Mount Airy Christian Academy is proud of the Next Step program. This dual-enrollment program brings college-level courses to the MACA campus to be taken by seniors during the school day. This advanced program allows MACA seniors to begin to create their college transcripts before graduating high school. MACA offered six college courses for the 2016-17 school year: English Composition, Public Speaking, U.S History I (1600-1877), Creation & Covenants, Israel’s Life & Literature and Biblical Hermeneutics. The pictures below highlight LAN 101, English Composition, instructed by Miss Amber Griffin. This course introduces students to the expectations and mechanics of academic writing. Students will learn how to produce organized, supported, audience-driven persuasive academic papers that will reflect an awareness of the power of language to shape cultural perceptions and communicate a biblical worldview.
LAN 101, as well as the other Next Step courses, meet the college-level curriculum, student learning outcomes, assessment stipulations and class time requirements of Lancaster Bible College. These credits, however, may be transferred to other colleges and universities according to each college’s transfer process. MACA’s Next Step allows MACA seniors, with a GPA of 2.50 or higher, to get a head start in their college academics.
Senior, Willis Gammell, a Next Step student says, “When I first heard that MACA might be offering an English class that would count as a college and high school credit, I knew that I wanted to do it”. Reflecting on the class Willis said, “My brothers, who have already graduated from MACA, have all said that Miss Griffin would prepare me for college, and I definitely think that is true. This course has not been as hard as I imagined, mostly in part to the fact that I have had Miss Griffin for the previous two years.” Willis plans to attend Frederick Community College for the first year and, after he has selected a major, possibly transferred to a university. Willis is thankful for this Next Step program because, “This English class makes it so that I don’t have to spend time on an English class later, when I am busier trying to figure out my major.” The Next Step program clearly allows our students to take that next step and, with qualified teachers like Miss Griffin, they will be even more prepared for college.