Welcome to Memorial Private High School!
Consideration for admission to Memorial Private High School is based on specific admission criteria and is conducted as a rolling admission process. Because we are a small school, we work to ensure that every student admitted is “the right fit” for both the family and for the school.
In addition to the application, it is most helpful to bring the following documents to your interview with our principal: your student’s most recent transcript (official or unofficial) and any testing information.
Once your student has been invited, you will need to submit the following to the Registrar in order for the admission process to be complete:
1. A completed application
2. Official transcript from the student’s most recent school
3. Medical authorization form
4. Medical update form
5. Immunization records
6. Release of liability
7. Release to be photographed/videotaped
8. Release to be included in the school directory
9. Student rules and policies signed by the student and parent/guardian
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Memorial Private School Accredited?
A: Yes. We are accredited by SACS (The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), which is the same agency that accredits most schools in the Southeast region of the U.S. All of our classes will help your student gain credits that will be acceptable to any university. MPHS is here to prepare every child to go to college.
Q: Are you teachers qualified?
A: Yes. All our teachers are degreed in the subject that they teach. Our teachers are superb. They are carefully hired based on their unique achievements and abilities to inspire the students.
Q: What types of students go to your school?
A: A variety.
We have enjoyed working with students that have been in GT or IB programs as well as special needs programs. We have students that have been homeschooled as well as students that have been to enormous schools with 1,000+ people in their grades. We’re comfortable working with students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, high functioning autism, slow processing, and other learning differences. We’ve also had students that do not have any learning challenges, but may be challenged socially. Finally, we’ve had the pleasure of teaching children that have no learning differences or social issues; they just wanted a place where people knew them by name.
All of our families feel that a smaller environment, with teachers and staff that truly know their students and their needs, makes MPHS feel like home.
Q: What do you mean by “faith-based school”?
A: The Camp family felt that God was calling them to start a school for students that needed a smaller environment. While giving guidance to students, the staff is open about their faiths.
Every school has a set of principles that guide its actions. At MPHS, we try to apply a Christian world view. Part of being a Christian is understanding that people are not perfect. We want our students and staff to know that we will do our best to act in a way that is consistent with our faith. We hope our students grow in their faiths and learn that there is something greater than them.
Q: Do you have to be Christian to attend the school?
A: No. We have had students that study many different faiths: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, etc. Students are not required to take religious classes, but they are encouraged to focus on spirituality. We believe that building and sharing one’s faith leads to hope, courage, tolerance and understanding. MPHS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, gender, disabilities, or religion.
Q: When does enrollment begin?
A: Because of our small group, individual instruction, self-paced curriculum and popular summer school, MPHS has year-round admission. This is especially helpful for transfer students. We operate on a standard August to May structured year, while providing flexibility for our students’ schedules.
Q: What about meals?
A: Typically, we have a 'continental' breakfast for the students that arrive early (kolaches, cereal, donuts, fruit, etc.) but it is on a first come, first served basis. Most students enroll in our meal plan, but students may bring their own lunch if they desire. The school brings in hot meals four times a week and fresh deli meats and cheese for sandwiches once a week.
Q: What fees do I need to pay to enroll my student?
A: The only fees required to be paid upon admission are the registration fee, textbooks, curriculum fee, optional fees (yoga, art, music and meal plan). We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash and personal checks.
Q: When can I submit my application?
A: Applications are given after the initial screening interview with the parents/guardians (if needed, the student may attend the first meeting). Once you complete the application, you can call and schedule a student interview, and then if invited, a student shadow day.
Q: What are the available interview times?
A: We schedule morning and afternoon appointments Monday through Thursday.
Q: Should I bring my student to the first initial interview?
A: This varies. Sometimes the school and parents prefer to receive all pertinent information prior to having the child tour the school. A second interview focusing on the student will be scheduled.
Q: What will we discuss in the interview?
At the interview, we will discuss your student’s previous school experiences and answer any questions that you may have about our school. We want to learn more about your family and child. We will review student rules and policies, discuss curriculum, and take a tour around the school.
Q: What is the next step after the interview process?
A: If all parties agree that MPHS is a good fit for the student, then we will schedule a “shadow day.” On a shadow day, the potential student will come in clothing that is similar to our uniform and sit through a day of classes. The student will then complete an assignment in each class for assessment and get a chance to meet the teachers and other students.
Q: Are there parents that I can talk to about their experiences at your school?
A: We are happy to have our parents contact you about their experiences with MPHS. We have a very active parent club that will provide support and a sense of community when you become a part of our school.
Q: How do I know whether my child has been accepted?
A: After the shadow day, the administration will meet with the staff. Based on their feedback, we will determine whether we should ask the student to join our school or suggest a different school to the parents. Either way, parents will receive feedback.
Q: Does my child have to test to be accepted?
A: No. We do not require our students to take an “Admissions Test.”
Sometimes, students are “over tested.” During the shadow day, the work we give them to do often gives us a reasonable view of their strengths and abilities. The interviews with students and parents are the most helpful in addition to previous records and evaluations. Testing means more to us, as well as the student and family, after we get to know the student “as a whole.”
Q: Do you accept students with drug or alcohol or behavioral issues?
A: No. We are not equipped to help students that are currently dealing with drug, alcohol or behavioral issues.
We look forward to meeting you and your student sometime soon!