Admissions Standards

 

Maryville Christian School (MCS) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities accorded or made available to MCS students.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admissions procedures, tuition assistance awards, athletic or other school-administered programs.  We do, however, reserve the right to deny admission to any individual who cannot benefit from enrollment based on past academic achievement, deportment history, disqualifying health issue, or whose personal or family beliefs and/or lifestyle is not in harmony with the stated philosophy and statement of faith of Maryville Christian School.

MCS, as a private institution, reserves the privilege of setting and maintaining its own standards for student conduct, dress, and scholarship.  Admission to MCS is a privilege and not a right.  Therefore, MCS maintains the right to admit only those students who are in harmony with the standards of MCS.  Further, MCS reserves the right, without refunding tuition, to dismiss any student who does not respect its standards or provide reasonable cooperation in the educational process, or whose conduct is considered detrimental to the best interest of MCS and its mission.

MCS does not provide enrollment to students whose educational, social and/or physical needs cannot be met by MCS's existing programs, services, or staff.

Each year a member of the school board serves as Chair of the Admissions Committee, which establishes, maintains, and implements admissions policies.

In determining admission to MCS for all students in grades PK-12, multiple factors are considered.  These factors include, but are not limited to, academics, conduct history, reference checks, and parental attitude and support.  MCS reserves the right to deny any student admission at any time for any reason and is not obligated to disclose the reasons for the denial.

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

At least one parent in the household must genuinely acknowledge a relationship with Jesus Christ through the process of a family interview.

Both parents must annually sign the MCS Statement of Faith, acknowledging that they believe these truths.  It is also understood that all instruction is based on the Bible and the philosophy and objectives of MCS.  Parents must also annually sign the Commitment to Cooperative Effort acknowledging their responsibilities as MCS parents.

All new students will be on academic and social probation for the first semester.  A student's acceptance at any grade level is contingent upon the student's ability as measured by a standardized testing program and by the interview data.  A probationary period of the first semester will be required for final placement of grade. Should a change be deemed necessary, parents will be notified before the end of the first semester.  This probation includes academics, conduct, and attitude.  During this period, a student can be dismissed if problems develop in any of these areas.  (Academically, the student must maintain a 70 or higher in all academic areas.  Socially, their behavior must be in compliance with the guidelines listed in the Student/Parent Handbook.)

No student shall be admitted who:
•    Is not eligible to return to their previous school.
•    Has a history of disciplinary problems at prior schools.
•    Has academic deficiencies that cannot be addressed at MCS.  (This is based upon
     testing, prior school records or information received from previous instructors.)
•    Has emotional problems that cannot be met by MCS.
•    Has a court record or a reputation that is ungodly.
•    Has a physical handicap or learning disability for which our program is not staffed.
•    Is married or has been married.
•    Is pregnant or has a child.
•    Has expressed a homosexual, bisexual, or transgender orientation. (Romans 13:13, 
     I Corinthians 6: 9-10)
•    Has any other educational, social and/or physical needs that cannot be met by MCS's 
     existing programs, services or staff.

Families seeking admission to MCS must meet the following standards:
•    The parent(s) or guardian(s) must have legal custody of the child(ren) and they must
     reside in the household for the majority of the time.
•    In case of a divorce, the parents must submit a current parenting plan.
•    The family must have at least one parent or guardian residing in the household.  If there
     are two adults residing in the household, they must be a legally married man and 
     woman unless one of the adults is an extended family member.  This is based upon 
     the Biblical standards of marriage based on Romans 7: 2-3, Matthew 19: 5-6, and
     Ephesians 5: 22-23.
•    The family must be active in a local Bible-believing church.

PRESCHOOL

For the 3-year old class the student must be 3 by August 15.  For the 4-year old class the student must be 4 by August 15.  The 5-year old class is designed for children who are age appropriate for kindergarten, but need extra time to develop emotionally, socially, or academically.  After developmental screening, this placement is made by teacher recommendation or parent request.  Children must be 5 by August 15 to enroll.  Children must be 100 percent potty trained.  Please click here for more information on requirements and hours of operation.

ELEMENTARY - Grades K-6

To be admitted, a student must present evidence of readiness, including the satisfactory completion of work for the grade previous to that for which he/she is making application.  Applicants for kindergarten must be five (5) years of age on or before August 15.

Students must show at least average performance as indicated by a standardized testing program.  Students must have passed the most recent grade level prior to application.

Students will be tested to determine grade placement.

If it is determined that gaps exist in academic areas, additional intervention may be required at an additional cost.

To be admitted, students in grades 1-6 are required to submit an academic reference from their current or most recent teacher and an evaluation from a school administrator.  The reference forms are submited directly to the school via the online application process.  They are not to be returned to or via the parents or student.

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL - Grades 7-12

To be admitted, a student must present evidence of competency in language arts and mathematics skills for the academic level to which the student is to be enrolled.

Students will be tested to determine grade placement.

For admittance to middle school, a student must have successfully passed the previous grade.

For grade nine admittance, a student must have successfully completed all requirements for promotion from grade eight to high school.

For admittance to grades ten, eleven, or twelve, a student must have successfully earned the required number of credits to be classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior.  As credits are evaluated, additional coursework may be required.

If it is determined that gaps exist in academic areas, additional intervention may be required at an additional cost.

To be admitted, students must submit two academic references from current or most recent teachers in the core subjects of English and Math, an evaluation from a school administrator, and two character references (i.e., pastor or youth director, principal or school counselor, or another adult who is not a relative and who knows the student well). The reference forms are submited directly to the school via the online application process.  They are not to be returned to or via the parents or student.  The administrator may conduct a follow-up phone call with the references.

All students seeking admission to grades 7-12 must complete a Student Questionnaire during an interview with the principal.