Welcome to our Maranatha’s Secondary School Virtual Open House! Our high school has a reputation for being rigorous, but that gets at the “Maranatha Difference.” Because of our small class sizes, our students cannot fall between the cracks or fail to meet certain academic benchmarks. They are under the watchful eye of their teachers, whom you will hear from in this Virtual Open House. You are encouraged to read their brief biographies where you will discover their heart for the Lord and for their students.
Our teachers have a strong sense of calling and are motivated to be in relationship with the students. They also desire to help each student discover and develop their unique God-given abilities, so the students are prepared for the future. As our Guidance Counsellor Chad Heaton says, “relationships are the number one factor in learning and, because of that, MCA offers a big advantage.” Research shows students learn best when they know their teacher cares about them as an individual. Knowing they are loved during the challenging adolescent years when mental health can be a concern, is invaluable. Maranatha provides the foundation and support system for ideal learning conditions.
Students enrolled in Maranatha Christian Academy work towards both an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a Maranatha Christian Secondary School Diploma (MCSSD).
30 credits (110 hours each)
All the OSSD requirements plus an extra credit (31 credits) and three specific compulsory classes
For more specifics about our degree requirements please view our requirements document.
See this sample program to see how many credits are required each year to stay on track for graduation and to see how many classes are compulsory and elective each year.
One of Maranatha’s goals is to raise up Godly men and women who will be leaders wherever the Lord takes them, regardless of whether they become doctors, missionaries, teachers, stay-at-home parents, factory workers etc. To that end, we provide leadership opportunities including:
Maranatha Christian Academy is actively striving to be a more inclusive school, recognizing the diversity that exists amongst God’s children. Each child that comes through the school’s doors is a unique creation of the one true God and is made in His image—regardless of ability, ethnic background or socio-economic status.
Our Student Support Services Director Johanna Van Rooyen deals with each student on a case-by-case basis. Staff strive to foster the student’s development and feeling of security within the classroom by providing support and assistance, when needed, to help the student flourish within the classroom.
Maranatha values a Christ-centered community that is a safe and caring environment in which all students develop their God-given gifts and use them as participants in God’s Kingdom. Each student is to be part of a caring Christian community within the classroom and school. The Student Support Services strive to complement and foster this development and feeling of security within the classroom by providing support and assistance, when needed, to help the student flourish within the classroom.
Maranatha is committed to providing a positive learning environment, in both the regular classroom and with student support services, for neurotypical and neurodivergent students. Educational opportunities aim to nurture the unique needs and talents of each student with exceptionalities using a strengths-based student-centered approach. The Student Support Services Director works hand-in-hand with the classroom teachers to ensure student accommodations are being implemented to their fullest extent. The students also have access to the support services room when needed. We are committed to meeting the academic and social needs of each student to the best of our ability, in order that each student may feel like an important, integral part of the classroom community.
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.
Maranatha is also pleased to offer a Cooperative Education program as well as the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) in Grade 12. Students can apply their learning in half-day placements in local industries, businesses and institutions. Maranatha, in conjunction with Edvance Christian Schools, works closely with the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) to train students and locate appropriate work placements. For further information, see the OYAP FAQ’s and view Johanna Van Rooyen’s video below.
Get to know our teachers and learn about our high school options.
One of the unique qualities of MCA is our Bible-centered education. Each year, we select a theme and a verse for our high school to help develop our students spiritually. These themes influence our chapel topics as well as our conversations.
In the 2020-2021 school year, our theme verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Throughout the year, we will unpack the idea of Sufficient Grace: His Strength, My Weakness.
2017 First place – Windsor Essex Great Lakes Event FIRST Robotics competition
2019 Young Entrepreneur Award – Youthrive (business) competition (Enactus/UWindsor)
2019 Champion – Youthrive (business) competition (Enactus/UWindsor)
Our Athletics teams are consistently strong. Among our Panthers’ successes:
2019-2020 WECSSAA “A” Semi-Finalists – Senior Girls Volleyball
2019-2020 WECSSAA “A” Finalists – Senior Boys Volleyball
2016-2017 WECSSAA “A” Champions and OFSAA Participants – Senior Girls Volleyball
2016-2017 WECSSAA “A” Champions – Junior Boys Volleyball
2016-2017 SWOSSAA “A” Champions – Junior Boys Volleyball
2017-2018 Swimming OFSAA Silver Medal – Senior Boys 50m Freestyle
2017-2018 Track and Field OFSAA Bronze Medal – Junior Girls 80m Hurdles
Our active Student Council gives students opportunities to get involved and learn hands-on leadership while also developing their problem-solving, communication and organizational skills – all of which they take with them long after graduation. The Student Council plans fun events, operates our Panthers’ Den (snack bar) and supports two Compassion Children in the developing world. This year’s Student Council co-presidents Josh and Grace give more information about these activities, how to get involved and what they think of their school. Well worth the listen!
Are you interested in other parts of Maranatha Christian Academy? Visit our other open house pages for a complete view of our school!
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