50 N Mendenhall Rd, Memphis, TN 38117
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Memphis Junior Academy is fully accredited by the state of Tennessee through the Adventist Association and the National Council for Private School Accreditation.
The curriculum at Memphis Junior Academy is developed by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and implemented by the Education Departments of the Southern Union and Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Academics

Memphis Junior Academy is fully accredited by the state of Tennessee through the Adventist Association and the National Council for Private School Accreditation.

The curriculum at Memphis Junior Academy is developed by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and implemented by the Education Departments of the Southern Union and Kentucky-Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Communication

Parent/Teacher Conferences: The faculty and administration welcome the opportunity to confer with parents concerning their student’s welfare and progress. Parent/Teacher Conferences take place as noted in the calendar. This allows parents to see progress that has been made and gives opportunity to set individual goals. Parents are urged to meet these purposefully scheduled appointments.

Scheduling Appointments: Parents are encouraged to schedule additional appointments as desired. Teachers are usually not available to visit with parents between 7:30 am and 3:15 pm. Appointments need to be scheduled outside of these hours.

A bi-weekly newsletter is sent out.

Curricular Objectives

Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten: Memphis Junior Academy follows a curriculum developed by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Education Department. This incorporates classroom activities and learning centers that help students develop physically, mentally, socially and spiritually, and that nurture their natural curiosity and desire to learn.

Eighth Grade: MJA issues Diplomas or Certificates of Completion based on the academic achievement of the individual student.

Grades 1-8

Instructional course work is provided in the following areas:

  • Bible Language Arts
  • Reading
  • Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Keyboarding
  • Science & Health
  • Spelling
  • Music
  • Social Studies
  • Handwriting
  • Arts, optional

Grades 9-10

Instructional course work is provided in the following areas:

  • Religion I (odd year)*
  • Religion II (even year)*
  • Physical Science (odd year)*
  • Biology (even year)*
  • Keyboard & Computer Lit (odd year)*
  • World History (even year)*
  • English I (odd year)*
  • English II (even year)*
  • Algebra I/ Algebra II
  • Additional Class (½ unit, even year)*
  • Physical Education (½ unit)
  • Health (½ unit, even year)*
  • Spanish I & II**
  • Music/Choir/Bells (½ unit)**
  • Additional Class (odd year)*

Additional Classes may vary from year to year. Students should become acquainted with the graduation requirements of the school from which they plan to graduate.

*Odd/Even years are determined by the year the school year ends.
**As available

 

 

Volunteer Hours

High school students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours per semester of volunteer community service.

Academic Probation

A student will be placed on academic probation when on a progress report/ report card they receive an F, have two or more D’s, or have a GPA of 1.0 or lower. The student and their parent/guardian will be required to meet with the teacher(s) to develop an academic plan for grade improvement.

In an effort to help this student focus more intently on their class work, the student on academic probation will not participate in non-academic field trips or extracurricular activities. Students on academic probation may not hold a class office or other office.

If the grade(s) is improved by the next progress report/ report card, the student will be returned to regular academic standing.

If the student’s academic probation is not lifted when the next progress report/ report card is released, a recommendation may be given to the MJA Board that the student’s relationship with the school be terminated.

Homework and Daily Assignments

It is the student’s responsibility to turn in completed assignments on time. Students may receive partial credit for school work submitted after a pre-arranged unexcused absence. For middle and high school students, credit may not be given for work turned in late except in the case of an excused absence. Time allowed for make-up is two days for each one day the child is absent. Elementary teachers have their own policy for late work.

Much schoolwork is completed under the supervision of the teacher during school hours. Teachers may assign additional work to be done outside of school. Homework is viewed as one part of the teaching/learning process. When used effectively, it helps students independently apply what they have learned, develop responsibility, learn to use time productively, and demonstrate commitment to learning.

Internet

Memphis Junior Academy is pleased to offer students access to computers and the Internet. Use of the Internet provides great educational benefits to students. However, some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, or potentially offensive to some people. Students are expected to handle (send/receive/view) only appropriate content. Access to the Internet is available as a privilege to students who accept and follow the requirements of the Computer Network Policy. To gain access, the legal parent/guardian and the student must sign the Acceptable Use Policy and return it to the office. Failure to comply with the policy will result in forfeited computer use. A copy of the Computer Network Policy is found at the back of this handbook.

No internet access is provided or allowed on personal computer devices, though high school students may use laptops or tablets to take notes in class.

Report Cards

Report Cards are issued quarterly and detailed progress reports are sent home twice within each quarter. Parent-Teacher conferences are held at the end of the first and third quarters. Parents wishing to speak to their child’s teacher during a non-scheduled time need to make arrangements with the individual teacher.

Standard and Specialized Testing

Certain tests are given to all students enrolled at MJA without special permission from parents. These tests help the educators assess academic progress.

  • Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literary Skills: DIBELS are administered to students in grades K-5.
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills: ITBS are administered to students in grades 3-10.

Teachers or parents may request individualized testing to determine whether additional services are needed to meet a child’s educational needs. Permission must be given by parents for specialized testing. Testing is provided through the Memphis City School System and may include testing to determine if a child is emotionally, mentally, visually, physically, or otherwise health impaired. If testing is requested as determined by the school, testing must be completed prior to the next year’s re-enrollment. Parents are responsible for scheduling testing with the city school system.