About Us

Mount Mourne School exists to inspire its students to become compassionate, lifelong learners who are responsible, global citizens.  Our students will use various modes of communication in order to promote peace by learning to accept cultural differences and to respect our world. 

Application for Admission

MOUNT MOURNE APPLICATION PROCESS

GENERAL INFORMATION

Mount Mourne is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for grades 6-8 with a mission to inspire students to become compassionate, lifelong learners who are responsible, global citizens.  We are a choice school within the Iredell-Statesville School District, so students must apply for admission.

The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a five year programme.  In the Iredell-Statesville School District the IB MYP begins at either Mt. Mourne or Northview in grades 6-8 and continues at South Iredell or Statesville High for grades 9-10. 

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the Middle Years Programme for the southern end of Iredell county will move from Mount Mourne School to The Brawley School located at 132 Swift Arrow Drive, Mooresville.  Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the Middle Years Programme for the northern end of Iredell county will move from Northview to the location of Statesville Middle School at 321 N Clegg St, Statesville.

The above application is for students who would like to join the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Northview, an IB World School, or The Brawley School, an IB World School (formerly Mount Mourne) for the 2020-2021 school year.  Each application will be processed for the school that the student is zoned for, based on the student's home address.

OPEN ENROLLMENT 2020-2021

Mount Mourne's Open Enrollment will begin on December 1, 2019 and end January 12, 2020.  Only applications submitted during the open enrollment period will be considered for general admission.  

LATE APPLICANTS

Any application received after January 12, 2020 is considered late.  Late applications will be placed on a waiting list and will be kept in a first come first served manner.  Enrollment for late applicants is subject to availability. 

All late applicants will need to submit an application and obtain the following records from your student's school data manager:

   ____ Student's most recent report card

   ____ Student's most recent benchmark assessment scores from this current school year

   ____ Student's disciplinary record and attendance record

   ____ Student's End-of-Grade assessment data for Reading and Math from the previous year

**If coming from out of state or a private school, please provide any available state test/standardized test results for Reading and Math.

 

SCHOOL TOURS & INFORMATION NIGHT 

During the open enrollment period we will hold a limited number of guided school tours for prospective students and parents.  Families may sign up for those tours online using the SignUpGenius, which will be posted on our school's homepage. 

Mount Mourne will host an Information Night the evening of December 3, 2019, 6:00-7:30 PM in our school's gym.  If you are interested in the IB programme for your child's education, we strongly suggest that you take the opportunity to attend this event to learn about IB and ask any questions you might have.  No sign up is needed for the Information Night. 

RECOMMENDATION STANDARDS

While reviewing applications, several data points are considered.  The applicant’s report card grades, benchmark assessment scores, EOG scores, as well as their discipline and attendance record are reviewed.  These data points will be collected through our district database for applicants who are current students in Iredell-Statesville Schools (ISS).  Applicants who currently attend a charter school, private school, or other school outside of ISS must submit those supporting documents themselves.  This information is used to help us provide parents with an informed recommendation about whether their student is likely to be successful in this programme.  

OUT OF DISTRICT APPLICANTS

There is no cost for a student to attend Mt. Mourne if a family resides in the Iredell-Statesville School District (I-SS).  Students who reside outside of Iredell County are required to pay an annual tuition fee, which is established every summer.

Out-of-District Application Checklist

OUT OF DISTRICT APPLICANT CHECKLIST

If your student currently attends a charter school, private school, or other school outside of the Iredell-Statesville School (ISS) system, your application is not complete until the online application is submitted AND the documentation below has been turned in to the main office at Mount Mourne School.

☐  ONLINE APPLICATION

There is a parent portion and a student portion.  Both the parent and student must be present while filling out the online application.

Far in advance you must request the following supporting documents from your student's current school data manager or registrar, to be submitted to Mount Mourne School before 3:00 PM on January 31, 2020.  

☐  SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:

  • Student's most recent report card (2nd quarter)

  • Student's most recent benchmark assessment scores from this current school year

  • Student's disciplinary record and attendance record

  • Student's End-of-Grade assessment scores for Reading and Math. If student is coming from an out-of-state school, please provide any standardized test results available for Reading and Math in place of the End-of-Grade assessment scores.

 

Please check to make sure all items are completed.

Printable Request for Records

If your student currently attends a charter school, private school, or other school outside of the Iredell-Statesville School (ISS) system, you must submit the online application and supporting documentation.  If your student's current school requires an official request for records to obtain the requested data, please print the attached document, fill out the top section, and submit it to your student's school. 

Please take these steps far in advance and check to make sure all items are completed.  The deadline for completed applications, which includes the supporting documentation, is 3:00 PM on January 31, 2020. 

Printable Records Request

Daily Schedule

Student Drop Off
Students may be dropped at 8:00

Student Pick Up
Students must be picked up by 3:15, unless staying after school with a designated chaperone

School Hours
8:25 - 3:00

Class Schedule

8:25-10:00 1st period
10:03-11:30 2nd period
11:33-1:30 3rd period
1:33-3:00 4th period

(Students will go to lunch during their third block class.  Lunch is approximately 30 minutes)

Mount Mourne Policies

Honor Code

Mount Mourne Honor Code

IB World Schools create Honor Codes for academic honesty that support learners and safeguard the integrity of the International Baccalaureate Programme.   In the 21st century, opportunities for misuse of resources are significantly greater than in the past. Developments in communication, technology, and information management have enhanced student academic opportunities but as well as pose potential threats to academic commitment and focus

Mount Mourne students are expected to display academic honesty at all times.  These include a set of values that promote personal integrity and good practice in learning and assessment, as an approach to learning in MYP.  We realize that academic honesty is influenced by many factors, such as peer pressure, parental/teacher expectations, role modeling and taught skills. Students should display at all times honesty, use of all forms of resources appropriately, and follow teacher procedures when dishonesty is observed or discovered. Academic honesty is the responsibility of all, including teachers, students, administration, and parents.

The staff at Mount Mourne support academic honesty by stressing the role of the approaches to learning skills, problem-solving, and being responsible for ones’ choices. Academic honesty at Mount Mourne looks like the following:

Personal Skills:

acting with integrity, working with confidence and independence, evaluating self, meeting deadlines, determining to achieve one’s potential

Social Skills:

working collaboratively, contributing to a group, acknowledging the work of group members, evaluating peers

Technical Skills:

recognizing the work and ideas of others, citing and referencing text and online sources appropriately, understanding plagiarism

Academic Honesty Offenses and Actions

Offenses include but are not limited to: copying classmates’ homework, allowing parents/guardians to complete assignments, talking/cheating on tests, using calculators improperly, plagiarizing text or online sources, informing classmates about assessments

Action for First Offense:

alternate assignment & resubmission, parent contact, and disciplinary referral

Action for Second Offense:

alternate assignment & resubmission, parent contact, and one-day suspension

Action for Further Offense:

alternate assignment & resubmission, parent contact, and extended suspension or removal from Mount Mourne, an IBO World School

Language Policy

Mount Mourne School Language Policy

This policy currently under revision and will be shared later this year. Once this one is revised, we will add it. Thank you. 

Student Dress Code

Dress Code for Students

Dress Code Compliance At Mount Mourne, it is of primary importance to foster an atmosphere that is most conducive to learning. Students need to come to school in safe, non-distracting attire. The dress code applies during the school day and on all field trips. Students are expected to attend school in clothing that is appropriate for a productive educational environment. Clothing accessories that bring excessive attention to an individual are prohibited. Appropriate and acceptable apparel includes the following:

•Skirts, Dresses, and Shorts: Arms down and fingers fully extended – shorts must touch, not rise above fingertips. No transparent, slashed clothing, or holes in pants above the fingertips (unless leggings are worn to hide any visible skin).

•Head coverings of any kind and sunglasses are not allowed inside the building unless for religious/cultural purposes.

•Shirts must meet the following:

     ● Sleeves that cover the shoulder and underarms.

     ● Long enough to remain tucked in with arms raised, while leaning over, or while seated.

     ● No visible undergarments.

     ● No inappropriate symbols, words, pictures, or articles depicting violence, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, sex, vulgarity, demeaning to race.

•No wallet chains or jewelry that pose a safety hazard.

•No pajamas or bedroom shoes (except during Spirit Week). Failure to comply with the dress code policy will be handled according to the school discipline procedures.

Chronic failure to comply with the dress code will be treated as insubordination and could be punished with Out-of-school Suspension. DRESS CODE CAN BE AMENDED AT ANYTIME WHEN DEEMED NECESSARY BY THE SCHOOL’S ADMINISTRATION. 

Promotion Standards

Promotion Standards

MMS Middle Years Programme

Level 1 (Grade 6)

Definition of failing Teacher Standard:  Student receives a final criteria grade of 2 or below in two or more classes OR student receives a final criteria grade of 2 or below in Math, Language A, or Language B class.   

 Student fails Teacher Standard and passes EOGs

  • Student will be retained at the IB school in current grade or go back to the home school where promotion or retention will be determined collaboratively by the IB principal and home school principal.

Student passes Teacher Standard and fails EOGs

  • Student will be retained at the IB school in current grade or go back to the home school where promotion or retention will be determined collaboratively by the IB principal and home school principal.

Student fails Teacher Standard and fails EOGs

  • Student must return to the home school where promotion or retention will be determined collaboratively by the IB principal and home school principal.

Student fails due to attendance

  • Student will be retained or promoted at IB principal discretion.

Student fails to complete community service requirement

  • Student must return to home school.

 

Level 2 (Grade 7)

Definition of failing Teacher Standard:  Student receives a final criteria grade of 2 or below in two or more classes OR student receives a final criteria grade of 2 or below in Math, Language A, or Language B class.   

 Student fails Teacher Standard and passes EOGs

  • Student will be retained at the IB school in current grade or go back to the home school where promotion or retention will be determined collaboratively by the IB principal and home school principal.

Student passes Teacher Standard and fails EOGs

  • Student will be retained at the IB school in current grade or go back to the home school where promotion or retention will be determined collaboratively by the IB principal and home school principal.

Student fails Teacher Standard and fails EOGs

  • Student must return to home school where promotion or retention will be determined collaboratively by the IB principal and home school principal.

Student fails due to attendance

  • Student will be retained or promoted at IB principal discretion.

Student fails to complete community service requirement

  • Student must return to home school.

 

Level 3 (Grade 8)

Definition of failing Teacher Standard:  Student receives a final criteria grade of 2 or below in two or more classes OR student receives a final criteria grade of 2 or below in Math, Language A, or Language B class.   

Student fails Teacher Standards and passes EOGs/EOCs

  • Student may not continue on to South Iredell for the Middle Years Programme but must return to traditional home high school as a ninth grade student.

Student passes Teacher Standard and fails EOGs/EOCs

  • Student will be retained at the IB school in current grade or go back to the home school where promotion or retention will be determined collaboratively by the IB principal and home school principal.

Student fails Teacher Standard and fails EOGs/EOCs

  • Student may not continue on to South Iredell for the Middle Years Programme but must go to traditional home high school where promotion or retention will be determined collaboratively by the IB principal and home school principal.

Student fails due to attendance

  • Student will be retained or promoted at IB principal discretion.

Student fails to complete community service requirement

  • Student may not continue on to South Iredell for the Middle Years Programme but must go to traditional home high school as a ninth grade student.

 

Level 4 (Grade 9)

Definition of failing Teacher Standard:  Student fails any 1 course.

 Student fails Teacher Standard

  • Student must return to traditional home high school (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes).

Student fails due to attendance

  • Student must return to traditional home school (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes).

Student fails to complete community service requirement

  • Student must return to traditional home high school (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes).

 

Level 5 (Grade 10):

Definition of failing Teacher Standard:  Student fails any 1 course.

Student fails Teacher Standard

  • Student may not continue into the Diploma Programme but may apply to remain at SIHS in the traditional program with BOE approval if space allows (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes).

Student fails to pass all courses with a C or higher

  • Student must meet with Diploma Programme coordinator to determine appropriate pathway (i.e., continuing in the Diploma Programme, enrolling in the IBCC Programme, or enrolling in the traditional program). Students who are not zoned for SIHS but do not continue in DP or enroll in IBCC must apply to remain at SIHS in the traditional program with BOE approval if space allows.

Student fails due to attendance

  • Student may not continue into the Diploma Programme but may apply to remain at SIHS in the traditional program with BOE approval if space allows (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes).

Student fails to complete community service requirement

  • Student may not continue into the Diploma Programme but may apply to remain at SIHS in the traditional program with BOE approval if space allows (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes).

Student fails to demonstrate sufficient growth (i.e., achieve a minimum score of 15) through the Personal Project

  • Student may not continue into the Diploma Programme but may apply to remain at SIHS in the traditional program with BOE approval if space allows (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes)

 

SIHS Diploma Programme Promotion Standards

Grade 11:

Definition of failing Teacher Standard:  Student fails any 1 course.

Student fails Teacher Standard

  • Student may not continue in the Diploma Programme but may apply to remain at SIHS in the traditional program with BOE approval if space allows (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes).

Student fails due to attendance

  • Student may not continue in the Diploma Programme but may apply to remain at SIHS in the traditional program with BOE approval if space allows (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes).

Student fails to demonstrate sufficient growth (i.e., complete 5 of the 8 required learning outcomes) through Creativity, Action and Service by the end of the junior year

  • Student may not continue in the Diploma Programme but may apply to remain at SIHS in the traditional program with BOE approval if space allows (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes).

Student fails to submit a polished draft of the Extended Essay by the end of the junior year

  • Student may not continue in the Diploma but may apply to remain at SIHS in the traditional program with BOE approval if space allows (failing students zoned for SIHS will be enrolled in traditional classes).

Students may only enter the Diploma Programme as juniors if they have completed all prerequisite coursework and conferenced with the Diploma Programme coordinator.

Assessment Policy

Assessment Policy

Philosophy

  • We believe that through rigorous academics, students will have the confidence to embrace new challenges in a changing world.
  • We believe that students take control of their learning by using multiple criteria and rubrics to measure knowledge and opportunities for growth. This is done through the use of concept-based instruction, with criterion-based scoring that complements traditional grading practice.
  • We view criterion-based scoring as the measurement of student knowledge based on MYP Criterion Rubrics.
  • We believe this policy demonstrates our school’s commitment to the IB programme model as well as the NC traditional method of grading.

The Mt. Mourne School Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
below 60 F

Teachers’ grade books will use the following weights to compute quarterly grades:

20% - Classwork/Homework
30% - Quizzes/Formative Assessments
50% - Tests/Projects/Summative

Criteria-Related Grade

The student’s 0-8 grade is a direct measure of the competency a student has shown in terms of skills and knowledge as it relates to the specific criteria in that subject area. Assessments are broken into two categories-formative and summative.

Formative assessments (classwork, homework, quizzes) are indicators of the learning taking place throughout the instruction and learning of new concepts as students work through a unit. They are closely aligned with MYP Criterion descriptors and NC Essential Standards. They provide opportunities for students to try new concepts while learning from errors made. They will be scored using the traditional 0-100 grading scale.

Summative assessments (tests/projects) take place after new concepts have been fully explored. This provides significant evidence to help determine a student’s MYP Criterion score. Each subject area has specific criterion rubrics that progress in complexity from Year 1 (6th grade) to Year 3 (8th grade). All assignments are considered components of assessment and therefore, are vital to the learning process. Summative assessments will be scored using the MYP criteria rubrics on a 0-8 scale. These scores will then be translated to a 0-100 score for reporting purposes in the Power School Gradebook.

Student-led Conferences:

In an effort to clearly communicate between school and home, student-led conference forms will be shared with parents twice during the school year.

Courses for High School Credit:

Students taking the following courses can qualify for high school credit, but the grade does not factor into high school Grade Point Average: - Language & Acquisition Level 3 receives high school credit as Foreign Language (Spanish/French) - Math I receives credit as Math I (Students’ final Math 1 grade will include the NC End of Course score as 20% of the grade)

Student Responsibilities

  • Students are expected to be autonomous learners who think independently, display academic honesty, assess their own progress, and take responsibility for deadlines.
  • Be actively involved in their own learning by analyzing and monitoring summative and formative assessment scores to assess their own progress.
  • Be proactive in arranging meetings with subject teachers to get personalized feedback to assist with troublesome areas/concepts in the curriculum.
  • Submit all assignments on time without exception.
  • Follow teacher-administered deadlines for larger assignments in order to manage time, ensure adequate progress, and meet task expectations.
  • Share responsibility for creating a challenging and fruitful learning environment. Students should demonstrate respect and consideration for others. This assists in creating an atmosphere of harmony and cooperation, which is conducive to learning.
  • Aspire to become compassionate, 21st century, lifelong learners who are responsible global citizens.

Teacher Responsibilities

  • Use formative assessments to analyze classroom learning and modify instruction
  • Analyze assessment data to identify patterns of individual student performance and needs
  • Work in collaborative teams to design and evaluate common assessments
  • Show an awareness of the diversity of the learning styles of the class by using a variety of teaching strategies
  • Provide timely written and/or oral feedback on assignments
  • Post assignments in classroom and on their Canvas course daily
  • Use authentic assessments that tie curriculum to real-world applications

Mount Mourne Honor Code

IB World Schools create Honor Codes for academic honesty that support learners and safeguard the integrity of the International Baccalaureate Programme. In the 21st century, opportunities for misuse of resources are significantly greater than in the past. Developments in communication, technology, and information management have enhanced student academic opportunities but pose potential threats to academic commitment and focus as well.

Mount Mourne students are expected to display academic honesty at all times. These include a set of values that promotes personal integrity and good practice in learning and assessment as an approach to learning in MYP. We realize that academic honesty is influenced by many factors, such as peer pressure, parental/teacher expectations, role modeling, and taught skills. Students should display honesty al all times, use of all forms of resources appropriately, and follow teacher procedures when dishonesty is observed or discovered. Academic honesty is the responsibility of all, including teachers, students, administration, and parents.

The Mt. Mourne staff supports academic honesty by stressing the role of the approaches to learning skills, problem solving, and responsibility for one’s choices. Academic honesty at Mount Mourne looks like the following:

Personal Skills - acting with integrity, working with confidence and independence, evaluating self, meeting deadlines, determining to achieve one’s potential

Social Skills - working collaboratively, contributing to a group, acknowledging the work of group members, evaluating peers

Technical Skills - recognizing the work and ideas of others, citing and referencing text and online sources appropriately, understanding plagiarism

Offenses include but are not limited to:  copying classmates’ homework, allowing parents/guardians to complete assignments, talking/cheating on tests, using calculators improperly, plagiarizing text or online sources, informing classmates about assessments

Action for First Offense:

alternate assignment & resubmission, parent contact, and disciplinary referral

Action for Second Offense:

alternate assignment & resubmission, parent contact, and one-day suspension

Action for Further Offense:

alternate assignment & resubmission, parent contact, and extended suspension or removal from Mount Mourne, an IBO World School

Academic/Behavior Contract

At Mt. Mourne School, we expect every student to give 100% effort in regard to both academics and life skills. Any student not performing at a level consistent with their academic abilities may be placed on an Academic Contract/Behavioral Contract.

Revised May 2018

Electronic Policy

Electronics Policy

Electronic devices, including cell phones, iPods, mp3s, etc. should not be seen or heard (unless directed by a teacher as an educational tool) at Mount Mourne upon arriving to campus (7:45am-2:50pm).  If an electronic device is seen or heard by a teacher, the following process will be followed. Please refer to the website for the entire Electronic Policy.

Action for First Offense:

Staff member will take the electronic device, secure it, and return to the student at the end of the day.

Action for Second Offense:

Staff member will take the electronic device, deliver to the office to be secured, and the parent must pick up the device in the office.

Action for Third Offense:

Staff member will take the electronic device, deliver to the main office to be secured, the office will hold for one week, and then parent can pick up.

Action for Further Offense:

Administrative Conference

Bus Policy

Due to the constantly increasing number of riders on our school buses, we are UNABLE to allow students to ride other buses home with friends. The only exception to this rule will be if a parent is out of town and the student is staying with another family. You will need to contact Erin Hieb at 704-892-4711 to obtain permission for that time period.

If your child wants to go home with another student you will have to provide the transportation.

Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance by every student is mandatory. The state of North Carolina requires that every child in the state between the ages of seven (or younger if enrolled) and 16 attend school. Parents or legal guardians have the responsibility for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily. Accurate records of attendance are kept by school officials.

School Attendance Policies/Make-up Time

  • A student must attend school 50% of the school day in order to be counted present for the entire day.
  • A student must stay at school until 11:30 am or must arrive at school by 11:30 am in order to be counted present for the day.
  • If a student must miss school, please send in a parent or medical appointment note for the days missed within two days of the child's return. If the note is not received within two days, the absence is coded as unexcused. Parents may submit the online Student Absences Excuse Form within the same two day window.
  • Students must be in attendance 50% of the school day in order to participate in or to observe extra-curricular activities.  (Examples: athletic events, school activities, class plays, concerts, etc.) Exceptions may be approved by the principal.
  • After 10 excused or unexcused absences, a medical or dental appointment note will be required to excuse any future absences.
  • After 10 unexcused absences students will be required to make-up their time on designated days (weekends, early release days, teacher workdays).  Mount Mourne will schedule those dates as needed. Students must arrive before the starting time and must stay for the entire session to be counted present. 
  • Any student exceeding 10 unexcused absences who fails to make-up time may be at risk of being retained or being sent to their home school.
  • 5 early dismissals and/or tardies = 1 absence.

Early Dismissals/Tardies

  • To minimize classroom interruptions, if your student will be dismissed early, please send them to school with a note that indicates what time they will leave and who will pick them up. We also prefer that students only be dismissed between classes whenever possible. (10:00, 11:30, 1:30)
  • Students may not be dismissed from the main office between 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM.  Our parking lot is shared with our buses for dismissal, so for the safety of our students, please plan all early dismissals before 2:30 PM. 

Make-up Work

  • Students will be responsible for making up missed assignments. It is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her teachers on the first day of his/her return following an absence to make-up work. All assigned make-up work will be completed outside of regular class time within 5 school days. 

Parent/Student Handbook and Code of Conduct

School Choice Policy

Withdrawal Policy

IBMYP Withdrawal Policy

Middle School Policy

  • Students may withdraw from the program at the end of every quarter

  • Parents must give the IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator prior notice of 10 school-days before withdrawal

  • Student must participate in the school level intervention process prior to withdrawal

Students may not enter/withdraw from either the home school or the IB school multiple times during a school year.


High School Policy

  • Parents must give the IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator (9th and 10th grade) or the IB Diploma Programme Coordinator (11th and 12th grade) prior notice of 10 school-days before withdrawal
  • Due to credit requirements, students may withdraw from the program only within the first 20 days of the school year.  After the 20th day, students must stay in the program for the entire year.

ISS Medication Policy