WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE!

Welcome to the Mount Paran Christian School family. We are so excited your family has chosen to join ours! We have organized this information in order to help answer your questions to begin the new school year 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

Student morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up will be at the same locations, as indicated on your carpool card. Students may be dropped off each morning after 7:20 a.m.

*Remember, this year all students and staff entering buildings will have their temperature taken during morning carpool drop-off. We are also requiring face coverings during carpool. Please be patient as we navigate this new protocol to keep everyone safe. After the entrance gates are closed, anyone visiting campus will have their temperature screened at security. 

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 here. The 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, Canton, 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 extended-day 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 3:10-6:00 p.m. Students must be registered to attend EAZ. Drop-ins are available with pre-registration online. There is an additional fee for this program.
     

THE ZONE

MPCS offers an extended-day program for middle school students in sixth through eighth grades in the Weber Collaboratory from 3:15-6:00 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 typically check class rosters and visit with their teachers at Back-2-School Night. This year, you will meet your teacher via Zoom, due to current COVID-19 restrictions on large groups. New students will have opportunites to visit at one of the 101 sessions listed on this page.

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 new 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 via email specific to your child(ren)'s course selections and as soon as book sales begin in mid-July via the eCampus 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. *NOTE: High school will not be assigning lockers due to COVID for this calendar year.

Locker shelving is sold in the Eagles Nest school store.

 

 

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Class-Level Orientations

Preschool, lower, middle, and high school orientation nights for parents are held after school has begun. See the “key dates” section to the right for exact times for each grade level, as well as the 101 sessions for new students.

Be sure to visit the Back-2-School Night webpage for more information about the upcoming school year. 

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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 welcome to enjoy lunch with their child. Parent and guest meal tickets may be purchased in the main office of the Mulkey Building.

We also encourage you to download the SAGE DINING app for menus, allergy information, and feedback.

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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 check-outs 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 (who goes by the name "Shelton"), and the school colors are blue, black, and white. Spirit wear may be purchased in the Eagles Nest school store, located in 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.

In the fall, MPCS hosts "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 TUESDAYS. Grades K-12 walk to the Kristi Lynn Theatre of the Murray Arts Center for chapel. K-12 Students must wear their chapel uniforms on Tuesdays. Parents may always join us at chapel. Check the website for the line up.

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

Lower School 8:15-8:45 a.m.

High School 10:55-11:40 a.m.

Middle School 12:05-12:45 p.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 is available on the website under each school division or on 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 that offer faith guidance and fellowship. Parents also participate in Serve Saturdays and a spring Family Serve Day, when all MPCS families work side-by-side to serve the community.

 

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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 that 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 by clicking 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 MPC Athletics 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 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 percent 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 email, daily/weekly folders (grades PK-5), texts, and Google classroom.
  • Be sure to read the Weekly Word e-newsletter sent via email 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 470-250-0008, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about getting started at MPCS. Welcome to the family!


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 Google Classroom 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 

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Each school year kicks off with a school-wide “Back-2-School Night.” Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions on crowds at events, we cannot host our traditional Back-2-School Night. However, we will be offering other opportunities for new families to meet with teachers and get acquainted with MPCS before the first day.

You will be receiving email communcations from the school in late July concerning all school-wide activities to learn more about every area of MPCS. Formal grade-level orientations typically take place after school begins, with some being rescheduled as virtual information sessions for your grade.

Click here for more information about Back-2-School plans.

School Hours

Morning carpool drop-off begins at 7:20 a.m.

Early Care (PreK-5th): 7:00-7:30 a.m.
Preschool (half day): 7:50 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Preschool (full day): 7:50 a.m.-2:45/3:00 p.m.
Kindergarten – Fifth Grade: 7:50 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Middle School: 7:50 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
High School: 7:50 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Wednesday Late-Start:
8:35 a.m. for all students (learn more)

The Zone (middle school) and Eagle Adventure Zone (grades PK-5) Extracurricular (Extended Day) Programs:
3:15-6:00 p.m. (learn more)

Click here for full details about MPCS Uniforms, spiritwear and online pre-orders of outerwear, tailgate shirts, and Back-2-School essentials.


Key Dates

*Note: Some dates are subject to change in case of CDC distancing requirements in the future.

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MPCS FAMILY REUNION - A Plan to Get Back to Campus Amid COVID-19

Read the MPCS Family Reunion Plan to get back to campus Tuesday, August 11.
MPCS will be live and in-person ON CAMPUS as planned. Our #MPCSFamily is blessed to be able to fully utilize our 68-acre campus. With safety standards up-and-above requirements, accompanied by new and existing technology, MPCS will continue to offer the stellar academic experience you expect.
Additional details will be shared by Dr. Wiens Friday!
#PeerTeacherConnections #BuildingRelationships #MPCSIsFamily

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Preschool Meet-and-Greet - August 7

1:00-3:00 p.m., Sewell Cottage
Preschool parents will receive a SignUp Genius from your teacher to schedule your time slot to see the classroom and meet your teacher.

First Day of School - August 11

*Note NEW START / END TIMES:
Morning carpool drop-off begins at 7:20 a.m.
Preschool (half day): 7:50 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Preschool (full day): 7:50 a.m.-2:45 (3:00 p.m. for students with older siblings)
Kindergarten – Fifth Grade: 7:50 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
Middle School: 7:50 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
High School: 7:50 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Grades PK3-2nd Parent Orientation - August 13

This year, orientation will be conducted via Zoom from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with your classroom teacher.

High School Kick-off Event - August 14

(TBD due to gathering restrictions) 7:00 p.m. in Dozier Hall circle for high school students only.

High School Parent Orientation - August 17

This year, each teacher will post a pre-recorded video on your child's Google Classroom by 6:30 p.m.

Grades 3-5 Parent Orientation - August 17

This year will be conducted by your child's teacher via zoom at 6:30 p.m.

Middle School Parent Orientation - August 18, 6:30 p.m.

This year orientation will be conducted via virtual meeting for each middle school grade. More information to come.

Back-2-School Night - Cancelled

Each grade will be doing smaller group visits and/or zoom class introductions. You will receive details via email.

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 for your child’s grade level
  • Mark your calendar for Back-2-School Night, (cancelled for 2020)
  • Plan to attend the Head of School Breakfast with Dr. Wiens at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of school
  • Mark your calendar for Parent Orientation dates listed above, which occur in the first few weeks of school
  • Join the Parent Teacher Fellowship each year