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Maranatha Christian Center

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Posted June 22, 2014

Awest is the worst schoo l lots of bullying a kid broke my d aughters arm and the admistrati on did nothing all they, did was complaining about her grades and her attedence and tryed to blame her the admin is horrable sertain teach would yell at her hate the school all the teachers do is yell at her for her grades and stand do nothing about the bullying at the school lots of fighting. Its the worst school
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 14, 2012

I have been to this school on numerious occasions to observe, ask questions of staff/administration and personally critique the school from their cafeteria, classrooms, gym, athletic fields outside, and especially the interactions of students with students and students with faculty. My findings were all above my expectations and far above average as was to be observed from just passing by and looking over at the school and it's property. I was very impressed with my findings and my son and daughter were looking at sending their children to this school before they both (being in the military) got transfered out of state recently. Alas and sorry to say, my five grandkids won't be able to share and receive the experience I did of walking the halls and grounds of this Christian school. But maybe when they return...

Posted January 23, 2012

Maranatha as a school strongly squelches thinking outside the box (the Maranatha box) Succeeding depends a lot on who you are . As a new student transferring in from a public school I came in with a strong core of lanquage, math, historical and yes, those pesky social skills so necessary to compete & thrive in real business. I think the teachers do what they can....again it depends on who you/they are among the instructors as well. I hesitate to say "the chosen few" but it applies. Very disconcerting to the new kid on the block trying to fit in while taking a while to figure things out. I didn't do it often but the few times i questioned "the status quo" and "the way things go" I was squelched and strongly encouraged to keep my thoughts/opinions to myself. Which I did BEGGED my parents to let me go to public school and they did. "Thank God , I do" MY parents used the ratings for the public schools that also come up on this website and they rate higher than Maranatha.

Posted December 29, 2011

I am a former student that transferred into Maranatha in the middle of high school after moving into Colorado. I came from a public school education that very challenging and taught me to think and learn for myself. While Maranatha is like a family environment which teaches good principles and has biblical roots, the educational experience is far from adequate at best. Having experienced both public school education and private I can honestly say that Maranatha did nothing to prep students for a college education. Instead, they hyped up their "high standards" to make students feel like they were achieving success, but only to fall flat on their faces when entering college. Learning vocabulary as a senior in high school instead of reading literature is hardly the way to rear a student. If it were not for my public school education I would've been lost after high school, probably still waiting on tables at a restaurant. I do appreciate the teachers and their willingness to connect with the students. My comments are not reflective of the environment, but more about the education and prepping students for the future. Isn't that what school is about?

Posted June 8, 2011

As a former student at Maranatha, I felt academically unprepared when I left to attend public school. I ended up taking summer school to catch up to others in my grade level. My three years of experience with Maranatha left a bitter taste about Christianity in mouth. Standards were different depending on who you were. If you held views that were slightly different from the administration you were immediately thrown onto a watch list to ensure you did not spread your "impure" thoughts with other students. I do give Maranatha's teachers credit for hanging in there, some of the teachers were truly top rate. I however credit my success in business and life to my public school education, and none of it to the time I spent at Maranatha.

Posted August 26, 2010

Maranatha is a great school. I wanted to highlight the art teacher, Mr. Thomas VanDeman. He is by far the most talented teacher - he can teach anyone to draw! He also is a great teacher of the Bible and has great rapport with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 19, 2010

Christian based education....I think not! If you choose to go this rout be aware of the many factors that will effect your child for the rest of their academic career and possibly life. Old curriculum (you will have better resources in a home school scenario) Leadership is poor in judgement and laking in any real values. So the public school was not for your child we thought that at one point too. We were fooled into believing this was our only option. Don't let the wolf in sheep's clothing into your child's life! By the time you find out it isn't grandma in there, it could be too late.!! Yes PRAY! make the right choices and look at all the options and choices available.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 14, 2010

uses old curriculum, does not pay teachers in time, pay-cut, no health insurance, no sick days, no snow days, not proffesional, does not verify the truth before reprimanding.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted April 20, 2010

I have two sons at Maranatha and we've been there for two years. Another school gave up on my oldest and told me a public school would have special education for him. Maranatha took him in, refused to give up on him and he is excelling beyond my wildest dreams. The teachers, staff, and administrators are genuinely loving, God-fearing, people of high integrity and my boys love it there. I would recommend this school to any prospective parent seeking a quality academic program with strong Christian principles. The athletic programs are expanding and they have opened a new student center where children can gather for fellowship and fun (there are games, puzzles, foosball, ping-pong, chess tables, an old time jukebox and great food). This is the place for your children to learn and to show the world they are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. God Bless Maranatha!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 8, 2010

My son is in the child care/preschool system at this school and he absolutely loves it. He is excited to go to 'school' every morning. His teachers are phenomenal and very loving. The teacher to student ratio is low and he gets a lot of personal attention. My son's verbal and other skills are advanced for his age. The school has a great campus with several playgrounds, horses, goats and other animals to feed and watch. The tuition at this school is very reasonable expecially when you compare it to the cost of Kindercare or similar facilities. I highly recommend this school.
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Posted February 16, 2010

I was shocked when I read the negative comments about Maranatha on this site! My son has the priveledge of going to this school and that is a blessing. Yes this school is strict- it has to be or it would be just like public school...yes this school thinks a lot about money- they have to to pay the bills as they are not supported by a district and it is expensive to pay teachers...yes they 'preach a lot'. Praise the Lord...why else would you send you child to a Christian school? My son has always loved the Lord and public school tried to make him feel ashamed for that. Maranatha is a blessing to those that believe the truth! I am more interested in my son being in a loving God centered environment than about how many extra curricular activities are offered! God bless Maranatha!
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Posted June 17, 2009

I was a student for almost my entire K-12 education. I loved my time in elementary school (especially my piano lessons) and am still in contact with some of my former teachers. High school marked a huge transition for me and found myself frustrated with academics and learning, but threw myself into music and sports. My choir directors, without a doubt, changed my life. I felt that my foreign language teacher was one of the best of my entire jr.high/high school experience. My experience at MCC was a mixed bag. There were things I both hated and loved. I think that the elementary departments are superior, but junior high and high school lack in several extra-curricular & academic areas. I did not feel academically prepared once I entered college for many reasons, but hard work & dedication (outside of MCC) certainly changed that.

Posted June 17, 2009

I am delighted to teach at Maranatha where there is an open door for Christian education and encouragement. The staff is caring and loving and consistently pour themselves out for the students. Both the Bible and the academic curriculums are challenging and superb.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted June 13, 2009

My two children attended Maranatha since they were in preschool and each of them excelled. I feel their education was well worth the tuition paid. They each strove to get the best grades possible due to the high grading scale. They made many wonderful friends at Maranatha. We appreciate the caring and loving staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 13, 2009

I am writing this as an observer of comments pro and con concerning MCC. We live in a world where we forget to thank people for services rendered because we expect to be served and treated well, but the minute we are not taken care of the way we think we ought to be treated we like to complain. My recommendation to complainers is that you walk in their shoes before you complain. There is no perfect place and I praise those who shared their appreciation of MCC. Our world needs more people like you.

Posted June 11, 2009

THE BEST! All 3 of my children have attended there from preschool through 12th grade. They all graduated from Maranatha with top honors and GPA above 4.0. Two attend Colorado School of Mines, and one is at Regis University. Many graduates have earned great scholarships, including my children and their friends. As with any school, the success of your child is directly related to YOUR INVOLVEMENT. Maranatha staff and administrators go out of their way to give personal, loving attention and your child will have every opportunity to excel. This school is a beautiful, safe oasis in this harsh world, where a child can be centered on what is important... God, caring for other, and learning in a non-threatening environment. Your children should be your first priority - choosing a great Christian school like Maranatha is the best investment you can make in their future.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 10, 2009

Our kids have attended Maranatha for years and we are still impressed at the quality of education they receive. The campus is beautiful and always so clean. I love their committment to the Lord and the dedication shown to the kids. When I drop them off in the morning, they are always so happy to go into their classes. My 2nd grader needed help with Spelling and the after school help that Maranatha provided brought his grade up to a high B. We're very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 10, 2009

MCC is a quality school with teachers that care and teach the child, not the test as do the public schools. No school is perfect but MCC strives to be a godly influence in the life of each child. The quality of education is seen in how sought after are the graduates. Check it out, don't base you opinion on someone words.
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Posted June 9, 2009

I've heard a few negative comments about this school and I can say, they aren't true. Most of these negative comments are from students who just don't like school. I mean think about it, who out there has never had a teacher or class they just didn't like. All of us have, every single one of us who have ever attended any school no matter what grade has had a class or teacher they just didn't like, so they allowed it to ruin their whole school expierence. Well I can tell you that MCC is a really great school. Everyone who works there is committed to the education of every child that attends. No matter what grade. They believe that every child should succeed and they are committed to them.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 9, 2009

As a teacher it's great to have small class sizes. You actually get to know the students, their personalities and how they learn. With a senior class of 19 in my Bible class we could interact, joke around, and still get serious study done.
—Submitted by a teacher

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White 56% 62%
Hispanic 19% 29%
Asian 11% N/A
Two or more races 9% N/A
Black 4% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
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