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Frequently Asked Questions

Schoolwide FAQ

How is Midland Classical Academy different from a public or traditional school?

Midland Classical Academy is different from other schools in our purpose, educational philosophy, and goals. Read more about our purpose, philosophy and goals here.

What do you mean by Classical Education?

The classical method emphasizes the Trivium in all subjects and seeks to utilize the methods that are most appropriate for the stage of development of the student. The Trivium is made up of three main areas: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.

Definitions:

  • Grammar – The fundamental rules of each subject.
  • Logic – The ordered relationship of particulars in each subject.
  • Rhetoric – The clear expression of the grammar and logic of each subject.
 
In order to clarify these three areas, some have proposed the following as an alternate framework:
  1. Data Accumulation (Grammar)
  2. Analysis (Logic)
  3. Decision-making (Logic and Rhetoric)
  4. Communication (Rhetoric)

At Midland Classical Academy, students are taught from the framework of a Christian worldview and encouraged to find truth, beauty and wisdom in our Western heritage. Read more about classical education here

Are your teachers certified?

We do not require certification for employment at MCA. A bachelor’s degree is required for teaching at the Upper School and for core classroom instruction at the Grammar School.

How many students are there in each class?

At the Upper School, classes are limited to fifteen students. At the Grammar School, kindergarten through second grade classes are limited to twelve students, and third through sixth grade classes are limited to fifteen students.

What sports does MCA offer?

The Grammar School does not offer school-organized sports, but many Grammar School students participate in YMCA and Upwards sports. The Upper School offers baseball, basketball, cross country, flag football, golf, tennis, powerlifting, and volleyball.  

Can anyone pick up my child from school?

The Grammar School has a closed campus and must be notified by the custodial parent if anyone other than the custodial parent is going to pick up a Grammar School student. The Upper School has an open campus and has no system for monitoring whether a student remains on campus. Therefore, anyone may pick up an Upper School student.  

Does the MCA calendar follow the public school calendar?

Generally, the Midland Classical Academy calendar follows the public school calendar with the exception of a few additional holidays.  View our current calendar here.

Does MCA offer scholarships?

At this time, Midland Classical Academy does not offer scholarships.  Midland Classical Academy strives to keep tuition and fees affordable to many families by exercising sound fiscal stewardship.

What if my child is ahead academically? Could my child work at his or her own pace?

Midland Classical Academy does not provide a self-paced academic environment.  Occasionally, Upper School students may work ahead in math.  Eligible Upper School students may also pursue honor status in one or more classes through Mastery with honors projects.

For Grammar School students, home days are a perfect opportunity for parents to guide students further in a particular subject in which the student excels or to provide extra instruction in an area where the student is struggling.

Does MCA offer computer classes?
Midland Classical Academy does not offer computer classes.
 
Do we offer band or strings?

The Upper School does not offer band or string classes. The Grammar School offers violin classes to third through sixth grade students as an enrichment class on Fridays.

 

Why is MCA not accredited?

There are several reasons why MCA is not an accredited school; please ask for more information.

 

Do we teach to standardized tests? 
No, we do not teach to standardized tests. However, students take standardized tests from grades 3-11 to measure progress.
 
What can I do for service hours?

Parents may fulfill service hour requirements in a variety of ways, including office work, grading, coaching, monitoring reading groups, monitoring lunch times, weekend cleaning crews, working concessions at athletic games, running errands, covering books, and much more.

 

Do you have a Bible class?

Upper School students have a Bible class every year.  Grammar School students do not have a Bible class.  Instead, Grammar School teachers integrate a Christian worldview and Scripture into classroom instruction.

 

Do you have a chapel service?

Grammar School students do not have a chapel service. Upper School students attend a schoolwide assembly each Friday.

 
 

 

Grammar School FAQ (K-6th Grades)

What is Friday School? 
Friday school offers classes not covered during the core class days. These classes include science and enrichment classes which lend themselves to hands-on learning.  
 
What does the weekly schedule look like at the Grammar School? 
MCAG follows a schedule of attending class on-campus two days a week and homeschooling two days a week. Friday offers optional enrichment classes through 12:30 p.m.
 
Do you provide the curriculum at the Grammar School? 
Yes, we will order and distribute all necessary curriculum materials to complete assignments.  
 
Does the school provide all of the instruction my child will need? 
Lessons are introduced at school, however the process of learning continues at home where parents take the responsibility of their student learning the material. 
 
Will I have help homeschooling my child?  
There are several opportunities to receive help through the mentoring program, workshops, and communication with the teacher.
 

 

Upper School FAQ (7th-12th Grades)

Does MCA have an honors program?
Midland Classical Academy Upper School maintains a system of formal honors and awards for the following reasons:
  • To increase the academic motivation of all the students by demonstrating that good work and good behavior are rewarded
  • To draw public attention to the academic quality and outstanding behavior of the students at Midland Classical Academy.
 
Do you have National Merit Scholars?

MCA has had several National Merit Commended students.

What are your average SAT scores?

In 2014 the average SAT score was 1785.

How does university scheduling work at the Upper School?

Classes for 7th through 12th graders occur on various days at various times throughout the week in 1-hour blocks. On Friday classes are only scheduled in the morning. Every student's schedule is different, though most students within a grade are generally taking the same courses. Some classes may last for two 1-hour blocks on certain days of the week. Other classes may meet two or three times a week for 1 hour each day at different times. This type of schedule places a great deal of responsibility on the student, and allows ample time for independent study and homework.

 
What colleges are MCA students admitted to?

College Acceptances and Matriculations:

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Angelo State University
  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Austin College
  • Baylor University
  • Blinn College
  • Canadian Bible College (AB)
  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • The Crown College (TN)
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Grove City College (PA)
  • Hardin Simmons University
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Hillsdale College (MI)
  • Indiana University
  • John Brown University (AR)
  • The King's College (NY)
  • Lee University (TN)
  • LeTourneau University
  • Liberty University (VA)
  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)
  • University of Mary Hardin Baylor
  • Midland College
  • Montana Tech University
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Samford University (AL)
  • Southwestern University
  • Stephen F. Austin University
  • Sul Ross University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Women’s University
  • Trinity University
  • Tulane University (LA)
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Houston
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Nevada
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • University of Texas at Tyler
  • University of Tulsa (OK)
  • University of Washington
  • Virginia Tech University
  • Washington and Lee University (VA)
  • Wayland Baptist University
  • West Texas A&M University