High School

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Photo of the new Commons Area at night

Photo of the new Commons Area at night

Curriculum
College Counseling
High School Profile

Overview
Students in the MCA High School, grades 9 through 12, continue learning guided by the same philosophies and principles established in the lower grades. The high school curriculum, which is college-preparatory in nature, is based on a classical model and covers the humanities, the sciences, and a broad base of visual and performing arts. Our students are supported by a strong advisory program led by teachers and administrators who genuinely care about the development of each young person. Students are presented with opportunities for growth and leadership through various councils within the high school. Various clubs and social events round out the vibrant MCA high school experience. College counseling is also available throughout the high school years. Course and graduation requirements exceed those required by the State of North Carolina and are geared to equip students, not only with a solid knowledge base, sound reasoning, and artful rhetorical skills, but also with an inclination toward what is good, true and beautiful. The high school prepares intelligent, virtuous citizens who lead in a constitutional republic.

History
Since the MCA Middle School opened in 2006, almost on a weekly basis prospective parents have inquired about the possibility of a high school. Until the fall of 2011, the answer was always, “There are no plans for a high school at this time.” At that time, however, an MCA parent approached the Board of Directors with a petition signed by over two hundred people, asking that MCA add grades nine through twelve. As a result, the Board formed a committee to study the feasibility of adding a high school. This committee met at least twice monthly, with much research conducted outside the meetings in order to complete their task. On September 18, 2012, after a feasibility committee report to the Board of Directors, the Directors voted unanimously to apply to the North Carolina State Board of Education to extend MCA’s charter to include grades nine through twelve. The school’s leadership submitted a proposal to the State Board of Education (SBE) on October 4 of 2012. Permitted by state regulations to write an impact statement in response to our proposal, Surry County Schools and Mount Airy City Schools did so, basically protesting the expansion. In a letter to the SBE, MCA refuted those statements. Then, on January 11, 2013, the NC Office of Charter Schools informed MCA that the SBE had indeed approved the expansion request and that classes could begin in Fall 2014. Consequently, in January 2013, the Board of Directors renamed the feasibility committee the High School Development Committee to begin the process of actually creating and opening the high school.