-school opportunites in drama, music, and dance. Students may choose from a wide variety of academic and special interest clubs such as robotics, STEAM, chess, scouting, Bible studies, mock-trial, etc. Information about these activities will be available at Back-2-School Night and on the website under each school division.

Click here for the Extracurricular Programs page.

 

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Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF)

MPCS is proud to be supported by a phenomenal Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). This organization is open to all parent and grandparent volunteers. Our PTF enhances student learning by providing for classroom needs through an annual fundraiser. They also promote fellowship and community for the school through events such as Eagle Fest, Father-Daughter Dance, Annual Auction, Mother-Son Picnic, etc. Most importantly, PTF supports, encourages, and uplifts our faculty and staff. All parents are encouraged to join PTF. Become a member online here or join for only $20 at Back-2-School Night.

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Parent Partners

Current MPCS parents volunteer in various ways to support, integrate, and include new parents into the school through partnership initiatives with athletics, arts, and other parent-led groups. Parent Partners will communicate with new families throughout the summer and at the start of the new year to help them acclimate into the MPCS family.

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Room Moms

Preschool through eighth grade classes have “room moms” who serve the class in many ways. In addition to coordinating classroom activities and parties, these moms also keep in touch with the class parents, serving as a liaison to PTF and the classroom teacher.

 

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Missions and Service Opportunities

As part of our goal to develop servant-leaders, MPCS offers short-term mission opportunities for students, staff, and parents. Past trips have been made to countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and areas of the U.S. including Appalachia. Various groups also serve monthly at partner ministry sites. We also will invite our parents to join students and staff in service on monthly Serve Saturdays as well as Family Serve Day in April. It is our desire to enable every student to serve in “action and truth” (1 John 3:18).

 

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Parents in Faith

Parents are invited to get involved in PTF women's fellowship, Moms in Prayer, Men of Mount Paran, as well as parent/staff-led Bible studies which offer faith guidance and fellowship. Parents also participate in Serve Saturdays and Family Serve Day each spring when all MPCS families work side-by-side to serve the community. Learn more about how to participate at Back-2-School Night at the Christian Life table.

 

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Get Involved in the Arts

The state-of-the-art Murray Arts Center is home to extensive arts programs at MPCS. Students of all ages may participate in vocal, instrumental, dramatic, dance, or visual arts training through the curriculum or Murray Arts Academy extracurriculars. The Dozier School of the Arts offers a high school magnet program of intensive arts study in music, dance, drama, and visual art. An audio engineering high school elective is offered at the LeFevre SoundLab recording studio. Curricular dance is available to students in grades 6-12. The drama department produces professional middle and high school musicals and theater performances in the fall, winter, and spring. Fourth and fifth grade students may participate in the children’s musical and select shows. MPCS music programs for fifth through twelfth grade include chorus, colorguard, drumline, marching band, orchestra, pep band, show choir, and winterguard.

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Join MPAC

The Mount Paran Arts Council (MPAC) is the parent organization which supports students in the fine and performing arts. MPAC parents participate in various ways throughout the year to promote the arts program and fundraising.

Parents can join at Back-2-School Night or click here for the online membership form.

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Participate in Athletics

MPCS fields more than 54 middle and high school teams across the school’s 16-sport offerings. As a GHSA member of region 6-A, MPCS competes against some of the state’s top schools winning region and state championship titles in several sports. Middle school competes in the Metro 10 league.

Sports offered  include: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, fishing, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Check MPCAthletics.com for up-to-date athletics and tryout information. Scores are also posted via the MPCAthletics Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Become an Eagle Backer

The MPCS athletic booster club, Eagle Backers, works throughout the year to raise funds for the program and to support our middle and high school athletes. Parents can join at Back-2-School Night or on the school website HERE. 

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What is Annual Fund?

As the first giving priority to the school, Annual Fund raises unrestricted gifts to support the annual operating budget of MPCS. As is the “norm” for most independent schools, tuition does not cover the full cost of educating each student. Annual Fund helps provide the distinctive qualities an independent school education offers.

A high parent-participation of 90% has enabled us to secure outside resources from 40+ foundations that would not be possible without such strong parent support! Remember, participation is key and we are grateful for any amount our families are able to prayerfully contribute.

STAY CONNECTED

Please visit EAGLE LINKS at the top tab for all information pertaining to current families. The BACK-2-SCHOOL NIGHT information page is a great resource for preparing for the first day. Also check NEWS AND EVENTS for the latest information on upcoming school events and announcements. MPCS will also communicate with you through these methods:

  • Teachers will relay important classroom information through e-mail, daily/weekly folders (grades PK-5), texts, and google classroom.
  • Be sure to skim the Weekly Word e-newsletter sent via e-mail to families with all weekly updates.
  • Follow our social media pages for fast updates and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. You may also follow our other Twitter accounts for each school or area division.
  • When necessary, school-wide announcements will be sent via e-blast, texts, and CallingPost phone messages.
  • MPCS also sends families the annual magazine, Wingspan two times per year.

 

Still have questions? Feel free to call the admission office at 770-578-0182 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about getting started at MPCS. Welcome to the family!

 

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Each school year kicks off with a school-wide “Back-2-School Night.” Please join us AUGUST 7 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. to meet with your teachers. Be sure to also visit the information fair in the Hughes Gymnasium with representatives from all school-wide activities to learn more about all aspects of MPCS. Specific class orientation dates which take place after school begins are below.

School Hours

Early Care (PreK-5th): 7:00-7:30 a.m.
Preschool (half day): 8:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Preschool (full day): 8:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Kindergarten – Fifth Grade: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Middle School: 8:00 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
High School: 8:00 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
Wednesday Late-Start:
8:45 a.m. for all students (learn more)

The Zone (middle school) and Eagle Adventure Zone (grades PK-5) Extracurricular (Extended Day) Programs:
3:00-6:00 p.m. (learn more)

Key Dates


THURSDAY, JULY 11
Preschool/Lower School Family Game Night -
for new students and families:
7:00-8:30 p.m., MPCS Playground


FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
New Student 101 Orientations -
Lower School (Grades K-5, and new parents):
9:00-10:30 a.m., Myrick Media Center

Middle School 101 (All Grade 6, and all new students in Grades 7-8):
9:00-11:00 a.m., Weber Collaboratory

High School 101 (All Grade 9, and at least one parent): 
9:00-11:00 a.m., Murray Arts Center, Kristi Lynn Theatre

PMI Event (All Grade 9):
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Bowlero


TUESDAY, AUGUST 6
PMI UP
(NEW students to MPCS in rising grades 10-12): 12:00 p.m., Dozier Hall room 3105


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7
3:30-5:30 p.m. — BACK-2-SCHOOL NIGHT
Hughes Gymnasium, Dining Hall, and Classrooms
 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
First Day of School - 8:00 a.m.

Headmaster’s Breakfast (only new MPCS parents) 8:00 a.m., Murray Arts Center Grand Lobby
 

MONDAY, AUGUST 12
Parent Orientation Grades PK-2:
6:00 p.m. in classrooms
 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
Parent Orientation High School:
6:00 p.m., Dozier Hall Hogle Commons 
 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
Parent Orientation Grades 3-5:
6:00 p.m. in classrooms


TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
Parent Orientation Middle School:
6:00 p.m., Murray Arts Center, Kristi Lynn Theatre

 

SHURLEY ENGLISH BOOT CAMP
For all new students (Grades 3-5)
7:30-8:00 a.m., Myrick Media Center
on the following dates:

August 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, and 30
(Contact Mrs. Rogers with any questions)

Summer Checklist

Here’s a few items to help you prepare for the upcoming school year:

  • Complete registration and provide all required documentation to the Admission Office
  • Sign up for MPCS Summer Programs
  • Arrange placement testing for middle and/or high school course scheduling with the Admission Office
  • Purchase uniforms (see Uniform Guide)
  • Check the summer reading lists for rising grades 1-12
  • Schedule a sports physical for students in grades 5-12 who will participate in MPC sports
  • Bookmark the school calendar on the website
  • Mark your calendar for the 101 student orientations on August 2 for your child’s grade level
  • Mark your calendar for Back-2-School Night, August 7 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Mark your calendar for Parent Orientations
  • Join the Parent Teacher Fellowship at the PTF  table Back-2-School Night on August 7

 

MPCS Lingo

Learn these common terms used on campus by staff and students:

  • 11:1 - High school mentorship program with lower school
  • Black Box - The Black Box Theater on the 2nd floor of the Murray Arts Center
  • Blue & Black Bash - Sports pre-game tailgate festivities
  • The Cabin - Rowland Cabin, Directed Studies high school classrooms
  • CLP - Connected Learning Program (1:1 Device and curriculum)
  • CommUNITY - The diversity and inclusion initiative to encourage school community
  • The Cottage - Sewell Cottage preschool building
  • CRR - Choral Rehearsal Room in the 1st floor of the Murray Arts Center
  • DS - Directed Studies program
  • Eagles Nest - School store
  • Guard House - the security guard building at the front gate entrance
  • Grand Lobby - 2nd floor main lobby area of the Murray Arts Center
  • Imagine Tomorrow - the final phase of the capital campaign to build the Murray Innovation Center
  • KLT - Kristi Lynn Theatre of the Murray Arts Center
  • Knox - Also known as the "barn," the Knox Athletic Performance Center (sports medicine, training, and weight room)
  • Lake McDonald - the MPCS 6-acre lake
  • The Landing - the turf play area next to the football field
  • MAC - Murray Arts Center
  • MIC - "Future" Murray Innovation Center, high school addition
  • Morning Devotion - Every morning staff and students share announcements and devotion to begin the school day
  • MPAC - Mount Paran Arts Council, parent arts group
  • MPC - Mount Paran Christian (acronym used in athletics)
  • MPCS - Mount Paran Christian School
  • PK, LS, MS, HS - Preschool, Lower School, Middle School, High School
  • PMI - Peer Mentor Initiative, high schoolers mentoring freshmen and new students
  • PromRED - High school group supporting the End-it movement through prom
  • PTF - Parent Teacher Fellowship, parent group supporting academics and fellowship events
  • Shelton - The MPC Eagle mascot name
  • Shelton Circle - the circular drive on the middle school side of the Mulkey building near the double-eagle statue
  • Weber Collaboratory - the upstairs media center and collaboration space