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Departments & Courses

MCI offers a rigorous and challenging academic program.   Please click on the headings below for course listings.  The full course catalog is also available as a pdf.  

English as a Second Language

Upon arrival at MCI, international students undergo a series of tests to determine their enrollment in ESL courses and other academic offerings.
Human Development

Human development courses are built on the “Holistic Wellness” approach. This approach recognizes the symbiotic relationship between physical, mental / intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual health. Because health issues are so dynamic, HD courses strive to give students the skills, resources and knowledge to be healthy, happy, lifelong learners. Students are encouraged to think for themselves, be knowledgeable consumers, problem solvers and make educated decisions.

The humanities curriculum was created with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1982. The 4-year college bound student takes a four-year sequence of parallel history and English classes, structured to emphasize the relationship between history, literature, art, music and architecture of each period. The non-college bound student takes a 3-year sequence in order that he/she may take more electives. At each level, students are required to demonstrate, both orally and in writing, a developmentally appropriate ability to analyze, synthesize, and integrate historical and literary knowledge. Students are required to 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 are expected to 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 is always dependent on teacher recommendation. Students must earn a minimum of four math credits while at MCI.
Science and Computer Science

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.
Somerset Career and Technical Center

Students wishing to participate in vocational classes may select a program of interest offered at SCTC. Courses at SCTC are available to juniors and seniors from all Somerset County School Districts. Students participate at SCTC every other day (juniors go one day, seniors the other). Students take courses at MCI on the opposite day. Transportation for Somerset Career and Technical Center is provided by MCI (students are not allowed to take private vehicles). Students must fill out a separate application form to be eligible for these programs. Space is selective (each program takes 3 students from MCI) and programs fill up quickly.
Visual & Performing Arts

MCI offers a variety of instruction and opportunity within the fine arts. Art, music, drama, and dance all help to build a sense of community and contribute to understanding and appreciating diverse cultures. Beyond the classroom, students are able to develop their individual talents, participate in performances and displays and compete for regional awards.
World Languages

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 postsecondary level and/or 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 nightly assignments and studying. 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.


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