MCA has more than 35 years of experience offering Christian education to elementary students in Windsor-Essex. We recognize each child was made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27) with unique gifts and abilities and deserving the love and support they need to grow into the people God created them to be.
Our dedicated teachers provide a quality, well-rounded education in which a Christian worldview permeates all subject matter and all school activities.
We strive to provide strong programs that equip students to become lifelong learners. Teachers encourage leadership skills from Junior Kindergarten, where students are the “Star of the Day,” to Grade 8, where students can serve on the worship team in chapel and be lunch monitors. It’s also heartwarming to see the relationships between older students who serve as reading buddies to younger grades.
Throughout the elementary years there are many opportunities to participate in fun, challenging competitions including for math, science, speech, writing, spelling and music.
We also teach students to empathize with others. Matthew 22:37-39 encourages us to love our neighbors, so we look for opportunities to give back to those in need. Our Grade 8s have served at the Downtown Mission and Mission Thrift Store, shoveled driveways in the neighborhood and written letters to seniors in long term care facilities. They regularly collect items for local agencies including the Downtown Mission, Street Help and the Aboriginal Resource Centre. They have also supported missions in Africa (there’s an MCA chicken coop!) and in Guatemala.
We are intentional in our approach, striving to ensure students are prepared for high school and beyond.
Our elementary choirs and bands are an important part of our program. Find out more on the Music page.
We offer a rich Athletics experience including house league teams that play at recess and school teams that compete against other schools. Our elementary Panthers teams include: cross-country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, ice hockey and track and field. To find out more, visit our Athletics page.
In addition, we offer Chess Club, where students get a chance to compete locally and sometimes provincially.
Students can also the Panthers’ Infinity Too (Lego) Robotics team, which is both fun and educational.
Our Student Support Services Director Dianne Van Rooyen and other staff work hard to create a community where all are valued, where all gifts are shared and where everyone is celebrated. This begins in the classroom where teachers, using ideas from Responsive Classroom, intentionally put in place practices to create safe joyful classroom communities. Our aim is to create an inclusive place where all our students feel like they belong.
In the Student Support Services room, our team builds on what is already happening in the classroom. We work with students with learning challenges either one-on-one or in small groups to help them succeed and reach their God-given potential. We value their personal gifts and put in place strategies to help them achieve both academically and socially. Parents partner with us as we put these strategies and support in place. It is our hope that every student of all abilities experiences a place where all belong.
Determining if Maranatha can meet a student’s needs
Striving to meet the unique needs of each student to the best of our ability is a challenging process that, at times, requires discussion and review. MCA is privately owned and operated and seeks to provide an affordable Christ-centered education for its students. As such, the limited resources we have may affect the amount of specialized education Maranatha is able to provide. Maranatha will accommodate enrolled students to the point of undue hardship in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Admittance of a student with exceptionalities requires significant and intentional communication to determine a student’s strengths and needs and the ability of Maranatha to meet those needs. At times, a student’s needs may be better met elsewhere. A procedure for admittance of a new student with exceptionalities is available as well as a procedure for access to additional support for a current student of Maranatha.
We use the Singapore Math curriculum, which exceeds the Ontario curriculum as it teaches techniques and skills to easily and accurately perform mental math. Even before we adopted Singapore Math, our students have consistently performed well in the Gauss Math contest, a world-renowned math contest sponsored by the University of Waterloo. Below are some recent results that show how we compare against about 1,600 Grade 7 and 8 students in other Ontario Christian schools.
Here are just a few of the most recent accomplishments by MCA students. We encourage you to follow us on social media as we post about our students’ successes on a regular basis.
2019 Panthers’ Infinity Too Robotics team came in first for robot design out of 19 teams in the FIRST LEGO League Windsor Competition at St. Clair College
2020 MCA swept the podium at the Bluewater Fluid Power Challenge in London, winning first, second and third after working on a prototype using simple hydraulics for six weeks.
2019 Bluewater District Christian Schools Science Fair – MCA students placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in various categories (Physical, Biological, Technological, Christian Perspective)
2018 Bluewater Invitational Ice Hockey Champions
2018 John Knox Invitational Volleyball Boys Champions
2018 Bluewater District Track Meet Adjusted Points Champions
2019 Grade 6 student is published in the Polar Expressions Publishing Short Story Contest for Young Writers
2019 2nd place in the Junior Division – Royal Canadian Legion for Remembrance Day Poem
2019 1st place in the Junior Division – Royal Canadian Legion for Remembrance Day Poster
2019 2nd place in the Intermediate Division – Royal Canadian Legion for Remembrance Day Poem
Every Monday morning, our students participate in Chapel services. Parents are welcome to attend. During the rest of the week, teachers lead a devotion period each morning. It’s a chance to pray for students’ concerns and praise God for answered prayer.
One of the unique qualities of MCA is our Bible-centered education. Each year, we select a theme verse for our elementary school to help develop our students spiritually. These themes influence our chapel topics as well as our weekly memory verses.
In the 2021-2022 school year, our theme verse is:
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” (James 1:2-3)
Throughout the year, we will talk about how to “count it all joy.”
(Thank you to Carolyn Horlings, MCA Alumni, for the photo!)
You can also check us out on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to see the latest school activities