Class Schedules & Course Descriptions 2023-2024 K-12th Grade Schedule/Grades/Class Information
MCA Course Descriptions
Mrs. Walters 8th Grade The focus of this class is to solidify each student’s foundation in the basics of language usage. Grammar will be taught throughout the year. Frequent, short writing assignments will be given as well as some longer papers in response to the books read. Students will read six books throughout the year which will be used to teach the fundamentals of literature.
9th Grade Grammar instruction will continue, building on the basics and moving to more complex use of the language in writing. Students will write frequently in response to the literature they will be reading. Six novels will be assigned over the course of the year.
10th Grade The most complex aspects of sentence structure and more sophisticated writing will be introduced. Students will read six rather challenging novels over the course of the year, and the types of papers they will be writing will be more analytical and persuasive.
American Literature The primary focus of this course is a thorough survey of American Literature taught from a Biblical perspective. All major writers will be covered. Students will write analytical papers as well as an informative research paper using the skills they have acquired.
World Literature This is a survey course of the most significant pieces of literature from various parts of the world. In conjunction with the literature, the world’s five major religions will be covered as a means of strengthening the students’ Biblical worldviews. Papers of critical analysis, argument, and persuasion will be assigned.
Mrs. O'Bryant Exploring Manifest Destiny to the Cold War 1800’s to 1953/ Latin America Survey 6th and 7th Grade Academic Year 2022-2023
Academic Year 2023-2024 6th Grade: Exploring Manifest Destiny to the Cold War 1800’s to 1953/Latin America Survey 7th Grade: Age of Empires to 1500/Oceania Survey Course Description and Essential Knowledge This course is designed to give the student a better understanding of American History 1850-1953. Through the course you will gain a deeper understanding of the people and cultures that have made America. We will also spend time discussing current events as they relate to the past. In addition, Project Based Learning will be incorporated with collaborative groups to allow students to operate within their areas of gifts and talents. A proposed fall field trip will also be included. Exams/Assessments include projects, quizzes, mid-term, and semester exams.
Age of Empires & Ancient Civilizations to 1500/Oceania Survey 8th Grade Academic Year 2022-2023 Academic Year 2023-2024 8th Grade: U.S. History Survey 1000-Modern Course Description and Essential Knowledge This course is designed to give the student a better understanding of Ancient Empires & Civilizations through 1500. Through the course you will gain a deeper understanding of the people and cultures that have made global contributions. We will also spend time discussing current events as they relate to the past. In addition, Project Based Learning will be incorporated with collaborative groups to allow students to operate within their areas of gifts and talents. A proposed fall field trip will also be included. Exams/Assessments include projects, quizzes, mid-term, and semester exams.
Civics and American Government Grades 11/12 Course Description and Essential Knowledge This one semester course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the framework of American government on both the national and local level. Through the course, students will gain a deeper understanding of personal political thought and compare/contrast geopolitical systems, as well as examine the election process. Discussing current events will be an essential portion of the course and students will be challenged to compare and contrast various media outlets. The final exam will consist of a written exam and individually created project demonstrating learning about American government. A field trip is proposed for the course.
Economics Grades 11/12 Course Description and Essential Knowledge This one semester course analyzes the economic reasoning and behaviors of consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, voters, institutions, governments, and societies in making decisions. Key elements of the course include study of scarcity and economic reasoning, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national economic performance, the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade. The final exam will consist of a written exam and culmination of individual analysis of the stock market as students follow their investment “choices” throughout the course. A field trip to an investment firm is proposed.s
Mr. Waite Bible: Old Testament Beginning with a look at the foundational truth and reliability of God’s Word, Old Testament class is a journey through the books of the Old Testament with particular attention paid to the overall storyline, key figures and events, with lots of important pit stops along the way.
Bible: New Testament Picking up after the 400 years of silence at the close of the Old Testament, New Testament Bible class dives into the Gospels looking at the life of Jesus and His disciples, and continues through the book of Acts and the emergence of the Church. The adventure continues through the rest of the New Testament, connecting historical figures and events ultimately culminating in the book Revelation.
CRT: Critical Religious Thinking defending the truth In a world of confusion, complication, complexity and compromise, Scripture shouts, “Come let us reason together!“
CRT class is designed to help students understand God‘s truth claims, learn to use reason and critical thinking to analyze the truth claims of the world around them and apply God’s truth claims in a complicated world.
Mrs. Buck The Mission Christian Academy kindergarten classroom is a special place where kids can play, learn and grow together. We will start each morning with a community circle where students will take time to share, seek prayer requests, pray together, praise one another and look at our daily agenda. After our morning meeting, we will jump right into phonics working on letter identification, letter sounds, blends, word work and much more. After phonics we will begin our daily reading lesson and use the reading strategies we learn to implement independent reading time. After all that hard work it’s time for a morning snack and a brain break. We often go outside each morning for fresh air and exercise. After our morning break, we will continue our day with a writer's workshop. It’s often the students’ favorite part of the day because they are so proud of their growth and can see how much they have accomplished. The afternoon starts with lunch in the cafeteria, followed by recess with other elementary classrooms. After recess we will gather together for a special read aloud where we will regroup and refuel for the afternoon. We will focus on character education, kindness in kindergarten and how we are always a bucket filler in our kindergarten community. Next, we will move right into math with a mini-lesson, hands-on learning activity and calendar review. Our afternoons will also include creation stations, arts and crafts, a bible lesson and just time to explore while making new friends and doing activities that meet each child’s individual interests. Most importantly, our kindergarten classroom is full of love, laughter and endless learning opportunities that build upon each child’s strengths while providing them a safe learning space to continue to grow in their love of learning.
Mrs. James Typical day in fourth grade: Mornings will be spent learning about math and language arts, followed by lunch and recess. Afternoon subjects are Bible, science (1st semester and Indiana history 2nd semester), and various choice activities including art, learning games, math games, and stem activities.
Mrs. Fernandez In our first grade class, a solid language arts and math foundation will be laid through the use of Abeka Reading/Language Arts and Saxon Math. We will spend time in the afternoon in Social Studies and Science along with adding in art time, Bible, and some basic Spanish lessons. Not only will the children learn important academic skills, but they will also learn study habits which will help set them up for future success.
Mrs. Hiler and Mr. Brooks 5th graders will have Math, Science, Language Arts, History, and Bible. Creative arts will be woven through the core subjects. In math, students will be taught new skills with an incremental approach and there will be continuous review throughout the year. Our instruction features the four fundamental operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions. Other units of study include geometry, ratio, percent, probability, and measurement. Problem solving and consumer applications are integrated throughout the year in each mathematical concept taught. In Science, students will be taught to observe and analyze scientific information and to evaluate scientific models from a Biblical worldview. Language Arts will focus on grammar and the writing process, including persuasive, informative, and narrative writing opportunities. We will also use 4-5 captivating fiction titles to enhance reading instruction through character development, plot analysis, and theme. In History, 5th graders will begin the year with a focus on our home state of Indiana, an overview of how our state and national governments work, and how we elect our state and national representatives. US history follows from Native Americans to the end of the nineteenth century. In Bible, students will learn to apply biblical truth to their lives as they memorize Scripture. Students will learn about Christlike character through the study of God’s Word.
Mrs. Vorbau 2nd grade provides an environment where students get excited to learn, create relationships, develop their reading and math skills while being creative and active! Mornings will be more intense Language arts and Math while afternoons will be a little lighter with Bible, Science and History!
Miss Bawel General Science: This course is a middle school science class (6th grade) that serves to grow from 5th grade Science. We will develop a knowledge of God, encourage Christian growth, and promote scientific literacy with the following topics: earthquakes, volcanoes, weathering, erosion, natural resources, cells/classification, animal and plant classification, atoms/molecules, electricity, magnetism, motion, machines, stars, solar system, plant/animal reproduction, heredity/genetics, the the body systems. Grades will be based on daily homework (labs, worksheets), quizzes, tests, experiments, and projects.
Life Science: This class is a middle school science class (7th grade) that will challenge students to build a further foundation on what they learned in General Science. Units will expound on cell structure/activities, allow students to think critically about the origin of life/heredity, understand plant and animal structure/function/classification/reproduction, correlate a relationship with the environment, and appreciate the complexity of the human body. Grades will be based on daily homework (labs, worksheets), quizzes, tests, experiments, and projects.
7th Honors: will cover the same topics but there will be more discussion based (oral) exams with more rigorous projects.
Physical Science: This class is a middle school science class (8th grade) that will examine the world around us and all of its properties. Units include the air, atmosphere, water, earth, weather, physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, Forces of Creation, waves, sound, light, and astrophysics. Grades will be based on daily homework (labs, worksheets), quizzes, tests, experiments, and projects.
Mrs. Clutch-Creakbaum Welcome to PE! You will find that our class is a safe and fun space to challenge yourself through a variety of activities and sports. While learning about the relationships between exercise, nutrition, and health, I will provide opportunities to have healthy social interactions through group activities which will encourage playing as a team, celebrating each other’s successes, and being the first to offer a hand. It is my hope that throughout our time together, you will gain self-confidence and will have a newfound appreciation for your uniquely and wonderfully made body that The Good Lord has blessed you with. Learning how to move, push, and care for our bodies are all ways we can honor and glorify our Creator.
Spanish 1 is a high school level course. The student should be able to maintain a C average or better in English before taking on a second language. Student will be expected to review vocabulary daily. Homework will be assigned almost daily. Assessments are based on written, oral/speaking, listening/auditory, and reading proficiency of Spanish language in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations. Vocabulary is organized thematically. Grammar topics include: regular present tense, stem changing verbs, irregular verbs expected of Spanish 1, ser vs estar, and more. This first year of Spanish can be considered a Beginner Novice year of language.
Spanish 2 is a high school level course. It is strongly recommended that the student achieve a grade of C or better in Spanish 1 before advancing to this level. Student will be expected to review vocabulary daily. Homework will be assigned almost daily. Assessments are based on written, oral/speaking, listening/auditory, and reading proficiency of Spanish language in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations. Vocabulary is organized thematically. Grammar topics include: review of major grammar from Spanish 1, reflexive verbs, application of three types of pronouns, preterit tense, imperfect tense, preterit vs imperfect, commands addressing informal and formal you (singular) and you (plural), and more. This second year of Spanish can be considered an Advanced Novice year of language.
Spanish 3 is a high school level course. It is strongly recommended that the student achieve a grade of C or better in Spanish 2 before advancing to this level. Student will be expected to review vocabulary daily. Homework will be assigned almost daily. Assessments are based on written, oral/speaking, listening/auditory, and reading proficiency of Spanish language in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations. Vocabulary is organized thematically. Grammar topics include: review of major grammar from Spanish 2, por vs para, nosotros commands, subjunctive, subjunctive vs indicative vs infinitive, three (possibly four) perfect tenses, future tense, conditional tense, and more. This third year of Spanish can be considered an Intermediate year of language.
Speech is a semester-long high school course. Student is expected to speak in front of the class with both prepared and impromptu speaking material. Homework will include preparing speeches, practicing impromptu speech skills, studying and critiquing speeches from online material, to name a few. Assessments will include presentations, quizzes, tests, and homework. Students are expected to finish the course with the ability to write and support a thesis statement through verbal presentation.
Mrs. Ackerman 6th Grade English The focus of 6th grade English will be on developing a solid understanding of grammar in order to construct solid sentences, paragraphs, and essays. We will cover subjects and predicates, singular, plural, and possessive nouns, helping verbs, verb forms, linking verbs, direct objects, pronouns and their cases, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. We will also discuss punctuation, including the correct use of commas and quotation marks, all while developing our writing skills using a variety of writing styles. In addition to grammar, we will read and analyze four novels. Grades will be based on homework, class participation, tests, quizzes, and written work.
7th Grade English 7th grade English will continue a study of grammar and work toward developing different types of paragraphs. We will discuss and practice developing paragraphs through details, illustrations, and comparing/contrasting. Students will also write a report from an outline and create an original story. Grammar concepts reviewed/introduced include subject/predicate, regular and irregular verb forms, principal parts of verbs, verb tense, linking verbs, adjectives, predicate adjectives, predicate nominatives, pronouns, relative pronouns, relative clauses, punctuation (commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, hyphens, colons, semi-colons), adjectives, adjective clauses, adverbs, adverb clauses, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. We will also read, discuss, and analyze 4 novels. Grades will be based on homework, class participation, tests, quizzes, and written work.
8th Grade English 8th grade English will review parts of speech and continue the study to include progressive and emphatic verb forms, transitive and intransitive verbs, personal and demonstrative pronouns, position of adjectives, adjective phrases and clauses, restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses, misplaced clauses, forms of comparison for adverbs, and prepositional phrases used as adverbs. We will also write character sketches, write outlines, use figures of speech in writing, write a descriptive composition, develop characters and conflict, and analyze literature through book reports and responses. Four novels will also be read and discussed. Grades will be based on homework, class participation, tests, quizzes, and written work.
Mrs. Edwards Biology: Students will study a variety of life processes and learn how different organisms meet the challenges of living in their environment. Some of the major biological concepts the students will learn include homeostasis, energy transfer and use, relationship between structure and function, and change over time. Anatomy & Physiology: Students will study the structure and function of the human body. Students will learn the major body systems, how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis, disease states, blood typing, muscle action, nerve functioning, and we will discuss some bioethical topics. Forensics: Students will learn about the application of physical, chemical, medical, and behavioral sciences to questions of evidence and law. Students will learn about hair and fiber evidence, drugs, DNA, fingerprinting, and crime scene management as well as other topics. 8th Grade Advanced Science: Students will learn about cells and genetics as well as the adaptations of the ecosystem. Students will be introduced to the topics of reproduction, survival, body systems, genes, genetic mutations, and levels of organization.
Mrs. Cline MCA 101- A Freshman’s Guide to High School How do I check my grades? What is an appropriate way to contact my teacher after school? Why is managing my time important? Don’t worry parents, this class will focus on some of the most stressful topics for new high schoolers. Students will finish this class with the ability to navigate their Class Reach portal and have all the tools necessary to be an effective student, including note taking, organization, time management, understanding their learning style, and how to effectively communicate with their teachers.
MCA 401- A Senior’s Guide to Life After High School MCA 401 will challenge seniors to think about life after high school. Whether they’re planning on attending a 4-year college, trade school or are undecided, the first part of the semester will be used to research schools, majors, and career options of interest. During the remainder of the semester, we will focus on ‘real world’ topics that often go untaught but are some of the most important skills and lessons to be introduced to, such as, personal finance, taxes, credit/debt, conflict resolution, interview skills and job searching, professional etiquette, goal setting and much more! Intro to Business Do you like to analyze numbers, or do you enjoy collaborating with others? Do you want to be your own boss someday? In this class students will have the opportunity to explore different areas of business from marketing, human resources, IT, entrepreneurship and more. Students will enjoy hearing from experts in the business world who can provide insight into current industry trends. Students will gain knowledge in business basics and take with them skills in resume building, professionalism, ethics and more.
Mrs. Downey World History Course Description
This high school World History course provides students a comprehensive understanding of the themes, events, innovations, and developments of major civilizations throughout the world.
As a result of this course, students will:
Develop critical thinking skills through analyzing historical sources Master global awareness
Gain proficiency in researching and using technology
Understanding of events in the past’s effect on shaping today’s world See how God’s Word has played an influential role in human history
Art Course Description
This is an introductory level, one semester art course focused on learning the fundamentals of art including the elements and principles of design and color theory. Students will demonstrate knowledge of concepts learned through projects and sketchbook journaling.
Mrs. Pache Algebra 1 This course is a high school level math class and serves as an introduction to higher level math. This class is for the student who has mastered pre-algebra and is ready to move on! Topics include: Expressions, Equations, and Functions; Properties of Real Numbers; Solving Linear Equations; Graphing Linear Equations and Functions; Writing Linear Equations; Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities; Systems of Equations and Inequalities; Exponents and Exponential Functions; Polynomials and Factoring; Quadratic Equations and Functions; Radicals and Geometry Connections; Rational Equations and Functions; Probability and Data Analysis. Grades will be based on daily homework, quizzes, and tests.
Algebra 2 This is the second year Algebra class for the high school student to be taken after the successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry. Algebra 2 and Geometry can also be taken simultaneously. Topics include: Equations and Inequalities; Linear Equations and Functions; Linear Systems and Matrices; Quadratic Functions and Factoring; Polynomials and Polynomial Functions; Rational Exponents and Radical Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Rational Functions; Quadratic Relations and Conic Sections; Counting Methods and Probability; Sequences and Series; Trigonometric Ratios, Functions and their Graphs. Grades will be based on daily homework, quizzes, and tests.
Precalculus The course will present the topics and skills necessary to prepare a student for the study of college level calculus. As this is a fast-paced class that assumes a mastery of Algebra 2 topics. As such students must have completed Algebra 2 with a B or higher. Topics include: Functions and Their Graphs; Polynomial and Rational Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Trigonometry; Analytic Trigonometry; Additional Topics in Trigonometry; Systems of Equations and Inequalities, Matrices, Sequences, Series, and Probability; Topics in Analytic Geometry. Grades will be based on daily homework, quizzes, and tests.
Logic The course is a combination of both informal and formal logic. The course begins with a survey of informal logic which provides students the ability to filter the many messages they hear and see. Students will learn to recognize 15 different propaganda techniques, and 23 different types of faulty reasoning. After the completion of the study of informal logic the course will transition to the study of formal logic. Formal logic is an in-depth study of the classical syllogism. Along with a basic understanding of the Christian theory of knowledge, students will learn the four kinds of logical statements, the four ways propositions can be opposed, the three ways which they can be equivalent, and the seven rules for the validity of syllogisms. In additional Students will build their reasoning and thinking skills, buy completing various logic puzzles daily. Grades will be based on homework, quizzes, tests, presentations, papers, projects and class participation.
Math Lab Math lab is designed for Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Precalulus students who are currently enrolled in an MCA high school level math class. This is a time to review concepts, ask questions, and get homework help! Grades will be based on classroom behavior and participation.
Mrs. Bott and Mrs. Emrich
6th Grade Welcome to middle school! This class will encompass many mathematical concepts, but it will also serve as a firm foundation for our students as they advance in their mathematical journey. Concepts that will be strengthened in this course will be long division, math facts (we will have math fact drills!), decimals, fractions, order of operations, percents, distributive property, factoring, integers, graphs, proportions, solving two-step equations with division, and more. Grades will be based on daily homework, tests, quizzes, and participation. Along with learning the concepts, our goal at MCA is to build confidence in mathematics. Math will be engaging, fun, and challenging!!
7th Grade In this class, we will be building on the concepts listed for 6th grade and continuing to strengthen the mathematical foundation. In this class, students will learn to work with measurements, Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple, working with mixed numbers, fractions in two-step equations, solving inequalities, area, powers of ten, integers, constructions, proportions, volume, scientific notation, and more. Grades will be based on daily homework, tests, quizzes, and participation. Along with learning the concepts, our goal at MCA is to build confidence in mathematics. Math will be engaging, fun, and challenging!!
8th Grade This class is pre-Algebra and develops skills to be successful in high school Algebra. We will learn the Pythagorean Theorem, showing profit or loss as a percent of sales, simplifying expressions that include exponents, linear equations, rational and irrational numbers, finding surface area of shapes, probability and percent, integers, constructions, multiplying and dividing numbers in scientific notation, finding volume of shapes, solving equations with fractional coefficients, multiplying probability, extracting square roots, variables on both sides of a complex equation, intro to sine, cosine and tangent, compound interest, combining square roots, budgeting, and more! . Grades will be based on daily homework, tests, quizzes, and participation. Along with learning the concepts, our goal at MCA is to build confidence in mathematics. Math will be engaging, fun, and challenging!!
Geometry In this class, we will use skills we have learned in Algebra I to expand our mathematical concepts. Many topics will be covered such as points, lines, planes, logic, inductive and deductive reasoning, proofs (both two-column and paragraph forms), angles, parallels, triangles, corresponding parts, inequalities, quadrilaterals, principles of algebra (ratios/proportions), similarity, right triangles, constructions, polygons, circles, solids, ordered pairs, distance, lines, and more! This is a challenging course that will be graded through daily homework, tests, quizzes, and participation. This course is taught similar to a college course in the fact that it is a lot of lecturing and note taking. The students will be expected to know formulas, theorems, and postulates.