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Grades 6-12 comprise Millennium Charter Academy Upper School. In grades 6-8 enter the logic, or dialectic, stage of the classical trivium, and high school students enter the rhetoric stage. The Core Knowledge Sequence continues to spiral through grade 8. In grades 9-12, teacher-designed courses follow the classical model. Sixth grade is an exciting transition year in which students change classes every period and receive a locker and a laptop. Students in grades 6-8 spend four periods a day in core courses, one period in a rotation of lunch, study, and physical activity, and two periods in exploratory classes. MCA offers students in these grade levels over 60 exploratory courses(2022-2023)  from which to choose. Most of these courses run quarterly, giving students the option of as many as eight explorations in a year. To prepare students for the deep thinking encouraged in high school, seventh graders take a quarter-long course in logic and eighth-graders a quarter-long course in philosophy. In the middle grades, students participate in different clubs and competitions, including science fairs, Mock trials, Envirothon, and others, depending on student and teacher interests. This is also the time for beginning athletic competitions and a round of social events. The Presidential Leadership Council plans several social events during the school year. 

Millennium Charter Academy opened its doors to high school students in 2014. High school students enjoy their wing of the building with a two-story glass atrium as a gathering space. In high school, students find a challenge in robust academics. Our high school meets all North Carolina state standards and graduation requirements and adds a few requirements germane to a classical curriculum (Link to graduation requirements document). Students take English, history, mathematics, and science all four years. Elective courses for high school students are offered in three clusters: humanities, sciences, and entrepreneurship.

Explore our course catalog here: High School Course Catalog – 2022-2023 School Year

The high school operates on a traditional seven-period day, which allows for the integration of subjects. The seventh period is an options period in which students may sign up for a broad offering of clubs and competitions.

Features of high school:

Student government is a vibrant aspect of MCA high school.  The Rhetoric School of Millennium Charter Academy has a Governing Council that serves as the hub of student government.  This Council is composed of thirteen total officers.  Each grade has a President, Vice President, and Secretary; the senior class also has a treasurer.  These officers and their faculty advisor oversee several ad hoc committees that are created to fill the needs for our events and activities.  The creation of these committees is vital to the cultural maintenance and growth of our school.   

This system allows for many students and staff members to be involved in individual events that are close to their own interests.  Students other than those elected will be able to lend their hands, hearts, and heads toward events that really catch their attention.  This system of ad hoc committees overseen by the Governing Council allows for much creativity, life, and participation from our student community.

Some of the exciting opportunities for service on these community committees include:
  • Prom
  • Fall Athletics
  • Winter Athletics
  • Spring Athletics
  • Winter Dance
  • Fall Bonfire
  • Blood Drive
  • Trivia Contest
  • Book Drive
  • Skate Nights
  • Field Day, K-2
  • Field Day, 3-5
  • Spirit Weeks
  • End of Year Luau
  • Homecoming
  • Student Staff Game(s)
  • Canned Food Drive
  • Coffee Chats
The opportunities for students and staff to create the climate of the academy are vast.  Through our system of government, our students truly learn how to lead and to be led.  

The Millennium Colloquium. At least twice a year for three or more days, students step away from the prescribed curriculum to study a topic as an entire high school. A colloquium may consist of guest lectures, seminars, readings, and active learning through doing. Some recent seminar topics have been “Technology and Human Flourishing”, “What is Worth Your Commitment?”, “First Principles”, and “Freedom.”

Senior Capstone. As a culmination of their classical education, each senior develops a thesis, writes an argument, and defends their thesis orally in front of a panel and an audience. All that we teach in grades K-12 leads to this important exercise in thinking well, writing well, and speaking well from a well-trained mind and character. It is the end for which we all strive and the beginning of life beyond school.