Graduation Requirements

Minimum Curriculum Requirements to earn an MCS Diploma:
 
English Language Arts 4 credits
Mathematics1 4 credits
Bible2 3.5 credits
Science3 3 credits
Social Studies/History4 3 credits
Physical Education/Health5 1 credit
Fine Arts
1 credit
Elective (may include Foreign Language)6
2 credits
Financial Literacy/Economics7
.50 credit
Community Service
Now included in Holistic Spiritual Formation Plan
 
Total - 22 credits
1Mathematics credits must include 1 credit of Algebra 2 or the equivalent of Algebra 2.
2Bible credits will be pro-rated for high school students transferring to MCS.
3Science credits must include 1 unit of physical sciences, 1 unit of life sciences and 1 unit of advanced student in 1 or more of the following sciences: chemistry, physics, or other physical science; advanced biology or other life science; astronomy, physical geology, or other earth or space science.
4Social Studies/History credits must include .50 of American History and .50 of American Government.
5Ohio allows school districts to adopt a policy that would exempt students who participate in athletics for two full season from the physical education requirement.
6Elective credits must include 1 or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer science, technology, agricultural education or English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required.
7All students must receive instruction in economic and financial literacy duing grades 9-12. MCS students meet this requirement in their senior Personal Finance class.
 
Minimum Curriculum Requirements to earn an MCS Diploma:
 
English Language Arts 4 credits
Mathematics1 4 credits
Bible2 4 credits
Science3 4 credits
History4 4 credits
Physical Education/Health5 1 credit
Fine Arts6
1 credit
Foreign Language7
2 credits
Electives8
1 credit
 
Total - 25 credits
These graduation requirements apply to all MCS students who enter grade 9 beginning with the 2020-21 school year.
1Mathematics credits must include 1 credit of Algebra 2 or the equivalent of Algebra 2.
2Bible credits will be pro-rated for high school students transferring to MCS.
3Science credits must include 1 unit of physical sciences, 1 unit of life sciences and 2 units of advanced study in 1 or more of the following sciences: chemistry, physics, other physical science, or Anatomy and Physiology.
4History credits must include the equivalent of .50 of American History, .50 of American Government and .50 of World History and Civilizations, which will be included in the Omnibus Courses, or other elective history courses. All students must also receive instruction in economic and financial literacy during grades 9-12, which is one of our History elective courses.
5Ohio allows school districts to adopt a policy that would exempt students who participate in athletics for two full season from the physical education requirement.
6Students must complete at least 2 semesters (1 credit) of fine arts taken any time in grades 7-12. 
7Foreign Language credits must include 2 year of sequential world language study.
8Electives may include additional foreign language, fine arts, business, computer/technical education, additional core courses, other education opportunities, or CCP courses.
Minimum Curriculum Requirements to earn an MCS Diploma:
 
English Language Arts 4 credits
Mathematics1 4 credits
Bible2 4 credits
Science3 4 credits
History4 4 credits
Physical Education/Health5 1 credit
Fine Arts6
4 credits
Foreign Language7
4 credits
Electives8
1 credit
 
Total - 30 credits
These graduation requirements apply to all MCS students who enter grade 9 beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
1Mathematics credits must include 1 credit of Algebra 2 or the equivalent of Algebra 2.
2Bible credits will be pro-rated for high school students transferring to MCS.
3Science credits must include 1 unit of physical sciences, 1 unit of life sciences and 2 units of advanced study in 1 or more of the following sciences: chemistry, physics, other physical science, or Anatomy and Physiology.
4History credits must include the equivalent of .50 of American History, .50 of American Government and .50 of World History and Civilizations, which will be included in the Omnibus Courses, or other elective history courses. All students must also receive instruction in economic and financial literacy during grades 9-12, which is one of our History elective courses.
5Ohio allows school districts to adopt a policy that would exempt students who participate in athletics for two full season from the physical education requirement.
6The study of Fine Arts will be the expectation for each year for each student. This includes: Art & Art electives, Art Independent Study, Band, Choir, Praise Team, and Yearbook.
7The study of Foreign Language will be the expectation fo each year for each student. All 7th graders will study Latin. If they master 7th Grade Latin by earning an 80% or higher, they may move on to 8th Grade Latin. If that student masters 8th Grade Latin by earning an 80% or higher, they may earn two High School credits of a Foreign Language. In 9th grade, students have the opportunity to either continue in Latin or begin Spanish or New Testament Greek.
8Electives may include additional foreign language, fine arts, business, computer/technical education, additional core courses, other education opportunities, or CCP courses.
 

Graduation Requirements Changes FAQs

Why is MCS requiring things that are not required by the state of Ohio? 

At MCS our goal is not simply to provide a Christianized version of public school education. We aim to “develop strong Christian leaders” through a holistic and rigorous course of study that meets and exceeds Ohio graduation requirements.

 

Why do students have to take a fine art course every year? 

Fine arts is often relegated to a place of secondary importance in school curriculums. However, such neglect is a grave mistake. The arts are incredibly important in cultivating a sense of divine wonder, producing a deeper understanding of the world and the human condition, and developing affection for that which is true, good, and beautiful. As such, the arts are a key component of reaching our curricular aims and ought to be part of students’ experience in every year of their MCS education and for the rest of their lives. 

 

Why do students have to take a language course every year? 

It seems to be a custom in American language instruction to bring students through the laborious task of learning the grammar of a language and then to cut off their learning just before they reach the joy of using that language—of holding authentic conversations in a modern language or reading a text that is thousands of years old in the very words which the original author wrote. Grammar instruction lays an indispensable foundation in understanding how a language works and developing logical thought. Students who are able to reach mastery of these concepts should be rewarded by going on to taste the fruit of their labors; those who have not yet established those foundations should continue to work on those valuable skills.

 

Plan of Study for the Class of 2027 and Beyond

The below document is intended to be a general planning guide for future coursework at MCS. Most students will be able to generally find their plan of study from this guide, but there will be exceptions and anomalies for atypical situations.

 

See the State of Ohio's Testing Requirements.

 

For additional information, please see the Parent/Student Handbook, starting on page 61.