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Summer is coming upon us quickly, and we are ready. The months between school years represent a terrific opportunity for our students to have a lot of fun, learn new things, take on new challenges, and make new friends. This summer we are pleased to be able to offer a diverse array of different camps across athletics, engineering, math, science, the arts, culinary, and even woodworking!

These camps are great for students who are looking to explore a new area of possible interest, for those looking to build athletic conditioning prior to the next sports season, or for someone just looking for a creative outlet—there’s something for everyone.

We will again be offering the Full Day Summer Camp, now available for students PreKindergarten-Sixth grade! See details below for the Full Day Summer Camp Options

Please follow the link to our new registration site which also features camp descriptions, dates, and costs.

We look forward to working with you this summer to help your students have a lot of fun, learn, and continue to prepare themselves for futures beyond MCA.

Summer Semester: Full Day Option (Grades 1-6)

This summer experience provides enriching and fun activities for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall of 2019. All campers are exposed to daily activities that help them sharpen their academic skills, be exposed to a new skill or interest, and have fun with new and old friends.

The camp is conducted Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with X-Tended C.A.R.E. available for an additional charge until 6 p.m. Students will participate in enrichment sessions Monday-Thursday, and Friday will be an off-campus field trip day. Students must bring a bag/cold lunch and beverage from home each day; MCA will not provide lunch.

The full day experience will be offered for ten weeks from Monday, June 3 to Friday, August 16; in observance of the Fourth of July holiday, there will be no childcare Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5.

Sample Daily Schedule Grades 1-6*

7:30-9 a.m.Check-In
9 a.m.-12 p.m.Enrichment Session
12-12:30 p.m.Lunch: Students bring a cold lunch from home
12:30-1 p.m.Recess
1-4 p.m.Enrichment Session
4 p.m.End of Full Day Camp
4-6 p.m.X-Tended Day: Snack/Social Activity/Creative Crafts

*Schedule is subject to change and activity times may vary

Program Options & Pricing Grades 1-6 (Early Bird Pricing)

OptionDays & TimesPrice
1) 5 Day Week + X-Tended DayMonday-Friday
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
$3,750/10 weeks
2) 5 Day WeekMonday-Friday
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
$2,850/10 weeks
3) 4 Day Week + X-Tended DayMonday-Thursday
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
$3,000/10 weeks
4) 4 Day WeekMonday-Thursday
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
$2,400/10 weeks

Full Day Camp Sessions Grades 1-6*

Session/DatesWeekly ActivitiesDaysTime
Session 1
June 3-7
Basketball Camp (Grades 1-6)
Nickelodeon Universe
9-11 a.m.
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Session 2
June 10-14
MCA Makers (Grades 1-6)
Summer Science Fun Pt 1 (1-6)
The Works Museum
9-12 a.m.
1-4 p.m.
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Session 3
June 17-21
Makerspace with a Literary Twist (1-3)
Travel the World through Food (4-6
LEGO Robotics (1-6)
Minnesota Zoo
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
1-4 p.m.
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Session 4
June 24-28
Makerspace with a Literary Twist (4-6)
Travel the World through Food (1-3)
Sewing (4-6)
Junie B. Jones, the Musical Jr.
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Session 5
July 8-12
Exploring Robotics (4-6)
Theater (1-6)
Base Camp USA: Outdoor Skills
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Session 6
July 15-19
Sensational Summer Crafts (1-6)
Summer Science Fun Pt 2 (1-6)
Elm Creek Park
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
1-4 p.m.
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Session 7
July 22-26
Exploring Robotics (4-6)
Exploring Robotics (1-3)
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
1-4 p.m.
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 8
July 29-August 2
Volleyball Camp (1-6)
Exploring Robotics (1-3)
The Children’s Museum
9-11 a.m.
1-4 p.m.
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Session 9
August 5-9
Woodworking (4-6)
Let’s Paint on Canvas (1-6)
Como Zoo
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
1-4 p.m.
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Session 10
August 12-16
Soccer Camp (1-6)
Masters on Canvas (1-6)
Cascade Bay Waterpark
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
1-4 p.m.
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

*Schedule is subject to change and activity times may vary

  • If a student is in a grade that does not have a listed session at a time, they will have enrichment activities in the classroom.
  • Payment in full is required to complete registration.
  • Multi-student discount: First student is full price; save 5% for each additional registration.
  • Absences: Tuition will not be prorated or refunded due to school closings, family vacations, or conflicting activities. If a student is asked to withdraw from an activity because of inappropriate conduct, a refund will not be issued. A refund for medical reasons is applicable for absences of two days or longer, and a doctor’s note is required.
  • A $50 administrative fee will be retained for all registration cancellations. No refunds will be granted for registrations cancelled after the camp registration deadline.
  • Contact Paige Carroll, X-Tended Day Coordinator, with any questions at 763-488-7900 or paige.carroll@mcamustangs.org.

Summer Semester: Full Day Option (3-5 years old)

This summer experience will provide enriching, innovative and fun activities for children age three through five.  Each week students will have a thematic adventure with our highly-qualified teacher while adhering to a daily routine (this will include outdoor learning, hands-on learning, theme-based activities, gardening and more).

Classroom Daily Activities

7:30-8:30 a.m.Sign in / center room activities
8:30-9:30Themed activity to include academic concepts/ music/ art/ outdoor learning
10:00-12:00Themed activity to include academic concepts/ music/ art/outdoor learning
12:00-1:00Lunch and recess
1:00-1:30Story time and quiet activities
1:30-1:45Nap preparations
3:45-4:00Wake up/snack
4:00Dismissal (X-Tended Day themed activities begin)

The full-day experience will be offered for ten weeks from Monday, June 3 to Friday, August 16; in observance of the Fourth of July holiday, there will be no childcare Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5.  Questions can be directed to our admissions director, Sandy Thoma at sandy.thoma@mcamustangs.org or 763-488-7918.

3 Year Old - 5 Year Old Pricing
(must be three before June 3rd and enrolled at MCA for 2019-2020)

1) Monday-Friday + X-Tended Day7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.$2,500/10 weeks
2) Monday-Friday7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.$1,850/10 weeks
3) Monday-Thursday + X-Tended Day7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.$2,000/10 weeks
4) Monday-Thursday7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.$1,600/10 weeks

Summer Reading Program

Grades 1-12
Lower School Contact: Stacy Huether at stacy.huether@mcamustangs.org
Upper School Contact: Jerry Oehler at jerry.oehler@mcamustangs.org

The summer reading program at Maranatha Christian Academy is designed to inspire literacy in our students. All students entering grades 1-12 are required to complete a summer reading assignment to maintain reading skills developed over the school year and to introduce students to great books. Assignments are designed to keep students on a reading track to success.  Reading assignments are tailored to the needs of each individual grade level. Students ages 4-14 participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge as part of their summer reading assignment.  In May, all assignments are sent home with students and are posted on the school website. These assignments and reading requirements are to be completed over the summer by the beginning of the next school year.

Learning Support Services: Tutoring

Are you looking for a way to help build your student's academic self-confidence, prevent summer learning loss, and maintain learning momentum? Do you need to give your student extra skill practice to master concepts or get a head start on next year's curriculum?  If so, register for summer tutoring through Learning Support Services.

LSS offers affordable tutoring by our own highly qualified MCA staff, who are familiar with your child and school curriculum.

Contact Tanya Marvel at tanya.marvel@mcamustangs.org or 763.488.7867 for more information.

Summer tutoring days and times will be matched with family needs and available tutors. You will receive an email or phone call with exact days and times after registering.

No refunds or make-up sessions will be offered for missed sessions.

This program is available to MCA students only.

Dates: June 11-August 14; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Times: as scheduled
Location: LSS Room 100
Fee: $35/hour

Learning Support Services: Dyslexia Programming

Does your child struggle with reading and or spelling?  Are grades starting to fall? Have you considered looking into dyslexia as the reason?

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002.

For more information go to:
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia     http://www.brightsolutions.us/
International Dyslexia Association     https://dyslexiaida.org/
Or contact Darlene Denmark-Brown or Tanya Marvel in Learning Support Services.

A dyslexia screening can be conducted to determine, with a high degree of accuracy, whether or not your child fits the classic profile of dyslexia, and if so, it will reveal which type of research-based intervention (tutoring) is needed and a list of classroom accommodations will also be provided. Dyslexia screening consists of parent interview, review of grades, prior testing and current work samples, 10 screening tools, and a written report. Cost $500.

Recommended tutoring is a minimum of two hours per week using the Barton Reading and Spelling System (an Orton-Gillingham based program). Cost $35/hour.

Contact Learning Support Services: Darlene Denmark-Brown at dbrown@mcamustangs.org or 763-488-7912 or Tanya Marvel at tanya.marvel@mcamustangs.org or 763-488-7867.

Private Instrumental music lessons offered at MCA!

Piano, violin and guitar lessons are offered at MCA during the school year and in the summer.  Students have weekly 30 or 45-minute one-on-one lessons with a qualified instructor.  Students are expected to practice daily on their instrument at home, and they are expected to rent or own the instrument that they are taking lessons on.  The days lessons are offered, session length, and fees all differ between instructors, so please contact the instructor directly if you would like further information on summer lessons at MCA.  The instructors are paid directly by the parents.  The instructors’ contact information is listed below.


Ben Noble is a Minneapolis-based guitarist and guitar teacher. He has taught students from beginner to advanced proficiencies for the past 8 years. He graduated from Bethel University in 2013 with a degree in guitar performance. Ben has studied extensively with Minneapolis-based guitarist David Crittenden (Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.)  He currently performs as a solo act at a number of churches and with various singer-songwriters across the Twin Cities.

Phone: (303) 565-9595 (Cell)
Email: bennobleguitar@gmail.com
Website:  www.bennobleguitar.com


Carmen Huisinga lives with her husband in Coon Rapids, MN, and has three grown daughters.  Mrs. Huisinga graduated with a Certificate of Piano Pedagogy from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, completed Level 10 of Toronto, Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music, and attained a diploma in Music Therapy from Capilano University.  She is a member of Minnesota Music Teachers Association and Music Teacher’s National Association.  Mrs. Huisinga has taught piano lessons at MCA since 2011.

Phone:  (763) 528-3894  (Cell)
Email: carmen.huisinga@gmail.com
Website:  www.carmenhuisinga.com


Krista Lundblad graduated from Bethel University with degrees in piano performance and sacred music, and has been teaching piano lessons at MCA since 2001.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Piano Instructors, National Guild of piano instructors, Minnesota Music Teacher’s Association, and Music Teacher’s National Association.   She currently lives in North Branch with her husband and two sons.

Phone:  (651) 341-5172 (Cell)
Email: mklundblad@hotmail.com
Website:  www.lundbladpianostudio.com

Violin and Viola

Heidi Sawyer holds a degree in violin from Luther College and a Master’s degree from Western Illinois University. She has extensive teacher-training in the Suzuki method and has been teaching since 1985. Heidi also teaches at her home studio and at the University of Northwestern. She is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and frequently freelances around the Twin Cities. When she is not playing violin or teaching, Heidi loves to read, bake and spend time with her husband and two daughters in St. Anthony.

Phone: (612) 281-4716 (cell)
Email: hksawyer01@aol.com

Driver’s Education

Ages 15+

-Option 1: June 10-21 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.)
-Option 2: July 15-26 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.)
-Option 3: July 29-August 9 (1 p.m.-4 p.m.)
-Location: MCA Room 240

Registration fee: $300
Register online: www.mypassiondrive.com

Summer is a Great time to Take Drivers Ed! Certified, Background checked instructors who make it a fun, safe learning environment and state of the art safety equipment in our lessons! Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List Approved! Register today and spread the word! Registration includes:

  • 30 Hours of Classroom Training
  • 6 Hours Behind the Wheel Training
  • Preparation for Learner’s Permit Test
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Preparation for Drivers License Test

Camps on College Campuses

There are many camps around the nation hosted at premier college campuses this summer; below are just a few, for more information on these and other programs, visit www.teenink.com/summer.

  • Northwestern University: College Prep Program—over 300 Northwestern courses available for college credit
  • Duke University: Creative Writers’ Workshop
  • Public Speaking Institute—offered at UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, Yale, Georgetown, and MIT
  • Johns Hopkins University Summer Programs
  • Penn: Penn Summer High School Programs
  • UCI X GATI Fortune 500 Leadership Camp

Summer Camps at Carleton

  • Summer Writing: July 7–26
  • Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute: July 7-26
  • Summer Computer Science Institute: July 14-August 2
  • Summer Humanities Institute: July 14-August 2
  • More info: go.carleton.edu/summer
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