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High School Program

9th – 12th Grades

The high school program at Merritt Island Christian School concentrates on a core curriculum with a traditional college preparatory course of study.  Students take courses at levels appropriate to their abilities.

Honors, Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), and STEM courses provide accelerated studies for students of exceptional ability and motivation.  Students explore areas of particular interest through the variety of electives offered.

During the four years of high school, students complete a course of study that prepares them for college and life’s challenges with confidence and discernment.

Traditional Diploma

Recognizing that God created every person with unique talents and gifts, the academic program of study at Merritt Island Christian School has been developed to challenge each student and to meet the needs of each individual student.  For this reason, students and parents have the opportunity to choose a specific academic course load that best challenges the student.

SubjectCredits
Bible 4
English 4
Math 4
Science 3
Social Studies 3
HOPE 1
Electives 5
Fine Arts 2
Foreign Language 2 (2 years of the same language)
TOTAL28

Students who earn the Traditional Diploma with a weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher will receive a cord to wear at graduation.

College Preparatory Honors Diploma

To qualify for the College Preparatory Honors Diploma, a student must have met all of the requirements, maintain a weighted 3.5 GPA and have been admitted to honor level classes for three consecutive years. Additionally, the student must have passed all honors classes with at least a C average.
 
SubjectCredits
Bible 4
English 4
Math 4 (Including Pre-Calculus or DE College Algebra)
Science 4 (Including Physics and Chemistry)
Social Studies 3
HOPE 1
Electives 4
Fine Arts 2
Foreign Language 2 (2 years of the same language)
TOTAL28

Students earning the Honors Diploma will receive a silver cord to wear at graduation.

STEM Diploma

“The United States National Academies* have expressed concern at the declining state of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in the United States. For the United States to successfully compete in the 21st century, we must boost America’s talent pool. In the next few years, the demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at several times the rate of all other occupations.
 
MICS High School students may choose to engage in a rigorous four-year course of study, preparing them to pursue advanced degrees and careers in the scientific and engineering fields. We are committed to preparing our students to become leaders in the global economy and community of the 21st century.
 
In order to graduate from Merritt Island Christian School with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Diploma, a student must have met all the below requirements, maintained a weighted 3.5 GPA and have no lower than a C in all classes. Students must earn a total of 28 credits as follows.”
 
SubjectCredits

STEM

(Science, Technology,  Engineering, Math)

12

(At least 4 math credits including Precalculus, at least 4 science credits including Physics and Chemistry, and at least 2 STEM electives, e.g. Intro. to Engineering Design, Aerospace, Technology Studies, or Digital Media)

Bible 4
English 4
Social Studies 3
HOPE 1
Electives 1
Fine Arts 1
Foreign Language 2 (2 years of the same language)
TOTAL28
Students earning the STEM Diploma will receive a blue and gray cord to wear at graduation.

Fine Arts Diploma

The Merritt Island Christian School Fine Arts Diploma will serve to refine students’ talents
and skills, cultivate a community of respect, appreciation and understanding of the arts, and acknowledge
students’ dedication to the Fine Arts throughout their high school career. Students who graduate with
the Fine Arts Diploma will receive a notation on their diplomas and a special cord to wear at graduation.
 
SubjectCredits
Bible 4
English 4
Math 4
Science 3
Social Studies 3
HOPE 1
Electives 1
Fine Arts 6
Foreign Language 2 (2 years of the same language)
TOTAL28
Students earning the Fine Arts Diploma will receive a red cord to wear at graduation.

Other cords that can be earned over the course of students’ MICS High School career include the following:

  • National Honor Society: Gold cord
  • National Art Honor Society: Multicolored cord
  • Hispanic Honor Society: Gold and Red cord
  • Traditional Diploma with a 3.5 GPA: Navy Blue cord
  • Honors diploma: Silver cord
  • STEM diploma: Gray and Blue cord
  • Fine Arts diploma: Red cord
  • K-12 attendance: MICS Lifetime Medallion