Middle School

 

Let's take a quick peek inside the gymnasium; you may be surprised by what you see.  Today is the middle school's annual student forum convention, where you - along with 300-plus middle school students and faculty - are about to be plummeted into a full-scale political convention.

Right now, costume-clad students are preparing banners to campaign for their favorite candidates, as the culmination of the day will be the election of an eighth grader as president. Noisemakers sound and students demonstrate. Candidates speak and students vote. Homerooms are divided into states, each with a student-selected name (such as the "State of Grooviness"). It's noisy and boisterous - and highly effective at teaching middle schoolers about the political process.

This experience reflects the philosophy behind the middle school curriculum at MPCS: learning best occurs through authentic, hands-on activities. When lessons are presented with creativity and relevance, adolescent minds are fully engaged.

 

The Program

  • Academics: Daily core subjects include language arts, math, social studies, science, and Bible - all of which are taught through student-centered methods in a climate of high expectations.
  • Biblical Integration: In addition to interactive weekly chapels, students benefit from a full-time Director of Christian Life - and every subject is taught through the lens of Biblical Truth.
  • Exploratories: Exploratory classes may include art, chorus, dance, band, orchestra, drama, technology, study skills, Spanish, French, and Service-in-Action. Physical education can include fitness, outdoor education, kayaking, climbing, archery, and more.
  • Athletics: Sports teams offered include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, equestrian, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and wrestling.
  • Arts: Art, drama, dance, chorus, band, and orchestra are available both as part of the curriculum and as extracurricular activities.
  • Technology and Media Integration: Technology is integrated across the curriculum through mobile wireless laptop labs, Mac computer labs, LCD projectors, and classroom ActivBoards. The Weber Media Center contains both print and non-print media as well as technology support for students with an additional computer lab.
  • Advanced Courses: Advanced content classes are offered in math and language arts for qualifying students.
  • Directed Studies: The Directed Studies program for middle school offers student support in math and language arts for non-traditional learners. There is an additional fee for this support program.

Our Methods

  • Application: Real-world experiences and authentic scenarios, such as the mock student forum, hands-on science experiments, and an eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C., undergird the core curriculum, promoting problem-solving and lending relevancy.
  • Learner-Centered Approach: Students are actively engaged in the learning process through fully equipped science labs, math manipulatives, classroom debates, and technology integration. Questions are encouraged; conversation is promoted, and critical thinking is fostered.

Our Teachers

  • Certification: Every middle school teacher, is a degreed, Georgia-certified educator.
  • Covenant Relationship: Every teacher is dedicated to the Christian faith and committed to integrating Biblical Truth into all aspects of school life.
  • Academic Teams: Grade levels are organized into academic teams of five teachers each. Academic teachers deliver instruction in the core subjects, while an exploratory team of teachers provides daily opportunities for student self-expression.
  • Student-to-Teacher Ratio: Small student-to-teacher ratios are valued for individualized instruction.

Middle School Highlights

  • Creative Academic Experiences: Middle school students look forward to the annual student forum convention, as well as to an interactive WWII fair. Multiple academic clubs are also available.
  • Community Service: Middle schoolers live out servant-leadership through service projects with Operation Christmas Child, Ronald McDonald House, Jump rope for Heart, MPCS Community Service Day, mission projects and trips.
  • Peer Mentoring: MPCS middle schoolers are smoothly transitioned into ninth grade through the Peer Mentoring Initiative, where freshmen are mentored by upperclassmen.
  • Travel: Relationships are forged and world views are broadened during a seventh grade trip to historic Charleston, an eighth grade caving expedition to Tennessee, an eighth grade trip to Washington D.C., and local and foreign missions opportunities during the school year.

 

Mount Paran Christian School

1275 Stanley Road 
Kennesaw, GA 30152

Phone: 770-578-0182 
Fax: 770-977-9284

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