Welcome to Memorial Private High School Admissions Information!
MPHS (grades 6th – 12th) admissions is year-round, largely because we are self-paced, and also small enough to be able to manage the student’s progress closely.
Upon receiving your interest in the school by phone or email, we first discuss your overall goals for your child, and learn about your child in general, as you also learn more about the school. If we both think there may be a fit, then the next step is an interview. If possible, we find that it is best to talk with the parents first, and then meet with your child at the second interview.
Consideration for admission to Memorial Private High School truly leans more toward the ‘whole’ student, and family, than the testing. 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 and therefore we must be highly selective in whom we can take.
The prospective student has a few more staff interviews and at least one shadow day, where the candidate attends classes for a full day, and works directly with each teacher. If the shadow day is not possible, then we interview more in depth as much as possible. It is imperative to the student, family and our school family that this is a great decision for you! Our interviews generally do not cause anxiety – we want your child to get to know us and we are interested in their lives and the things they like!
After the initial interview, the family completes the application. In addition to the application, it is most helpful to bring the following documents to your next 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:
- A completed full application
- Shadow Day – assessment by each teacher
- Interviews with Dean of Students and Owners
- Official transcript from the student’s most recent school
- Medical authorization form
- Medical update form
- Immunization records
- Various forms for field trips and other standard information
- Student rules and policies signed by the student and parent/guardian
- Uniforms order
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A: We schedule morning and afternoon appointments Monday through Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
A: No. We are not equipped to help students that are currently dealing with drug, alcohol or behavioral issues.