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Q: What makes MCA a great school?

A: Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA), is a private Christian School serving over 500 students from kindergarten through the sixth grade. We are located on the church campus of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. A visitor to our campus will quickly observe our desire to place Jesus at the forefront of everything we attempt to accomplish. Academics are greatly valued, and serve as a means by which our students may grow in their relationship with the Lord, while at the same time developing the academic skills necessary to perform the Lord's work out in the world. Every day at MCA begins with a Bible lesson which includes scripture memorization. Chapel is consistently scheduled on Monday of every week throughout the school year.

Q: How is educational technology incorporated into your school?

A: As student demand for educational technology increases, MCA administration has taken an innovative approach by equipping each classroom with the latest in technology. Each MCA classroom contains a computer where students can practice academic skills. Every teacher is issued a laptop computer which works along with a projector in order to present academic material through Power Point Presentations. Teachers are able to record and track grades, take daily attendance, monitor student progress, as well as tap into the vast resources presented on the internet. Additionally our school is equipped with an actual "computer laboratory" consisting of 33 laptop computers where students meet each week to learn typing skills, various software applications, the anatomy of computer components, maintenance,as well as perform research. A STEAM Lab is now available and adds additional opportunities for learning on our campus in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. 

Q: What parent communications can be expected? 

A: Parents have the opportunity to view news and events by searching our school website at A link to ParentsWeb is provided, where parents can observe individual classroom information, grades and student progress, as well as keep up on the latest happenings within the Calvary Chapel Schools family.

Q: Do you offer an art program?

A: MCA offers our students a wonderful art program called, Meet The Masters. Each month a famous artist is chosen for study. Students are taught the historical background concerning the artist and the era in which the artist worked. Actual art projects utilizing the artistic style are practiced. During "Open House" on March 14, 2019, the art will be displayed in the gymnasium.

Q: Does your school offer music?

A: Music is an important academic skill. MCA employs a full-time music teacher who visits every classroom once weekly to teach various musical styles. Performances are held periodically to demonstrate progress and showcase the growing talent.


Q:How does your school address physical education?   

A: Every student receives physical education several times each week. Taught by P.E. professionals, students learn about their body and the proper way to exercise and eat nutritionally. As childhood obesity becomes a growing concern, the practice of proper physical fitness and nutrition habits is vital. MCA students consistently score among the highest on the Presidential Physical Fitness Test. The foundation of our P.E. program is physical fitness, sport related skill acquisition, athletic competition, and nutrition. 

Q: Do students have access to a library?

A: MCA students enjoy their own separate library which is fully automated. A software system allows book check-out through the use of technology. Student identification cards can be scanned by our librarians, providing a quick process and instant records. This system allows students the opportunity to locate a desired book within the library by performing a search through the computer. Our library's Passport to Literature program is a "hallmark" that leads, encourages, and rewards students to read several books and novels during their leisure time.

Q: What is your school’s homework policy?

A: Maranatha Christian Academy is proud to support our school family both inside and outside the classroom. The majority of our daily school work requirement is performed within the classroom setting, eliminating the need for extensive homework during the evening. Homework is an important and necessary component to a child's academic progress. Homework is assigned and corrected upon return to school. Time spent practicing homework meets reasonable requirements for each grade level.


Q: What is the classroom environment like?

A: When a person walks into a classroom at MCA, they immediately sense the teachers love for the Lord and their students. Colorful bulletin boards filled with information and student work adorn each classroom. Our teachers educate students through the use of the Abeka curriculum. Teachers use white boards, laptop computers, Optima projectors, sound equipment, and of course books to educate their students. 

Q: Is there a lunch program on campus? 

A: MCA provides a school lunch program where students can purchase a nutritionally balanced lunch for $4.00.


Q: Does the school offer a secure environment?

A: Our daycare department provides games and activities, as well as security to our students while they play at recess and after school. Daycare services are also available before school from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM, and after school from 3:00 to 6:00 PM for a small additional fee. The campus is kept safe under the watchful eyes of  full-time security officers who regularly patrol the campus in a golf cart, as well as our daycare staff, pastors, teachers, administrators, and custodians. The school regularly practices procedures for fire, earthquake, and lockdown. Security cameras are strategically located throughout the campus. A wireless P.A. system is established in each classroom with capability for two-way communication.

Q: Do you require fundraising?
A: Calvary Chapel Schools (Preschool, MCA, Junior High, High School) are unique in the private education community in that we do not require parents to Fundraise! In addition, our tuition fees are among the lowest of Private Christian Schools in Orange County!