Milo Academy Academic Life

Milo Adventist Academy is committed to providing an atmosphere and learning experiences that will enable each student to achieve the intellectual excellence of which he or she is capable.

MAA's academic goal is that each student will...

  1. recognize that God is the source of both knowledge and wisdom.
  2. become a thinker rather than a mere reflector of others' thoughts.
  3. gain a foundation of knowledge and skills that will enable him/her to excel at higher levels of education.
  4. establish the habits of self-discipline necessary for success in all future endeavors.

Graduation Requirements

General Program

The listing below outlines minimal requirements for graduation as set forth by the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the state of Oregon. Students may be accepted into some colleges with a general diploma, but will likely be admitted on a probationary basis until prerequisite classes have been successfully completed.

Science (including one lab science)30
Keyboarding/Computer Skills10
Global Studies10
US History10
Physical Education¹10
Technology course10
Fine Arts10
Total Credits240

* Ten credits represent the equivalent of 130 hours of teacher-student classroom time.

¹ A maximum of 35 credits in either music or PE may be allowed toward the required number of credits for graduation.

College Preparatory Program

Although students may be accepted into some colleges without taking all the courses listed below, the requirements for the college preparatory diploma include high school courses most often required for entrance into public and private four-year colleges. The college prep designation on the official transcript requires a minimum C average in all college prep core classes.

Science¹ (including one lab science)30
Algebra I10
Algebra II10
Keyboarding²/Computer Skills10
Global Studies10
US History10
Physical Education10
Technology course10
Fine Arts10
Foreign Language or Math & Science Enrichments20
Total Credits240

¹ College Prep Science options: Physical or General Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology II, Anatomy & Physiology.

² A maximum of 5 credits of keyboarding is allowed.

Minimum Class Load

The minimum class load is 60 credits for the school year, not including work credits or correspondence work, with no less than 30 credits per semester.

Class Placement

Class placement is determined by the number of completed credits recorded on the official transcript. Previously earned credits must be officially recorded with the Registrar within the semester of enrollment to avoid adjustment of class placement and/or loss of class office. A maximum of 35 music and PE credits can be applied towards the required number of credits for class placement.

Students who have documented 180 earned credits and who need no more than 60 credits of required classes in order to graduate. Graduates shall have completed four years in a regular program of studies or an approved acceleration program.
Students who have documented at least 120 earned credits.
Students who have documented at least 60 earned credits.
Students who have completed the eighth grade satisfactorily, have been promoted to grade nine, and have signed up for 60 credits.

Four-Year Plan

Typical College Preparatory

Bible I: Creation/Life of Christ10
English I10
Algebra I10
Physical Education10
Keyboarding/Computer Literacy10
Fine Arts10
Physical Science or Earth Science10
Bible II: Exodus/Acts/Reformation/Church History10
English II10
Physics or Biology10
Global Studies10
Bible III: Salvation/Daniel/Revelation10
American Literature or AP English10
Algebra II10
Chemistry or Anatomy & Physiology10
US History or Honors US History10
Bible IV: The Christian Life10
Math, Science, or Elective10
Foreign Language10

Enriched Diploma

Students may earn an enriched diploma by earning an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, a GPA of 3.5 in the respective area, and completing these requirements:

Advanced Placement
30 units credit in AP, Advanced, and Honors courses, and/or calculus
50 units credit in English courses
45 units credit in English courses and 1 full year on an MAA publications staff (10)
Readers Workshop credit may not be applied towards an enriched diploma.
Algebra I (10)
Geometry (10)
Algebra II (10)
Calculus (10)
40 units credit from these:
Physical or Earth Science (10)
Biology (10)
Physics (10)
Chemistry (10)
Anatomy & Physiology (10)


MAA offers a wide assortment of inventories and tests to meet students' needs. These include achievement, college entrance, career interest, and personality tests, including but not limited to:

ITED/CogAT – for freshmen and sophomores
PSAT* – for juniors
SAT* – for juniors and seniors
ACT* – for juniors and seniors
* These tests are available to lower classes upon request.


Acceleration is seldom advisable. Students considering it should counsel widely with parents, guidance counselor, and registrar before making application. The NPUC policy is available from the Registrar. Application to the Curriculum/Academic Standards Committee must be made by the end of the Fall Semester of the sophomore year. If approved, the student will never have junior status.

In order to accelerate the student must have met the following requirements:

  • Have a composite score at the 85th percentile or above on standardized testing
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Complete all regular graduation requirements
  • Have satisfactory citizenship
  • Be a Milo student at least one semester before applying

Adding/Dropping Classes

Class schedules must be approved by the Registrar at the time of registration. To add or drop a class, the following procedure is required:

  1. Talk with your parents and with the teacher about your reasons for wanting to add or drop the class. Ask your parents to call the Registrar to give their approval for the change.
  2. Secure a Change of Program voucher from the Registrar.
  3. Obtain signatures of the course instructors involved.
  4. The change in class schedule is not official until the completed voucher is returned to the Registrar. If dropping a class, the student will need to continue attending class until that time to avoid accumulating attendance points.

Classes may be added during the first week of each semester and may be dropped during the first two weeks of each semester. If the class is dropped before Friday of the second week, it will not appear on the transcript. Classes dropped after the two-week deadline will appear on the transcript with a notation of WP (Withdrawal Passing) or WF (Withdrawal Failing). Classes may not be dropped within ten school days of the end of the semester.

Correspondence Courses

  1. Application to receive credit for correspondence courses must be submitted to the Curriculum/Academic Standards Committee for approval in order for credit to be accepted by MAA. No more than 25% of your total semester periods required for graduation may be from correspondence courses.
  2. Students may be enrolled in no more than one correspondence course at a time.
  3. Correspondence schools that are approved include Home Study International, University of Missouri Independent Study, Indiana University Independent Study, and the University of North Dakota.
  4. Examinations must be sent by the correspondence school to the MAA Guidance Counselor or Registrar.
  5. Seniors must complete all correspondence course work by the beginning of second semester. If this deadline is not met, senior class standing, including participation in senior class events and senior privileges, will be suspended until a transcript is received for the courses required for graduation. If the course is available on campus during second semester, the student may choose to enroll in the class and retain senior class standing.

Exceptions to the policies above must be petitioned to the Curriculum/Academic Standards Committee.

Outside Credit

Credits earned during the summer or during the school year in a program other than at MAA are designated as outside credits. A request must be submitted in advance to the Curriculum/Academic Standards Committee for approval of any outside credits to apply toward graduation at MAA.

Home school credits or courses from a nonaccredited school may be accepted and will be recorded only as pass/fail credits on the MAA transcript in accordance with NPUC Code 2430:98.

Outside credits not officially documented within the semester of enrollment may require adjustment of class placement and/or loss of student office.