Secondary Education

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With the support of Christian families, teachers, and the community at large, students are guided to develop, to the fullness of their ability, their spiritual, intellectual, and physical self. All that is taught in the classroom, reinforced in our co-curricular program, and modeled by the faculty, is designed to further a student”s discipleship to Jesus Christ.

The school is designed around the following plans:

  • Academic excellence

  • Christian values and discipleship

  • Small school with small classes

  • Rigorous and engaging curriculum

  • Contemporary models of learning

  • Mission-focused community connection

  • Quality relationship between teachers and students

  • Hour-by-hour character education

  • Comprehensive co-curricular program

Levels in Academic Classes

Some of the academic classes are ability leveled at MVCA. This system attempts to place students with similar achievement, interest and ability in the same class. Students and parents who disagree with the recommended course may request a waiver.

Advanced Placement (AP): Advanced level courses are taught on the college level. Students in AP classes will be expected to take the Advanced Placement Examination in May.

Honors (H): Advanced level courses are for academically able students. Subjects are studied in greater depth and at a faster pace than at other levels. Content may be equivalent to college-level work.

College Preparatory (CP): College preparatory level courses are designed for the student wishing to acquire a strong background for college entrance.

General (G): Academic classes that cover the courses educational objectives at a slower pace are classified as general level courses. Such courses are not considered college prep courses.

Student Support Services

Middle School (7-8)

Students may receive assistance through a scheduled Study Skills Class or a Guided Study Hall that can provide help with organization, planning for assignments, quizzes, and tests, and assist students in monitoring class work and grades.

High School (9-12)

Even as students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, some may still need assistance through a scheduled Guided Study Hall format which can provide guidance in the organization and management of time and materials and accountability for assignments and grades.

Differentiated Learning

The fact is that we all learn differently. Differentiated Instruction (also known as differentiated learning or, in education, simply, differentiation) is a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing different students with different avenues to learning (often in the same classroom) in terms of: acquiring content; processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and developing teaching materials and assessment measures so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.

At MVCA, the teacher proactively plans and carries out varied approaches to content, process, and product in anticipation of, and response to, student differences in readiness, interest, and learning needs.