"MCA is best known for quality Christian education and our devoted staff."
Students enrolled 400
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Richard Bonifas
Transportation options Yes
Before school Yes
After school Yes

Contact this school

401 W 205th St
New York, NY 10034

School website
(212) 567-5521
(212) 567-2815
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Manhattan Christian Academy address.

4 stars
Based on 30 ratings

Let others know what you
think about this school

November 02, 2014
Our son is new to the school starting as a 7th grader. It's a shame I did not know that this school existed right here next to Riverdale the Bronx. It offers a nurturing, God centric environment that is academically challenging and holds the children responsible for their attitudes, behaviour and character. I have already seen my son mature since the fall and the extracurricular activities are impressive for a small school. The student to faculty ratio is also great.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2014
As a teacher at this school for the last nine years, I have to say that I couldn't be more blessed to find an institution that has such a great desire to reach out to the community as well as to preach the good news of the gospel. I am sad to read the reviews of parents who have left with a distaste in their mouths for our school. If you are upset about how much Bible is taught well then yes maybe this school is not the best choice as we believe that the Bible is the foundation for everything in life and therefore should be taught alongside normal academic curriculum. I wanted to say though in regards to our school being only about money, I absolutely disagree with that. Our tuition is far below what would need to be collected in order to not only pay myself and the other teachers but also to cover normal school expenses. I understand that we have a fair amount of fees such as tardy, athletic, etc. but so do most private institutions and our school is funded merely by the parent contribution and donor giving. I have worked at several schools and am proud to represent this school. I love this school and look forward to many years of teaching and loving on our kids.

- submitted by a teacher
September 29, 2014
The ratings dated 6/6/14, 9/25/13 and 9/1/09 are very accurate. I find this school is ONLY about money. They seriously could care less about the safety and well being of your child. The best quote I saw in these reviews "Their idea of problem solving from bullying to cutting is to pray it away." This is exactly how it works at MCA. Nothing is taken seriously unless its are relative or sibling of a teacher, preacher, principal or staff member. They are only interested in your money and will find every possible way to dig into your pockets. There is a monetary fine for every possible violation. If you don't pay the fine...they withhold the childs report card and will go as far as not permitting the child to graduate to the grade. There is way too much emphasis in the teaching the bible. One year my daughter's homework was almost only bible studies. Following suit of many other parents, I decided to take my daughter out of this school and believe me it was the best move I made. Entering the new school I found she was almost a grade behind. She is now up to date and is doing much better in school. Please forgive my for my grammer but I am only 4 years in this country.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
Sadly, I am very disappointed with manhattan Christian academy. Their elementary school program (grades pre-k thru 4) is quite good. However their middle school has much to be desired. They do not know how to address pre-teen and teen socialization and issues. Their idea of problem solving from bullying to cutting is to pray it away. If that doesn't "heal" the offending party, then kicking the child out is their answer. If you are not a full tuition paying parent, or do not attend their church, you are made to feel less than adequate, both student and parents. The teachers are over worked and under paid and when you need to ask a question or need information about your child, they are difficult to get a hold of, or when they do, they give you vague responses. My recommendation to MCA would be to hire a well trained professional in social work to help students and families alike with resources, counseling and information, instead of pushing the child and family aside and making them feel like failures and sinners.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2013
MCA is an amazing school. I am a pre-school parent and absolutely love all that MCA is doing for my son. MCA is definitely doing an amazing job in raising up intelligent Godly men and women who will be change agents in this world.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
I am an alumni of this school. I love this school. The teachers and staff are very kind. You feel very welcomed. Everyone knows your name. They offer after school tutoring, if you don't understand something, they will help you until you get it. They also have extra curriculum which is really fun. The spiritual aspect is the best. Every morning we get together as a school and have a time of worship and devotion. I still go back and visit.

- submitted by a community member
October 11, 2013
MCA is an oasis in the middle of chaos. I am so thankful for answered prayer and am glad that there is still such a school that offers Christ Centered Education without compromising academic excellence. The children excel spiritually, academically and socially in a short period of time due to the teachers and faculty ministering God's word through being examples of Christ's love. If you are looking for a school that develops the whole child, then look no further, you've found it.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
MCA is AN EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE: If your desire and goal as parents is for your child to be spiritually centered, highly challenged academically, and well-rounded, then Manhattan Christian Academy is the place for you (and your child). It is a hidden jewel in upper Manhattan, but a shining light and hub of spiritual grace, academic genius, and creativity for all involved. The children are mature, focused, and supportive of one another, and the faculty, staff, and teachers, are dedicated to ensuring that each child realizes and reaches his/her fullest potential - spiritually, academically, socially, and emotionally. The school's extracurricular activities - robust and plentiful - only serve to enhance each student's daily learning experience. We could not be happier as parents of a MCA third grader. The spiritual and educational standards that we have set for our son are very high and are being met each and every day at Manhattan Christian Academy. In short, while the road to long-term success in life begins in the home, it continues and is reinforced each day at MCA. - Very Proud MCA Parents

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
MCA has wonderfully committed staff, who care greatly about the children. So blessed to be a part of this community.

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2013
This school is amazing!!! So grateful to God for leading me here. My children love this school and I couldn't imagine them in any other place! My children are thriving in the hands of such loving, caring and devoted teachers and staff. Academically my children are being prepared and challenge beyond my expectations... And knowing that's is being done in a environment that daily points them to Jesus truly delights my soul! Thank you Manhattan Christian Academy for being a safe haven of Gods love for my children!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
Be aware! New school year, new faces, and a new way of conducting school business. That's right, if you're willing to give your parental rights over to the administrator and his staff, then this is the school you're looking for. Yes, you'll have very little to say in reference to your child's well being while at school. But on the other hand, if you feel you know what's best for your child's personal needs, simply because you are the parent, then this is definitely not the school to enroll your child in. It grieves me to see a good school turn in this direction. Oh, and don't let the word Christian in their name fool you, there's very little, if any humble Love for others coming from the top at this point, especially when you're in disagreement over the concerns of your child's needs, and more importantly his/her safety. I pray the ones in charge of this school would read this review and withdraw from the errors of their ways. I pray that in sincere Christian love, they would humble themselves, and respect the concerns expressed by parents and teachers in considering what's best for the children. May God bless all the children and teachers at MCA, Amen.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
My son has been in this school since he was one month short of 3 yrs old. I was searching for a school with a wonderful nurturing environment and I found it in MCA. Everyone from school administrative staff, to the teachers of lower and higher grades will know your child's name. This school places a strong emphasis on family orientation, etiquette, and disciplining. My son loved all his teachers and their assistants very much. Unlike public schools, private schools have a cut off date of Sept 1st to be 5 yrs old and enter kindergarten, this policy has forced me to remove my son from the school, I did not want him to repeat another year of pre-k.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
This school offers a great educational opportunity to the public schools and charter schools in the area. They primarily serve neighborhood families and work hard to help a majority of the families with significant tuition assistance. They have achieved much higher high school graduation rates of students that have attended MCA vs the NYC Public Schools, at a much lower cost per pupil. The teachers and faculty really care about the students and work hard to provide an oasis of learning in what can sometimes be tumultuous home lives.

- submitted by a community member
May 18, 2011
I have a child that is an MCA alumni and one child that is currently in the school. A godly staff, an awesome curriculum, loving faculty.... Wow! a true gem.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
My children attended MCA and public school. I never regretted sending them to MCA . I had godly teachers encouraging them when they did wrong and taught them how to live a godly life. I'm sorry for those who didn't have a good experience! If you've found the perfect school please post it!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
All schools have problems. The best thing at MCA is, when they catch a student doing wrong, or encounter a dangerous student situation, MCA doesn't sweep it under the rug. MCA deals with problems right away and notify the parents, and the authorities when necessary. There goal is the protection of their students in all cases.

- submitted by a community member
September 25, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
I love the school the staff and the teacher are very nice and if you have any question they are always willing to answer it. My son really enjoy and love the school and he learn so much that i was surprise. the curriculum that they provide to the sudent is excellence.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2009
Wasted my money. Had a horrific experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2009
I LOVE this school! Everyone is super nice. They help you academically until you really understand it. I am a straight-A student thanks to the excellent curriculum. I am in the 6th grade and I love everything about the teachers, faculty, and staff. I have been there for 8 years and counting.MCA is really a true blessing! From the age of 3 to know, I can't get enough of MCA.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 05, 2009
This school has been a tremendous blessing for my family. I have children in the elementary school and am confident that they are receiving a stellar education. The curriculum is impressive and the teachers are great. I thank God for giving us the opportunity to send our children to such a Christ centered school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 23, 2008
Both of my children graduated from this school. I am a proud parent of this schoo.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
2007-08 was the first Pre K year for my daughter Dejoy! Is has been amazing to see her growth. I thank God for allowing my daughter to be part of this school and thank every teacher for making a diference in their life by teaching not only the ABC's but also God love!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
I currently have 2 children at this school my daughter has been here since 2nd grade and has done extremely well she will graduate this year with honors Im very pleased with the schools

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2006
Academic program are constantly improving. The school and its administration make a conscious effort every year to bring the best teachers and the best curriculum to its students. The extracurricular activities and special programs the school has are among the best at the middle school level. They offer music, physical education, art, computers, drama, basketball, volleyball and baseball. The school also partners with F.L.O.C.K to assist the children with after school academic support. With the addition of the Parent Body Association parent involvement has sky-rocketed, bringing a greater and stronger family atmosphere. This school is a great choice for your children...it was for mine.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2005
Great school. Every teacher is dedicated to the kids. Well structure. Most of the time staff takes time to speak to the parents and help them out understading their kids process.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2004
I was blessed to have been introduced to this school. Not only is my child academically challenged but the staff is filled with love for each child and parent. You could never find the organization, warmth, and love in any other school. Even though I wish the school brought extra activities to the children, I can't really complain since they administrate their finaces to accomodate the children academically. I recommend this school to every christian and non-christian. Let god be your guide!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
February 17, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

What does this school offer? Arts? Sports? Share what you know »

Student diversity


About this school

Manhattan Christian Academy serves children in Preschool through grade 8. The school is committed to providing the Washington Heights/Inwood and Fordham sections of Manhattan and the Bronx with quality Christian education in a safe and character-building environment. MCA is a nondenominational school founded in 1976. MCA is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, and recognized by the NY State Board of Education.

Rolling deadline

Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: November 03, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Manhattan Christian Academy
401 W 205th St, New York, NY  10034
(212) 567-5521
Last modified Manhattan Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Manhattan Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top