Mount Paran Christian School

Mount Paran Christian School Photo #1
Mount Paran Christian School Photo #1
Mount Paran Christian School Photo #2 - Located on 68 acres, the campus sits in the shadows of beautiful Kennesaw Mountain. Mount Paran Christian School is a pre-K through grade 12 Christian, non-denominational, college preparatory school committed to excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. As a covenantal Christian school, faculty and families are active participants in local, orthodox Christian churches.
Mount Paran Christian School Photo #3 - The campus includes an historic cabin and lake, extensive Athletic Facilities (including the new Catherine Steele Sewell Stadium), Dozier Hall (high school), the Sewell Cottage (preschool), multiple playgrounds, the Mulkey Building (administration, lower school, middle school, gymnasiums, media centers, dining hall), and the Murray Arts Center.
Mount Paran Christian School Photo #4 - Our students are spectacular. They are scholars. They are athletes. They are artists. Driven to succeed inside and outside the classroom. Our programs prepare students to flourish, to excel in college and the workplace, and for a lifetime of impact for all of eternity.
Mount Paran Christian School Photo #5 - Beyond school unity, sports bring an opportunity for students to excel physically and discover God-given abilities. That's why we offer such a wide array of teams. Every student can find an area to connect athletically. Even our fifth-graders have the opportunity to participate in no-cut sports, including cross country, football, swimming, track and field, and wrestling.From multiple ball fields,
Mount Paran Christian School Photo #6 - MPCS supports curricular programming that leverages the arts as a viable vehicle for the training of academic minds. Arts education trains creative thinkers and provides experiences that open the neuropathways that are used for math, science, and language arts. Students are exposed to opportunities in the arts that can yield significant results for how a student can be a more
Mount Paran Christian School Photo #7
Mount Paran Christian School Photo #8
Mount Paran Christian School is a grades PreK3-12 private Christian, non-denominational, college-preparatory school. MPCS is committed to excellence in academics, award-winning arts, and championship athletics.
Founded in 1976, MPCS is fully accredited (SAIS/Cognia/CESA) and located in the shadow of Kennesaw Mountain on a 68-acre collegiate-like campus.
MPCS unites with home and church to prepare servant-leaders to honor God, love others, and walk in Truth.
We invite you to experience the difference an MPCS education can make for your child at an Open House or Tuesday Tour

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Top Ranked GA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 1,235 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,708
  • Acceptance rate: 35%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Mount Paran Christian School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Georgia for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Directed Studies academic support program
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
1,235 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 27%
Students by Grade
Mount Paran Christian School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
180 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
22 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AB World History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP French, AP Human Geography, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art 2-D Design, AP Studio Art 3-D Design, AP Studio Art Drawing, AP US Government, AP US History
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Uniforms with khaki bottoms and school polo shirts

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Ranges from $4,641 to $23,515
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Stephanie Dunn
Admissions Associate
Lindsay Simpson
Endowment Size
$1.5 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
27 extracurriculars
International Thespian Society, Study Abroad Programs

Club or Organization:
Beta Club, Black History Bowl Team, Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, French National Honor Society, Key Club, National Honor Society, NJHS, Outreach/Missions, Peer Mentoring Initiative, Peoples Club, Robotics Club, Spanish National Honor Society, Speak On It, Student Government Association

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Drama, National Art Honor Society, NJAHS, Orchestra, Private Dance Lessons, Private Music lessons, Show Choir, Tri M Music Honor Society

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Powder Puff Football

School Notes

  • Founded in 1976
  • Fully accredited SAIS/Cognia/CESA
  • PreK3 through grade 12 grade college-preparatory school
  • Largest private school in Cobb county
  • 68-acre collegiate-like campus next to Kennesaw Mountain, with 6-acre lake and historic cabin
  • Small class sizes and average 12:1 student-teacher ratios
  • All teachers are degreed and/or Georgia-certified
  • 56 AP and honors courses offered
  • Spanish beginning at 3-years-old
  • Rigorous academics, gifted program, instructional support, STEAM, robotics, and 1:1 device program
  • Exploratory and elective options from PK-12
  • Award-winning performing arts and magnet program
  • 110+ annual arts performances school-wide
  • State championship athletics in 16 sports (including a fishing team)
  • 25 christian/catholic denominations representing
  • More than 120 churches represented
  • 28% diverse student body
  • $10+ million in college scholarships offered (before HOPE)
  • 100% college acceptance rate to prestigious universities such as Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Emory, Georgia Tech, MIT, Princeton, and UC Berkeley
  • Weekly Bible classes, chapel, and service to local ministry partners
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Mount Paran Christian School cost?
Mount Paran Christian School's tuition is approximately $19,708 for private students and $250 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Mount Paran Christian School?
The acceptance rate of Mount Paran Christian School is 35%, which is lower than the national average of 81%. Mount Paran Christian School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Georgia with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Mount Paran Christian School offer?
Mount Paran Christian School offers 17 interscholastic sports: Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling. Mount Paran Christian School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Georgia for most sports offered.
What is Mount Paran Christian School's ranking?
Mount Paran Christian School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Georgia for: Highest average SAT score, Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Mount Paran Christian School?
The application deadline for Mount Paran Christian School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
There's no shortage of options for schools if you live in Marietta so we shopped them all before choosing a private school for our daughter. We were looking for a truly Christian education, aligning our beliefs with everything she would be taught at school while making sure it was highly challenging academically. Some schools weren't Christian or covenantal, some were Christian but not even as rigorous as the public schools nearby. But Mount Paran had both, and great sports options to boot. Since choosing MPCS as our school, we have had no regrets and it has been more than worth the financial investment. She is part of a special community that knows her and helps her rise to be the best person she can be. We are thankful to Mount Paran for that.
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I am so glad my parents pulled me and my siblings from this school. I have started at another area christian private school and it is amazing the difference. For being a christian school, there was a lot of evil at Mount Paran. I did not feel known. I along with some of my other friends who left were second to the kids whose parents taught there. They got a lot of special treatment. It was ridiculous. They might as well not let other students in and just form a school for those kids and their parents. I am so happy to now be at a TRUE Christian school.
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We moved our oldest daughter to this school in 2nd grade and was completely blown away from the transformation that took place in his confidence and academic abilities. He was more than prepared for college. We started our other two children at MPCS in preschool. They have had a great experience at this school. While MPCS is not a perfect community, it has not only provided a strong academic experience but a strong Christian world view which is priceless!
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My family has been part of the MPCS community for going on sixteen years, and there is NO PLACE LIKE MPCS! Everything is done with excellence and love and Christ-centeredness. The academics, athletics, arts, facilities, chapels, technological advancements, faculty, administrators, and even the food are the BEST! Graduates are well-rounded and feel incredibly prepared for college and can defend their faith in God. The study-abroad opportunities and mission trips offer amazing chances to discover the world and learn about other cultures. The student body and staff are becoming more and more diverse each year - a testament to the family atmosphere. I am proud to be involved with this school - especially as they launch into building an innovation center for high school that is likely to achieve national recognition. The tuition isn't cheap, but it's a worthy investment into the intentional development of the children - spirit, body, and mind.
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My child attended MPCS from 5th grade to 12 grade, where she graduated in 2014. This school was a wonderful environment for her to be challenged academically, grow spiritually and emotionally. SUCH A GREAT PLACE!
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We have thoroughly enjoyed our 14 years at this school. Outstanding academics, phenomenal campus, and loving environment that we believe has equipped our sons to be very successful in college.
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We recently moved to Oklahoma after having children at Mount Paran Christian School for the past 18 years. My husband had been offered many job promotions in the past, but he would never take them because we did not want to leave this school. While we have found another Christian school for our daughters to attend, it just does not compare to Mount Paran. The teachers, the administrators, the students...they are all the BEST and we miss them terribly! We LOVE Mount Paran Christian School!
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Our son transferred from Cobb county public school prior to 10th grade: to be challenged academically, to be less anonymous (more godly adults around him), to mature socially. He graduated May of '16 with and accepted a Presidential Scholarship to Auburn University. He had his share of missteps, but grace abounds at MPCS. Teachers and administrators lead, encourage and fight for kids to find and use their gifts to the glory of God because they have been called to this place. Passion cannot be faked, this place is the real deal.
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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Top Ranked GA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 1,235 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $19,708
  • Acceptance rate: 35%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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