Liberal Arts Education
The ultimate goal of high school is to prepare students to become what God is calling them to be. It is vitally important that high school students are exposed to a wide range of topics and fields of knowledge in order to make sure that every door remains open to them. A broad curriculum forms well-rounded students who are capable of positively impacting whatever social environment they enter. Teachers point students towards the magnanimous thinkers of the Western tradition while allowing students to discover the universal truths that have guided and shaped our modern world.
During the final phase of the classical curriculum - the "Rhetoric stage" - a high school student is challenged to write and speak with persuasion, clarity, and originality. Building upon the foundations and logic of the earlier stages, students learn how to express their observations of the truth and subsequent opinions with conviction and confidence. By this point, students are capable of discovering that all knowledge is in fact interrelated. Therefore, students will often study American literature alongside United States History. Students are also challenged to examine the relationship between two seemingly unrelated types of knowledge, such as science and theology (bio-ethics).
In the humanities subjects (literature, theology, and social studies), the Socratic method is the primary mode of instruction, whereby discussion is fostered through questioning. Students prepare for the class by completing required reading assignments and teachers aim to facilitate learning by capitalizing on the interest and passions of the classroom. Seating arrangements are typically circular in shape, thereby cultivating an atmosphere that is conducive to productive discussion.
The school is also equipped with a science laboratory, computer lab, and art room.
Standardized Test Score Results
Although limited in their ability to measure achievement, standardized test scores indicate above average results for Mount Royal students. The scores below provide a snap shot of the high school grade level performance on SAT/PSAT tests in recent years. For more information on the use and interpretation of test scores at Mount Royal read this. One noteworthy trend to point out is that, as the students progress through the high school years, the scores improve.
College Board Assessment Data
|MRA Mean Score||1069
|State Mean Score||971||493||477|
|MRA Mean Score||1127||575||551|
|National Mean Score
|10th Grade||Total Score
|MRA Mean Score||994||537||456|
|National Mean Score||993||471||463|
|9th Grade||Total Score
|MRA Mean Score||1002||543||458|
|National Mean Score||885||445||440|
Juniors and seniors are eligible to receive college credits, thereby encouraging vocational discernment for life after Mount Royal Academy and reducing the cost of post-secondary education. Courses can be taken so long as the graduation requirements are fulfilled. These courses are offered on local campuses and online.
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River Valley Community College
There are two programs available to high school juniors and seniors by virtue of MRA's partnership is RVCC:
The Running Start Program allows high school students, in participating high schools, to enroll in RVCC courses taught at their own high school by their high school teachers. This dual-enrollment program provides students with both high school and college credit for these courses. College credits may be used towards completion of a degree, diploma, or certificate at this College or credits may be transferred to other colleges and universities throughout the country.(Please note that the determination of transfer credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution.)
Running Start Program students realize significant advantages: college credit awarded in high school, reduced tuition costs ($150 per course registration), reduced time to complete higher education requirements, and increased confidence in high school to college transition.
Bridge2College is River Valley Community College's on campus, college faculty taught early college program formerally called Catch the Wave. Bridge2College enables high school juniors, seniors, and older homeschooled students to earn college credit for certain courses at half the cost of tuition of a regular course with no additional lab fees. Regular tuition is currently $200 per credit, so a 3-credit Bridge2College course is only $300, rather than $600.
A blended learning solution for computer science, STEM, and statistics.
- Explorations in Coding 1 & 2 - Middle School or Early High School
- Introduction to Computer Science (Python) - High School
- AP Computer Science Principles (with Univ of Texas - Austin)
- AP Computer Science A (Java)
- AP Statistics
Extended Learning Opportunities
Core Curriculum Sequence
- American/British Classics I
- Algebra I or Geometry
- Western Civilization
- Foundations of Catholicism and Christian Discipleship
- Latin I
- American/British Classics II
- Geometry or Algebra II w/Trigonometry
- Government and Politics and United States History I
- Old Testament and New Testament
- Latin II or French I or Spanish III (Latin I pre-requisite)
- Great Books I
- Humanities Seminar
- Algebra II w/Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus
- Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, or Engineering
- United States History II
- Catholic Morality and Catholic Social Teaching
- Latin III or French II or Spanish II
- Senior Seminar
- Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Business Math, or Statistics/Trigonometry
- Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, or Engineering
- Economics & Modern Politics
At Mount Royal Academy students are introduced to Christ's command to serve and love one another. This mission and the theology behind it are learned not only in the classroom, but also by modeling our behavior and actions accordingly. Therefore, students in each grade level are expected to complete a minimum number of community service hours. Their work is encapsulated in a portfolio that is begun as part of the freshmen Theology curriculum and is completed for credits. The service complements both the academic experience and the Christian identity of the Mount Royal community.
Students are encouraged to explore volunteer opportunities in their own communities and in areas of particular interest to them. However, the school also helps coordinate service opportunities with different local charities. Here are a few examples:
- Listen Community Services - MRA has committed to bringing volunteer students every other month to the LISTEN Community dinners in White River Junction, VT. Students are responsible for preparing, serving and cleaning up a meal for those who are in need.
- Dismas Home of New Hampshire - Students have participated in clean-up days for this charity. Dismas Home shelters and trains those who have recently been released from prison.
- Sunshine Diner in Newport - Students join the Newport Moose Lodge in providing a warm meal on a Sunday afternoon to anyone who would like to attend.