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Maranatha High School

Private | 9-12 | 692 students

college prep Christian school
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $785,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,400.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
Based on 12 ratings

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Posted February 7, 2014

Maranatha High School is an amazing Christ centered high school with rigorous academics and an engaging, compassionate community. The school has so much to offer academically, in the arts, in sports, clubs, and missions. The teachers challenge my son academically while also, mentoring, praying with and coming along side him in school activities such as sports, arts, and missions. The teachers make this school a very unique experience that allows students to flourish and grow into individuals that desire to globally change the world and have a passion to serve. Having four children all gone through excellent Christian education at different school s in California, I must say my youngest being at Maranatha High School has been an extraordinary experience. I am watching him overcome major medical struggles with grace and determination to make each day truly count toward the kingdom of God. I know this would not be possible at other schools. I watch how staff members, teachers, administrators and coaches have personally invested in my son. There is an intentional teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, the world he created and the role we are to play in it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2013

Caveat emptor. I have noticed unfavorable reviews about this school seem to disappear. Not only did a review of our experience with this school get removed, but I notice other posts have been deleted as well.


Posted October 10, 2013

I only hope that when my young children are in high school I can send them to Maranatha! There is no other school I'd want them to go to. The academics are great and the close and relational culture of the school is something I would want for my kids. The faculty truly invest in the students and the time and effort they spend mentoring these young people is commendable.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2013

I am happy that I chose this school for my 2 daughters. One of them graduated last year and went on to a prestigious university, another one will be graduate soon. And they loved the school experience here! Students here learned to take ownership of their abilities, work with different types of personalities through the group projects. I don't believe school focused on the academic curriculum only for preparing students get in to colleges can be a good school. The extra-curriculum and community services are good practice for students to have. Maybe it is really up to the student's ability and learning behaviors. If a kid always need someone else go after for his/her work, then this is not the school he/she is looking for. About that school let students take on AP classes, if they want to. Yes, not everyone able to get a good grade. But school encourage and give each and every student a opportunity to challenge themselves. Why not?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

The best school in So. Cal and there is no doubt. It combines Christianity and rigorous academics. It's the only school I would even consider sending my kids to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

This school has been great for my daughter. The honors classes are very rigorous and she is challenged. The colleges I have spoken with respect MHS's academics. The teachers take a true interest in the student's education process and are willing to spend the time when needed. The school provides a solid sports program and the girl's varsity basketball team has become a close group of girls who value playing as a team and not as a collection of individuals. I know there were some concerns on the school's finances, but what has been shared with me indicate they are doing very well. This appears to be a well run organization, with teachers who care and a staff that are commited to providing the latest tools for the teachers and students. Yea, all schools have issues - but by having a focus on God and Jesus, hopefully will greatly assist our daughter is being a person of values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2013

As I read some of the reviews for Maranatha High School, I was amazed that anyone would have anything negative to say about this school. Maranatha is a thriving community made up of involved parents, caring faculty and devoted administrators, all working to make the school the best possible environment for our kids, academically and spiritually. The academics are rigorous and challenging, yet thoughtful and taught by a wonderful teaching staff devoted to the students. My daughter is thriving there and loves the school. My suggestion to anyone relying on these reviews, good or bad, should visit the school and take the time to talk with students, staff and parents personally. You will not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

My son graduated last year (2012) from Maranatha and went onto attend UC Riverside. I must take issue with those who say that the curriculum at that school is not challanging. My son spent a fair amount of time on homework and passed 6 AP exams, all of which counted for full credit at his university. His friend passed 11 AP's and went to UC San Diego. If a student applys himself/herself, he/she will get into a good university. Having talked to my son's teachers, I was impressed how concerned they were for their students and they are always available for their students and parents. Maranatha is a good school to send your child, especially if you like a loving, Christian environment to nurture him/her. If you are focusing on the negative reviews, I would suggest that you visit the campus and talk to the current parents and students and see what they think about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

Maranatha High School has been an exceptional high school for my child. All four years have proven challenging and the school has done an excellent job at preparing my child for acceptance in to some of the top colleges in the country. The school offers the students a full breadth of academic opportunity, including a large selection of Advanced Placement and Honors courses. The one negative that we experienced was during this past academic year. Apparently, the school has brought in some new Board Members and a new principal and they have done a fine job at removing some of the best teachers that I have ever experienced, including the Head-of-School. This is truely unfortunate and Maranatha may have a less bright future due to this change. My five star rating is based upon the experience that we had before the recent changes. Tread lightly when considering this school and be aware of these new changes in staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

I was a freshman this year at Maranatha high school and I left for the second semester. It was not a good school at all!!!! There was no challenge in the academics. I was a straight A+ student (even in PHYSICS). Everything was easy and it was stupid and a waste of precious time. The teachers are young and inexperienced (most). And the christian thing is VVERRY strict. They focused on christianity and Jesus more than our education and colleges. This school is a miserable fail and I'm a hundred and one percent glad I left it. Don't send your daughter or son to this school if you want them to go to a good college or succeed academically. Before I actually attended the school, I was so excited and was convinced that it was one of the best schools around. Well.. it isn't. Sorry to disappoint.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2012

We have had two children graduate from Maranatha High School. Their education at MHS prepared them to thrive at 2 very selective academic institutions. They have found themselves ready and able to contribute in the classroom as well as lead in a number of campus activities. We are thankful for the individual attention MHS faculty and staff gave to making sure our children were as prepared for life outside the classroom as in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

This school fails miserably when it comes to academics. It is much easier than other private and public high schools in the area and accepts anyone willing to pay the tuition. The teachers are young, inexperienced, and the turnover is high (among teachers and administrators). Don't send your son or daughter to Maranatha if you want them to get into a good college and be prepared academically. This school claims to be "christian" to fundraise and manipulate parents and students. Such a scam!


Posted January 29, 2012

I am writing this to say that this school is not for everyone. If you are a student who wants a well rounded education then this is for you. If you want teachers that push you towards getting involved in campus life and or the community then come to MHS. If you want a world class fine arts program then apply to Maranatha. The sports programs are all top class where the coaches are getting our players into college with scholarships. Then come to MHS! This school is helping us get into some of the most prestigest schools in the nation. I am a senior now and hope to have these freinds the rest of my life. I loved every aspect of this school. My only regret is not being able to help some of the very few students that did not fit in as see by some earlier posts. God bless Maranatha High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2012

Grandson has just been given Early Admission. We are excited. He will be in the 9th grade.


Posted January 20, 2012

What an incredible school! If you want your child to experience a total education Maranatha is the right place. The academics are outstanding with students getting into some top universities in the nation. The sports programs are outstanding not only competing but beating schools that are 3 to 4 times larger. The fine arts programs are great where the kids get to perform in a theater that is world class. The campus life which keeps the Christian faith front and center at all-times keeps the kids and families at Maranatha close. I highly recommend this school to all! Stop by and visit. It has been one of the best decision s we have made for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

We had such high hopes for this school and unfortunately for my child it did not meet our expectations at all. There are so many things that we feel are wrong with this school and we actually would like a refund for the amount of money we have spent thus far. From the quality of the teaching staff, to the lack of leadership, I would never recommend this school to anyone. The only thing that I can say Maranatha offers would be that gorgeous campus and that would be the extent of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2011

Maranata High School is an appropriate school for students who are not able to keep up with an academic workload in private or public schools. The classes are much easier than most other private and public high schools, it is almost impossible for a child to "flunk out" so long as you pay your tuition. This is not a college preparatory school, but is a good bridge to Junior College or a Cal State level college. The boys' basketball program is very good, but the school's academics are poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2011

As a note: this review is primarily through the eyes of an honors student, so I can't speak for the whole school when it comes to teachers and academics. Anyways, I find that although a lot of reviewers complain about the young teachers, they have generally been superb, though of course there are exceptions. However, as some standouts have recently left with waves of new teachers replacing them, my views on the teachers might soon be outdated. I don't find the curriculum conservative at all; in fact, the honors biology teacher (a standout who has unfortunately left) emphasized the importance of at least understanding evolution, even if you don t believe in it. Academics, in both curricula and the community, are pretty low priority in general, though. I wouldn t say that the school is Christian as a whole, though you will certainly find niches that genuinely do believe in Christ. But don t expect the same sense of community like in your church youth group. Advising is what you make of it; if you go, you ll have an audience, but they don t actively seek individual students. Considering its price, I wouldn t recommend sending a student there without a deep reason
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2011

Only redeeming quality of this school is the small minority of older teachers there. They truly care about the spiritual/emotional welfare of their students, as well as being passionate about their subjects.The rest/majority of the teachers are young and inexperienced (fresh out of college). Biggest problems: poor administration and student advising. The campus they advertise is not the grounds that the students are allowed to walk on. The school philosophy changed radically when they moved to their new campus. Their top priority was Christ, but in my opinion it changed to raising money and boosting their reputation as a college prep school. The tuition is pricey already, but they continue to make excessive demands for more money from the parents. As a Christian, I would say this school has a spiritual darkness around it. The staff was obsessed with keeping appearances by being overtly strict, and by manipulating students. Most of my friends that graduated with me were traumatized, to the point where some had to go to counseling. I did well academically here, but I met lots of resistance from the staff, and wouldn't attribute the success I achieved to my experience at this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2011

if you are planning on sending someone to this school, DON'T! this is a mediocre school, for the Rejects of other schools. They will take anyone who can pay the price. but if you want to send your Child for good christian values, DON'T, all the peers talk about is sex, drugs, and how spoiled they are by "god". If you are sending your Kid so that he can get ahead in his academics, and look good for colleges, DON'T! They WILL NOT allow your child to graduate early, though yet they "care" for the students and want them to grow and succeed, they expect you to pay each full years tuition regardless of the amount of core classes, or AP classes you are in. they will not lower tuition for the a student who only has three core classes. If you are sending your kid here, DON'T! Maranatha cost too much, but yet on top they keep asking for money and guilt trip you with, "its the christian thing to do". plain and simple, if you care for your student, you would be wise to NOT send your kid here, even at last resort.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 53%
Asian 21%
Black 12%
Hispanic 12%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 95% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation USC
UCLA
UC Berkeley
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drum line
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: french and ASL

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. David Gyertson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (626) 817-4040

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Club 21
  • Compassion International
  • Harambee House
  • SPARC
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language club: french and ASL
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Yearbook
  • adventure
  • hip hop
  • video
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • Find us on Facebook at: Maranatha High School
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
179
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
400

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$16000 - $17000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
USC
UCLA
UC Berkeley
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 95%
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169 South Saint John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Phone: (626) 817-4000

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