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Grow Through Failure

Grow Through Failure

Dear Parent,

What!  A school endorsing failure…are you serious?  Yes, it’s counterintuitive and countercultural… oh, and by the way, so is faith when you think about it.  There is a lot we can learn from failure if we see it correctly and, in turn, reframe it for our students.

The reality is that everybody fails, nobody enjoys it, and anybody can learn to fail forward.  In fact, the major difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.  A great case study for this is the apostle Paul.  He had numerous reasons to see himself as a failure.  Here are just a couple:

  • Paul admitted he was the “chief of sinners” (I Tim. 1:15).
  • He had wrong priorities and values in his past (Phil 3:8).
  • His life was filled with difficulties (II Cor. 11:24-30).
  • Paul was not a favorite preacher of the people (I Cor. 2:3-5).
  • He was not attractive (Gal. 4:13-15).
  • Paul was rejected and lonely (Acts 9:23-26).

How did Paul overcome his past failures and endure these failings on his journey to writing a significant part of the New Testament?  Paul looked at failure correctly…and he learned a new definition of failure.  Paul realized God was His source, that He would never forsake him, knew setbacks were momentary, and embraced grace.  When we do this, not only we, but our students are liberated to go on and try again.  God’s grace is the answer to our weaknesses.  With it, we not only gain mercy, but the strength to risk again.

Our children and students need this critical worldview to not only survive but thrive in this world.  Seeing failure through the lens of the Bible will position them to learn and rebound from failure with resiliency. You see…there is real growth through failure.

Brian Sullivan
Head of School
Maranatha Christian Academy
Brooklyn Park, MN

What to Consider When Searching for a School for Your Kindergarten Student

What to Consider When Searching for a School for Your Kindergarten Student

After pouring countless hours into preparing your child for kindergarten, the time has come: school is around the corner, and you are unsure where to send your soon-to-be student. As a loving parent, you desire for your child to receive the best education possible. As a committed Christian, the necessary selection of a kindergarten program brings increased pressure as you also want your child to be schooled in an environment that welcomes and supports his or her faith.

At Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA), we understand the importance of providing kindergarteners with learning tools that pique their natural curiosity to investigate, experiment, touch, and manipulate,. We also know God has created a wonderfully amazing world, and strive to immerse every student in an environment where they can grow both in their education and Christian beliefs.

While we would love to have your child join our incoming kindergarten class, here are a few things to consider as you search for the right kindergarten program for your student – whether that program is at MCA, or elsewhere:

1. What’s being Taught?

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math are all integral aspects of MCA’s curriculum, anchored in a solid Christian worldview. Our kindergarteners begin studies in these areas early through educational field trips, hands-on learning, technology literacy lessons, visits to our state-of-the-art STEAM center, and art history techniques – all woven through a Biblical base.

Our individualized academic plans are designed to accommodate students showing a need for academic support beyond what is provided for all students.Through Learning Support Services, our alternative testing and special education support center, we provide individual classroom accommodations, modifications, and/or interventions based on student need or the academic plan developed for them.

2. Who is Teaching?

MCA is fully-accredited through the International Christian Accrediting Association and AdvancEd. Our teachers have a minimum of a four-year college degree and are called by God to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical needs of our students. Their main focus is your child, helping him or her grow into a well-rounded student, person, and Christian. Accountability and communication is key, your students’ teacher is always available for questions or concerns.

3. Do I/we want to be deeply involved?

We welcome parent involvement at MCA, and ask your feedback often! You are trusting us with your students, we want you to know they are in good hands. There are many ways to volunteer and do life with your student, from volunteering at MCA, joining a school committee, or helping with an event, we want you involved!

We understand that without parent involvement, we are not building into and reaching your student/s to the best of our ability. Our Parent Portal offer resources helping with counseling, volunteer opportunities, college prep, and much more.  In addition, our Parent University provides resources that allow us to partner with you to not just support the academic life, but also the home life.

4. How is discipline handled?

At MCA, your child is an active part of a school where students are challenged and encouraged to become the person God created them to be–spirit, soul and body. We expect our students to live and act to God’s standards. All rules and disciplinary conduct is handled respectfully and biblically.


For more information about MCA and our kindergarten program, . We would love to have you join us for a tour, a Meet Maranatha event, or an open house.

Coding Through Private School: How Coding Programs Are Preparing Our Children

Coding Through Private School: How Coding Programs Are Preparing Our Children

Maranatha Christian Academy is always providing a progressive educational experience, ensuring students are prepared for tomorrow’s world. Maranatha offers cutting-edge learning opportunities, including computer coding. Coding is an essential skill and quickly becoming the “foreign language” students around the world will use to communicate, making it a primary focus of technological education today. So why is it important to enroll your child in a technologically-focused school like Maranatha?

Computer Coding School Program

Keeping up with modern learning concepts and techniques is challenging, schools with computer coding courses give them a distinct advantage. It prepares them for a university-level education and gives them a glimpse into the complex careers in the computer science industry. The teachers of Maranatha Christian Academy aim to equip students with the right technical skills they need in the future. In fact, according to Google, over 65 percent of students are bound to work in jobs that do not exist yet, as of today.

If students are not prepared for the fast-paced world they will live in as adults, they will find it hard to pursue their career of choice. Computer science is an evolving complex subject. That’s why teaching kids and helping them develop technical skills will give them an edge in the complexities of the next generation. Hence, Maranatha Christian Academy continues to build programs and support partners that will make our students excel every year.

Easiest Way to Teach Students in Coding Program

Maranatha’s comprehensive programs, including coding, make it easier to incorporate computer science into the curriculum. students, as early as pre-kindergarten, have an idea of what coding means. Teachers provide online activities, mentor videos, and other related resources to inspire them to take the initial step into coding. The interactive program is designed to be grade-specific so that students will be eager to study coding, beginning with Bee-Bots in pre-kindergarten. These bee-like robots provide a fun and interactive way to introduce coding to Maranatha’s youngest learners. These and many other leveled-learning concepts through to high school help expedite the learning process and open student’s minds to new ideas and ways to creatively apply them. For instance, block-and-text coding will teach students to use intuitive visual language, JavaScript, and Python.

Educating Young Coders

Once students are exposed to the computer coding program, they love it. They enjoy opportunities in computer learning while preparing for their future workforce environment. If you want your child to become technically equipped and be a proficient coder at a young age, Maranatha Christian Academy is here to help you.

Discover The Five Myths You Might Believe About College in High School

Discover The Five Myths You Might Believe About College in High School

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Many high schools are offering college-level classes during students’ junior and senior years.. As college degrees become more and more a normal part of society (much like getting a H.S. diploma used to be), it has become increasingly important for high school students to consider their options for pursuing a college degree.

Today, many schools throw around the words “College-Prep,” but what does that mean? With so many high school students opting to take college classes online through Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO) classes in the public school system or actually taking classes on a college campus, how and when are these students being prepared? One could argue that we are sending our students to college “too soon.”

In addition, college tuition is becoming more expensive, rising over 12% in the past 5 years according to CollegeBoard, and it continues to increase. Students are spending tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars on college degrees, regardless if they attend a public or private university..

As a parent, you are standing alongside your child, helping navigate the myriad of decisions about post-secondary education. The following is a list of Five Myths that must be broken so the truth about “college in high school” can be understood, and you can make an educated decision about the high school and college education your child receives.

Here are the 5 Myths about “college in high school”

1. PSEO is the only “college in high school” option.

When the PSEO program started in Minnesota, it ignited a revolution in Minnesota education that allowed high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school.

Although this proved to be an amazing opportunity for many Minnesota high school students, it was only the beginning of the options available. Schools such as Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA), in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota started to offer hybrid programs that allow the students to stay on campus and enjoy more high school activities than a typical PSEO program would. Which leads us to our second myth.

2. PSEO allows students to still get the full high school experience.

Unfortunately, this myth is simply not true. Many high school students become disappointed once they get into a PSEO program and realize that they are missing out on the experiences that make high school so unique: sports, prom, and other extracurricular activities.

Again, schools such as Maranatha Christian Academy have realized this gap in the PSEO system and have developed a hybrid program, in partnership with the University of Northwestern-Saint Paul (UNW-SP), that allows students to still experience high school to its fullest, including participating in sports, clubs, student activities, and more, while also being able to earn college credits (and a degree!) during their high school career.

3. PSEO is always on the high school campus.

While PSEO can be facilitated on the high school campus, in many situations it’s simply not possible, and it totally depends on the high school and colleges that are participating. This may not pose a concern for some students and parents, but is  a major concern for many.

The truth is, college is a completely different experience than high school. Having to attend PSEO classes on a college campus could be a lot to handle for a high school junior. Colleges, even Christian universities, are full of adults who are living independently of the rules and conditions experienced while attending high school and living with parents.

In addition, when your student is on the college campus for classes, he or she is not on the high school campus. Your child misses out on a lot of the day to day interaction with friends, and activities that he or she would otherwise be able to participate in. This can be very troubling for some students who may not be ready for that change in their lives.

The program that Marnatha has put together with UNW-SP allows the high school student to earn all of their college education during high school on the MCA campus, and with their friends. In addition, the students still have access to high school resources such as guidance counselors, which surprisingly is not part of every PSEO program.

4. College classes should be reserved for college students.

While not all students are an appropriate fit for a rigorous college course load in high school, research indicates that high school students who experience college-level coursework in high school are more likely to succeed in post-secondary schools and more likely to complete their degree program on time.

At Maranatha, students can choose the course load that suits their goals, interests, and abilities. Our hybrid program offers options for college-level Advanced Placement courses, on-site or online college classes through PSEO, or even an Associate of Arts degree program in partnership with the University of Northwestern-St. Paul through PSEO.

5. All juniors and seniors are suited to college coursework in high school.

While a taste of college-level coursework is proven to benefit college-bound students, not every student is a good fit for PSEO. In so many cases, PSEO is an all-or-nothing proposition where the student trades high school coursework for a full load of college classes.

The Maranatha approach to college coursework, however, allows students to build a custom program that suits their goals, learning styles, preferences, and abilities. We take great care in who is allowed to join our college program. Students can take anywhere from a single online PSEO college class, all the way up to the full Associate of Arts degree program, all the while remaining in the high school setting and enjoying the benefits of a high school experience, such as athletics and extracurricular clubs. The Academy will work with parents and their students to ensure they receive the education that best fits their needs and desires.

Introducing Maranatha Christian Academy’s Associate of Arts program.

Maranatha Christian Academy has taken a different approach to preparing students for college. MCA knows the importance of preparing its students for life beyond high school, yet at the same time wants to afford them the opportunity to earn as many college credits as possible.

MCA has partnered with the University of Northwestern-St. Paul in a ground-breaking program that allows participating students to earn their Associate of Arts degree upon graduation from high school with all classes being taught on Maranatha’s campus.

What’s the big difference? The idea behind this revolutionary program is to allow high school students to stay on campus, have access to guidance counselors, get taught by adjunct professors in their high school classrooms*, learn in a cohort-model program with their high school friends, and even participate in high school sports and activities.

“I have grown as a student and as a person. Throughout this year, I have become a pro at discussion forums, critical-analysis questions, three- to four-page papers, and lots of exams. I have not only become a pro in schoolwork, but also in time management, in stress management, and in being able to ask others for help and work together with my peers,” says Cassidy Bianchi-Rossi, a student who participated in the Associate of Arts Program as a junior and will continue as a senior.

This program allows students to be in high school and still earn college credits. Many students may be able to excel in college coursework, but would not be socially ready for the college lifestyle. In addition, parents have raved about the fact that their child did not have to make their way around a college campus as a high school junior.

This one-of-a-kind program really does give a new meaning to college-prep. If you are interested in learning more about this program, we invite you to join us at our upcoming Open House event on Thursday, July 27th at 7pm. You can click here to learn more and register.

*The majority of classes are taught on campus by adjunct/approved instructors. A small amount of electives are available online, but still taken on MCA’s campus.


The Memory Project

The Memory Project

Some of our students participated a unique and special project once again this year. It is called the Memory Project. Our art teacher, Mrs. Leon, receives a few portraits of students from somewhere around the world, this year they were from Syria. Our students paint and/or draw them and send them back. The video shows how powerful this simple act can be.

Here is a quote from our Head of School, Brian Sullivan, “Art is a powerful tool that can be used to communicate a need and educate. We sincerely appreciate and value the work of the Memory Project.”

To watch the video: