Maranatha Christian Schools

  • Maranatha Christian Schools is a Christ-centered learning community where students experience God's love, are equipped to fulfill God's unique call and purpose, and excel in their God-given potential through academics, arts and athletics.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1991

Student Body

Total Students888 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeMaranatha Christian Schools Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio15:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art 2-D-A, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European Civilization, AP Photography, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art - 2D Design, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP U.S. History
Average SAT score1134
Average ACT score26
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(School Uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$9,093
Tuition NotesRanges from $6,919- $11,267
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDoris Thurman
Admissions AssociateCarrie Barnard


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Flag FootballFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.41 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Associated Student Body, Ceramics Club, Dance Crew Club, Design Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Handcraft Club, Hearts for the Lord Club, ISS (International Space Station), Jewelry Club, Key Club, Math Club, Ministry Trips, Missions, National Honor Society, Robotics, Science Fair, Student Newspaper, Surf Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Show, Band, Choir, Drama & Musical Theatre, Drama 2 (UC Approved), Graphics Design, Orchestra, Photography, Student Led Worship, Studio Art, Video Editing

Recreational Athletic Programs:
CIF Baseball, CIF Basketball, CIF Cross Country, CIF Football, CIF Girls Softball, CIF Soccer, CIF Track and Field, CIF Volleyball, Competitive Cheer, HS Wrestling, JH Flag Football

School Notes

Maranatha Christian School's mission is to train up the next generation of leaders. Our goal is to make sure our students are well prepared for college and university to impact their families, communities, our nation, and the world for Jesus Christ - " Transforming Lives, Transforming the World."
  • MCS' learning environment is just as strong academically as it is in Christ. MCS is committed to both.
  • We are a premier College Prep School featuring college preparatory academics and innovative learning opportunities.
High School Division
  • AP Test scores track in the 80th percentile (statewide schools track at 60 percent)
  • 100% of graduating class 2017 have matriculated to college or career
  •  10% of high school students are recognized by College Board as AP Scholars 
Junior High Division
  • Rigorous academic program includes math competitions and a variety of STEAM activities
  • Broad choice of competitive sports programs, enrichment and co-curricular activities
  • Prepares students for future college admissions requirements
Elementary Division
  • Academically challenging program provides a launch pad for higher level learning
  • STEAM oriented program prepares students for the rigor of Junior High and High School
  • Focus on extracurricular participation gets students on the path toward college acceptance
Preschool Division
  • Well-rounded program encourages and challenges age appropriate development
  • Hands on curriculum in literature, math, art, science, and music (STEAM activities)  are a regular part of preschool curriculum
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  9/10/2017
My daughter has been attending MCS since 2013 and she is flourishing! She is hitting her stride at this school which has given her a chance to experience so many more things than she would have at a public school. She is involved in theater, track, cheer, choir, and being a role model for younger students. As a parent I am thrilled that she is having a well- rounded education with a good balance of academics, arts and athletics. What I truly love about Maranatha Christian School is the heart and caring of the teaching staff and faculty. They genuinely care about my daughter, and go out of their way to make sure she is on track while providing her with encouragement along the way. Maranatha offers a rich, stable, and well-nourished learning experience. I appreciate MCS` courage and desire to continue to educate in a faith based framework that is dedicated to both higher education and serving God. Yes, we can have both! Most of all, my daughter actually looks forward to going to school every day! We are here to stay.
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5  9/10/2017
My daughter has been attending MCS since 2013 and she is flourishing! Maranatha has given her opportunities that she might not have experienced at a public school. She is involved in theater, track, cheer, and choir. As a parent I am thrilled that she is having a well- rounded education with a good balance of academics, arts and athletics in a faith based framework. The teaching staff and faculty genuinely care about my daughter and her future. The faculty demonstrate their dedication to both a higher education and service to God with every decision they make. Maranatha is a stable and well-nourished learning experience for children of all grades. Most of all, my daughter actually looks forward to going to school every day! We are here to stay.
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5  9/19/2015
Last year, my son transferred into MCS mid-year as a high school sophomore. He found the courses more challenging than those at his high-performing public high school, and yet he said learning was easier because "the teachers really care at this school." His demeanor changed immediately from a stressed-out, frowning teen to a smiling, relaxed young man. I saw the smile he had lost in middle school again. This school is a loving environment with a true Christian world view. My son has no social pressure here. he is challenging himself more to perform academically this year because his friends take school seriously, but they also have fun. Finally, my son is a very competitive baseball player, and he has found challenges and support from the new athletic director and first-rate coaching staff. They are helping him take his baseball to the college level. Finally, the college and career counselor is the best! This is a beautiful school in a beautiful setting with a beautiful vibe. You need to visit to really experience it.
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