Academic summer school is offered at MBX as a service to students who might be interested in taking a class to free up a period in their schedule during the school year, or to meet an academic requirement to advance to a higher level. For example many students elect to take Health in the summer before their freshmen year. It is a 1 semester class that is a graduation requirement for MCHS. By taking it in the summer, the requirement is completed. By taking Health in the classroom (vs. online) students will have the opportunity to take a course on the Mira Costa campus and potentially meet other kids prior to starting in the fall. In the summer, Health is a 3 week course.
Two semester courses which meet academic requirements to advance, such as Biology or Geometry, should only be taken if a student feels that they need it to meet their academic goals, such as taking an extra science, or to allow for higher level math courses by their senior year. Students should talk with their advisor before registering for these classes. Due to the condensed nature of the coursework, they are particularly rigorous in summer school. Spanish 1, which is offered only in MBX Flex, is specifically to help students who successfully completed just one year of middle school Spanish, would like to potentially advance to Spanish 2 in 9th grade. UC/CSU requires students to have 2 semesters of a visual or performing art. MBX summer school art class will fulfill that requirement. As with Geometry and Biology, we recommend speaking with your advisor prior to enrolling as many MCHS classes fulfill the visual or performing art requirement.
MBX also administers summer athletic programs for student athletes interested in participating in sports at Mira Costa. Many MCHS sports teams offer summer programs, which give athletes the opportunity to meet coaches, learn more about the programs and train for try-outs. These programs are highly recommended, especially for fall sports. Students who meet attendance requirements will receive 5 credit hours towards the MCHS PE graduation requirement of 20 credit hours.