MPA believes that students are happier and more successful in the Academy if they are involved in one or more of our extracurricular activities. The creative and/or physical outlet provided by such participation promotes a well-balanced life. Extra-curricular participation also builds teamwork and school spirit among the community of learners. Additionally, the discipline gathered from participation (in terms of time management and personal habits) can have positive effects on a student’s academic growth. There is a range of supervised activities to select from: Latin Club, Chess Club, various music ensembles, Art Club, Science Club, Robotics Club, Yearbook, Community Service Club, Dance Club, or one of our many athletic teams. We encourage the parents to work closely with the teachers and administration in supporting superb extra-curricular offerings for our young people.
To be eligible for extra-curricular activities at MPA, the student-athlete must maintain a passing grade in all subjects and must have displayed good behavior.
If a student-athlete receives a Deficiency Notice or a failing grade for any quarter, s/he becomes ineligible immediately for participation in interscholastic contests, but s/he remains a part of and responsible for attending practices, games, study hall, and other events related to the team on which s/he is a member. While ineligible, the student-athlete must also attend regular tutoring sessions with the instructor(s) in whose class s/he is underperforming, and must file weekly reports of her/his progress with the Athletic Director and the Academic Services Coordinator. Once the student-athlete is certified as being out of a deficiency status, s/he immediately becomes eligible to participate in interscholastic contests.
Forms for students to use for securing the certifications referred to in the above policy are available from the Athletic Director.
Most such activities will require a fee for supplies, rented venues, and equipment and, for some time-intensive activities, to pay the coach/supervisor. All extra-curricular programs at MPA are required to be self-supporting through income from fees and tax credits. The primary, academic budget of the school is not able to manage such costs. The fee for an extra-curricular activity must be paid prior to the student joining the team or activity, even for practice. The school is not able to carry balances for fees or manage payment plans by parents. The school, however, does take a credit card as a form of payment for fees. (In case of financial hardship, please see the Fees and Fee Waivers information on this website.)
Advanced Art Club Structured towards children with experience, talents and a desire to explore expressions in art. The club provides an opportunity for the students to experiment and study various art mediums. Starts: March (Spring) TBD Mr. Gillingham Advanced Instrumental Ensembles Provide an opportunity for students to learn to play classical music in an ensemble. This group will play during the Fall and Spring concerts. Starts: September 1 Room 109 Mr. Pratt, Mr. Cabbiness, Ms. Emhoff Cost: $10 Art Club Provide an opportunity for students to explore their interests and develop skills in various forms of art. Starts: March (Spring) TBD Mr. Gillingham Chess Provide an opportunity for the students to learn the mechanics, phases, tactics, and strategies of the game. This club will work on time management, planning and increasing flexibility. Starts: August 16th Room 105 Mr. Faint Cost: $20 Choir Learn new songs and practice singing together. This choir will sing during the Fall and Spring concerts. Starts: August 24th Room 109 Ms. Minov Cost: $10 Community Service Club This club was initiated by our students. At Great Hearts civic responsibility is a core value. As such community service hours are required to graduate. This club will be defining and organizing events for all MPA students to participate. Starts: November Room 205 Mr. Stokes Cost: $10 Dance Club Develop and perform creative (mostly contemporary) dance. This group will perform during the Fall and Spring concerts. Starts: November TBD Ms. James Drama Club Drama is part of the MPA core curriculum. This club offers those interested additional opportunities to explore the process of dramatic creation. The club will devise original theatrical pieces inspired by poetry, theatre history, art, music, and anything that we find beautiful. Starts: November TBD Mr. Welch Engineering Club Learn engineering basics through designing and building concrete Frisbees, bridges, gliders and a basic electrical system. We will also study questions in the categories of life sciences, physical sciences, earth sciences, mathematics and general science to prepare for the annual Science Bowl competition. Refer to website: http://www.azsciencebowl.us/contact.htm Starts: March TBD Mr. Glascock Cost: $10
Homework Club This club provides a quite place for students to study immediately after school most days. Students can help each other or study independently. Continuity is not important in this club. Starts: August 9th Room 106 Ms. Denhart Cost: None Horticulture Club This is a new club for our new facility. We will be selecting a location; establishing the soil; planning for organic garden and planting. This club will study the science behind compost and the biology behind organic gardening. Starts: March TBD Ms. Narish, Ms. Birdwell Karate Provide an opportunity for students to learn karate with a focus on cardiovascular health and flexibility. This club may extend out the entire year depending on student participation. Starts: Sept 7 Gym Mr. Lasser Cost: $10 Latin Club Provide and opportunity for students to learn and practice Latin as well as compete. Starts: Sept 3 Room 20 Mr. Stokes, Ms. Barzee Cost: $10 +JLL registration fee Math Counts Develop creative problem solving skills through solving increasingly more challenging math problems. Through the support of Mr. and Mrs. Weise over the past two years MPA has achieved one of the few Gold ratings in the nation. Starts: Sept 6 Room 107 Ms. Folley Cost: $10 Mentorship Program Annually students apply for this role in the Spring. Students are selected on their academic performance, behaviors, commitment to MPA and interest in mentoring other students. Mentors are role models for their peers and the MPA community at large. Starts: August 11 Room 111 Mr. Glascock Cost: None Robotics Club Learn the use of sensors, mechanical design and software programming by building robots using the Lego kits and competing in the regional FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) in Flagstaff. Last year MPA supported two teams to the competition and one came home with Most Innovative Design. Starts: November TBD Mr. Pratt Cost: $10 Social Committee This group plans the dance events, PEP Rallies, and Spirit week. Starts: Sept 9 Room 101 Ms. McKay-Cox Cost: $10 Speech and Debate This program will develop student’s skill in preparing and presenting speeches and will expand on last years debates. The club may participate in the Fall performance and a select few competitions depending on student interest and capabilities. Starts: Sept 7 Room 111 Mr. Welch Cost: $10 Yearbook Club This club offers practical experience in photography and organization. The students accomplishments in this club will last a lifetime in the MPA annual Yearbook. Starts: Sept TBD Yoga Provide an opportunity for students to learn Yoga from our certified Yoga instructor, gain flexibility and reduce stress. Starts: Sept 6 Room 103 Ms. Denhart Costs: $15