Upper School (9th-12th Grades)

Bell Schedule

Please CLICK HERE to go to the Upper School Bell Schedule.

Cell Phones

The use of cell phones will only be allowed in non-classroom settings (passing periods, lunch etc.) Cell phones must be turned off and out of sight during classes.

School Supplies

There are only a few required school supplies for Upper School students.  Students are free to organize their binders, notebooks, etc. in a way that is most productive for him/her.  Some students choose to have one large binder with dividers for every subject, while others choose to have a small notebook for every subject.  This is up to the individual student.  All students WILL need a NIV Bible.

Missions and Outreach

MCA is a very mission-minded school and makes annual mission trips and community outreach an integral part of our curriculum.  We feel it is vital to teach students about servant hood from Scripture, but we also desire that our students put this knowledge into action by reaching and serving others for Christ.

Community Outreach Days:  9th - 12th grades participate in community outreach days during the fall, and each student chooses to serve in one of several locations in the McKinney area.  Organizations that we have served in the past include nursing home facilities, the Boys and Girls Club, Goodwill, the Food Pantry, Horse Rescue Farm (Princeton), Buckner Shoes, Cornerstone Ministries, Meals on Wheels, 3e Ministry, Samaritan Inn, Chestnut Square, Habitat for Humanity, and various elementary schools. Faculty serves side-by-side with our students, and parents are always welcome!

Mission Trips:  MCA partners with various mission organizations to dedicate an entire week for mission work every year.  Currently Juniors and Seniors have opportunities to participate in various mission options including local, Arkansas, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. Our goal is to focus on helping the underprivileged with humanitarian needs so that we can ultimately help them with their spiritual needs.

(Freshman opportunities to serve in Costa Rica during this week are in the planning stages for 2017-2018) 

College Tour: All sophomores travel during Mission Week to various colleges throughout the Texas/Oklahoma Region. Opportunities are provided for students to engage in Spiritual life activities on college campuses as well as meet with admissions counselors, attend ball games and tour facilities. Examples of student activities from past trips include attending Break Away at Texas A&M along with thousands of A&M students, enjoying a private tour of OSU's new football locker room and playing on their field, meeting up with alumni at Baylor to watch intramural soccer games, and eating together at favorite campus restaurants. 

Chapel and Small Groups

Chapel is held once a week and takes place in the Student Life Center. Small groups of students are organized by gender at retreat and continue to meet throughout the year on Friday mornings to build community and study God's word. 

Athletics

Upper School students are encouraged to try out for the athletic teams offered at MCA.  In order to do so, students must be academically eligible and have a current physical form on file.  Physical forms are located on the website.  Go to “Athletics” and then “Athletic Forms & Resources.”  Available sports are:
Girls Boys
Volleyball
Cross Country
Basketball
Track & Field
Softball
Golf
Cheerleading
Soccer
Football
Cross Country
Basketball
Track & Field
Baseball
Golf
Soccer
Wrestling

Fall Retreat

Students begin the school year with a off-campus retreat.  This retreat is focused on bringing the students together, building school spirit and unity, as well as encouraging Christian character and discipleship.  The retreat will be held mid-August; the retreat location will be announced each summer prior.

Student Vehicle Registration

All students who drive to school and park their vehicle in the MCA parking lot are required to register their vehicle with the Upper School Office. The “Vehicle Registration Form,” proof of insurance, a valid Texas driver’s license and vehicle tag information will be required. A permit tag and student parking spot will be issued by the Upper School Office once the application has been received, reviewed and approved.

Dances and Social Life

Homecoming, Winter Formal, and Prom are the major dances hosted by MCA each year.  All dances are chaperoned by a group of faculty and administrative representatives.  The school establishes acceptable standards for dress, music, and dancing.  Guest forms are required for outside guests.  Outside guests must be preapproved by the Upper School Office.  Students attending the dances must be enrolled in high school or a college Freshman currently enrolled in school.

Winter Formal is for all high school students. Prom is held for 10th-12th grade students only.  The Winter Formal is a semi-formal event (dresses for girls; dress pants, collared shirt and tie for guys), and the Prom is a formal event (dresses for girls; dress pants, collared shirt, tie and jacket for guys).  All dresses are required to be checked by the Upper School Office prior to the dance.  Students do not have to have a date to attend; many students go in groups or without dates, and we encourage them to do so.  Students tend to spend the evening in more of a group setting with many students and seem to dance with several friends, not just their date.  Traditionally, boys ask girls to attend dances, however Winter Formal is often a "gilrs as the boys dance". Students are encouraged to go out to eat with friends before the dance; dessert will be served at the event.

Homecoming Week is an exciting, school spirit-filled week on campus!
  • There are five spirit days where students are encouraged to dress up and show their school spirit.  Days in the past have included Pirate Day, Super Hero Day and Twin Day.  Friday is Blue and Gold day where students sport their MCA Spirit Wear and participate in a day full of fun activities like Powder Puff Football, a “guys only” volleyball tournament, and other fun contests.
  • Thursday night starts with Volleyball games. Following the games, the Family Tailgate Pep Rally celebration begins at the SLC or on the football field. Everyone is welcome!
  • On Friday, the entire student body turns out for the Middle School Homecoming football game followed by the Varsity football game held at McKinney North under the lights. At half-time, the announcement of the Homecoming Courts along with the Homecoming King and Queen will be made. The Middle School hosts a casual Homecoming social after the Varsity game in the SLC.
  • Homecoming week concludes on Saturday night when the Upper School Homecoming dance is held. The event is casual and is also held in the SLC.
Other social activities include week-long activities with Wild Week (during basketball season).

Senior Trip

The Senior Trip is a 6-day trip that takes place the latter part of May.  The trip to Washington D.C. and New York City is a fun, educational trip that is the culmination of an exciting 12th grade year at MCA.  Seniors are soon to go their separate ways on to college, and these last days with long-time friends are relished by all.

Summer Academic Prep

A variety of academic work is required for Upper School students who are enrolled in certain advanced high school courses.  Enrolled students are emailed the requirements over the summer.