Nationally recognized as a Blue Ribbon School, Mariners Christian School is a coeducational independent Christian school of approximately 730 students located in Costa Mesa, California. Established in 1987, the school's mission is to "build a firm foundation through Christ-centered education" in the heart and mind of each child.
Each student's development is nurtured in an academically rigorous and Christ-centered environment.Students benefit from a disciplined academic environment that is challenging, exciting, and diverse, one that encourages a life-long love for learning.
Students also benefit from a comprehensive educational program that presents a distinctly Christian world view in every subject area.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 733 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $10,530
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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Mariners Christian School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1987
Awards
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2007, 2020

Student Body

Total Students
733 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
13%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Mariners Christian School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
16:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
48%
Average Class Size
24 students
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Khaki or navy shorts, uniform skirts, polo shirts)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by grade level; visit our tuition information on our website for specific rates and schedule of fees
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Ashlee Cowell
Admissions Associate
Gisela Roufs

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Extended Daycare

School Notes

  • Partnership with our parents
  • Academic excellence in a nurturing environment
  • Changed lives, changing lives through Christ
  • Teaching total truth

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
We have had 2 children do the entire k-8 MCS experience and every level, every teacher was perfect for our children and prepared them to succeed in high school and thrive on the public school campus. Our daughter is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program and our son will be entering the F.E.A.T. (Engineering and Technology) program next year. We could be happier with the way MCS prepared our children both academically and spiritually as they transition to high school.
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5  
Mariners Christian School has been wonderful for our two boys. We've been at the school for 10 years, since 2006 and our boys have participated in orchestra, sports, accelerated math, Spanish, speech meets, spelling bees, field trips to Sacramento, Washington D.C., science camps, etc. Everything about Mariners Christian School is Christ-centered, from the teachers, staff, administration, learning environment and sense of community. We are forever thankful for our time at this school and the educational and spiritual foundation it has provided our boys as they launch into public high school this fall.
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5  
Mariners Christian School has been a blessing to our family. Our children are receiving an excellent education alongside a biblical and spiritual foundation. The Middle School staff has helped to develop my son's faith. His faith is now his own and he is learning how to defend that faith. My younger child is able to participate in worship band and has developed a love of honoring God through his musical abilities. The MCS teachers make learning interesting and challenging.
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5  
I consider it a privilege to work with such a gifted group of educators who love the Lord, our school, and our families! Mariners Christian School seeks to afford each child to grow and develop within their passions, both in academics and extra-curricular activities. Mariners Christian School is truly a unique establishment. We welcome you to come and see for yourselves!
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5  
Our daughter and son both love MCS! They have attended since kindergarten and are now in middle school. A great start to their education with caring teachers and a campus that strives to emulate Christ in daily living. Blue Ribbon status speaks of the academic achievements of the student body.
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5  
This school is amazing. If you are thinking of a private school look no further. This school reflects the love of JESUS.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 733 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $10,530
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 24 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Orange County, CA is $11,625 for elementary schools and $18,392 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Orange County, CA is 90% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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