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

  • Variety of clubs including: National Honors Society, Spirit Club, Writing Club, Student Council, 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: 3 trimesters
    Teacher: Mr. Reed

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

  • Algebra I: This course teaches the fundamentals of Algebra through the Carnegie curriculum.
    Requirement: 3 trimesters
    Teacher: Mr. Tisler / Ms. Simich

  • Math Support: This course supports students with the fundamentals behind Algebra I.
    Requirement: 3 trimesters
    Teacher: Mr. Tisler / Ms. Simich

  • English 9: This courseis aimed at enhancing student reading comprehension and fluency. 
    Requirement: 3 trimester
    Teacher: Mrs. King

  • Forensic Science: This course is an introduction to forensic science methods.
    Requirement: 1 trimester
    Teacher: Mrs. Cito

  • Earth Science: This course will cover topics such as the History of the Earth and Earth's Systems
    Requirement: 1 trimester
    Teacher: Mr. Niedballa

 

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
    Teacher: Mr. Amicone / Mrs. Groh

  • Biology: Students learn basic biology using the Holt Biology curriculum.
    Requirement: 3 trimesters
    Teacher: Ms. Kranson

  • 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
    Teacher: Mrs. Matti

  • 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: 3 trimesters
    Teacher: Mr. Diffata

  • 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
    Teacher: Mr. Amicone and Mrs. Groh

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: 2 trimesters
    Teacher: Mr. Knight

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

  • 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
    Teacher: Mrs. Hull

  • 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
    Teachers: Mrs. Hull

  • 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
    Teacher: Mrs. Van Den Broeke

  • 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
    Teacher: Mrs. Difatta

 

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
    Teacher: Mr. Breen

  • 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
    Teacher: Mr. Niedballa

  • 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
    Teacher: Mr. Cosnowski

  • 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
    Teacher: Mrs. Difatta

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.

  • Environmental Science: Students will explore 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.