MBA requires the successful completion of an established academic program. This includes accumulating 25 credits for the high school diploma and participating in a school-sponsored senior class trip. Additionally, a student must be enrolled full-time (at least 5 class hours per day, excluding study hall) during the senior year in order to graduate from MBA. The following are MBA graduation requirements by subject area:
|Bible||4 credits||Computer||1 credit|
|English||4 credits||Spanish 1||1 credit|
|Math||3 credits||Speech 1||1 credit|
|Science||3 credits||Physical Education||.5 credit|
|Social Studies||3 credits||Electives||4.5 credits|
|Total: 25 credits|
|Cultural Geography||World History||US History||Government & Economics|
|Algebra 1||Algebra 2||Algebra 3 or Geometry||Calculus* or Geometry|
|PE and Computer Applications||Speech 1||Spanish 1||Spanish 2* or Speech 2|
|Band & Choir||Band & Choir||Band & Choir||Band & Choir|
*Indicates Honors course with increased GPA weight
In addition to core classes, several elective choices may be offered based on demand and faculty availability.
|Anatomy and Physiology||1 credit||Physics||1 credit|
|Band||.5 credit||Spanish 2||1 credit|
|Choir||.5 credit||Speech 2||1 credit|
Student Report Cards
Report cards will be sent approximately one week after the completion of the semester. Quarter grades are not part of the student’s permanent record but are an indicator of grade status at that time. Report cards are a tool to aid students in the evaluation of academic achievement.
Academy Grading Scale
|Percentage||Letter Grade||Standard GPA Weight||Honors GPA Weight|
|Anything lower||F (no credit given)||0||0|
|I||Incomplete (F if not completed)||0||0|
|W||Withdrawn from MBA||0||0|
Homework is an essential part of an Academy education and is assigned Monday through Friday. After school study reinforces the day’s learning and emphasizes that the school day should not be the only time when the student’s task is to practice, review or learn.
The Academy recognizes parents as partners in their children’s educational experience and stresses the crucial need for parents to establish and monitor homework time. Older students often receive long-term assignments to help them learn how to plan ahead and manage their time.
Project assignments that are known in advance and that fall due during an absence are due on the day the student returns to school.
When a student is absent from school, it is his or her responsibility to make up any missed work like tests, quizzes, and homework assignments. For un-planned absences (i.e. sickness, emergency), a student has as many days to make up missing work as he or she was absent from school. For example, if a student is absent for 2 days of school, he or she has 2 days to have all missing assignments turned in without penalty. After that time, the student loses 10% of the points on the assignment for every day the assignment is late. For pre-arranged or planned absences, students are expected to have all work turned in on the first day back to school. After that time, the student loses 10% of the points on the assignment for every day the assignment is late. The student is not penalized more than 50% of the total grade. Incomplete work will result in a student not receiving credits for the course.
The student may be required to stay after school or work during lunchtime to make up missed tests or quizzes as quickly as possible.
Academic dishonesty is a serious offense, and it can exist in many forms. The following are examples of academically dishonest activities that would require disciplinary action and possible loss of grades or credit for assignments:
- Sharing or receiving information regarding the content or answers for a test or quiz.
- Using a previous student’s old tests or quizzes as a study guide for current tests and quizzes.
- Representing the words or unique thoughts of another as your own.
- Cutting/pasting content from an Internet source and representing that content as your own unique content.
Academic penalties for academic dishonesty range from an F grade on the particular evaluation to an F grade in the course. Also, a range of serious disciplinary penalties may apply.
MBA uses the King James Version in classes, chapels and Scripture memorization. This ensures consistency in content and wording.
College Courses and Dual Enrollment
MBA Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to receive credit for both face-to-face and online college-level courses according to the following criteria:
- Students need to secure administrative approval and must show evidence of strong achievement and work ethic in prior high school courses.
- Be enrolled as a full-time Academy student (minimum of five classes per day, per semester)
- No financial aid is available until a student earns a high school diploma
- Dual enrollment tuition, fees, and course expenses are not covered through MBA tuition, fees, or the Choice Voucher program. Students are responsible for college tuition charges and course expenses (textbook, lab fees, classroom materials, etc.) and must make arrangements for taking courses entirely through Maranatha Online.
- Juniors and seniors have access to six credits of college courses per school year at a rate of $100.00 per credit hour. These credits may be taken with face-to-face instruction or in an online environment (Maranatha Online). Dual enrollment courses taken during summer sessions are charged the normal rate for high school students.
- College courses are added to the student’s transcript after the close of the semester in which the course is taken. Dual enrollment courses taken through Maranatha Baptist University are given GPA weight. Courses taken outside of MBA/MBU are handled as transfer courses and do not carry GPA weight.
- If a student is approved to take more than six college credits during the course of one year, the student will then be charged the high school discounted per credit rate of the college.
- Credits for dual enrollment courses translate as follows: 3 dual-enrollment credits = 1/2 high school credit; 2 dual enrollment credits = .25 high school credits
- Credits for face-to-face, semester-long college courses taken in residence translate as follows: 3 college credits = 1 high school credit; 2 college credits = .5 high school credits
- Additional credits or courses beyond those required for high school graduation are not transferred to the transcript.
- Further information about eligible dual enrollment and college courses can be found on the Academics page.
The period for dropping or adding a course is the first week of classes during First and Second Semester. No student may drop or add a course without parental and administrative permission. There is a $10 charge for dropping a class after the first week of the semester.
One copy of a student’s high school transcript will be forwarded to the college of his or her choice or to another school at no cost. For each additional copy, a $10.00 service charge will be assessed, payable before delivery.