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Mount Airy Christian Academy

Private | K-12 | 373 students


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Posted July 4, 2014

Regarding the post a few below, MACA does have qualified administrators and an excellent athletic director. Yes, there have been several administration changes over the last 5 years. Change isn't easy, but sometimes necessary to move ahead. As far as "figuring it out" at our kids' expense, I don't see it quite that way. No school or school system has everything figured out--and I'd be skeptical of any that said they did. Changes in educational standards and methods have been coming for centuries. The HS program also is growing and becoming more rigorous and varied. And, happily, MACA is fairly affordable for the average family, and a great bargain at the price. More money doesn't always mean better; sometimes it just means more money.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 30, 2014

MACA is a blessing to my family. I hear about the public school system and I am so thankful that MACA is there to provide a Christ-centered education and loving environment for my children and other families in the community. I continue to be amazed at how the MACA teachers love on these kids. It is very special. Also, I commend the school board for setting higher standards for the school's teachers and leadership and I commend the school board for staying the course. My family is looking forward to a great 2014-2015 school year. Onward!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2014

Another administration change in less than a year. MACA is in a rebuilding phase and probably will not have a high school in 3 years. Kudos to adding a pre-school, but should have put resources into bolstering the weak HS programs. Was fully planning on sending my kids again next year, now I'm reviewing my options. Weak leadership before has now become weaker with the recent changes in administration. It's a shame that the changes they needed to make were too late in coming. Even with the reasonable tuition rates, i'm now fully understanding the concept of you get what you pay for. There are better options available within a 25 mile radius of the school. I wish MACA luck, but I can't let them figure it out at my children's expense. Need to find a qualified Administrator and a qualified Athletic Director - take some time off of HS and try again.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 21, 2014

Both of my children attend this school and we have been pleased with the overall experience. We will be starting our 4th year in the fall. The new administration is trying to change things to make the school more competitive academically, which I applaud. As for the parent who complained about his son's "social media" removal from the school, let's tell the whole story. That young man compiled a list of all the girls in the class and devised a rating system for the girls based on looks and physical attributes. Kudos to the school for removing him. I am a current Law Enforcement officer and this is not what I'm sending my kids to a Christian school to be a part of. You will not be disappointed with this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2014

No school is perfect, but I have always felt that MACA's mission to help my children grow in grace and wisdom was admirable. Not all teachers "connect" with our children. But all three of my sons found in MACA at least one teacher who went far beyond the call of duty to encourage and mentor. Though all have graduated and moved on, each looks back on those years as their foundation for a life serving the God so many of MACAs teachers pointed them to. I will be forever thankful for Mount Airy Christian Academy!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2014

There are two sides to every story and this doesn't sound right. MACA is strict and clear about their rules and I find it strange that his social networking would bring about this drastic reaction. Besides "living the Christian Lifestyle" is taught at home. MACA nurtures and teaches kids according to the Christian principles. That's just my opinion.
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Posted January 27, 2014

I agree that there are two sides of every story. I find it hard to believe it was for innocently being social media. As a parent who read the handbook, I clearly understood the actions that could be taken if my child did not obey the rules. Today, social media is just another avenue for bullying and/or harassment and if this was the case, I commend an administration who is known for their zero tolerance on bullying to following through. Since we pulled from public and sent to MACA, we are blessed everyday by the Christian principles being taught and demonstrated. However, we also know that MACA is just a reinforcement for what God has called us to do as parents.
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Posted January 24, 2014

DONT WASTE YOUR TIME. I pulled my son out of a public school to send him to MACA for one year so that he could re-do his 8th grade year because at the age of 13 we did not feel that he was ready for High School. MACA knew all of this going in and knew my son was new to "living the Christian Lifestyle" They could have cared less, I was asked to remove my son after 8 weeks because he was social networking. Not anything to do with his grades, disrepect with teachers or anything. Something away from school that every other 13 -14 year old is doing. Heck we were doing the same thing 30 years ago but did not have the network for everyone to see. Before you can teach or learn the "Christian Lifestyle" you have to know what it is first. I am a retired Law Enforcement Officer and have dealt with all types of young men who did not deserve a second chance but by law they were given one. My son was not even offered a second chance or even offered the chance to ask for forgiveness. Let me ask you this how many people at MACA ask for forgiveness or a weekely basis at church? Isnt that the Christian Lifestyle? before you teach it at MACA, you have to learn it first. Worst Administation ever.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 15, 2013

Don't be turned off by a few dramatic parents. this school is a loving and encouraging environment. the academics are top notch.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 2, 2013

This school is the worst thing to exist on earth. Rules range from no nicknames for your friends (Dave must be known as DaVID) to no earrings longer than 1inch, no black nail polish, no wearing too much blush, no sitting at the same table with the same people for a few days in a row...(everyone is equal!!!), you have to sing whether you like it or not. Really judgemental and not welcoming to new students, the kids and teachers alike. You can get expelled because another student accuses you of something against a really bad rule, and they wont even look into it. The counselor likes to take the young boys home, everyone in this school needs to go to a REAL church.... I'd rather have my children go to public school in DC than here, my kids are way worse off than when they entered. I did not want this. They will hide all this to the parents because hey, they want their money, so don't be fooled by the fancy looking presentation and charisma of the staff.
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Posted May 9, 2013

We chose MACA b/c my child said they wanted to b/c MACA talks about God and her school (public) does not. She has been friends with MACA students and heard. We have another child that has special needs, they assisted us in helping them succeed. Small class sizes and every teacher my kids have had, go above and beyond our expectations to teach and love on our kids. I love seeing my children grow spiritually and to be held accountable for their actions so they can grow up to be spiritually mature. The academics are geared towards life long skills and not "teaching to the test". I can speak on the cafeteria issue because one of my children had to sit at the table but that was due to them talking when they should have been. They can't talk for the 1st 5 min to get settled, then the lights on and then the last 5 min the lights go off to finish and get ready to leave. My children know that if they are talking they will be held accountable, as they should. I appreciate that the school holds to the biblical standard and not the world view of educating. I know graduates and that speaks volumes to see examples of MACA's mission and to see the quality my children will receive.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 9, 2013

I have had children at MACA since 2007. I have worked in the education field for the last 12 years so I feel qualified to say that MACA provides not only the best education in the area but challenges my children academically, socially and most important spiritually. What is missing at most schools but evident at MACA is the high standard they hold for ALL students. When you raise the bar children will usually rise to meet it. One of my children struggled academically when she first began school . Because of the dedicated teachers who pushed her, she is an honor roll student who now loves coming school every day. Another reason we chose MACA was the dedication and love of the teachers for their students. The teachers hug my children, they send them encouraging notes. I too have very well-behaved children and I also know they aren't perfect and are as prone to misbehaving as any other child. I also have confidence that if my child wasn't meeting the expecation of the teacher or school that appropriate consequences would be follow. My family feels very fortunate to be able to send our kid to MACA. We have been blessed in many ways by the faculty and staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2013

I wish I would have know how strict this school was when we where looking, We have very well behaved children that do not need to have a punishment table at lunch, No talking at all, lights out while you eat your lunch, or you are sent to the punishment table. Your child is not allowed to approach the teachers desk. Your child is fear of getting in trouble. None of this is in the parent hand book, There are so many reason why this school is stuck in the 50's with there punishment style of teaching. The only thing missing is the paddle. Not what i think jesus would have wanted to keep our children loving and learning about God.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2012

My children have not been going to MACA for very long. I have noticed a lot of favoritism towards certain students. It can make a newer student not feel very welcomed. Every school has some issues but for a Christian school I feel like MACA should try to treat each student with more respect. But I continue to send my children here because they are getting an excellent education not only in the academics but as well as spiritually.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 26, 2012

I believe the Christian Education was great, though I also believe Christitanity is about love and grace and I feel it lacks this from some of the faculty. There is a bit of nepotism going on as well as favortism amongst church member families. I also believe that it can be very strict in areas that shouldn't be so strict. Very traditional style of teaching even from Kindergarten, though academically challenging. Little ones need to move around much more than they are allowed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 13, 2011

MACA has been my school of choice for my three children for the last 15 years. The qualified teachers and loving staff have helped my children grow spiritually, socially, and academically.
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Posted February 25, 2009

We have had nothing but a fantastic experience at MACA. Our kids have attended since Kindergarten and is in 2nd and 5th grade respectively. The education at MACA is balanced between academic excellence, spiritual maturity and fostering a healthy body. Go MACA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 29, 2008

My children have ben going here since kindergarden and love to go to school. Need I say more.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 42%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Black 3% 35%
Two or more races 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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16700 Old Frederick Road
Mount Airy, MD 21771
Phone: (410) 489-4321


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