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Calvary Chapel High / Maranatha Christian

Private | K-12 | 1370 students

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Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I recently left Calvary and walked into a world of hurt when I entered public school. Oh no, this hurt did not stem from the oppression from bullies or my ostracization from the general student body. This hurt came from the quality of the work administered by my teachers. I realized how unprepared Calvary had left me, especially for my math and science classes. While most of the concepts introduced in the classes struck a chord with the majority of students, these ideas were completely foreign to me. However, the one subject I continue to excel in is English. The English department at Calvary is very thorough and teaches very well. Their weak points are definitely the math and science classes, and the administration should definitely take affirmative action to mend this gaping hole in their academic program.

Posted July 28, 2014

I disagree with the 7/22 review from "a parent". My daughter has attended since 2nd grade, now entering 9th grade, and we have not experienced the issues mentioned in that review. This is a state accredited school system. It is christian. Bible is taught in a separate class. Other classes are taught with a biblical worldview in mind where applicable. Students attend chapel. Granted, my daughter does very well and is very self motivated, and so I have not experienced the remedial side of this school other than here-say. This school is not for everyone. I would say being a bible believing christian would help tremendously, and an understanding that this is a christian school. The aforementioned reviewers comments regarding indoctrination, critical thinking, and Islam come across as just an emotional rant against a failed expectation. I am not aware of any teaching on Islam...maybe a future comparative religions class? This school offers superlative pathways to those who want to excel academically, and also for those who don't. There is a wide variety of sports opportunities, excellent drama and arts departments, and several other extra curricular groups and ministries. God Bless!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 2, 2014

Great academics! Excellent, qualified teachers who truly care about the students and solid Bible centered teaching. A+
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 3, 2014

Calvary Chapel High School is an excellent school. The teachers main focus are both the spiritual growth of their students and academic acheivements. My daughter graduated in 2012 and was accepted into schools such as UC Berkley, UC Irvine, Westmont College, Pepperdine and other great schools. She was awared academic scholarships to the schools that accepted her. Currently, three of my children attend the highschool and junior high and they love it. Our family has received much support and encouragement from the administrators and teachers. I highly recommend this school if you are looking for Christ- centered education and top academics. The mission trips that are also offered at this school have been life changing to my children. This school helps develope well-rounded students and prepares them for excellence and personal acheivements.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 3, 2014

Im a student at CCJH. Teachers are very merciful and nice at my school. They give students the opportunity to improve and acheive their goals. Even when they have to deal with a disrespectful student that is not a Christian, the teacher will always try to show the love of Jesus to them. Im not sure what a Calvary bubble means, but I feel very accepted and a part of a loving family at my school. And no, my parents are not pastors, teachers, or on staff there. I just love my school and having the right attitude helps.

Posted December 5, 2013

I attended MCA/CCHS from K-12 (graduated in 2003). I feel that the Biblical education was a good foundation. There are teachers who genuinely care for the students and do a good job teaching/connecting. However, some teachers are very legalistic and some are just unqualified to teach. Academically my experience was very mixed. Spiritually/socially, my experience was difficult. Ultimately I think you need to know the personality of your child to know whether Calvary is a good fit. The level of legalism in the high school makes it difficult for some students. Additionally, as with most private schools, your child will not be with other children from their neighborhood community, so feelings of isolation and detachment can occur. Would I send my own children to Calvary? No. But that doesn't mean it isn't right for some students.

Posted February 1, 2013

Horrible atmosphere students are disrespectful to teachers and also they are disrespectful to fellow student. Most stuck up and judgemental with a mindset that they are better than everyone else.

Posted December 12, 2011

The calvary bubble! Not good at all. Horrible, judge mental, terrible classes, no class choices such as a public school or other private schools, bad kids, and teachers who cant teach. Waste of money.

Posted March 26, 2011

I can't say enough about this school. My daughter has attending since elementary, and his now a Junior in High School. There are so many extra curicular activities that are offered that she has been able to be involved in. This school also has acheived the highest creditdation that a school can be granted. Additonally, Judy in the MCA office is wonderful asset to the school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 18, 2010

Christian based school where they make Jesus the center of all learning. They have a strong academic philosophy. Teach towards aiming for a college education and want to help their students become responsible members of society.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 16, 2009

My kids attend Calvary and they have had a wonderful experience with all the teachers and staff. They love it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 24, 2009

My four children began at MCA in 2000. My oldest graduated in 2008, I have one who will graduate this school year (2010), I have another beginning high school and my youngest is beginning junior high. All four have grown in wisdom, knowledge, stature and favor with God and men since they have attended the three Calvary Chapel Schools these past nine years. As a Christian parent I couldn't ask for more!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 20, 2009

I have had my daughter at MCA for 4 years. Love the teachers. I disagree with all of the junk food that they have at the school. Soda machines, candy and icecream machines. I also disagree with how relaxed they are on how short the girls are a loud to wear their uniforms such as skirts, and dresses. They also allow sculls on the packpacks, lunch box, etc. I love that Judy the secreatary know all of the kids names. Love you Judy! You are such a Blessing to Calvary! Overall, Thank you MCA for everything.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 18, 2009

I hope people reading this site understand that Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA) is K through 8 and Calvary Chapel High is 9 - 12. Each has their own principal and staff. I had three sons at M.C.A. and currently have four grandchildren enrolled. The academic standard is high, positive discipline is a priority, and essential moral standards are taught and practiced. Teachers are exceptional and the administration is open to parent's' comments. I also appreciate the fact there are several classes for each grade. That allows the opportunity for students to have a choice of teachers and meet new classmates each year.

Posted January 13, 2009

I would have to say the amount of money spent for an education at this school is unnecessary. Most of the high school teachers are first year teachers, and most of the older teachers who have been there for years are not qualified , most are still trying to earn their degrees. If you are looking for a school to seriously prepare your child for college this is not it. Academics aside, the spiritual portion of this school is also lacking. For the amount of money spent on a private school to prepare your child for college, Calvary is just mediocre.

Posted June 16, 2008

My daughter just finished her last year of high school here and absolutely loved it. She entered in the 7th grade from a different private school and what a big difference. Calvary is so loving and nurturing towards the kids and their open door policy is great. Could have asked for a better school for our daughter!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 16, 2008

MCA was great. Many moms and dads teaching. Junior High was ok, still not to many educated teachers. High School should be preparing the students to go to college .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 15, 2008

The school has an excellent atmosphere of nice students and parents but... we are not happy with the quality of the high school teachers. Several are young and inexperienced and should not be learning the ropes in high school. High school is not a place for first time teachers. Questionable academics, mediocre teachers, and oddly enough, strange Bible teachers make it so we can't recommend the school. We will home school or put our daughter in another private school next year. There have been a few good teachers but they are in the minority. MCA was very good, but the high school is not.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 7, 2008

Excelent in academics, discipline, truly LOVE Calvary Chapel School of Costa Mesa. Due to having to move so many times, my daughter was in at least 5 different school throughout the years. We put her in Maranatha Chrisian Academy first and now she is in Calvary Chapel High, has been attending the Calvary School in Costa Mesa for good Five years and we are truly blessed to have her there. Excelent in Christ centered, truly amazing leaders and teacher. I will recommend Calvary to everyone that wants to send their child to a WONDERFUL school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2008

My daughter went to MCA for 1st and 2nd grade. I really like this school, except I find that it has a lot less extracurricular activities/clubs/sports programs than the public schools. Do they have Spirit Week/Homecoming/Prom in high school?? They also don't offer speech therapy (public does,) so my 5 yr old will be starting kindergarten in public. Therefore we've decided to transfer our daughter to public in the fall for 3rd grade to be with her brother. Though I truly enjoy MCA (for safety & bible teaching) I also noticed that my daughter has a lot less homework than her cousin who lives in Irvine. I've done homework with all of them, and Irvine's Monday Homework packet for the whole week is just crazy! Not sure if that's good or bad. Overall, thank you MCA for giving my daughter 2 great years!
—Submitted by a parent

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