In May of 1984, a group of Christian parents met to discuss the possibility of providing Christian education for their children by having them bussed to the Christian school in Cottam. Within minutes, the Lord led this group to concentrate their efforts towards the establishing of a parent-run Christian day school which is God centred right here in Windsor. Those same people formed a Steering Committee, and started the groundwork for the opening of such a school. In September 1985,MARANATHA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF WINDSOR became a reality. Praise be to God!
Maranatha Christian Academy is an interdenominational school which is a registered charity with the federal government and has been incorporated as a non-profit organization since October 1985. Our parents, teachers, board members, and administrator all play significant roles in the daily operation of the school.
Our first year of operation was held in a vacated school building (located at 2440 Virginia Park), leased from the Windsor Association for the Mentally Handicapped. We were able to offer a Christ-centred quality education to 103 students from junior kindergarten through grade eight using Christian textbooks and materials. In the summer of 1992, Maranatha moved its operation to 939 Northwood. This newer building was also rented from the Windsor Community Living Services (formerly WAMR) and purchased in the fall of 1995.
In the summer of 1996 it was agreed by the membership to sell the Filipino Community Centresituated on the north side of our property directly to them. The funds realized from this sale were to be used along with generous donations to build a new gym. The new gym, completed in the spring of 1997, is large and spacious, allowing a much more effective physical education program. Extra car parking space was also added at this time and the old gym was converted to classrooms.
To accommodate growth, building and renovation programs were implemented each from 1997 through 2002. Classrooms, a new stage in the gym, and a second storey was built including two computer labs, a science lab, a music room, an art room, and a weight room.
Our High School began in September 1999 and we added one grade per year culminating with our first High School graduating class in June of 2003. We are very proud of our graduates and have had many excellent experiences with them as they have grown through the years. We are proud to see them go on to further education knowing they have been well prepared, but we are also sad to see them go, valuing the relationships that we enjoyed with them.
The Lord has smiled upon us and we give thanks for the challenges and the blessings He has visited upon us.