MCI’s courses are rigorous, academically challenging, intellectually stimulating and, most of all, as fun as you make them. Below are MCI's courses listed by departments (in alphabetical order). MCI classes are 80 minutes, which allow you to refine your understanding and immerse yourself into each subject.
MCI wants our students to have the best tools to succeed, which is why we test new international students in English comprehension and communication to determine their enrollment in ESL courses and other academic offerings.
Human development courses are built on a holistic wellness approach that recognizes the symbiotic relationship between physical, mental/intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual health. Because health issues are so dynamic, our courses give students the skills, resources and knowledge to be healthy, happy, lifelong learners. We encourage students to think for themselves, be knowledgeable consumers, problem solvers and make educated decisions.
MCI’s humanities curriculum for college-bound students is a four-year sequence of parallel history and English classes that are structured to emphasize the relationship between history, literature, art, music and architecture of each time period. Non-college bound students takes a three-year sequence in order that they can take more electives.
At each level, students can expect to demonstrate, both orally and in writing, a developmentally appropriate ability to analyze, synthesize, and integrate historical and literary knowledge. Students take notes, discuss cooperatively, debate, create, and present their ideas both in writing and orally.
Humanities courses earn two credits, one in English and one in history, and students register for them as a two-course unit. Students earn a minimum of four English and three history credits in order to fulfill graduation requirements.
In all mathematics courses, there is a strong emphasis on problem solving, real-world applications and verbally communicating mathematical concepts. Students are active participants in their own learning as teachers aid them in making their own discoveries about mathematics. Algebra, geometry, statistics, probability and discrete math are integrated into all courses, thus connecting the traditional branches of mathematics as they are in the real world.
Placement in specific courses depends on teacher recommendation. Students earn a minimum of four math credits while at MCI.
Science courses at MCI support students in learning to inquire, understand and solve problems using scientific methods. Our courses integrate the processes of investigation and communication about the natural world with a scientific body of knowledge that includes concepts, principles, facts, laws, and theories about how our world and universe work. The Science Department offers students a variety of courses and levels from Earth and Space Science in freshman year through AP courses. All students must complete four credits in science, including Earth and Space Science, Biology, and Chemistry or Physics.
Juniors and seniors wishing to participate in vocational classes may select SCTC, which is available to all students in Somerset County School districts. Students attend SCTC every other day (juniors go one day, seniors the other day) and take courses at MCI on the opposite day. Bus transportation to and from the Somerset Career and Technical Center is provided by MCI (students are not allowed to take private vehicles).
To be eligible for SCTC programs, students complete an application. Space is selective (each program takes three students from MCI) and programs fill up quickly. For more information, contact the Academic Office.
MCI offers a variety of instruction and opportunities within the Fine Arts. Art, music, drama, and dance help to build a sense of community and contribute to understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures. Beyond the classroom, students develop their individual talents, participate in performances and displays and compete for regional awards.
World language offerings are full year, one-credit college preparatory courses. The courses are designed, both in content and academic experience, to prepare students for further study at the post-secondary level as well as gain the ability to use the language in real-life experiences. Successful world language students build a strong knowledge base by being active learners in class and supplementing their class experience with assignments and studying outside the classroom. Courses require students to demonstrate communication skills appropriate to the language they study. Also, students will learn about, reflect on, discuss and share information about the cultures and society of users of the language. A world language credit is not required for graduation.