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Calvary Chapel Preschool (CCP), Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA), Chapel Junior High School (CCJHS) and Calvary Chapel High School (CCHS) are ministries of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (CCCM). In 1970, CCCM opened its doors, under the leadership of Pastor Chuck Smith. In 1974, Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA) was started in response to a need from the church families who wanted their children to receive a Christian education. The school began with 24 teachers and 621 students ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade. In 1987, CCHS was added to further meet the educational, social, and spiritual needs of the children from the CCCM church body. The high school was designed to provide students with a challenging and comprehensive college preparatory program developing competence in Bible, English, mathematics, science, fine arts, foreign language, history and physical education.


During the 2012-2013 school year, MCA and CCJHS celebrated excellence in education of 40 years and CCHS celebrated its 25th anniversary. In doing so, the schools held alumni events and students were able to see the legacy that Calvary Chapel Schools has left on their lives. In 2014, Pastor Chuck Smith went home to be with the Lord, and after years of faithful service is now able to hear those sweet words of victory, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” In the beginning of 2014, Brian Brodersen stepped into the role of Senior Pastor and has continued to lead the church and school bodies in the way of the Lord.


Since its humble beginnings in 1973, CCS has continued to grow, by God’s grace, and impact our community in a variety of wonderful ways. CCS has a rich history as a major ministry of CCCM and is honored to continue to be life-long learners who continue to grow not only in faith but in their careers.



The philosophy of Calvary Chapel Schools is intrinsically aligned to that of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa where the supreme desire is to know Christ and to be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that bringing up a child in the likeness of Christ is primarily the responsibility and Biblical duty of the parent(s). Therefore, our school exists to assist in that education, without diminishing the parents’ integral role. We strive to give students the skills to be productive citizens, but most importantly to nurture a relationship with Jesus Christ and to be an accurate reflection of His character to the world.