Academics

Students are reclassified only at the beginning of the school year according to the following guidelines:

  • 8th grade — Successful completion of the 7th grade
  • Freshman (9th) — Successful completion of the 8th grade
  • Sophomore (10th) — 4 units or credits
  • Junior (11th) — 10 units or credits
  • Senior (12th) — 16 units or credits

Subjects Required for Graduation*

  • Bible (Each student is required to take and pass Bible each year.)
  • Four credits of English.
  • Two credits of the same foreign language or demonstrated competency in a foreign language.
  • Four Math credits – Algebra I, Plane Geometry, and Algebra II (higher level of Math may be substituted.) Every student must take a math course each year of high school.
  • Three Social Studies credits (American History, World Civilization + 1 additional Social Studies).
  • Three Science credits (Biology and either Chemistry or Physics + 1 additional Science).
  • One-half credit Health and one-half credit Physical Education.
  • One Fine Arts credit (Art, Chorus).
  • Electives: students must take enough electives to complete 22 credits. Only two of these can be non-rigorous electives.

* Students who lack one credit or less may participate in commencement exercises. They will not receive a diploma until after the credit has been completed. Students who lack more than one credit will not be allowed to participate in commencement exercises. They may participate in commencement the following year if all graduation requirements are met.

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 22 CREDITS

Each semester the student must register for a minimum of four full classes.

Service Project Requirements

Starting with the Class of 2018

During the Spring Break of their Junior year, students will be required to go on a short-term missions trip. The class will be raising the funds to cover the cost.

Starting with the Class of 2017

Seniors will be required to participate throughout the school year in at least two Elementary Chapels and assist the Elementary Faculty with the Spring revival.

Students in grades 9 and 10 will do various service projects in our community.

All trips and service projects will be approved by the Administration.

Grading Scale

A : 93–100 A+ : 100 A : 95–99 A- : 93–94
B : 85–92 B+ : 91–92 B : 87–90 B- : 85–86
C : 76–84 C+ : 83–84 C : 78–82 C- : 76–77
D : 70–75 D+ : 74–75 D : 71–73 D- : 70
F : 0–69

On report cards, grades will be rounded to the nearest percent. All grades can be accessed using Jupiter, our online gradebook. Students and parents will be given passwords to access student grades at any appropriate time.

Late assignments including book reports or projects will receive proper loss of credit.

“Honesty is the best policy.” Cheating will be dealt with severely.

Honor Roll

To qualify for the A honor roll, a student’s class averages must average 93% or above (honor roll averages will not be rounded up.) Classes that meet every other day will receive half the weight of a full credit course. To qualify for the B honor roll, a student’s class average must average to 85% or above. Anyone with a “D” or “F” cannot qualify for either honor roll.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

To qualify as valedictorian or salutatorian, a student must have attended MCHS for at least 2 years. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required to be valedictorian, and a 3.0 to be salutatorian. In addition to the valedictorian and salutatorian, all graduating seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher will be designated as graduating with honors.

Semester Exams

All students in grades 9–12 are required to take semester exams.

Eligibility Requirements To Represent MCHS Through Team Sports, Ministry Teams, Debate Team, or Music Groups

To participate in varsity team sports, ministry teams, debate team, or select music groups from MCHS, a student must earn a C average during the weekly grade check. Also, the student cannot have any class under 70%. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis with the approval of the Administrative Committee.

Student Government Eligibility Requirements

MCHS provides students with the opportunity to represent their peers through participation in student government. The student council consists of five representatives from each of the classes along with a president and vice-president. Students have to meet the following conditions to participate in student government:

  1. Be a member of the class that they are representing,
  2. Be a junior or senior to occupy the position of president or vice-president,
  3. Maintain behavior and attitudes that are in agreement with Christian principles, and
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress that as a minimum would include earning a C average and no grade below 70%.

Dual Enrollment Policy

Students in this program have the option of taking courses offered at KMBC and having those courses count toward their high school graduation requirements. A three hour college course is equivalent to a one-half credit course for high school. To participate in this program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a junior or senior in high school,
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and
  3. Have permission from the principal.

Students may also take college credit through Hazard Community and Technical College with approval from the Administrative Committee. There is additional cost for this.

Summer School and Correspondence School

Upon recommendation and approval of the principal, a student may be permitted to earn three credits by correspondence or summer school, provided that no more than two credits or units are earned in one calendar year. Permission to take the correspondence/ summer school work will be granted only for remediation purposes or when a course is not offered at MCHS. Institutions from which the student receives this instruction must be recognized by the State Board of Education and accredited by a regional accreditation agency.

Students taking more than seven credits per year or any summer school credits will be charged $300 per credit hour for the extra credits.  This applies both to courses taken for the first time and remediation credits taken for failed courses. Also, if the course is not covered by Mt. Carmel Faculty and needs to be purchased, the student is required to pay for the course as well.

Achievement Tests

MCHS uses the TerraNova 3rd Edition. These tests are important because student test scores are placed on permanent transcripts. These tests help MCHS in evaluating the effectiveness of our curriculum and are taken by K-12 students. Juniors and seniors are required to take the ACT each year, unless the student reaches the required college readiness benchmarks established by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Punctuality

Students are expected to be on time to all scheduled classes and events. Failure to do so will result in appropriate consequences. Three unexcused tardies in one class will result in the student receiving an unexcused absence in the attendance records.

Absences and Excuses

Absences must be excused by the school principal. Make-up work is permitted for excused absences within a two-school-day period (extensions on make-up work may be approved under extenuating circumstances like serious illness). Unexcused absences may result in the following punishment:

  1. A zero for class work due that day (including work done during the class period missed).
  2. Additional discipline from the Discipline Committee.
  3. If the absence occurs the last day before or the first day after a scheduled vacation, an additional $25 fine may be charged.

The following reasons are acceptable as excused absences:

  1. Illness of the pupil.
  2. Illness in the home that creates an extreme hardship.
  3. Death in the family.
  4. Appointment with a doctor or dentist when the office is notified in advance.
  5. Severe weather. School will not be dismissed for bad weather (snow, ice, etc.). However, there will be days when the bus will run on a delayed schedule or not run at all. This will be announced over WMTC (99.9 FM), WJSN (97.3 FM), TV channels 57 in Hazard and 18 and 36 in Lexington. Parents are to use their own discretion in bringing students to school or to the bus pick-up points. If parents bring their students to school, they are responsible for transportation after school unless otherwise notified. Schoolwork missed must be made up.
  6. Special situation that is pre-approved by the principal. If you know that you are going to miss school for a family vacation, or for some other type of activity, you should make arrangements with your teachers ahead of time for completing any missed work. This arrangement should be asked for at least one week in advance. In order to avoid any grade reductions or fines, you and your parents must meet with each teacher and the principal to enact an academic plan to meet class requirements in a reasonable amount of time. Failure to have your absence approved in advance by the principal and to enact an academic plan will result in the absence being considered unexcused with the appropriate penalties.

After an absence, students are to see the principal or office secretary for an excused absence slip. If the absence has not been pre-approved by the principal, the student must present a signed note from the parent, guardian or school nurse in order to receive an excused absence slip. This slip must be presented to the teacher of each missed class for his/her signature in order for the student to receive an excused absence in that class. It is the student’s responsibility to request make-up assignments. Students will have a grace period of three days after returning to school to have absences excused. Any absences that have not been accounted for after the grace period has expired will be counted as unexcused with the appropriate penalties.

If a student has an unexcused absence from a class on the day a test is given, he/she will have to pay $5.00 to retake the test.

Any student who misses more than 10 days per semester, excused or unexcused, will not receive credit for classes taken that semester. A student may request a hearing before a faculty committee to present unusual circumstances.

NOTE: Snow days do not count against perfect attendance, but they do count in the 10 days/semester or 20 days/year. All absences after 10/semester must be made up by the student.

Study Halls

Students are to be in their scheduled day and night study halls. If ill, permission to be absent from study hall must be given by the nurse or dorm monitor. (Have the office or dorm monitor contact the nurse for emergencies when needed.) If absent for some other reason, the student shall obtain a written and signed request from a faculty or staff member that must be taken to the study hall teacher at the beginning of the study hall period. Come to study hall prepared, bringing all necessary study materials and taking care of restroom duties and getting drinks before study hall begins. If commuting students (not campus children) are on campus during night study hall, they are to be in study hall.

Library Information

The library is provided for your use and enjoyment. Materials are catalogued under the Dewey Decimal System. In order to give you more efficient service, we will appreciate your cooperation in observing the following:

Regular hours for library use will be posted by the librarian. The TV in the library is only available for student use by permission of the librarian.

Please do not shove books back on the shelves; they should be pulled to the edge so that titles can be read more easily. Books on the top shelves are not for general use and are not checked out. Returned books are to be placed in the drop box, not on the shelves. Good care of books involves using a bookmark, slip of paper, or card instead of pencils, turning down pages, etc. to mark your place. Eating or drinking is not to be done in the library.

Chairs should be kept flat on the floor to keep them in usable condition. Please do not tip them or stand on them. Please do not write or mark on tables or chairs.

AUTHORS: Several sources are available with biographical material on authors. These are generally in reference books, but some may be found in some of the books under 92 or 920 (Collective Biography). Feel free to ask the librarian for help.

REFERENCE BOOKS are marked with “R” on the spine and are not to be taken out of the library or study hall rooms. Please do not take materials from the library to the study hall room unless they are checked out.

CHECKOUTS AND RENEWALS: Most books are checked out for two weeks and may be renewed. Since some of the upperclassmen have trouble getting some of the classics, we urge you to complete the reading of these as quickly as possible. Magazines and certain other materials are sometimes checked out if required for special assignments.

Please return books in the drop box and magazines to the desk. Magazines and reserve material should not be returned between 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

RESERVE BOOKS may be checked out for the limited time indicated in the book and may be renewed only by special permission. Materials should not be loaned to someone else. You are responsible for all material checked out in your name. Unless you are ill, make your own checkouts and returns. Fines for overdue materials will be as follows:

  • Regular checkouts — 5¢ per day
  • Magazines, first day — 5¢ per day
  • Magazines, second+ day — 10¢ per day
  • Reserve material — 10¢ per day

Return your materials as early as possible. Payment for fines may be made later if you cannot pay them immediately, but must be paid at the library during library hours.

Terms and Conditions for Internet Access

MCHS is pleased to offer our students and staff access to the school’s internet. An “Internet User Contract” must be signed and returned to the school before access will be granted. Students must obtain a user name and password from the office before accessing the internet. Do not allow anyone else to use your username and password. Students who do so will be held responsible for actions that occur under their username.

Access to the internet will allow the exploration of thousands of resources worldwide. Some materials accessible on the internet may contain items that are inaccurate, defamatory, illegal, or offensive. It is our intent to make the internet available for research, education, and communication. Therefore, measures have been taken to prevent access to objectionable materials, and students are to be supervised any time they are using the internet.

Rules for Internet Access

  1. The use of the MCHS internet is solely for current students, staff, and staff families. Students must be supervised any time they are online.
  2. The use of the internet must be limited to communication, educational, and Mt. Carmel school-related purposes, and approved entertainment purposes.
  3. Transmission of any material in violation of U.S., state, or local regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret.
  4. Use for product advertisement, political lobbying, or personal financial or material gain is prohibited.
  5. Use for commercial activities by for-profit institutions is prohibited.
  6. Be polite. Do not write or send threatening or abusive messages to others.
  7. Use appropriate language. Use of obscene or degrading language is prohibited.
  8. It is recommended that the user not reveal his/her personal address or phone number. Distributing the address or phone number of another person is prohibited.
  9. Internet resources, information, and e-mail are not guaranteed to be private. Any items containing inappropriate material or relating to illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
  10. Do not use the internet in a manner that would disrupt the use of the internet by others. This includes, but is not limited to, sending mass e-mail messages, attempting to infect the system with a computer virus, attempting to “crash the system,” intentionally wasting resources, using large amounts of time, downloading or saving programs or files without permission onto the hard drive, or annoying other users in any fashion.
  11. Do not give anyone any password.
  12. Use of the internet to facilitate plagiarism is prohibited. No user shall misrepresent another person’s work as their own, or allow their work to be misrepresented as belonging to someone else.
  13. A violation of the internet usage policy which includes but is not limited to the use of VPNs, proxies, or any inappropriate material that violates Mt. Carmel policies, will result in a meeting with the Discipline and Training Committee and may result in monitoring software being installed on your devices.

It is understood that access to the internet is a privilege, not a right. Failure to abide by the rules in this document could result in the revocation of access privileges, disciplinary action, or legal action, as deemed appropriate.

Plagiarism

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines plagiarism as “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own.” In academic work, this is considered to be a very serious offense. Consequences at most universities include failing the class or possible expulsion. The assignments and projects given to you at MCHS are designed for your benefit, but in order for this to happen, you must do the assignments yourself. Turning in someone else’s work as your own is damaging to your academic growth and is considered a serious offense by the faculty. This would include such things as copying someone else’s homework to downloading a paper off of the internet. You do not have to copy an entire assignment to commit plagiarism. Any time you use someone else’s words in your assignment without giving them proper credit you are committing plagiarism.