High School (Grades 9-12)


  • College Preparatory Diploma is our standard graduation certificate
  • Advanced Diploma recognizes outstanding achievement upon completion of additional requirements in math (pre-calculus and higher), foreign languages (three years or more), and other criteria of excellence.

In addition to the two diplomas offered, MMA Cadets who complete four years of JROTC or four years of one STEM track will receive a seal on their diploma recognizing the achievement.
  • High School cadets may apply for honors course credit in any high school core discipline (Math, English, Science, or Social Studies)
  • *AP courses are available in:
    • Biology
    • Calculus
    • Chemistry
    • English Literature & Composition
    • Physics
    • Pre-Calculus
    • Spanish
    • U.S. Government & Politics
      (Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences. The minimum requirement for potential AP students is to have earned at least a B in US History and in English 11 or obtain the professor’s approval (only under certain circumstances). Students must be intellectually curious and independent readers to succeed in these classes.)
    • U.S. History
      (Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences. The minimum requirement for potential AP students is to have earned at least a B in World History and in English 10 or obtain the professor’s approval [only under certain circumstances]. Students must be intellectually curious and independent readers to succeed in these classes.)
    • World History
  • National testing takes place in early May.
  • *Dual enrollment courses are available through Lord Fairfax Community College. These classes are taught on the MMA campus by approved faculty members. We currently offer Business, Ethics, Philosophy, Pre-Calculus, and World Civilizations I & II.
  • For the convenience of our students, the MMA campus is an official College Board AP Testing Site.
*Minimum of four students required.

Our cadets take classes in each of the four core subject areas each year: English, History, Math, and Science.
Cadets also take at least two years of foreign language.
Electives in Art, Drama, and Music are offered to meet your own particular needs for college preparation.
Below you will find the class lists for each certificate. Both diplomas are designed to meet college/university admissions criteria.
  • English: 4 Credits
  • Math: 4 Credits (through Pre-Calculus)
  • Science: 4 Credits (three lab sciences)
  • Social Studies: 4 Credits
  • Foreign Language: 3 Credits (same language) or two languages with 2 credits
  • Health: 1 Credit
  • Physical Education: 1 Credit (earned through Fitness / Sports programs)
  • Fine Arts: 1 Credit
  • Electives: 4 Credits
  • Total: 26 credits
    (JROTC Leadership class each year)
  • English: 4 Credits
  • Math: 3 Credits (through Algebra 2)
  • Science: 3 Credits (three lab sciences)
  • Social Studies: 4 Credits
  • Foreign Language: 2 Credits
  • Health: 1 Credit
  • Physical Education: 1 Credit (earned through Fitness / Sports programs)
  • Fine Arts: 1 Credit
  • Electives: 5 Credits
  • Total: 24 Credits
    (JROTC Leadership class each year)

  • English 9
  • This course is designed to expose cadets to a variety of literature and types of writing. Cadets will read and analyze drama, fiction, mass media and non-fiction. Cadets will develop expository, informational, narrative and persuasive writings by going through all steps of the writing process.

  • English 10
  • English 10 emphasizes reading strategies for students to know how a variety of literary works, themes, and cultural archetypes define literature. The course includes the concepts that distinguish the major genres: fiction, including short stories, fables, myths, novels, and drama; poetry; and essays. The literary elements inherent in the genres serve as concepts to extend the students’ knowledge of literature and other print material such as informational texts. All selections serve as focal points for improving reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and grammar and usage skills. The course offers students numerous opportunities to practice the stages of a writing process, from planning to drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading in order to produce final products in narrative, descriptive, and expository writing. In addition, the students explore and use technology to access, organize, and present their ideas effectively.

  • English 11
  • This course is designed to build on the development and integration of communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This course explores both classic and contemporary American literature and the prevalent themes and characterizations which are reflective of the history and culture. Course work includes numerous writing assignments in a variety of topics. Vocabulary activities include the study of words encountered in reading and content presentations. Grammar development will continue through the application of rules and sentence formation, usage, spelling, and mechanics. Speaking skills are expanded and improved through the preparation and performance of various oral presentations. Cadets will develop informative and persuasive compositions by locating, evaluating, synthesizing, and citing applicable information with attention to organization and accuracy.

  • English 12
  • Instruction in English 12 reinforces and extends cadets’ skills in writing, reading, speaking, and critical thinking. Course work includes numerous writing assignments about a variety of topics. Cadets learn to write formal essays in the Modern Language Association format, which is the standard used by English departments at most two and four year colleges in the nation. Successful completion of the course requirements prepares the student for college-level humanities classes and for improved writing, in general. This course is structured on a chronological examination of British literary material. Vocabulary activities include the study of words encountered in reading and content presentations. Speaking skills are expanded and improved through the preparation and performance of various oral presentations. Cadets enhance both critical and a management skill by critiquing each other’s oral presentations and writings.

  • AP English (Grades 11 & 12)
  • This course will prepare you for the Advanced Placement exam, as well as collegiate writing and study. Throughout the course, you will read an array of literature and write in a variety of forms. Be prepared to embrace and share new ideas.
  • ESL(Grades 7-12)
  • This course is designed to build English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. In this course we will focus on basic essay writing, grammar, and reading comprehension. By the end of this course students will be able to write a basic essay, edit writing samples, and discuss the main ideas of reading assignments.

  • ESL English (Grades 7-12)
  • This course is designed to build English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. In this course we will focus on basic essay writing, grammar, and reading comprehension. By the end of this course students will be able to write a basic essay, edit writing samples, and discuss the main ideas of reading assignments.

  • ESL Science (Grades 7-12)
  • This course is designed to build science vocabulary and English concepts for ESOL students.
  • Spanish (Grades 8-12)
  • ¡Bienvenidos! This is an introductory course to both the Spanish language and the cultures where the Spanish language is spoken. This course is modeled on the communicative approach where emphasis is placed on communicating a message through meaning-bearing input and structured output rather than repetition and rote memorization. While it is still important for you to study vocabulary and produce the language, our approach will be directed toward the exploration and deeper understanding of the language.

  • French (Grades 8-12)
  • French will begin with a review of vocabulary and concepts learned. Students will continue to learn how to read and write French. Throughout French, students will gain a deeper understanding of the language and gain a more extensive vocabulary. Students will also learn more about the culture of Francophone countries and cultures.
  • Health I & II (Grades 9-11)
  • Students will learn about the human body and its systems. Students will study what makes a body healthy and what may harm it. Students complete projects and other hands on activities that pertain to the content.
  • World Geography (Grade 9)
  • World Geography is a year-long course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of and interrelationship between physical and human geography.

  • World History/ AP (Grades 10)
  • This year-long course focuses on modern history. This means that we will investigate the human experience from about 1500 to the present time. The central story is the rise of European civilization to its dominant position in the world. The organizing themes will be geography, economics, politics, art, culture, science, technology & society, the idea of constitutionalism & globalization.

  • US History/ AP (Grade 11)
  • U.S. History is a yearlong course designed to help students to know and understand various significant historical events spanning early exploration and native cultures of the Americas to U.S. society’s current state, with hopes that the student becomes a more well-rounded world citizen. There will be particular focus on how conflicts, ingenuity, and technology of the past have shaped the appearance and experience our society offers in the present. Within the context of this course, there will also be the examination of geographical, government, and citizenship concepts.

  • US Government/ AP (Grade 12)
  • The course is designed to further cadet knowledge of the functions of government, the election process, civil rights, civil liberties, the origins and foundations of American Government, The Constitution, Federalism, the three branches of government in the United States, the presidency, and various Supreme Court Cases. Cadets will be familiar with the elected representatives responsible for making local, state, and federal laws in the United States. Cadets will identify the American President, Vice President, and the Speaker of the House. Cadets will be able to describe differences between the three branches of American Government. Cadets will read and understand the depth of the court system and how different Supreme Court cases have shaped the landscape of the political environment in the United States. Each unit of study includes frequent writing assignments, quizzes, tests, a midterm, and final at the end of the semester.
  • Algebra (Grades 8 & 9)
  • This course examines the basic structure of real numbers, algebraic expressions, and functions. Students explore linear equations, inequalities, functions and systems, quadratic equations and functions, polynomial and exponential expressions, graphing in the Cartesian plane, data analysis, probability, and the elementary analysis of functions. Mathematical modeling of real-life problems, construction of appropriate linear models to fit data sets, and uses of technology (including some instruction with the TI-83, TI-83+ graphing calculator) are major themes of the course. By implementing structured group work, the students will to collaborate with their peers while working towards the same goal, which is to understand the mathematical concepts in class.

  • Geometry (Grades 9 - 11)
  • This course is designed so that you can be actively engaged as you learn geometry. You will learn to use the tools of geometry and to perform geometry investigations with them. Many of the investigations are carried out in small cooperative groups in which you jointly plan and find solutions with other students. Your investigations will lead you to the discovery of geometry properties. In addition, you will gradually learn about proof, a form of reasoning that will help you explain why your discoveries are true, through developing proof group activities and exercises.

  • Algebra II (Grades 10-12)
  • This course provides a continuation and extension of the basic algebraic concepts from Algebra I and Geometry. Students discuss, represent, and solve increasingly sophisticated real world problems using advanced algebraic techniques incorporating appropriate technology- either calculator or computer. They will study the properties and the algebra of functions, systems or equations and inequalities, as well as applied trigonometry. Algebra II provides a sound understanding of all elementary functions from linear functions through trigonometric and circular functions, explores sequences, series and matrices and determinates.
    Prerequisite: Algebra I

  • Pre-Calculus (Grades 11 & 12)
  • The course will operate a little differently now that we’ve completed our upgrade to a software-based curriculum. You will still be expected to learn all of the required fundamental concepts for Precalculus. Through this innovative technology, we will be able to better assess where your mathematical strengths lie within individual units, chapters, and lessons, giving you the ultimate control and efficiency in utilizing class time and study skills all within the context of your personal computer. In order to receive a passing grade and full accreditation for the course, you will need to keep track of your individual progress and seek out help when you need it. The new skills covered in this course will help you develop a more sophisticated, and expedited, way of comprehending mathematical problems and approaching higher levels of analysis, synthesis and problem-solving.

  • Calculus/ AP (Grades 11 & 12)
  • Students will learn about functions, equations, graphs, exponentials and logarithms, and differentiation and integration.

  • Statistics/ AP (Grades 11 & 12)
  • Students will learn about the collection and analysis of data.
  • Biology/ AP (Grades 9 & 10)
  • Biology is a yearlong college-level course designed to challenge students to think critically, to develop a conceptual understanding of the biological sciences. In this course students will learn about the process of scientific investigation through the study of living things. This course will begin with revisiting the fact that Biology is the study of life, and that science is a systematic process of inquiry. This course is designed to cover the biological perspectives of chemistry, study the macromolecules that function within and form organisms, genetics, early embryonic development, as well as a survey of the five kingdoms of life and plant and animal form and function. This course will conclude with application of biological knowledge of environment and social concerns.

  • Chemistry/ AP (Grades 10-12)
  • A development of the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications. Chemical nomenclature, molar relationships, atomic structure, bonding theories, energy and matter, periodic properties, solution calculations, gas laws, the phases of matter, and the properties of solids and liquids, organic chemistry and chemistry of life are among the topics discussed.

  • Physics/ AP(Grades 11 & 12)
  • This course is designed to start with the historical background of Physics and the basic discoveries. The goal is to have a solid background in all the topics within Physics. Physics is a combination of Math and Science but it falls under the category of Science.

  • Anatomy and Physiology (Grades 11 & 12)
  • This course in Anatomy and Physiology is intended to introduce the structure and function of the human body. Students will read about the cells, tissues and membranes that make up the human body and how our major systems function to help us develop and stay healthy.

    Focus in this course will be:
    • Describe basic human body functions and life process.
    • Name the major human body systems and relate their functions.
    • Describe the anatomical locations, structures and physiological functions of the main components of each major system of the human body.
  • Art MS & I-IV (Grades 9-12)
  • The visual arts program offers students comprehensive art experience with detailed exploration in the classics such as painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, and crafts. In addition to gaining confidence and proficiency working with a variety of mediums, students will learn about the history, analysis, and interpretation of art.

  • Biomedical PLTW (Grades 9-12)
  • In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problem.

  • Computer Science (9-12)
  • In this introductory course, students will learn computer programming basics.

  • Communications (9-12)
  • Students will learn how to use social media to communicate (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) They will also create the yearbook, make podcasts and write the school newsletter.

  • Drama (Grades 9-12)
  • Students will learn about staging, lighting, and performing of a play.

  • Engineering PLTW (Grades 9-12)
  • Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

  • Music I-V (Grades 9-12)
  • In group and individual settings, students expand their awareness and understanding of music in the context of culture, and their ability to relate music to other academic and extracurricular disciplines. Students also develop their applied music skills through practice and performance on one or more instruments, in alignment with the standards set by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

  • Psychology (Grades 10-12)
  • Introduction to Psychology is a one-semester course that challenges students to learn more about the brain and how it works. Students will analyze research methods and explore specific areas of psychology, such as developmental psychology, learning, memory, and psychological disorders.

  • SAT Prep (Grades 11 & 12)
  • This course provides Cadets with an opportunity to increase the score they earn on the SAT by:
    • Understanding how the test is constructed
    • Demonstrating mastery of selected content needed as a knowledgebase needed to take the SAT
    • Demonstrating knowledge and application of test taking strategies needed to be successful in taking the SAT.
    Perseverance in practice will be a vital to cadets doing well on the actual assessment. Completion of Classwork Assignments, Drills, and Homework are an expected part of this course

  • Study Skills (Grades 9-12)
  • THIS CLASS IS NOT A STUDY HALL. The Massanutten Military Academy Study Skills course is a one-semester course. The study skills courses focus on time-management, note-taking and test-taking strategies with the purpose of enhancing the students’ performance in their standard middle and high school courses and in preparation for success in their future college coursework. Successful completion of this course will provide the student with a more focused and better-organized approach to studying and learning. Students analyze their own study habits and learning styles as they learn to take ownership of their education and learning success. Whereas other courses are content with student learning within the confines of their classrooms, the success of Study Skills is manifest in the learning that occurs in other classrooms.
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