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Maranatha’s FTC Robotics Team Wins State and Advances to Super Regionals!

Maranatha’s FTC Robotics Team Wins State and Advances to Super Regionals!

The Maranatha Christian Academy First Tech Challenge Robotics team, in only its second year, won the Minnesota State Championship and advanced to the North Super Regional competition to be held March 15-17 in Iowa!  The team will compete against over 70 other teams from 9 different states. Good luck Mustang Gear Gang! We are so proud of your accomplishments.


Maranatha to join new Skyline Conference in 2019-20

Maranatha to join new Skyline Conference in 2019-20

The administration of Maranatha Christian Academy officially will join the new Skyline Conference, which will begin play in the 2019-20 school year. The new conference will include Athletics, Activities and Fine Arts.

The eight schools in the new conference are Concordia Academy and Saint Agnes from the Tri Metro Conference, Maranatha, St. Croix Prep, New Life Academy and Trinity at River Ridge from the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association, Cristo Rey Jesuit and Nova Classical Academy from the Twin Cities Athletic Conference.

The Mustangs are very appreciative of their time in the MCAA.  Many strong relationships have been formulated over the years.

Why Change Conferences?

The move into the new conference will give MCA a chance to align themselves with schools that are similar in enrollment, activities and athletics offered and an opportunity to provide competition for our fine arts programs. Activities Director Larry Tate stated “This conference is comprised of schools that are projecting the same steady growth as MCA.”

What will stay the same?

  • Post season play will not change. Those assignments are governed by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL)
  • MCA will still maintain our current co-ops that we have in place.
  • MCA will still play in their assigned sections for athletics as appointed by the MSHSL

What are the next steps?

Maranatha will compete in the MCAA for the 2018-19 school year.  During that time, the Activities/ Athletic Directors for the 8 schools will begin planning the new conference activities and events.

Conference Mission

The mission of the Skyline Conference is to provide transformational education-based athletic and fine arts experiences for our students and communities of our member schools.

School Capsules


Concordia Academy (Beacons)
Location: Roseville Athletic Director: Brian Brown
Enrollment: 265 Website:
Head of School: Rev. Tim Berner


Cristo Rey (Pumas)
Location: Minneapolis Athletic Director: Robert Carpentier
Enrollment: 289 Website:
President: Jeb Myers


Maranatha Christian Academy (Mustangs)
Location: Brooklyn Park Athletic Director: Larry Tate
Enrollment: 250 Website:
Head of School: Brian Sullivan


New Life Academy (Eagles)
Location: Woodbury Athletic Director: Kevin Kleiner
Enrollment: 235 Website:
Head of School: Clark Gilbert


Nova Classical Academy (Knights)
Location: St. Paul Athletic Director: Christian Rovn
Enrollment: 272 Website:
Executive Director: Jon Gutierrez


Saint Agnes (Aggies)
Location: St. Paul Athletic Director: Michael Streitz
Enrollment: 266 Website:
Headmaster: Dr. Kevin Ferdinandt


St. Croix Preparatory Academy (Lions)
Location: Stillwater Athletic Director: Rich Dippel
Enrollment: 345 Website:
Executive Director: Jon Gutierrez


Trinity at River Ridge (Tri Hawks)
Location: Eagan Athletic Director: Pat Buchanan
Enrollment: 212 Website:
Head of School: Beth Schmitz
Entrepreneurship Class Culminating in a Shark Tank Event

Entrepreneurship Class Culminating in a Shark Tank Event

Entrepreneurship Class is Culminating in a Shark Tank Event

We have an exciting conclusion to the end of our new Entrepreneurship course here at Maranatha Christian Academy (Brooklyn Park, MN).  In the coming weeks, sales professionals from around the Twin Cities will advise our students on their products and services.  In this Sales Pitch and Panel event, students will give their “dry run” on their product offering and, in turn, the professionals will advise them on how to strengthen their pitch for the upcoming Shark Tank.  Following the Pitch and Panel event, the Entrepreneurial students will complete in multi-round Shark Tank here at the school. Multiple professionals and entrepreneurs will hear their pitches and vote on a winner and runner-up.  Then, in January, our two top school teams will go with the entire class to compete in our first ever intra-school Christian Schools Entrepreneurial competition in the 3M Amphitheater at the Carlson School of Management.  This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience public speaking / presentation advice from entrepreneurial professionals and experience the University of Minnesota.

Dates of Competition:

  • Wednesday, January 3 at 1 p.m.: Rounds 1 & 2 hosted in the Beyond Impact Entrepreneurial Center of Excellence at Maranatha Christian Academy
  • Friday, January 5 at 1 p.m.: Final Round hosted in the Beyond Impact Entrepreneurial Center of Excellence at Maranatha Christian Academy
  • Wednesday, January 10 beginning at 8 a.m.: Intra-School Competition hosted in the 3M Amphitheater at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management

Business Consulting Course Getting Ramped Up for 2018

With the conclusion of our Entrepreneurial Event at the Carlson School of Management in early January, our Business Consulting course will kick off the Spring semester.  In this unique offering, our students will experience project based learning on a whole new level: addressing a real and relevant business problem from a local or national business.  Using tools developed by Deloitte consulting, both for and not-for-profit businesses will work with students on providing deliverables that will be presented at the end of the semester.  Some of our project teams will be coached by executives from Accenture, who have a wealth of project management experience.  In early February, your son or daughter will travel with us to Best Buy’s Richfield Headquarters, where they will hear first-hand from executives on how to run an effective project ahead of their first face to face client meeting. In this fashion, our students get direct exposure to multiple professionals and can see if a career in project management / consulting may be in their future.

Why Maranatha’s Learning Support Services Is Unprecedented in A Christian Private School

Why Maranatha’s Learning Support Services Is Unprecedented in A Christian Private School

Maranatha Christian Academy - Learning Support Services - Private SchoolQuality education is important. Parents want to make sure that their children are provided with the right learning support services they need to develop their full potential. However, not all private Christian schools offer the level of support needed. Maranatha Christian Academy’s Learning Support Services (LSS) Program provides students with a high level of educational support to help students excel in an academically rigorous setting..

Maranatha’s Learning Support Services

In accordance with Maranatha’s mission statement, the LSS Program exists to equip students to excel academically, spiritually, emotionally, physically, and socially. We strive to provide all children with the right tools for optimal learning so they may be successful in and out of the classroom, working up to their fullest potential. We are committed to identifying and meeting the distinctive educational needs of each student through individualized educational programming.

Our purpose in the LSS Program is to partner with parents and teachers to ensure that our students are receiving instruction designed to meet their academic needs. In order to be successful with this, LSS works in collaboration with classroom teachers to best identify and assist students needing additional academic support. Along with providing students with various academic support, LSS offers teachers resources and information that they can use in their classrooms to best support all their students.

Embracing Change in Learning Spaces

Maranatha Christian Academy recognizes that today is a time of unprecedented change. Schools need to be responsible for preparing students for life outside of the classroom, including college and beyond. The LSS space provides an ideal environment for educational activities that are engaging and authentic, Students’ abilities and interests are recognized, thus giving them the flexibility to learn in a way that will maximize their gifts.. Teachers and their students benefit from the adaptable learning space provided by the LSS Program which completely supports advanced teaching practices while embedding elements of individualized learning.