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Kennesaw, GA
Students enrolled: 1,214

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1275 Stanley Road Northwest
Kennesaw, GA 30152

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(770) 578-0182
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October 22, 2014
The campus is beautiful. The academics seem average. There is a mix of good and not so good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Excellent school all around. Researched all of Cobb county before selecting this school and all that is offered.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
We have been at MPCS for 3 years and have been extremely satisfied with the administration, curriculum, teachers and the environment. For our family, it was not about quality of education but rather a Christian environment for our children Mon-Fri. MPCS is 'hands down' the best private Christian school in the area. We are happy to learn that the high school now has added more AP classes in order to better prepare students for college. The middle school is very strong in all aspects, which is needed for those tough teenage years. Not to mention sports in middle school, art, drama, music, dance, etc. So many offerings. I read many of the other reviews (some are out of date) and the bottom line is that no school is perfect. But if you are looking for a private, Christian school with strong academics, then Mount Paran is the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2012
I was considering sending my daughter to this school, however I have recently found out that the headmaster (Mr. Shelton) will get involved in custody cases favoring the paying parent the facts pertaining to both parents. I am not one of the parents involved in this case, but was made aware of the principles Affadavit, which will be public. A number of statements are untrue, and not supported by any facts. It is very disappointing that this is a stance taken by an organization that claims to support a christian upbringing for the children. It seems that teaching the word and living the word are different. This is the first time I have encountered this in Christian schools, I would have thought that the best approach would have been to provide guidance and counsel as a leader, to both parents to provide better support for the child.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2012
Mt. Paran has been an answer to prayers for our family. God directed us to Mt. Paran after some very trying and unfortunate circumstances in a Cobb County High School. The experiences my child went through were horrific and administration nor the school board would address it. I had no choice for the safety of my child other than to withdraw them and remove them from the environment. This was the largest blessing in disguise that I could ever imagine. My child had over a 4.0 GPA and was the recipient of many awards and had never been in one ounce of trouble their entire life. Mt. Paran has been the best thing that has ever happened. God has blessed the school, teachers and administration. You can feel God's presence when you walk in the doors. My child came from a very prestigious magnet program in Cobb County and I will tell you that hands down the education at Mt Paran far exceeds the Magnet Programs in the County School system. Yes, we have had to make many sacrifices to allow our child to attend Mt. Paran but there is no comparison as to the quality of education and spiritual growth that the students at Mt. Paran receive on a daily basis. I give Mt Paran an A+++.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
As parent's, we brought children into the world and we were given the responsibility to train up our children so that they can grow up and be successful and have the best possible future. Today our children are faced with many issues during their teenage years. The "wrong crowd" or a few "bad decisions" can ruin a childs life in a short period of time. My family had the honor and privilege of having our child accepted into the High School. Looking back now, this was the best possible decision our family has ever made by making the sacrifice and allowing our child to attend Mt. Paran. Do you know what a difference starting your day off with a devotion and prayer can make in school? Can you imagine what an impact that praying at the beginning of each class with your teacher can make? Do you know how important it is to have your child "fit in" and not be excluded or bullied by cliques during the teenage years? What is really important to your child? Their education, emotional well being and spiritual development with God. I would encourage you to come to Mt. Paran and see the work that God is doing through incredible teachers and staff. There is NOT a better school out there!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2012
This is an amazing place. My two boys have been here since PK3 and now as a middle school and an elementary student, I am amazed at the ways they have been taught to not only know Christ, but to seek to LIVE like Christ. It is lived out daily in every action from the ballfields to the classrooms. If I can not be the one with my boys for these 8 hours every day , I am thankful for the role model men and women who are called to be at MPCS. Their out of the box creative teaching and professionalism, surpass all my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2012
I am certain that this was not the true picture of what happened, these teachers would give the shirts off of their backs to help any one of their students. It is unfortunate and unbeleivable that anyone could misread a situation so poorly.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2012
one of there coaches yelled at these two kids for picking up a frisbee. REALLY! I don't want my kids going to that school.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
Having had my children attend for a couple years (after attending public school), and getting VERY involved to discover the inner workings of this school, I am more impressed now than when we first enrolled. I have witnessed first-hand that the christian values and mission are really (really!) something that the staff strives to live-out daily. I was surprised at how much focused attention my kids were getting. My older kids in lower school have had phenomenal teachers who have a true gift in what they do. For my young one, the preschool has exposed him to so much more than where my older kids attended (laptops, library, spanish, "big kid" PE and Art etc.) in addition to the unconditional love he receives. Of course no school in our area is perfect, and parents may not always reflect the values they desire their children to have which is probably typical in any "private" school. We do financially sacrifice to go there (though it costs less than others) but I am now convinced they are getting so much more than we pay for which is evident in their blossoming character and discovering of their faith. My heart is full when I hear them talk about Jesus when they get home from school.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
Although the education is great I find that many of the parents are selfless and their children are entitled, which makes me question why are they in a school based on religious values. To be a christian is not just being a member of a church or a christian school but the moral fiber that bonds your family and creates the values that are born into children. Not impressed

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2011
I recently enrolled my children at MPCS this past year.Me and my husband have never been so impressed with the quality of teaching that all other schools seem to lack.Mount Paran has stretched my kids and challenged them to be the best that they can be.I have never seen a Christian school emphasize the word CHRISTIAN so much.It is awesome just to know and have a great feeling when dropping them off at school that they are in good hands.In my opinion,if you would like your child to learn in a safe Christian enviorment then Mount Paran is right for you.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
My children have been attending Mt. Paran for many years. We have two that are still there (one in high school and one in middle school), we have recently moved our youngest out. Partly because of money, but mainly because of the quality of the elementary teachers and lower school leadership. After three below par elementary teachers with our youngest two in four years, we felt it was time to make a change. They have changed the lower school principal this past year, so hopefully the lower school will improve. Our kids have had some extra wonderful teachers over the years, especially in the middle school. But three of the ones that come to mind have moved on in their careers. As far as race issues. I have never seen nor heard of any race problems. My boys have good friends of all races and nationalities. As far as parents and sportsmanship. A few parents can make any school look bad. And some of the grades do have those type parents. If your children are in athletics, you will enjoy that middle school sports have teachers/coaches for all teams but football. These low ratings are for lower school. Middle school would be five star. High School would be four star.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2011
I'm not here to discount anyone's personal feelings, just share my own. When my child's school has been blessed to compete with this school, the students have been kind. The parents of the Mt. Paran students have not always shown Christian Examples. So if being with parents that hold strong their covenant statement is important to you, this is probably not the right school for you.

- submitted by a community member
September 30, 2011
The racial problems at Mount Paran are not fictious - there have been multiple complaints by parents of different races who have experienced this hostile environment. Buyer beware! The cost of the school was never an issue - it is affordable compared to other highly rated schools like Pace Academy or Woodard - but Mount Paran does NOT have a zero tolerance policy for their students who bully. This is a terrible learning environment for children to be in - I'd rather send my child to a public school rather than endure what my son has gone through at this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2011
Do your research carefully and thoroughly, visit during school hours, see for yourself if they practice what they preach, how does the administration consider and talk about other schools. We found out just in the nick of time to pull our children out, observing saying one thing doing another, unChristian like practices and behavior,flat out lies, and negative talk about others. If you dont mind being part of that kind of organization, them look at the test scores. They all think they are Ivy League and better than everyone else, but were are the scores?

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2011
After our first year at Mount Paran, I knew this was the right school for our children. Financially, it's a serious stretch for us, but we feel it is worth every penny. Every employee, from the support staff to the principal, is kind and professional. My son's second grade teacher was phenomenal. She identified his strengths and weakness and helped him develop both throughout the year...both academically and socially. The curriculum is more advanced than the public school's, which is one of the reasons we chose Mt. Paran. Other reasons we chose Mt. Paran: Spanish classes begin in Kindergarten, strings program in 3rd grade, high-end chef-cooked meals included in tuition, and the gifted program (not always seen in private schools). The gifted program, Encore, is unlike any other program we've seen. The teacher helps the students to LOVE learning, to think outside the box, and challenges them with advanced assignments. Overall, I feel confident that my child is getting a fantastic education at Mt. Paran, but more importantly, this school has rekindled his love for learning that the public school had squelched.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
We absolutely ADORE this school!! The teachers and staff go above and beyond to teach and love on your children. It is great to know that my child is in the best possible hands while Im at work. I do not have to worry about him and know and trust that he is getting a wonderful education as well!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
Looks good on the outside, but please do your research before sending your child there. From my personal experience, it is not what it seems to be. They are not exhibiting "Christian" like behavior and are discriminatory in enrolling students. Beware.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2011
Excellent in every area. We are an African American family that has spent three school year at Mt. Paran and though we were the minority, we never felt any lesser. We could no longer afford the tuition so we had no choice but to move our kid into the public school system. Public school is ok but we're often comparing the quality, leadership and parent involvement and Mt. Paran is ahead by far. We would gladly return once our financial situation improves.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
First, I am simply appalled that one would manufacture such an erroneous story that MPCS treat any person of any color differently. As a parent of two daughters that attend, I can tell you first hand this is utter nonsense! One would have to question this rater's motive or agenda? On to the truth...this is an absolutely tremendous school blessed with the finest and most devoted teachers and principals imaginable! There in not a single shortcoming in academics. In fact, the academic standards are way superior to any public schools and when coupled with the values, guiding principles and moral standards we want for our girls we couldn't ask for more. Is it expensive? You bet! But for us it is the greatest investment we can possibly make and we'd live in a trailer without heating and AC to make sure our girls are blessed with a Christ centered quality education. But, forget my words. Just spend about 5 minutes with our 3rd and 6th grade daughters and I am confident this will answer any and all question about the impact--along with good parenting--that MPSC has had in their lives.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
I am a former student of MPCS and I can easily say it was the best school I ever went to. It offers so much more than public school is capable of offering. I go to a public high school currently and very badly wish to go back to Mount Paran. Public school just can't compare. The people are so nice and feel like family, the teachers are amazing, and the campus is beautiful. It is truly great being able to worship God freely at school too! I would highly suggest it to anyone considering it.

- submitted by a community member
October 22, 2010
We have been happy with Mount Paran and our kids love it. We are somewhat disappointed in the academics though. The list of colleges for graduating seniors is not very impressive. Hopefully Mount Paran will have the resources to improve in this area. This is probably a good school for kids to start in but we are considering something else for middle and high school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
A wonderful education in a loving Christian environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2010
We were previously in a very good public school district in another area, and have found MPCS to offer a more challenging curriculm. Its not only the academics that make it great, but its the way the teachers care about your child succeeding. The expectations of conduct toward one another set the school apart from public school. The campus is beautiful and well maintained. I would not have my children anywhere else at this point in their education. The middle school principal is excellent! - However, things aren't perfect. I think some teachers get carried away giving out conduct marks and worrying about the right shade of khaki for uniforms. Grading is very strict - even if the answer is correct, if it is misspelled, it is counted completely wrong by some teachers. No partial credit given for knowledge or understanding of material.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
My children are loved every day by their teachers. They are taught skills in a fun and exciting way. The people here are family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
My kids feel great going to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
Amazing school, especially if your into art or drama. Need to check it out. Best private school in georgia.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2009
Both of my children attended MPCS from kindergarten through 8th grade and then left to attend public high school in Cobb County.The campus is beautiful and the teachers are great but they simply do not offer a strong enough academic course load in the high school. The honors and AP classes are very limited when compared to the local public schools.Both of my children graduated from Cobb County high schools with many more AP credits than were ever available at MPCS. The cost of a hgih school education at MPCS is not worth it. Most of the MPCS graduates attend college,but check out the list of where most of them are accepted. It is a very narrow sheltered environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2009
Mt paran is the best school in the world!There is nothing about MPCS that isnt fantastic! I dont want to go to any other school! Everyone there is amazingly nice. I think Mr. Flood is the best teacher ever(band director)! Join band!

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2008
Quite a jump in academics from the AZ public school, a hardship financially, (including tuturing) but the academic growth, and hearing firsthand from my student that the other students value their education and each other, and that he feels safe has made it worth it.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2008
Came from public school, cost is a sacrifice but the acceleration in our childs manners and values has been worth it. A beautiful campus with excellent faculty communication tools being utilized.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 24, 2008
I was a student at Mt. Paran from the years 2002 to 2006. I graduated from this school with a 3.5 GPA and now attend the University of Georgia. Mt. Paran has prepared me academically to the riggers of college. I felt very prepared while walking into my first college class, and still feel that way. I would recommend MPCS for any student wanting to succeed in life. This was a great school not only academically, but also spiritually. I loved all my teachers and how they presented materials in the classroom. This is a wonderful school for everyone!

- submitted by a student
December 26, 2007
I attend Mt. Paran, and I love it! It is my favorite school i have been to. I am in 8th grade, and have attended two schools before this one. They were both terrible, and one was also a christian school. My favorite part of MPCS is the band program. Mr. Billy Flood is just the coolest band director ever, and he is an amazing musician.

- submitted by a student
August 30, 2007
I graduated from MPCS this year and I am now attending Montana State Uiversity. I have a younger brother and sister still attending MPCS. There is no other school I would rather have them go to. The environment at the school is so friendly and inviting it is difficult to not fit in and fall in love with your surroundings.

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2007
Mt Paran has made such a positive impact on my daughter. Her want to succeed has risen tremendously due to the high standards at this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
We are entering our third year at Mount Paran and couldn't be happier. Our kids are thriving and being challenged academically. They are also being enriched spiritually by the caring and devoted staff. We love it! We see great things coming in the future there as the school continues to grow, and are so proud to be part of such a great school family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 13, 2007
We have a daughter who attended PreK this year so we were new to MPSC. We wanted her to attend a Christian school where the teacher/student ratios are low. We felt she would get lost and distracted in the larger Public school classrooms. She is somewhat shy and needs to have loving encouragement and the teachers at MPCS can provide the love and attention she needs in a learning environment. All of the teachers that we have seen at MPCS have been called to be there and impact the children of the future. She has really mental and spriitually grown this year and we look forward to many more years at MPCS.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
My daughter has been at Mt. Paran for 4 years now and we could not ask for a better environment both academically and spiritually. Since we relocated here 4 years ago, Mt. Paran has become more than just a school, it is an extended family for us. We have met the nicest parents and children. Academically, we are very happy with the education our daughter is receiving and she loves her school!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
My wife and I have a son that has attended the new Kennesaw campus for the last 4 years, starting in pre k (3)and have been very pleased with the quality teachers. They have created an atmosphere that allows for parent involvement and great parent-teacher communication. We love having our child being educated in this wonderful Christ centered environment. The public schools around us are great but until they can pray in class were staying at Mount Paran!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2007
I am thrilled with my son's experience in Middle School at MPCS. He began as a 6th grader this year after attending public school. He has always been a great student, but now he loves learning and going to school. He has inspirational teachers who are experienced and professional as well as nurturing. The staff is excellent. The facility is amazing. My son's peers were very welcoming to him as a new student. We are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
If you want your to child to grow up arrogant, insulting and without respect for others, then this is the school for you. I have never seen such lack of respect for others especially with the atheletes. The belief here is they are better than the rest of the world and do not hestitate to show it. I was most embarrassed for them. I'm hoping God will show them the correct path.

- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2005
I have two children who attend Mount Paran, and my husband and I could not be happier with the education they are receiving. They have really grown academically compared to their experience in the local public schools. Mount Paran has worked toward really improving and pushing the students academically in the last couple of years. The new headmaster is phenomenal and has a great vision for the future of the school. I am so glad we are able to be a part of this enriching experience!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
Our child attended MPCS and has since changed to another Christian School. She was very ill prepared in mathmatics by MPCS. This A Average student had to get a tutor! This tutor as well as other tutors have told us that across the board they see that MPCS does not prepare kids, especially in math.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2005
Our daughter has attended Pre-K (4) this year at Mt. Paran. We couldn't be happier! She has grown spiritually, academically, and socially. Her teachers are very supportive and push her when she needs pushing and love her when she needs loving. I look forward to many more years at Mt. Paran!

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2004
I have taught at MPCS for 15 years. My daughter attended MPCS from kindergarten through 12th grade and is currently in college to become an educator, due in part to the influence she received at MPCS. My son is soon to be a junior, having attended MPCS since K3. This private school offers a lot of professional-quality opportunities in sports, fine arts and academics to students of all ages. If the goal for your young person is to be well-rounded in the above three areas, Mt. Paran is the school you've been looking for. Coaches, directors and teachers work together to allow your child to experience all fields of interest. Check it out. Compare. You'll be glad you did.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2004
We are so blessed to have found this phenomonal school and faculty to work with our children! Teachers, administrators and parents are totally supportive of the students. After attending a local public school for the first four years of school, we were unsure of the challenges our son would face. His teachers and fellow students have welcomed him with open arms, he receives support and encouragement in all areas of school. It is incredible! Our children receive praise and encouragement for all they do and their academic growth has been incredible! Even though our son entered the private school missing some key skills (not taught at the local public school), the teachers have 'filled-in the holes' discretely and moved forward with poise and praise! I could not recommend a better school!

- submitted by a administrator
January 16, 2004
An absolutely wonderful school! We are so blessed with a stunning campus, professional administrators, caring teachers, and involved parents. Truly a thriving, Christian environment. Traffic is a challenge - common private school headache. The planned Arts Center and completion of the ball fields will make this one of the preeminent private campuses in the Southeast.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This school is more like a college campus. The school is brand new and is now in Kennesaw where there campus is second to none, along with having their own 5 acre lake. The school attendance is around 850 now and the teachers are seasoned professionals and the school is very well run. The amenities for the children are second to none, from (2) gyms, work out rooms and a library and cafeteria that overlooks a lake. I am very pleased that my daughter, a 4th grader, was accepted. You must go though a couple of interview processes, having school and discipline records checked before acceptance. Even at that time the child is on a 60 day probation period. I would highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Mount Paran Christian School
1275 Stanley Road Northwest, Kennesaw, GA  30152
(770) 578-0182
Last modified Mount Paran Christian School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Mount Paran Christian School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top