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Maranatha Christian Academy History

Maranatha Christian Academy is a school rich in tradition, excellence, and faith! Founded in 1974, by Full Faith Church of Love, Maranatha set out with the vision to train and equip students to grow spiritually, become men and women of character, and to excel academically, impacting the world for Christ. Today, Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA) is an independent, non-denominational, dually accredited, college-preparatory K-12 school, comprised of families from over one 60 churches and in West Shawnee. Beginning in 1996, MCA embraced “Character, Wisdom, Service” as its educational philosophy. These principles are lived out in the classroom, the fine arts, on the sports field, in thousands of hours of community service, and in yearly mission opportunities.

Maranatha Practices Excellence

Accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and Cognia, the school has produced multiple award-winning teachers and several KSHSAA coach of the year recipients. MCA student excellence is reflected in its multiple Merit Scholars, numerous military academy enrollees, ACT scores in the top seven percent of Kansas students, taking rigorous dual credit courses, state championships in soccer, track, cross country, music, and Scholar Bowl, and first place in the Kansas University robotics competition. Maranatha even holds the Guinness Marching Band World Record of fifty-two miles. Additionally, MCA’s multiple band, choir, and history trips to Europe, Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia, and a host of other exciting destinations, broadens their learning experience and produces excellence.

Maranatha Cultivates a Heart for Kingdom Living

This cultivation includes ACSI accreditation for faculty, yearly Christian educator conferences, thorough Christian worldview professional development, and staff prayer and devotional meetings. Students are challenged to live out their faith through weekly chapels, daily school-wide devotions, Bible classes, student to student discipleship programs, Biblical integration in each subject area, missions, community service, Biblical mentoring programs, and yearly Christian student conferences. Faith matters at MCA!

Over four decades ago, the founder named the school Maranatha, meaning “Come Lord Jesus.” Today, we invite you to enroll your child at MCA, a place to develop excellence, character, and a heart that cries, “Maranatha.” Join the tradition, become an Eagle.