9th - 12th Grades
"The high school consists of over 300 students who are fully engaged in an atmosphere that values intellectual curiosity, spiritual growth, honor, trust, and a respect for their fellowman." -Greg Self, High School Principal
In keeping with the mission of Madison-Ridgeland Academy (MRA), the high school strives to provide a superior educational experience for our students while encouraging and enabling each student to reach his or her individual potential. Our dedicated faculty recognizes and respects the unique ways in which each student learns best, teaching an academically rigorous curriculum while simultaneously going beyond the classroom walls to provide “real life” experiences. As students become lifelong learners, they are encouraged to think critically, creatively, and independently.
As a result of the extensive academic, athletic, artistic, spiritual, and community-service opportunities that are available, our students become confident leaders who have positive influences on their communities.
High School Curriculum
Students in the high school consult with their parents, counselors, and the high school principal as they make decisions concerning their courses throughout their high school careers. While there are certain required courses that must be part of the program of studies each year, a broad selection of elective courses exists at every grade level with more offerings in the 11th and 12th grades.
Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and Dual Credit Classes
Because MRA is a college preparatory school, all courses are designed to prepare students for college. Although these courses reflect the rigorous curricular requirements for students entering college today, they are taught at appropriate developmental levels for high school students.
The Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit courses offered by MRA are challenging and demanding enough to merit a weighted grade. Honors courses receive 1.025 – 1.05 weight, and Advanced Placement/Dual Credit courses receive 1.10 weight each grading period when averages are calculated. Students in Honors courses are expected to use higher order thinking skills in the reading, writing, and content analysis at the entry level of each course. Advanced Placement courses are designed to contain college level material and to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exams offered in the spring. Students may earn college credit or advanced placement from the many colleges participating in the program. Motivation, preparation, and a strong academic record are three keys to success in an Advanced Placement course.
Dual Credit is an opportunity for MRA juniors and seniors to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Students demonstrating college readiness through a college placement exam can earn college and high school credits in the same course by attending classes on the MRA campus. Highly qualified faculty members of the MRA instructional community teach all Dual Credit courses. MRA partners with Mississippi College to offer a variety of courses in the core curriculum.