Monday, January 25, 2021

Looking Ahead to 2021-22: What MCA has to Offer Your Child

Midwestern Christian Academy started providing students with a Christ-centered, discipleship oriented educational experience in the mid-1950's.  Literally thousands of students have passed through these hallways and classrooms over the years.  As we instruct students in a way that connects the objectives of their core subjects in mathematics, science, social studies and language arts to their developing Christian worldview, we are providing them with discipleship that will help their faith grow and mature and which will help them fulfill the purpose that God has for their life.  

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  Colossians 2:8, ESV

What Makes Us Unique

MCA is a distinctively Christian school.  Our educational philosophy is based on Biblical truth.  We believe that education is the process of connecting the objectives and skills students learn in the classroom to a Christian worldview which is revealed to us by God in his written word.  In addition to the Biblical truth integrated into all subject areas, our students have a Bible study class every school day and once a week, we worship together.  

All of our teaching staff, in addition to having a degree and being certified, are born-again Christians who can testify to a time in their life when they trusted Jesus as their savior and received the grace of God's salvation.  They aren't here just because it's a job and for the money, they are here because they believe God called them to do this at this time in their life, and they are being obedient to him.  Your children benefit from their skill and their commitment.  We see our role as being in a partnership with parents to assist them and support them as they fulfill their God-given responsibility to make sure their children are raised "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." 

Christian discipleship is a natural part of a child's education, so having it as part of the school day and integrating it into the curriculum helps undergird and support the mission and ministry of their family's church and points them in the direction of discovering God's purpose for their life.  Students who spend at least five years in a Christian school environment are far less likely to drop out of church during or after their college years.  

Academic Excellence

Even though we are a small school, the focus of our curriculum is on core subjects.  In the early grades, the development of language and reading skills begins in Pre-K3, and mathematics skills begin in kindergarten.  We commit 90 minutes a day to language arts, phonics, reading and math.  The other core subjects we teach, including science, social studies and Biblical studies, are also part of every school day.  We offer P.E., vocal and instrumental music, art, band, computer skills and Spanish as electives or specials across the school day.  

We leave instruction in social issues up to the parents.  By focusing our time on skills in core subjects, our students demonstrate their academic achievement on standardized tests at a level well above their public school peers.  MCA students take a variety of nationally-normed, standardized achievement tests each year.  Our students generally score in the 70th percentile rank in mathematics and language arts which means they do better than 70% of the students who took the same test at the same time.  On high school admissions tests, most of our students score above the 80th percentile. 

We have a long list of recent graduates who are doing very well in local high schools, including selective enrollment schools, charter schools and other private, Christian schools.  Yes, it is a simple curriculum but we have a staff that is committed to providing a high quality education in a Christian atmosphere with a set of expected student outcomes that aim our students at higher than average goals.  I like to think that being in a school which prays, worships together and glorifies God also has something to do with our academic success.  

Accreditation Candidacy and Continuous School Improvement

MCA has just successfully completed a three-year candidacy for full accreditation through the commission of the Association of Christian Schools International.  ACSI's accreditation process is a rigorous one, using the same protocols and standards of the regional accrediting agencies.  In fact, ACSI accreditation is recognized by Cognia (formerly Advanced Ed), North Central/CASI and Middle States for dual accreditation status.  We are awaiting the visiting team observation and report and the final recommendation for approval.  

Accreditation is a seal of excellence.  It's not an arrival, it is the beginning of the journey.  Continuous observation and improvement is the end result of the accreditation process as the school sets goals to achieve beyond the standards it initially worked to meet.  

Choose Us, and Recommend Us! 

Like almost all other private, Christian schools during this pandemic, MCA has had to negotiate losses of students, and since we are private and tuition supported, revenue that supports our instructional program.  There are improvements we would like to make in both academics and in activities offered to students for enrichment which budget constraints will not allow us to consider at the present time.  So we are asking you, our faithful families, to assist us this year.  There are a couple of ways you can do this.  

1.  Re-enroll prior to March 31.  This will give us a good idea of what to plan for, but it will also benefit your family.  Tuition is going up, but if you enroll prior to the 31st of March, you can lock in the lowest tuition rate and save $100 on each child's registration fee.  

2.  Refer a family and get a $500 scholarship.  Word of mouth is one of the most effective means of promoting our school.  If you are having a good experience that means your friends and fellow church members might also like to give MCA a try.  We give a scholarship of $500 for every family you recruit whose children wind up enrolled in our school.  If you are blessed by having your children here, would you be willing to be our ambassador in recruiting other families?  That would be fantastic. 

A Legacy and a Future

Next to home and family, the school is the largest single influence on your child's character development, personal growth and way of thinking.  Christian schools exist because the "religiously neutral" atmosphere of the public school system includes operating under an educational philosophy that does not acknowledge the importance or influence of Biblical truth, but which instead considers human intellect as the highest power in the universe and education as the means by which humanity solves its problems.  Where would you prefer that your child spend 7 hours a day, five days a week?  In a school where teachers share your faith perspective and help your child connect Biblical truth to the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the world, or where teachers instruct from a philosophical foundation which teaches that there is no God and that right and wrong is a matter for them to decide for themselves?  

MCA has been a ministry since 1954.  We have many graduates who spent time here who have now gone out into the world and are serving the Lord in a wide variety of career options.  Some are pastors and missionaries, but most are just part of the body of Christ in his church where they serve.  We lost 21 students from last year whose families wanted them to return, but whose encounter with the COVID virus prevented them from being here, not counting new students who couldn't come because a parent was laid off or lost their job.  So we need your help in returning and recruiting.  If this is a great place for your kids, it is also a great place for their kids.  

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. 

Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will. be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways. 

Proverbs 2:6-15 ESV