MCI is a provincially accredited independent high school, and a member of Manitoba Federation of Independent Schools & Canadian Association of Mennonite Schools. MCI emphasizes a strong academic program, excellent athletic & fine arts programs and is home to a thriving dormitory program. Our mission is to educate young people in an Anabaptist-Christian context, seeking to develop each student’s God-given potential, providing a practice ground for maturing faith in Jesus Christ, in thought, love, and action.
Learning at Mennonite Collegiate Institute during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: MCI will be adapting the weekly class schedule, with the addition of Weekly Independent
Learning & Discipleship (W.I.L.D.) days. Our goal is to build upon the independent learning skills
students have developed during last year’s suspension of in-school learning.
MCI’s small class size is to our advantage, allowing us to create classroom spaces where
physical distancing is maintained.
MCI is committed to continuing the music program on campus and maintaining a high degree of
safety. Programs and guidelines have been revised to comply with Manitoba Restoring Safe
Services Guidelines for Vocalists & Instrumentalists. Detailed information on these alterations
can be found on the MCI website, focusing on safety for vocal ensembles, singing, band, and
MCI offers bus transferring.
Service options offered are airport pick-up, regular rider, occasional rider.
The regions MCI offers busing from are:
Educating the Whole Student - At MCI we focus on teaching more than just academics; we encourage students to explore their artistic, athletic, emotional, and spiritual abilities.
Dormitory - The on-campus school dormitory is a space for students to make their home. Living on campus with other students can help develop leadership and independent living skills. There are also a number of fun activities planned by the dormitory staff for students to create friendships and develop a sense of community.
W.I.L.D - Weekly Independent Learning & Discipleship. This day allows and encourages independent and flexible learning. It allows students to engage in learning that reflects that of University, with the supervision of a high school classroom.
First begun in 1889, MCI has an exceptionally long tradition of doing great work within the community it serves. The building doesn’t reflect the school’s age, as the current facilities all date to capital campaigns mounted in the 1960s and 1970s, and most recently with the construction of Buhler Hall in 2004. The campus is nicely set within a leafy residential neighbourhood, with ample green space and athletic facilities to complement the academic offering. The boarding program adds depth to the student experience, and further underscores the home feel of the campus, even for day students. Class sizes are small, with students well known across the grades and the programs. Families are drawn to the quality of the offering, as well as the values that come from the Mennonite tradition. A well-rounded program of co-curriculars is a draw as well, allowing for a very balanced, diverse student experience.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at MCI: Traditional
MCI has a Traditional approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Liberal Arts, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 15%   Liberal arts - 17%   Progressive - 17%   Montessori - 17%   Reggio Emilia - 17%   Waldorf - 17%
What MCI says: At MCI our goal is not simply to teach high school curriculum. Our programs are designed to inspire students to excel, to reach, and to lead. As a comprehensive, holistic school, MCI helps students of diverse abilities and interests to become all they can be both in and out of the classroom. In addition to excellent academic, athletic, and social opportunities, all MCI students experience spiritual formation as they study the Bible, participate in hands-on service and attend daily chapel time. All provincial curriculum requirements of Manitoba Education for grades 9 – 12 and high school graduation are taught at MCI.
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 65%   Traditional math - 30%   Discovery math - 5%
What MCI says: Each mathematics teacher has his or her own classroom dynamic and structure. Our methods are rooted in traditional learning and an understanding of fundamental math skills. Inquiry activities and problem-based lessons are integrated throughout the courses as is appropriate for students' needs and abilities.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.
Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.
Teaching approach: All of our science teachers have years of experience in their content areas. Our students have the opportunity to study biology, chemistry and physics. Using experiments as learning tools, our courses invite students to apply the scientific method of problem-solving to a variety of situations.
These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
Literature at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 77%   Traditional - 20%   Social justice - 3%
What MCI says: In each of our ELA courses students encounter a variety of texts in both contemporary and "classic" styles, the study of which always emphasizes the development of critical thinking and communication skills.
What MCI says: Given MCI’s emphasis on faith, service, and peacemaking, courses in the humanities and social sciences emphasize contemporary experiences and real-world problems. With a firm grounding in the way the past continues to shape the present, students are engaged with relevant questions about the condition of communities at home and around the world.
Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
What MCI says: We aim to foster and develop each student’s God-given inclination towards creativity and their capacity for aesthetic response. From our school-wide choir to classes on dance, visual arts, concert band, theatre tech, and Worship Band to our annual musical theatre production, our students have many chances to discover and develop their artistic gifts in the classroom and co-curricular settings. Our Fine Arts programs accommodate all levels, from beginners to experienced artists and musicians. Students at MCI are provided with a safe space to learn, grow, build confidence in their abilities, develop leadership skills, and help them become independent musicians and artists.
A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Heavy integration - 33%   Light integration - 20%   Medium integration - 47%
What MCI says: This information is not currently available.
What MCI says: Our athletics program focuses on developing individual and team skills in a variety of sports. Focus is also given to health concepts such as fitness, nutrition and lifestyle, and interpersonal skills.
What MCI says: All students are expected to participate in Bible classes appropriate for their grade level. The purpose of the curriculum is to promote knowledge of the Bible and church history, assist students in finding their identity within a Christian worldview, to poster practical discipleship in servanthood, stewardship, peace and responsibility for humanity.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at MCI: Standard-enriched
MCI has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at MCI: Supportive
MCI has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 50%   Rigorous - 50%
What MCI says: We offer students a comfortable, safe and caring environment to learn and grow. Our size makes it possible for students to receive the attention and encouragement they need to thrive.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
What MCI says: Our purpose is to educate young people in an Anabaptist Christian context, seeking to develop their God-given potential in terms of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Our aim is that our students accept Christ as Lord and that they be disciples who express Christian hope by serving others, promoting peace, and providing Christ-like leadership within the church community and secular world.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
MCI offers Resource Assistance
Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day, and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within the classroom from a qualified special education teacher.
What MCI says about their special need support: This information is not currently available.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: We strive for all students to develop the strategies they need for academic progress through high school and beyond. We combine classroom experience with current education research and knowledge, for effective student support. We believe building relationships with students is key to their success.
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 12, MCI students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.
This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).
What MCI says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
Competitive sports: 10 Recreational sports: 3
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Mennonite Collegiate Institute offers 4 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
Day (Domestic: in province)Boarding (Domestic: in province)Boarding (Domestic: out of province)Boarding (International)
Day (Domestic: in province)
Boarding (Domestic: in province)
Boarding (Domestic: out of province)
What MCI says about their tuition: Your investment in education will shape your child’s life. As a private school, MCI relies on student tuition fees to cover approximately 45% of the costs of the school. Most of the balance is made up by the generous donations of our supporters.
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
9 to 12
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
Gr. 9 to Gr. 12
Gr. 9 to Gr. 12
Average class size
15 to 20
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
9 - 12
SSAT (out of province)
Day students: Rolling Boarding students: Rolling Offer mid-year entry:
Where graduates of a school do their post-secondary studies can be an important factor in choosing a private school. Do you want your child to go to a Canadian university, an Ivy league school in the US, or some other institute? Regardless of your inclinations, take a look at a school’s university placement record, and the services they offer to support university applications and decisions.
Nestled on the beautiful Manitoba prairie, Mennonite Collegiate Institute is a small school with unique opportunities. For more than 130 years MCI has offered exceptional life-changing educational experiences. Students have reached for and exceeded their personal goals and gone on to significant roles of service and leadership in their local communities and the broader world.
Small class sizes and plenty of individual attention encourage high academic standards. With a strong emphasis on the arts, athletics, and co-curricular activities our students receive an excellent well-rounded education. Highly regarded for choral music and the performing arts, MCI is home to Buhler Hall, one of the best concert halls in the province. A broad sports program encourages teamwork and physical fitness. We offer a safe and supportive dormitory program where students develop life skills and lasting friendships. Our student body includes students from across the nations providing wonderful opportunities for cross-cultural learning.
At our core, we are motivated by a commitment to Christian faith in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. This tradition values following Jesus in daily life, practical service, caring community, and peace-making. Following the example of Jesus, we extend a broad and warm welcome to students from many backgrounds and perspectives, even those that may be different from our own.
Do you wonder whether MCI might be a good fit for you or your child? Give us a call. We’d love to talk.
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