Maranatha Christian Academy

  • Since when has the way things have always been done a good enough reason to keep doing them? At Maranatha Christian Academy, we`re not afraid of standing for something different-and maybe that`s exactly what makes all the difference.
  • Here, excellence is measured not only by the obligatory test scores and sky-high academic standards, but by the unquantifiable. Curiosity.
  • Perseverance.  Faith.  We`ve built a place where our students can learn from themselves, each other and all of us, a place where failure is embraced and big questions serve as a golden opportunity for teachers to show wide-eyed minds where to look, but not what to see.
  • If this sounds like a distinctly fresh, particularly intentional approach that`s not at all what you thought about school, then we`ve reached our passing grade.
  • Because that`s precisely the whole point.  MCA's mission is to provide students an academically rigorous college-preparatory education in a distinctly Christian environment of high values, character development, and exceptional student culture.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Oral Roberts University Educational Fellowship (ORUEF)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia
Year Founded1978

Student Body

Total Students630 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Maranatha Christian Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers46 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses6 courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus, History, Language/Composition, Literature/Composition, Physics
Average ACT score26
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Dress code includes select styles of clothing. )

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$11,064
Tuition NotesTuition shown is for grades 9-12. Tuition for middle school is $10,853, lower school is $9,506, and pre-kindergarten is $7,482 (5-day).
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorSandy Thoma
Admissions AssociateDeborah Meiners


Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Adventures Club, Book Club, Chess/Strategy Games Club, Film Club, First Lego League Robotics, First Tech Challenge, Gaming Club, International Club, Missions Trips, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Recycling Club, Student Council

School Notes

  • Maranatha Christian Academy, a pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 school, exists to provide students an academically rigorous college-preparatory education in a distinctly Christian environment of high values, character development, and exceptional student culture.
  • The Acadmey's mission is fulfilled through these core values. We purpose to: 1. Assist in the development of the "whole" person - spirit, soul, and body. 2. Assist each student in establishing a real and unshakable relationship with Jesus Christ by (1) presenting the gospel, (2) training them to use the Word of God with authority, and (3) promoting the development of a truly biblical worldview and value system. 3. Produce students who are academically qualified: well-educated, self-directed, and life-long learners. 4. Act as an extension of the home and church by instilling Christian values and thus, together, equip the next generation to live godly lives in an increasingly ungodly world. 5. Train young people to be positive role models and influential leaders who will carry out the "Great Commission." (Matthew 28:19-20) 6. Lead students by way of example and instruction into a lifestyle that places the needs of others above their own needs and wants. Maranatha Christian Academy. Academics. Faith. Excellence.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Maple Grove
    Grades: NS-12 | 382 students
    3.9 miles
    15655 Bass Lake Rd
    Maple Grove, MN 55311
    (763) 463-2200
    3.9 NS-12
  • Minneapolis
    Minnehaha Academy
    Minnehaha Academy Photo - Students have the unique opportunity to design, build and send an experiment to the International Space Station. Minnehaha Academy is the only school in the Midwest with this program.
    Grades: NS-12 | 895 students
    14.8 miles
    4200 West River Parkway
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    (612) 728-7722
    14.8 NS-12
  • Minneapolis
    RiverTree School
    RiverTree School Photo
    Special Program Emphasis (Christian)
    Grades: K-12 | 135 students
    5.2 miles
    3733 Vera Cruz Avenue N
    Minneapolis, MN 55422
    (763) 717-8609
    5.2 K-12
  • Minneapolis
    Grades: PK-12 | 157 students
    6.7 miles
    6875 University Ave Ne
    Minneapolis, MN 55432
    (763) 571-6410
    6.7 PK-12
  • Andover
    Grades: NS-12 | 466 students
    9.4 miles
    3037 Bunker Lake Blvd NW
    Andover, MN 55304
    (763) 427-4595
    9.4 NS-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (16 reviews)
We highly recommend MCA to any family looking to enhance their child's school experience! MCA has enabled our children to grow both academically & spiritually in their God given future plans! We adore this school and can't imagine being anywhere else but here!
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MCA is an amazing school! We have 2 students at the school and the staff and administrators truly love our kids. We are so thankful to be at a school that has HIGH academics and also has a staff that cares about each student at the school. I highly recommend this school! Worth EVERY PENNY!!
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MCA is amazing on every level! We have had our two students at the school for 10 years and could not be happier. The teachers and staff are not only incredibly talented, they care about every aspect of our students' lives. MCA has an incredible balance of rigorous academics, spiritual development, dynamic fine arts, robotics and a great athletics program. We are beyond blessed to be a part of the MCA family!
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After four years at the school coupled with involvement with the inner workings of the school, I sincerely wish I could go to a 10 star rating! The mission of the school is followed through at every level and it is lead by an amazing leader (who was just recognized as an excellent educator by WCCO) who continues building an amazing team to build an amazing school for amazing kids!
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Our children attended K-12 and we loved MCA! It's wonderful to have staff that actually gets to know both children and parents. They worked together with us, always expecting the best, they were encouraging and understanding when situations were challenging, and always open to suggestions.
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We love MCA! We have 3 kids there 7th 5th and 3rd. My oldest started in kindergarten. Love the partnership with teachers and administration. They are all truly amazing. It's like family! We are so grateful our children not only receive great education but have the freedom to build a foundation of faith.
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MCA has been a wonderful experience for our family! We chose MCA after looking at many private school options. We wanted a private school with a small, intimate feel, but also desired a school population with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. My husband and I are both former Division 1, Ivy League athletes, so a good balance of academics and athletic/extracurricular options were paramount in our decision. MCA partners with Providence & Osseo for certain athletics, so your child will be able to participate even if there is not an MCA-exclusive offering... My daughter has a music teacher contracted through MCA that comes directly to the school to give private acoustic guitar lessons. MCA offers this for several instruments - starting in kindergarten! MCA has felt like family from Day 1. You are greeted at the door with smiles - and sometimes by the head of school himself! With a very convenient location in the metro area, for sure a place to check out for your student!
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Best school in the Twin Cities period. Our children have been there Since Kindergarden, absolutely love it.
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We can't begin to say enough great things about our school. From the minute you walk in the door you can feel the difference. The school has done a beautiful job of offering an academically rigorous curriculum while balancing a distinctly Christian atmosphere. One of the highlights is how much care and concern the teachers and staff have had for our children.
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Maranatha Christian Academy is an incredible school that will set your child up to succeed in life! They hold high standards and offer innovative learning opportunities like an onsite STEM center and onsite college coursework. Best of all, it is built on a strong foundation of spiritual growth and character development. We are delighted with the results we have seen in our children and are so happy that we made the choice to enroll them there.
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In MCA's mission statement it states its an academically rigorous college-prep school. As a parent, I couldn't agree more. You will definitely get your money's worth having your children attend MCA. Check out all MCA has to offer you and your family, you won't regret it.
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Maranatha is an outstanding school! The staff and faculty reflect to the students that they really love what they do and that they care for the students. My kids love it at Maranatha! That is the highest recommendation a school can get!
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MCA is a top-notch school. Our 4 children have and are currently attending and have loved their time in the school. Not only does MCA place a high importance on academics (2 of our boys have received academic scholarships to cover college) but, the teachers and staff are invested in caring for and encouraging all of the students!
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MCA is a school that lives up to it's motto - Academically Rigorous, Distinctively Christian. The staff and administration are approachable, engaging, and nurturing. The academics prepare students for college and more. The athletic program is competitive and offers a variety of sports! MCA offers a multitude of extracurricular activities and clubs. Our teenagers have both attended since kindergarten and have become fine young men thanks to MCA and the incredible staff there.
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The quality of teachers at MCA is like no other. Each and every staff member truly cares for my children. Where else can you get the best education, teachers who love your kids AND have teachers who will pray your kids through their ups and downs in life. I feel blessed that my kids attend MCA.
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i would like my three year old son to join your school. please tell me more about your kinder- care program. my celphone number is 7632199066. Thank you and God bless
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