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Grading Guidelines

An Explanation of the MCA Grading System

The students’ work will be evaluated by an objective standard in each class rather than compared with other students. Grades earned in independent study courses, college and/or correspondence courses, and work completed in home school settings, may apply toward graduation if approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. Only semester grades appear on the student’s high-school transcript.

The following grading system is used school-wide:

  • Grade
  • Mastery with Honor
  • Mastery
  • Non-Mastery

Our grading system is designed to emphasize the development of character and leadership in our students rather than comparisons one with another or other common measures. By insisting that students strive until they achieve a required level of accomplishment (85 or higher) we believe that, among other things, we are helping shape in MCA students the Biblical admonition that whatever we do, we should do it with all our might, and that we should run the race to win.   At the staff’s discretion, a junior high student may also be given a C, for completion, in a course in which the student has not achieved Mastery, but has exhibited either; a) sufficient effort in pursuing the course material or b) made adequate progress toward Mastery to allow the student to progress to the next course.

Translating Mastery into Letter Grades

We realize that this grading standard is difficult to translate for some that are unfamiliar with it, so there may be times when it would be a service to MCA families to be able to provide a translation to a letter grading system. This is particularly important when providing transcripts for college admissions.

Accordingly, for 9th-12th grades, at the end of each year, the MCA staff will enter a letter grade for each student’s class work so that any parent may request a transcript report, which has been so translated. Letter grades will be assigned based on the completed percentage of target points achieved by the student.


Our system for awarding grade point average and letter grades on transcripts is described in the chart below.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call. Thank you.

Numerical Grade Letter Grade for Transcript Grade Points Earned for Transcript
95.5-100 A+ 4.0
92.5-95.4 A 4.0
89.5-92.4 A- 4.0
86.5-89.4 B+ 3.0
84.5-86.4 B 3.0
Below 84.5 Fail 0.0

 

MCA wishes to emphasize that this grading option is being provided as a service only, and will not be intentionally released or reported unless specifically requested by the parent for use as described above.

Students must have an 85 or higher in order to receive high school credit or be advanced into the next class.  Each student’s grade total is displayed in ParentsWeb (FACTS Family Online) and may be accessed anytime by logging on to the MCA website.  The school staff encourages parents to consult ParentsWeb (FACTS Family Online) frequently as an excellent way to stay in touch with their student’s academic progress.

For parent’s information, our discussions with college registrars indicate that grade point average and class rank are not nearly as important as the reputation of the school, courses taken, SAT scores, and AP (advanced placement) and SAT II test scores. Also, it is possible that in many cases a letter-grade transcript may prove unnecessary.