Anna Hoduski along with her brother Nick, sister Sarah Marie (all MCA alumns) and friend Megan Maier are being world changers for Jesus Christ. They have a passion to make a difference in the millions of defenseless babies who are yet unborn who will be murdered under the protection of U.S. laws. Watch this video to hear their story. Join them in a stand for the defenseless.
MCA received great news about all of our students who took the ACT test last year. They improved the scores for the Academy in every category which resulted in an almost 2 point increase in the ACT composite score to 23.4 (Kansas average is 21.9). Several students scored a 30 or better on the test which is an especially noteworthy accomplishment. Thank you to the students for their hard work, the teachers for their investment in the students and the expertise which they applied, and for the parents for working with the school and their children to help them achieve at this level.
You can see the scores by subject and as a comparison to 2015 at ACT Scores are In.
There are many ways to measure the effectiveness of a school. A healthy school will have programs and structure that encourages character development, will have co-curricular activities that help students demonstrate character and achieve success, there will be students demonstrating their love for God by serving Him and serving others, and academics will demonstrate that students are having success and are being prepared for the next phase in their educational process.
One measurement of the academic preparation is the ACT scores. MCA improved in all subject areas this year:
Congratulations to the students who worked hard to make these strides forward and the faculty that worked just as diligently to instill the knowledge and skills to succeed on this test. We were delighted to have an outside firm rank Maranatha with other private schools in the KC metro. We came in #9, and we were the #1 ranked private Christian evangelical school.
However, we don’t stop here. Each class has to make the decision to give of their very best to be able to sustain and improve these scores. In addition, what God has given them in terms of capabilities drives their achievement level. Of course the school must work diligently to draw out the very best from each student and properly prepare them to hit the mark.
So while we celebrate this wonderful progress, we want you to know that we are doing the work to sustain and build on this success. My next blog post will share some of those specific things we are doing in the area of academics. Some examples are analyzing test data to identify strengths and opportunities and then training teachers how to use that data to enhance teaching, getting all of our teachers to put their curriculum in an online tool called Curriculum Trak so we can adequately review and adjust scope, sequence, and rigor throughout the Academy, and standardizing classroom observations by principals and other educators so that we reward right biblical worldview integration, academic rigor, and application.