Mannahouse Christian Academy strives to provide the absolute highest in academic excellence. We focus on providing the most effective, time-proven curriculum and educational techniques from teachers who are uniquely qualified to instruct in their course discipline. As a result, students at MCA regularly perform from at least 1.5 to 2 grade levels above their peers across the nation based upon results from the standardized California Achievement Test.
On average, instructors have ten years of tenure at MCA and fourteen years in the teaching profession. Instructors also participate in continuing educational training. Each instructor must profess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and display a lifestyle consistent with the Christian faith.
A MCA education is grounded in the basics. English courses expose students to the fundamentals of vocabulary, grammar, and writing structure. Students are exposed to a variety of classic literature in the form of novels, essays, short stories, poetry, and drama. In addition, students develop proficiency and confidence in making presentations and working as a team on a variety of assignments.
In math, students are placed according to their ability as opposed to grade level. Math courses include Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, College Prep Math, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus.
Along with an outstanding science and technology department, course work also includes studies in government, economics and U.S history.
Students also benefit from a course in personal finance which covers useful skills such as budgeting, investments strategies, mutual fund and bond fund management, understanding car, life and home insurance, and familiarity with basic business functions.
Students also create a business plan for a small scale business wherein they have to solicit investment money from a panel of business people. A “marriage” budget project is a week-long activity that entails researching how much things actually cost in real life and preparing a budget within set parameters.
Our curriculum consists of the latest up to date information and emphasizes a Christian perspective. We believe it is important to teach thinking skills as well as the fundamentals. Textbooks vary from Bob Jones, A Beka, ACSI, and Saxon. Our language program consists of Phonics, a strong spelling text and an emphasis on writing styles. Math curriculum stresses thinking skills as well as fundamental facts. Science includes many experiments, projects, life and physical sciences, and creation.
Success in today’s world and marketplace requires increased proficiency with the digital world. That’s why through all grade levels, we make technology a regular part of the academic process. Mannahouse Christian Academy is equipped with multiple computer labs that can bring state-of-the art technology into each classroom, a research lab, and a complete 36-station computer training center, loaded with the latest in academic, office, and design software. In middle school, students continue to develop their skills in Word, Excel, Publisher, Game Maker, Photoshop, and OS Management. High school students learn Adobe products, which is preparatory for learning CAD software and engineering.
MCA high school students are also introduced to Access database management. For advanced students, we offer an IT apprenticeship program where students can learn additional hardware and software skills, which is then put to practice by helping maintain school computers and building computer systems. Opportunities also exist for students to interact with advanced software programs like XMIND.net, which is used for mind mapping and brainstorming ideas; Portal 2 Educational Version, which utilizes physics, math, logic, special reasoning, probability, and problem-solving, Sculptris Alpha 6, a 3D sculpting software and Blender a 3D animation software.
The technology skills students develop are designed to prepare them for a successful college experience and help lay a foundation for a variety of career interests such as business, database management, illustration, photography, media design, website design, networking, game creation, video editing, and others.
Dual Credit Options are offered through Portland Community College. PCC Dual Credit classes are held MCA and taught by MCA Teachers. Students earn both college credit, and fulfill a Language Arts graduation requirement. Writing 121 Focuses on academic writing as a means of inquiry. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions. Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis. Writing 122 Continues the focus of WR 121 on academic writing as a means of inquiry with added emphasis on persuasion and argument supported by external research. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate original positions. Emphasizes development of writing and critical thinking through logical reasoning, rhetorical control, independent research and information literacy.
In addition students could earn dual credits through Portland Bible College.
AP Language and Composition
Course offers a rigorous preparation for college level writing and emulates a first year college composition class by preparing students to “write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives” (College Board). Students will read and analyze a wide range of non fiction texts from newspaper editorials, to travel writing, to literary non fiction, to biography, to sermons.
Advanced literature course will engage students in careful reading and analysis of a challenging set of literary works from a range of genres including the novel, short story, poetry, and drama. The focus of the course will be on intensive reading and discussion of the literature, as well introduce secondary critical essays for discussion and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on thoughtful and cogent analysis of the readings using a variety of theoretical frameworks and devices.
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. The course explores traditional Newtonian Physics (kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, rotation, simple harmonic motion, and mechanical waves) with an introduction of circuitry. The course stresses inquiry-based learning to develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills in students. During lab work, students will use a variety of methods to collect data; in class, they
This course is designed for prospective mathematics majors as well as for students whose primary interests are in engineering, physics, business, or the life sciences. The course contains a sufficient review of Pre-Calculus concepts. Included are the study f limits and their properties, introduction to differentiation techniques including product and quotient rule, u-substitution, and implicit differentiation, real world applications of differentiation, an introduction to integration techniques, applications to the real world using integration.
AP Biology course is designed to offer students a solid foundation in introductory college-level biology. By structuring the course around the four big ideas, enduring understandings, and science practices I assist students in developing an appreciation for the study of life and help them identify and understand unifying principles within a diversified biological world. What we know today about biology is a result of inquiry. Science is a way of knowing. Therefore, the process of inquiry in science and developing critical thinking skills is the most important part of this course. At the end of the course, students will have an awareness of the integration of other sciences in the study of biology, understand how the species to which we belong is similar to, yet different from, other species, and be knowledgeable and responsible citizens in understanding biological issues that could potentially impact their lives.
AP World History
From the beginning of civilization to the 20th century, this course helps your child to see God’s purpose and plan in human events. Your child will study the beginning of nations at the Tower of Babel, the beginning of writing in Sumer, the rise of republican government in Rome, the revival of humanities in the Renaissance, the rise of exploration from Europe, and the consequences of Communism in Russia. With timelines of events, over 300 photographs of important people and places in history, section and chapter reviews, plus maps of the world, your child will have a firm grasp of world events and cultures.
The Academic Counselor will connect with students to share elective options prior to finalizing schedules.
Blended Learning is a unique approach to instruction and curriculum design. Blended Learning includes both computer based learning and face to face instruction. It provides the benefits of both worlds, content delivery and accessibility through the online platform and face to face instruction for individualized coaching and mentor-ship. Additionally, our blended learning approach allows us to offer classes that we otherwise would not be able to offer due to the restrictions associated with our master schedule and staffing levels.
Students who sign up for a Blended Learning class are assigned to a supervised computer lab for one period a day where they can work on their online course curriculum. Then, one time per week, students connect with their online teacher and classmates face to face during lunchtime. Students of course can also communicate with their online teacher via email, before/after school, or just passing them by in the hallway.
A+ Computer Management 1 & 2
A+ Computer Management Levels 1 and 2 provide a comprehensive introduction to managing and maintaining computer hardware and software. The course closely integrates the CompTIA A+ Exam objectives to prepare students for the 220-801 and 220-802 certification exams. Students will learn about current technology, techniques, and industry standards in the dynamic, fast-paced field of PC repair. This course prepares students for success as a professional PC repair technician. Levels 1 and 2 must be taken in sequential order.
Early Childhood Education
This course is for students who want to influence children during the most important years of human development—the first few years of life when they learn to walk, talk, run, jump, read, and write, among other milestones. The course focuses on how caregivers can help infants, toddlers, and children grow and develop in positive ways. Students learn how to create fun and educational environments for children; how to keep the environment safe for children; and how to encourage the health and well-being of infants, toddlers, and school-aged children. Students taking this class will also have the opportunity to work in the CCS Preschool during the school day.
Fashion and Interior Design
From the clothes we wear to the homes we live in, fashion and design is all around us. In this course, students who have a flair for fashion or who constantly redecorate their room find out what it is like to work in the design industry by exploring career possibilities and the background needed to pursue them. Students learn the basics of color and design, then test their skills through hands-on projects. They also learn essential communication skills that build success in any business. By the end of the course, students are well on their way to developing the portfolio needed to get started in this exciting field.
Guide to Networks 1 & 2
Guide to Networks Levels 1 and 2 give students the technical skills and industry know-how to begin an exciting career installing, configuring, and troubleshooting computer networks. The course prepares students for success on CompTIA’s Network+ N10-006 certification exam. Students will explore "On the Job" stories, application activities, and hands-on projects to develop real-world problem solving skills. Levels 1 and 2 must be taken in sequential order. Prerequisite: A+.
Programming Logic and Design
This course prepares student programmers for success by teaching them the fundamental principles of developing structured program logic. This course takes a unique, language-independent approach to programming, with a distinctive emphasis on modern conventions and prepares students for all programming situations with introductions to object-oriented concepts, UML diagrams, and databases.
Server Security 1 & 2
This course covers the essentials of network security, including compliance and operational security; threats and vulnerabilities; application, data, and host security; access control and identity management; and cryptography, mobile device security, and virtualization. The use of case studies allows students to explore real-world security scenarios and hands-on projects allow students to apply what they have learned. Prerequisites: A+ and Network+.
This one-semester course surveys key topics in forensic science, including the application of the scientific process to forensic analysis, procedures and principles of crime scene investigation, physical and trace evidence, and the law and courtroom procedures from the perspective of the forensic scientist. Through online lessons, virtual and hands-on labs, and analysis of fictional crime scenarios, students learn about forensic tools, technical resources, forming and testing hypotheses, proper data collection, and responsible conclusions. Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least two years of high school science, including Biology & Chemistry is highly recommended.
As animals play an increasingly important role in our lives, scientists have sought to learn more about their health and well-being. In this course, students take a look at the animals that live in our homes, on our farms, and in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, and examine some of the common diseases and treatments for domestic animals. They also learn about toxins, parasites, and infectious diseases that affect not only the animals around us, but at times, humans as well! The course provides an overview of veterinary medicine and science, and how the prevention and treatment of diseases and other health issues are studied and applied.
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AP classes are also available for those students wanting an additional academic challenge.
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MCA Campus Locations
14313 Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98683
Kindergarten - 6th
811 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684
Preschool, Elementary, Middle / High School
9200 NE Fremont, Portland, OR 97220