View the application (pdf) for the Collegiate Academy.
Early College Team
The Monarchs Collegiate Academy application deadline is February 1st for the next fall Academy Class. Sophomore students at the following high schools are eligible to apply:
- North Kansas City High School
- Oak Park High School
- Staley High School
- Winnetonka High School
Information Sessions and Contacts
MCA information sessions for sophomores and their parents are held in late fall. We invite you to register for one of our upcoming sessions.
To apply to the Monarchs Collegiate Academy, complete the following steps:
- Apply online to Metropolitan Community College.
- Have your three references submit a completed MCA Recommendation Form to the Admission Committee prior to February 1.
- Submit a completed application packet by February 1.
If you have questions about either the Monarchs Collegiate Academy or the application process, please contact:
Monarchs Collegiate Academy FAQs
Is financial aid available?
State and federal financial aid is not an option for students who are still attending high school. However, families who contribute to a 529 plan may use these funds to pay for tuition and books.
How is this program beneficial to students compared to earning some college credit in high school?
Completing the Monarchs Collegiate Academy allows students to start at the junior level of college. Missouri 4-year public colleges and universities will accept all credits earned with an Associate in Arts degree as meeting the general studies requirements for their institution. Out-of-state and private colleges will evaluate all credits course-by-course to determine transferability. An Academy Advisor will work with the family to help facilitate transfer.
Will transportation be provided for any student who needs to take a class at MCC?
In most cases, no. Students with an IEP may qualify for transportation, which would be arranged through the high school's secondary special education coordinator.
What is placement testing and how does it impact admission to the program?
Students must place in college level courses in order to be considered for MCA. Placement is determined by one of the following:
- ACT with minimum scores as shown below
Composite: 18 or higher
English: 18 or higher
Math: 19 or higher
- ACCUPLACER with minimum scores as shown below. (ACCUPLACER is an untimed test that evaluates a student's skills in Math, Reading, and Writing.)
Reading: 85 or higher
Writing: 92 or higher
Elementary Algebra: 71 or higher
Who will track the completion of the requirements?
An Academy Advisor from MCC-Maple Woods will work with the student, their high school counselor and their parents/guardians to track the progress and completion of the requirements. The MCC Academy Advisor will also provide individual support to the student, troubleshoot problems and help them navigate the college elements of the program.
What happens if a student's cumulative GPA drops below a 3.0?
Students must maintain both a high school and college minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a GPA dropping below 3.0 will not be eligible to continue the program.
What happens if a student begins the program but doesn't finish it?
There is no penalty for not completing the program. The student keeps any college credit earned.