Curriculum

MC POINTS OF PRIDE

  • Reading strategies are implemented cross-curricularly at middle and high school

  • ​The HS maintains an SAT college-ready focus across all subject areas

  • Highly Innovative

  • Dual enrollment through Macomb Community College

  • Safe environment

  • Free bus service for all interested students (various pick up locations)

  • Family Atmosphere

  • 84% graduation rate

  • School Uniform Policy

  • Casual Fridays for students with a 3.0 or higher GPA

  • Regular academic incentives for students with 3.0 or higher GPA

  • Very established athletic programs: football, basketball, track, cross country, volleyball, wrestling, and cheerleading, drumline and majorettes

  • Variety of clubs including: National Honors Society, Student Council, Students Leading Students, Grief Groups and more.

  • Scheduled college visit field trips for all juniors and seniors

  • In-house online education program

HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

The high school stresses two main curricular areas: SAT preparation and core area knowledge based on Common Core Curriculum.

9th grade year
As freshmen, students are automatically enrolled into the following courses if they pass their placement tests in mathematics and reading. If students do not pass their placement tests, they are enrolled into English Basics and Basic Math. These two courses receive no high school credit.  This is a rigorous program for incoming 9th graders, but will ensure students meet the demands of SAT preparation and college preparation. 

  • Physical Education: Students learn about lifelong fitness and health choices. 
    Requirement: 2 trimesters

  • Freshman Seminar:  Freshman students prepare for their high school experience by exploring leadership, study and organizational skills 
    Requirement: 1 trimester

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  • Composition 9: Students focuses on writing skills, learning sentence diagramming, parts of speech, and grammar conventions.
    Requirement: 1 trimester
     

  • Algebra I: This course teaches the fundamentals of Algebra through the Carnegie curriculum.
    Requirement: 3 trimesters
     

  • Math Support: This course supports students with the fundamentals behind Algebra I.
    Requirement: 3 trimesters
     

  • English 9: This course is aimed at enhancing student reading comprehension and fluency. 
    Requirement: 3 trimester

  • World History: This course covers a global analysis of world history, eras 1-8.
    Requirement: 2 trimesters
     

 

10th Grade Curriculum
As sophomores, students are automatically enrolled into the following courses:

 

  • Math Support: This course supports students with the fundamentals behind Geometry.
    Requirement: 3 trimesters
     

  • Biology: Students learn basic biology using the Holt Biology curriculum.
    Requirement: 2 trimesters
     

  • English 10: This is a reading and writing intensive course. Students will be exposed to daily writing and grammar, while also exploring classic and modern literature texts. 
    Requirement: 3 trimesters
     

  • US History:  Students will explore US History from the Expansion of the American West to present day (1850-present), while incorporating reading and writing skills. 
    Requirement: 2 trimesters
     

  • Geometry: Students learn geometry through an SAT mathematical approach.  Students are introduced to a concept through several SAT passages related to that concept. They work backwards to understand the problem at its basic level, then scaffold back up to solve the problem.  The curriculum is mirrored from Carnegie Math.
    Requirement: 3 Trimesters

  • Government:  Students will learn about the history of governments, the United States government, political parties, and voting.
    Requirement: 1 trimester

11th Grade Curriculum
As juniors, students are automatically enrolled into the following courses:

  • Career and College Prep: Students will focus on test-taking strategies for their SAT test in March. They will take several practice tests, review general test taking tips, go through each subject area section to understand test format, and learn how to reason through SAT style questioning. This course is essential for those who would like to attend a university after high school. Students should invest in this course; it is a wonderful (free) opportunity.
    Requirement: 1 trimester
     

  • Chemistry: Students learn fundamental chemistry concepts. This course is essential for college-bound students. 
    Requirement: 2 trimesters
     

  • College Preparation Writing: This class will take students through the writing process and different approaches for a variety of writing pieces.  Students will also have mini grammar lessons reviewing basic and advanced English grammar skills.
    Requirement: 1 trimester
     

  • English 11: Students will be exposed to difficult, classic American Literature throughout this course. They will learn how to analyze, write, and discuss literature in an intellectual manner. Students will also review writing skills, vocabulary, and grammar to prepare for their MME/SAT tests.
    Requirement: 2 trimesters
     

  • Algebra II: Students learn Algebra II through an SAT mathematic approach. Students are introduced to a concept through several SAT passages related to that concept. They work backwards to understand the problem at its basic level then scaffold back up to solve the problem. General mathematic curriculum is based on Carnegie. 
    Requirement: 3 trimesters
     

  • OdysseyWare: Students will be able to choose between 54 online courses they would like to pursue for high school credit. Online education is a part of the Michigan Curriculum.  
    Requirement: 3 trimesters
     

 

12th Grade Curriculum
As seniors, students are automatically enrolled into the following courses:

 

  • English 12: This course focuses mainly on literary analysis of college level readings such as Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, and A Tale of Two Cities. Grammar and writing assignments occur daily. Students will also write several essays and complete a large scale research essay.
    Requirement: 2 trimesters

  • Human Biology: This course is intended to be rigorous in preparing students for college level science courses. Human Biology covers all of the body's systems and functions in great detail. Students take weekly quizzes, do daily homework assignments, and take rigorous unit tests.  Seniors generally feel that this is their most challenging course during their years at MCHS.
    Requirement: 2 trimesters
     

  • College Intermediate Algebra Seniors are required to take this course to graduate. This course is mirrored after Macomb Community College's (MCC) Intermediate Algebra course. The course is taught using MCC's Intermediate Algebra book, authored by Munem and West. What is covered: Linear Equations and Inequalities, Linear Graphs and Functions, Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities, Systems of Linear Graphs and Functions, Polynomial Expressions and Functions, Rational Expressions and Functions, and Operations with Integers and Rational Numbers.
    Requirement: 2 trimesters
     

  • OdysseyWare: Student will be able to choose between 54 online courses they would like to pursue for high school credit. Online education is a part of the Michigan Curriculum.
    Requirement: 3 trimester

  • WoodBridge Promise - Students will take this online Ferris State University-provided college class and earn 3 transferrable college credits.  The class itself focuses on preparing students to be College and Career Ready.

  • Requirement: 1 trimester
     

MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

7th Grade Curriculum

  • Mathematics: Carnegie - Students will build the skill set needed to be successful with algebra.

  • Social Studies: Students will explore Ancient World History from the beginnings to 300 A.D.

  • Life Science:  Students will cover topics such as cells, heredity, and human impact on the environment

  • SuccessMaker Reading: This online course is aimed at enhancing the students' reading comprehension skills and fluency by offering individualized and leveled instruction for each  qualifying student.

  • ELA/Writing: Students will be taught writing strategies, explore short stories, and write poetry.

  • Physical Education/Health: Students will engage in fitness-oriented activities and be educated on approaches to living a healthy life.

  • Carnegie MATHia: This online course is aimed at enhancing the students' foundation of algebraic knowledge by offering individualized and leveled instruction for each student.

  • ELA Support: This class covers common core reading standards as students explore novels together.

8th Grade Courses

  • Pre-Algebra: This course is aimed at preparing students with the foundation of knowledge needed for them to be successful in High School Algebra.

  • American History: Students will cover topics ranging from the Revolutionary Era to the Civil War and Reconstruction.

  • Earth Science: Students will explore the systems of the earth as well as the human impact on various topics such as ecosystems, climate, and systems of the Earth.

  • SuccessMaker Reading: This online course is aimed at enhancing the students' reading comprehension skills and fluency by offering individualized and leveled instruction for each qualifying student.

  • ELA/Writing: Students will be taught writing strategies, explore short stories, and write poetry.

  • Physical Education/Health: Students will engage in fitness-oriented activities and be educated on approaches to living a healthy life.

  • Carnegie MATHia: This online course is aimed at enhancing the students' foundation of algebraic knowledge by offering individualized and leveled instruction for each student.

  • ELA Support:  This class covers common core reading standards as students explore novels together.