Student Guidance Services

This page is designed for students to give them valuable information they will need in navigating their high school years.  Find resources for transitioning from Grade 8 to Grade 9, choosing courses, study tips and more.  There are also several links to help with your post-secondary educational planning. For more information, students are encouraged to contact our guidance counselor and/or our chaplain.

Student Study Tips
Choosing Courses

Maranatha Christian Academy is registered as a private school with the Ontario Ministry of Education and is authorized to issue the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  You will earn a credit for each course that you successfully complete, by obtaining a final mark of 50% or better in that course. You will also earn credits towards the Maranatha Christian Secondary School Diploma.

For a complete listing of all of our courses see the course calendar.

Students who wish to change or add courses should use the guidance office.

Selecting A Course

Academic or Applied: which one should you choose?

You will need to select a stream for your courses in several subjects.  Read the following information and talk to Mr. Heaton, your guidance counselor.  He will be able to advise you.

Academic Stream “D”

These courses will be prerequisites for University and  College courses in grade 11 and 12.  Students will learn the concepts of a subject with an emphasis on theory and abstract thinking.

Applied Stream “P”

These courses are prerequisites for College courses in grade 11 and 12.  Students will learn the concepts of a subject with emphasis on practical hands-on applications.

Open Courses “O”

These courses are appropriate for all students and students will gain a wide variety of learning skills.

Success Skills

Steps to Success

How Parents Can Help Students Succeed

Behind every good student is an informed and active parent. Use the following chart to see how you can help your child succeed.

University and Colleges

Where do I search for a listing of Ontario Universities and Colleges and Programs?

  • eINFO
    This website is a guide to Ontario’s universities for secondary school students. It is a service of the Ontario Universities Applications Centre. It also contains an exhaustive database of entrance scholarships for Ontario Universities.
  • For college information visit


How do I apply to an Ontario University or College?

  • To apply to any University in Ontario go to  the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) website:
    Be sure to read the OUAC 101 Instruction Booklet located there.
  • To apply to any college in Ontario go to the Ontario College Application


Where do I get Information about A.C.T. or S.A.T. Testing?

If you are applying to an American college or university you may be required to write ACT or SAT tests.

For ACT information go to

For SAT information go to

Student Help Resources

Life Challenges

At times students can be faced with various life challenges such as depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, substance abuse, and more.  The Guidance department can help by directing students to local agencies and counselors who can provide assistance.


Community Involvement Manual and Forms

Need more information about eligible and ineligible community involvement activities and more?

Click here for the manual.

Completion of Community Hours Form


Job Shadowing Parent Guide and Forms

Job Shadowing Parent Guide

Job Shadowing Tracking Sheet

Job Shadowing Follow Up

Christian University and College Visit and Submissions

Where do I search for Christian Universities and Colleges?

For a list of all the Christian Universities and Colleges in North America go to the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals website:

How do I apply to a Christian University or College?

  • Go to the website of that particular university/college and become familiar with the various departments, programs, links, and application procedures.
  • Download the university/college application checklist (more have them) for application deadlines, scholarship deadlines, etc.
  • Contact the liaison office at the university/college about any specific questions you may have concerning academic programs or deadlines.
  • Contact the Maranatha Guidance Office in writing for an official Transcript Request Form for any application deadlines or scholarships well in advance.

Christian University and College Scholarship & Degree Programs

Post Secondary Funding

Sample tuition costs of where some of our graduates have gone:

  • University of Windsor
  • Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
    • Tuition: $24,645
    • Residence and meals: $8525
  • Redeemer University College (Ancaster, Ontario)
    • tuition: 14,290
    • residence and meals: $6,700
  • Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio)
    • tuition: $25,496
    • residence and meals: $5,540
  • St. Clair College (Windsor, Ontario)
    • tuition: $2424 depending on programs

How do I pay for all this?

Program fees, supplies, transportation and housing may add to these costs.Many programs, particularly professional and post-diploma programs may be even more costly.So the question arises: how will I pay for all this? Most students fund their education through a combination of the following:

  • personal savings and part-time employment
  • family resources and support
  • government sponsored student loans and grants
  • student loans or lines of credit offered by lending institutions
  • scholarships, awards, bursaries


Student loans and lines of credit

  1.  OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) is a provincially governed umbrella program which offers need-based assistance in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships to Ontario residents. OSAP can be taken out of province. Loans are generally interest free until graduation. Applications are usually available on-line in April/May. Applications should be made at least ten weeks prior to the start of the chosen academic program. The OSAP website ( information on all provincial government loans, grants, and bursaries.
  2. Student Loans and Lines of Credit: most major financial institutions provide some form of student loan or line of credit. Rates and repayment plans vary according to the lender. Many financial institutions give students a break on the interest rate they charge. As a student, the interest rate charged is often a floating rate priced at Prime + 1%. While criteria vary, financial institutions look for: proof of enrollment in a recognized post-secondary institution, Canadian citizenship, a satisfactory credit rating (since many students do not have a credit rating or the income to qualify for a bank loan or credit line, a co-signor such as a parent or guardian will be required to support the application. In many cases, financial institutions allow a grace period whereby students pay the monthly interest only for approximately 6 to 12 months. After that, students generally will need to meet with the financial institution to make arrangements to begin repaying back the loan or credit line. Many financial institutions are generous and permit as much as 10 years to repay the loan or credit line.



    1. Entrance Scholarships are offered specifically by the institution to which a student has applied. In Ontario, maintains lists of scholarships offered by each school, and the criteria and process for each scholarship. Most do not require a separate application; however, some schools require applications for the more prestigious scholarships.
    2. External Scholarships are offered by community organizations, philanthropic foundations, professional groups and corporations. A sample list appears below. All of these require a separate application and supporting documentation. Deadlines and amounts vary. External scholarships tend to be the most competitive and the most lucrative. Many are tied to geography, to industry, or to a particular skill or program. Most of these scholarships look for exceptional students, those who have demonstrated particular ability in a specific discipline or those who have demonstrated a remarkable depth and breadth of community involvement and leadership.The selection process for these scholarships generally involves review of an application package by a panel or committee. The process is necessarily subjective, though committee members generally have guiding principles by which they narrow the range of applicants.Sample External Scholarships
      •  A searchable database of mostly external scholarships. Students create a profile and are emailed details and reminders of relevant scholarship opportunities.
      • A useful site with searchable databases, scholarship tips, and information on alternate sources of funding.
      • A service of the Ontario University Application Centre, the einfo site contains an exhaustive database of entrance scholarships for Ontario universities
      • A federal government website dedicated to post-secondary planning. Great information on budgeting and financing. Contains plenty of links to entrance, external, and government funded scholarships.

      Sample scholarships Maranatha students have applied for:


Start early

Many of these scholarships reward sustained and meaningful involvement in community. All students must have at least forty hours of service in order to graduate, so involvement in a single mission/service trip, although meaningful, wouldn’t be enough to impress a selection committee. Students who win these awards have been very active in a variety of ways for a prolonged period, or have demonstrated exceptional long-term commitment to and leadership in a single cause. Although we want students to be involved in service and community for a variety of reasons, it’s not ridiculous to start thinking about developing an experience portfolio as early as the first day of grade nine.


Prepare applications early

Most external scholarships have deadlines very early in the academic year. The TD Canada Trust scholarship, the LORAN awards, and the Wendy’s Classic Achiever scholarships, for example, have deadlines in late October/early November. These dates precede submission of university applications for most students, and require that all the background work is already complete. It’s not ridiculous to suggest that students begin the actual preparation of application packages in the spring and summer ¬before they start grade 12.


Do the background work

Many graduates are surprised by the amount of work involved in the application process. Most scholarship applications require completion of detailed forms plus the submission of a personal essay and several endorsements or reference letters:

      • The application: Probably the easiest part of the application, but requiring attention to detail and precision. Spelling mistakes, inaccuracies, and inconsistencies are enough to eliminate an application from contention. Some organizations are very fussy, refusing to read an application (even a great one) if the requisite numbers of copies or supporting documents are not submitted (or even if attached in the wrong order!)
      • The essay: probably the most difficult part of the application. Most external scholarships require an essay or personal reflection which explores or expands upon the elements identified in the application. Most scholarships will ask students to reflect upon leadership experiences, challenges, personal goals, etc. Selection committees are generally looking for evidence of continued commitment to community service, of altruistic character, of a desire to accomplish “larger” goals, and of a potential to accomplish those stated goals. It is a good idea to develop the essay out of an experience portfolio and to shape a generic response which can be “tweaked” to suit the requirements of a specific organization. Having a multi-purpose base allows for a blanket approach – submitting as many applications as possible to a variety of organizations.
      • The references: most scholarship agencies ask students to provide an endorsement or reference letter. Students should arrange to have at least two references, one academic and one community/leadership. Students should choose an adult who can speak meaningfully and specifically about the student’s accomplishments, potential, and commitment. Because most applicants are strong candidates, it is very helpful if the referee can state something specific (excellence in a particular project, leadership contributions to a particular venture, etc.). Again, it is helpful to ask the referee to keep an electronic copy of a letter which can be edited to suit the requirements of a specific application.