Traditional Course WorkOur curriculum is focuses on preparing students for college. Emphasis is placed on the core subjects.
The mathematics department focuses on helping all cadets develop the problem solving and higher order thinking skills necessary to ensure success in collegiate mathematics course work.
Our college preparatory sequence emphasizes a conceptual understanding of mathematics, which promotes flexible thinking and teaches cadets to apply the knowledge learned to other disciplines.
Fundamentals of Math
FOM is a transitional course in our math curriculum designed to automate the upper level skills of arithmetic while introducing abstract arithmetic concepts.
Pre-Algebra is a middle school course that will guide one through the study of integers, one-step equations, inequalities and equations, graphs and functions, percent and probabilities. The Pre-Algebra objectives include: arithmetic properties, place value, arithmetic properties rounding whole numbers, arithmetic properties, regrouping whole numbers, factors and multiples, reading and interpreting data, measurement, fractions, decimals, negative numbers and coordinate plane, ratios, rates and proportions.
This course focuses on mathematical problem solving or the application of mathematical concepts in new situations. Cadets learn by working carefully designed problems that lead to the use of productive thought patterns utilizing concepts.
This course is designed to prepare cadets for pre-calculus. Cadets will continue to study area and volume and be introduced to more abstract geometric concepts, review prior algebra concepts and proceed through trigonometric ratios, rectangular and polar coordinates and on to changing from one coordinate system to the other.
One of the main objectives of this course is to enhance cadets’ logical thinking skills. The course begins with an introduction to the basic concepts of geometry, such as lines, planes and points, then progresses to the study of various geometric shapes and their properties, and concludes with proofs.
The Pre-College Algebra class will allow students to review concepts from previous math courses. This course reviews Algebra I and Algebra II and presents students with Pre-Calculus concepts. This class is designed to prepare students for College Algebra.
This course provides in-depth coverage of trigonometry, logarithms, analytic geometry and upper level algebraic concepts. Cadets expand their understanding of mathematical concepts through the use of symbolic reasoning and analytical methods to represent mathematical situations, to express generalizations and study the relationships between them.
With a teacher's recommendation, cadets accelerating in math may take the first year (pre-calculus) and then proceed to calculus. All other cadets will continue with advanced math. Pre-calculus and advanced math provide in-depth coverage of trigonometry, logarithms, analytic geometry and upper level algebraic concepts.
An advanced placement (AP) course in calculus consists of a full high school academic year, which is comparable to college calculus coursework. It is expected that cadets who take AP calculus will seek college credit, college placement, or both, from institutions of higher learning.
This course introduces cadets to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Cadets will be exposed to four major concepts: exploring data, planning a study, probability as it relates to distribution of data and inferential reasoning and modeling.
Special Topics in Math
This course is designed for those who are about to graduate and who lack skills and basic concepts in math to succeed in higher math courses. In this class we identify the areas of each student’s weaknesses and help him better understand those areas, from basic operations to solving complex equations, graphing and solving systems of equations and higher.
Honors and Advanced Placement
Math honors classes deal with more complex problems, greater depth and an accelerated pace.
The advanced placement program prepares cadets to take the College Board Advanced Placement Exam for each of the courses offered. Currently, the MMA Mathematics Department offers statistics and calculus AP opportunities.
The mastery of English requires extensive study in the areas of grammar, composition, vocabulary, literature, research and speech.
The Marine Military Academy English department consists of five levels of core teaching with advanced courses in grades 9-12. By aligning our curriculum across every level, we allow for these subjects to be continuously reinforced, thereby thoroughly preparing cadets in the fundamentals of reading, writing and public speaking.
Language Arts (Grade Level: 8)
Addresses five subject areas within the English curriculum: literature, composition, grammar, vocabulary, and research. Literature study involves an overview of various literary genres and an introduction to the terminology associated with each. Composition instruction addresses paragraph and essay development as well as research writing using MLA guidelines. Students review and study the modes of discourse and are introduced to the basics of literary writing. Grammar study is thorough beginning with the parts of speech and extending through clauses, to mechanics, and to sentence structure. Vocabulary improvement, addressed throughout the year, is taught independently through workbook exercises and in context through assigned novels and anthology selections.
English I (Grade Level: 9)
Provides a study of various literary genres, the modes of discourse, research writing, grammar study, and vocabulary improvement. Literature, addressed thematically with emphasis on literary terminology, is reinforced through composition and research assignments and includes assigned novels in addition to weekly anthology selections. Grammar study is comprehensive as is vocabulary study, addressed through literary selections as well as workbook exercises.
English II (Grade Level: 10)
Introduction to world literature through a study of various literary genres assigned through individual novels, poetry collections, plays, short story collections, and anthology selections. Composition instruction addresses basic modes of discourse and research writing and introduces students to literary writing including literary explications focusing on the application of literary terminology. Grammar mastery is assessed through diagramming practice, workbook exercises, and revision assignments. Vocabulary study is addressed weekly.
English III (Grade Level: 11)
Provides a survey of American literature within its historical context from the Native American period to the present and extensive instruction in the basics of grammar, composition, vocabulary, and research. Students study a variety of genres in American literature through anthology selections and assigned novels, plays, and short stories. Composition instruction provides practice in the basic modes of discourse, literary writing, research writing, and technical writing with emphasis on the summary, letter of request, abstract, and college-application essay.
English IV (Grade Level: 12)
Includes a survey of British literature and the historical context in which it was written with additional emphasis on World literature. Students address grammar in review and study vocabulary weekly. Novels are assigned quarterly in addition to literary selections from the assigned anthology. Students are assigned various compositions including literary analyses, persuasive essays, and several research projects.
Technical Writing (Grade Level: 10)
This is a one-semester course designed to complement instruction given in core English courses. Grammar skills, paragraph and essay development, and the research process are addressed; in addition, students read at least two novels as a basis for literary writing. Vocabulary is addressed weekly.
Speech Communication (Grade Level: 10)
This course provides instruction and practice in speech preparation and delivery. Cadets are expected to deliver a variety of speeches and to acquire the necessary skills to develop a speech, including selecting a topic, drafting an outline, using visual aids and effective delivery techniques.
Students will learn the process of telling news stories through the medium of photography. They will plan, create, interpret, and critique visual representations. Laws and ethical considerations that impact photography will be studied. Students will understand the technical aspects of cameras and photography.
Honors & Advanced Placement Courses
Honors courses focus on the development of effective communication through written and verbal discourse. Emphasis is placed on mechanical proficiency and organizational skills in writing essays, research papers and the analysis of style, tone and point of view in literature.
AP classes offer a rigorous program of reading, writing and discussion with the final challenge being placed on taking the advanced placement exam. Cadets must score a three, four or five on the exam in order to receive university credit, which is accepted at most institutions of higher learning in the United States.
Our dual enrollment courses are offered through an agreement with University of Texas at Brownsville. Cadets in an AP or dual enrollment course can earn up to six college credits in a year.
The social sciences department is committed to developing a strong sense of citizenship within cadets by emphasizing self-discipline, responsibility, a system of values and strong work ethic.
The social sciences curriculum helps cadets understand how political, economic, social and cultural forces continue to influence and shape both their lives and our world.
This introductory course serves as a foundation upon which subjects of World and U.S. History may be built. World Geography focuses global climates and environments, external and internal forces of the earth, vegetation, animals and the cultures and characteristics of the humans that inhabit various regions.
World History provides an overview of the entire history of humankind. The major emphasis is on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to present day. Traditional historical points of reference are identified as cadets analyze important events and issues in western civilization and beyond. Cadets evaluate the causes and effects of political and economic imperialism and of major political revolutions since the 17th century. They also examine the impact of geographic factors on major historical events, identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems, and analyze the process by which democratic-republican governments evolved as well as ideas from historical documents that influenced that process. They will trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts and examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions. Additionally, they will analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economies, and use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret and use multiple sources of evidence.
This course focuses on the political, economic and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. constitution, challenges to the early republic, westward expansion, sectionalism, The war Between the States and Reconstruction. Content is also focused on the events and issues related to industrialization and urbanization, major wars, domestic and foreign policies of the Cold War and Post-Cold War eras. Cadets use critical thinking skills to explain and apply different methods that historians use to interpret the past, including points of view and historical context.
This course is a study of the functions of the various branches and the different levels of government. This course includes a look at elections, political parties and interest groups. U.S. foreign policy and national security are also studied.
The purpose of this course is to help cadets understand and deal with the major economic forces that affect their lives. Topics to be discussed are production, savings, investment, insurance, national income, accounting and membership in labor and business organizations.
This course is a survey that spans the history of warfare from ancient Greece to the present era. The subject of this class discusses topics of strategy, tactics, morality, professionalism, policy, and technology.
Students study the theoretical, political and practical aspects of citizenship, as well as its rights and duties.
An overview of Chinese culture, encompassing history, the arts, literature, religion and philosophy, political events, science, and contemporary lifestyles. This course is designed to give Chinese nationals practice in describing and explaining their own country and culture to outsiders, and to give students who are not Chinese an in-depth view of all that makes modern China what it is.
Honors and Advanced Placement Courses
Our social sciences honors classes involve a more in-depth study of various topics through the use of advanced readings and research.
AP classes emphasize not only on learning content material, but on acquiring and using critical thinking and analytical writing skills. These courses follow the College Board Advanced Placement Program and prepare cadets to take the AP exam for college credit.
Our integrated science program explores the relationship between the various branches of study and provides cadets with a solid foundation for college-level science courses.
The Marine Military Academy science curriculum aims at engaging the tactical, visual, oral and logical senses of our cadets through use of lectures, demonstrations, labs and computer aids. Cadets are strongly encouraged at all levels to develop their sense of investigation and discovery through scientific inquiry and higher-order thinking.
Covers the characteristics of living things, plant and animal cell structures, the characteristics of unicellular and multi-cellular life, genetics, classification of organisms, the structure and function of human cells tissues organs and organ systems, and the structure and function of plants.
Integrated Physics and Chemistry
Integrated Physics and Chemistry explores the nature of force, motion, energy, and matter. Course topics include kinematics, force, momentum, waves, atoms, the periodic table, molecular bonding, chemical reactivity, electricity, and nuclear energy.
A comparative study of anatomical structures of both invertebrate and vertebrate animal phyla. This course provides the opportunity to use the scientific methods in experiments that explore living and preserved specimens. Additionally, it provides a basic foundation of biological and scientific skills that will be used in other related courses.
Chemistry is the study of the structure, composition, and behavior of matter. Emphasis is placed on the investigation of matter, its interactions, and the factors affecting these interactions. The program is laboratory oriented and stresses observation, classification and manipulation of chemical behavior.
A trig-based course in Newtonian statics and dynamics that introduces cadets to vector math and the study of forces. The program is a balanced approach among lectures, demonstrations, labs, and problem solving. Upon completion, cadets will be well prepared for college level physics.
A comprehensive course that incorporates lessons from physical, life and biological sciences. Topics covered include: human populations, ecology, biodiversity, geology, food resources, water resources and many others.
Honors, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Courses
The biology honors class is designed for cadets who have excellent reading, comprehension and study skills. Instruction emphasizes laboratory investigation, independent research and analysis.
Advanced placement science courses are designed to prepare cadets for the AP exams. Cadets passing these exams with a three, four, or five will receive college credit. MMA offers the following science AP courses:
- Chemistry AP is designed to be equivalent to a first-year chemistry college course. Cadets will obtain an in-depth understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competency in dealing with chemical problems.
- Physics AP is designed for cadets who wish to major in a scientific-related field. Cadets in this course will obtain a fundamental knowledge of the principles of motion, forces, sound, light, electricity, magnetism, energy and modern physics.
Marine Military Academy is dedicated to preparing our cadets to meet the challenges of the world around them and instilling an awareness and appreciation of our global society through the study of other languages and cultures.
Our mission is to build linguistic skills and an understanding of the people whose languages we teach. In so doing, we give our cadets training in linguistic analysis and comparison, which will enable them to explore other new languages as their horizons expand.
In order to reinforce classroom learning, cadets also participate in regional and national language competitions and take field trips to points of cultural interest.
An introduction to the language and the cultural heritage of people who speak it. Develops basic vocabulary, communicative skills and strategies for second-language learning.
Continuing study of language and culture, expanding on skills acquired in the first year. Develops reading and writing skills and explores regional variations of language and culture.
Spanish III & IV
Reinforces reading and writing skills, developing an appreciation of poetry and short stories while providing opportunities to master grammar and vocabulary. Cadets at this level refine their command of the spoken language.
Chinese I & II
These courses are intended as a beginning high school two-year curriculum in Chinese. Cadets will begin with intensive language, history, and culture studies, building oral and written proficiency. This will be accomplished through the use of daily readings, intense oral practice, basic vocabulary, grammar structures, written characters, conversation, daily review and activities designed to build cultural awareness.
These courses provide mastery and expansion of skills acquired by the students in Chinese II. Specific content includes, but is not limited to, expansions of vocabulary and conversational skills through discussions of selected readings. Contemporary vocabulary stresses activities, which are important to the everyday life of the target language-speaking people. These courses focus on important linguistic structures, in order to build and refine cadets’ understanding of Chinese grammar.
The honors courses in Spanish and Chinese emphasize development of higher levels of cultural awareness through various readings, media resources and authentic materials. The skills and knowledge acquired by the cadets in the classroom will help them excel in communicating effectively in their chosen language. This course is aligned in accordance with the standards from the College Board Advanced Placement Program.
The Marine Military Academy special programs department is designed to complement traditional education and give cadets the competitive edge necessary for success after graduation.
Members of this department are heavily involved in individualized instruction and often tailor a specific program for one cadet. Most instruction involves hands-on experiences and provides opportunities for creative expression. In some cases, cadets take part in setting up their own programs by analyzing their own strengths and weaknesses and regularly conferencing with their teacher for guidance.
A course unique to MMA that affords cadets the opportunity to improve their college entrance exam scores while beginning the college selection and application process through a combination of direct instruction, practice testing, analysis and follow-up drills. It includes a placement test and vocabulary study in an individualized program, plus the time to create a personal file with a resume, an autobiography, at least one college essay and college information charts for their universities of interest.
Aerospace I (flight training)
A ground school course that prepares cadets to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Written Exam. Flight Training I also helps prepare cadets for the FAA Private Pilot Practical Exam by thoroughly teaching them all of the knowledge required for a private pilot's certificate
Aerospace II (flight training)
An advanced elective designed to teach the material necessary to take the FAA Instrument Pilot Written Exam. Flight training is given in a Cessna 172 or Cessna 152 training aircraft as well as our FAA-approved ATD flight simulator. In addition to these electives, the Air Wing offers additional training leading to the Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificates.
This course introduces cadets to the logical and structural concepts of computer programming using JAVA and aids in the development and reinforcement of logical thinking and manipulative skills, problem solving, program development and effective use of computer hardware. A strong understanding in math is required for successful completion.
Business Computer Programming I
An introductory course to database programming and development. Cadets will become familiar with database design, development, architecture and integration with Macros using Visual Basic Application Programming.
Business Computer Programming II
An introductory course to programming using Visual Basic. Cadets will learn how Visual Basic can be used to tailor typical business programs for enhanced performance and increased value for specific applications.
Business Computer Applications
Cadets apply the proper touch-system technique to input data when using the computer, and apply word processing technology in order to format and print documents such as personal and business letters, memos and short reports.
Business Computer Information Systems
An introduction to the use of computer applications in college and business. Through skill building and problem solving, cadets acquire good working knowledge of business program suites used to record, store, retrieve and present information. Placed in real world and simulated situations, cadets learn to create professional documents, spreadsheets, databases and computer presentations. Accelerated cadets will be afforded the opportunity to become a certified Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) in one or more areas of concentration.
This course teaches cadets how taking responsibility for their own health has a positive effect not only on themselves but also on those around them. It provides a comprehensive study of the body and an explanation of the interdependence of its systems. It also develops the decision-making skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This course uses PageMaker for electronic publishing and advertising graphics in the production of the Pass in Review, MMA's yearbook. Cadets strengthen their writing skills while learning photography, page layout and design, business, professionalism and, ultimately, gain marketable job skills.
An integral part of the military aspect of the school, the band consists of musicians of all levels of experience from beginning to advanced and provides support for a variety of school and regional events.
Fundamentals of Information Security
This course provides an introduction to the various basic technical and administrative aspects of Information Security, and addresses the foundation for understanding the key issues associated with protecting information assets, determining the levels of protection and response to security incidents, and designing security mechanisms. Students will be exposed to the spectrum of Security activities, methods, methodologies, and procedures. Coverage will include inspection and protection of information assets, detection of and reaction to threats to information assets, and examination of pre- and post-incident procedures, technical and managerial responses and an overview of the Information Security Planning and Staffing functions.
Introduction to Digital Forensics
This course focuses on the use of the most popular forensics tools and provides specific guidance on dealing with civil and criminal matters relating to the law and technology. Includes discussions on how to manage a digital forensics operation in today’s business environment.
Introduction to Networking
Learn how to install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot a computer network. It will cover the most important concepts, such as TCP/IP, ethernet, wireless transmission and security.
Our enrichment activity program provides our cadets with a variety of fun and engaging activities to further explore their interests.
Enrichment activities are scheduled once a week for a two hour period each quarter. Cadets have the opportunity to choose four activities during the academic year.
In order to maintain social distancing, we are limiting our class size to 10 cadets in each classroom and therefore have established a 9-period school day. We will place our Enrichment Program on hold for the 2020-2021 school year. We will be providing additional instructional time and/or tutorial for cadets during the school day instead of after school to keep our cadets safe.
This course is a competitive team sport designed to teach the cadets basic infantry tactics and leadership skills. Similar to paint ball, cadets will use air soft guns that shoot a plastic BB. Mandatory eye protection is required. Gear and supplies will be provided by our school. If cadets have their own gear, they are welcome to use it.
This course will prepare students with the basic knowledge of the automotive world including safety procedures, venting systems, service of vehicles and maintenance.
Food Handling/ Cooking
This course will provide students with the necessary knowledge to build healthy eating habits and learn cooking and food handling methods. This program will include working with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Students will use what they have learned in the class and prepare recipes provided by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. This will be a semester activity and students may earn a Food Handling Permit by the end of the session.
This course will provide a foundation in the ﬁeld of Computer Forensics. The student will learn how to obtain and analyze digital information for possible use as evidence in civil, criminal or administrative cases. Topics include applications of hardware and software to computer forensics, computer forensics law, volume and ﬁle system analysis, computer forensics investigations, and computer forensics in the laboratory. Hands-on exercises guide discussions and reinforce the subject matter.
Strength Conditioning and Nutrition
This course is designed for the student to learn and use specific exercises to improve performance in various athletic competitions. Proper nutrition to achieve maximum results will be discussed.
Introduction to Drawing
This course will provide instruction and guided practice in the five basic skills of drawing. The student will learn the perception of edges, perception of space, perception of relationships, perception of lights and shadows and visual referencing. Fun activities will be completed to develop the basic skills of drawing.
Introduction to Emergency Response and Rescue
This course is designed to give cadets insight and gain an understanding of the physical, psychological and emotional stress involved in being a first responder. Students interested in this field will gain the basic knowledge of introductory principles and the training and experience they will endure and undertake if they choose emergency response as a profession.
Forensics Science & Laws
This course will introduce forensic science, emphasizing the multi-disciplinary approach required to document, understand, and solve forensic problems. Topics for this course include those in general science and applying scientific methods to answer questions of interest in the legal system. Case studies will be used to illustrate how science was used to solve crimes. The student will learn how to obtain and analyze evidence in criminal cases. Topics include fingerprinting, facial reconstruction, crime scene investigating, proper handling of evidence, forensics law, and documentation. Learn what it takes to be a Crime Scene Investigator using forensics in the laboratory. Hands-on exercises guide discussions and reinforce the subject matter.
Fur, Fin and Feather
This course will focus on animals (domestic, wildlife and exotic), sea life and birds. Topics will include identifying common ailments, diseases, prevention and dietary requirements, assisting Veterinary Technicians, witnessing a K-9 Specialist in action and observing professionals in the workplace and include special field trips.
LEGO®MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 is a hands-on, cross-curricular STEM solution that engages students by providing the resources to design, build and program their creations while helping them develop essential 21st-century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. This activity is designed to be student-guided and self-paced.
This course will include the fundamentals of being an independent adult. Topics will include budgeting, time management, scheduling, meal planning on a budget, job research and living location arrangements.
The course will include learning the basics of camcorders and editing software. Students will produce a fun movie based on their interests.
This course will provide the foundation and history for two activities, origami and calligraphy. The student will learn the basic folding and the geometry of origami and the basic Chinese characters.
This course will include learning the basics of photography in a “fun” atmosphere.
This course will include both quadcopter construction and quadcopter flying. During the activity students will learn about the various parts that make up a quadcopter, basic soldering skills, basic principles of flight and some legal concerns when flying quadcopters. Students will also participate in quadcopter flying competitions to help develop their flying skills. The goal is for the cadets to be able to build a working quadcopter as well as the skill and knowledge to fly them safely.
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to sing and perform in a small group/choir. Students will learn proper vocal technique, music terminology, general music theory and confidence in performing. Students will learn a set of songs to perform for the Corps of Cadets. There is no need for previous music experience or “natural talent” to do well in choir.
This course will be an introduction into what is required to explore the underwater world. This enrichment activity is the first step in becoming a certified diver. We will learn all the necessary skills and master them in the MMA pool.
Stage Sound Production
This course will provide students with basic operational and functional knowledge and familiarization of Live Sound Engineering, Stage Lighting, and Stage Management. Students will understand basic electrical and acoustical properties and the functional processes in amplifying stage/live sound amplification and production. Additionally, the student will learn the basic processes and equipment needed for stage lighting. Stage Management is a critical skill for all live performances which is often overlooked by amateur performers.
This course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing future careers in medicine such as physical therapy, athletic training, nursing, physician assistance and occupational therapy. It introduces the profession of athletic training and the basic principles of preventative care commonly used. Topics will include athletic training, facility organization and procedures, protective sports equipment, construction of protective devices, administration of per-participation exams, application of protective taping, braces, wrapping and protective pads. Topics will include basic anatomical terms, the role of the athletic trainer in sports medicine, mechanisms of athletic injuries, signs and symptoms of injury and rehabilitation techniques, blood borne pathogens and emergency procedures.
SAT/College Application/Essay & Scholarships
This enrichment activity will help seniors with the college application process. Focus will be on college selection, completing college applications, scholarship applications, dorm applications, deposits and understanding the factors that lead to a successful freshman year.
AP English Language and Composition Course Practice
The primary purpose of this course is to prepare juniors in English Language Composition for the Advanced Placement exam in May. Additionally, this course will enrich students’ study of language and composition, their analytical skills and their writing skills. Note: Because many students take more than one AP exam, weekly lessons will duplicate to accommodate student attendance to other AP course content sessions.
AP English Literature and Composition Course Practice
The primary purpose of this course is to prepare seniors in English Literature Composition for the Advanced Placement exam in May. Additionally, this course will enrich students’ study of literature and composition, their analytical skills and their writing skills. Note: Because many students take more than one AP exam, weekly lessons will duplicate to accommodate student attendance to other AP course content sessions.
AP US History Course Practice
This course will prepare cadets for the AP US History exam in May. This class is designed to probe deeper into U.S. History. The goal is to refine essay writing skills to help students earn a qualifying score on the Short Answer, Document Based Question (DBQ) and the Long Essay.
AP Statistics and/or AP Psychology Review
This course will provide additional review to prepare cadets for their AP exam in May. The class will focus on course section(s), concepts, theories, and/or applications that may be challenging for cadets and provide additional time for mastery. Practice exams will be available for students to complete and self-grade to provide immediate feed-back on their performance, identify areas that require more practice and ease some of the tension or stress associated with the actual AP Exam.