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Maranatha Christian Academy

395 North Park Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6S 6A9

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 12
Day: Varies (Gr. JK - 8)

School Address
395 North Park Drive, Brampton, Ontario, L6S 6A9



About this school:


Maranatha offers a holistic approach to education. Our curriculum is the Accelerated Christian Education , which provides students with an individualized learning experience; designed to allow each student to work at his/her own level. JK-Grade 2 students have one hour of French weekly and our Grades 3-8 have 4 hours of French instruction weekly. Our comprehensive physical education program focuses on student health and well-being, along with psychomotor learning. 


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Our Take: Maranatha Christian Academy

our takeNot all Christian private schools are expressly associated with a specific denomination, or a specific church, but MCA is both: it was founded by the North Park Worship Centre as a means of furthering their work and addressing the needs of their community and congregation. The school retains a fidelity to a close reading of the gospels, something that informs instruction across all curricular areas. The school is close-knit and family oriented, and what it might lack in extracurriculars it gains in a very individual approach to education. Enrollment is open to all, and not limited to the church community, and is particularly attractive to families looking for a school that provides the core curriculum as informed by Christian values.

Principal's Message


Frank Douglas, Pastor/Principal

Welcome to Maranatha, a Ministry of North Park Worship Centre/The Church of God of Prophecy, located at 395 North Park Drive in Brampton. Ont. NPWC is a non-profit charitable organization and supported by persons of the Christian faith  and parents who regard children as our valuable resource.

The students of M.C.A. becomes acquainted with a Christ-centered lifestyle based on sound biblical truths namely:   Love for God, love for one’s neighbour, honesty, discipline, compassion, trust—to name but a few.

It is the school’s philosophy to provide each child with a quality of learning which caters to the dimensions of a well rounded individual namely Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit.

To find out more about our school program, prices and various activities, please contact us at 905-450-7554 Monday - Fridays.

Thank you for you inquiry of our school, and look forward to hearing from you.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What M.C.A. says: A.C.E.’s individualized program introduces children to concrete and abstract reasoning skills at appropriate age levels in conjunction with maturation stages. Writers and editors have carefully developed a scope and sequence with vocabulary that moves from simple to complex and from concrete to abstract as students progress from kindergarten through graduation. This Christian curriculum is structured to include all three levels of the learning process: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. The A.C.E. curriculum is set apart from all other curricula on the market. The special combination of academics and methodology, based on physiological development patterns and Biblical principles, provides mastery learning, critical analysis, conceptualization, cognitive reasoning, and life from God’s perspective. These differences make A.C.E. the most advanced educational package available anywhere in the world. The A.C.E. staff recognizes that the program and curriculum is God-given. We praise Him for His blessings in meeting the needs of our children one child at a time

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Non-denominational)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Textbooks: PACE books

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Systematic approach

      The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Expanding Communities

      The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What M.C.A. says: French JK-Grade 1 - 1 hour weekly Grade 3-8 4 hours weekly

    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What M.C.A. says: Maranatha Christian Academy is proud to have an outstanding PhysEd Program. Students spend six weeks with our partners and their professional coaches, developing life-long skills. Partners: Making Waves Swim School- http://mwss.ca/locations/brampton/ Adrenaline Gymnastics Club- http://www.agtc.ca/ Coach Oswald- Cricket Canada Kids - http://www.cricketcanadakids.com/ Tennis

    Religious Education More than 25% of our courses are religion courses
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What M.C.A. says: The curriculum conveys Biblical values and concepts, considered foundational to meaningful interpersonal relationships and productive learning in such a way as to become life-shaping influences.

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    69 % of Our Kids' schools use a traditional approach for sex and health education


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What M.C.A. says: We are a Christian Private School. Our sex education is from a Biblical, Ethical and Moral base.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What M.C.A. says: Kindergarten with Ace and Christi is based on a complete scope and sequence of concepts and skills needed to prepare a child to read. This full-year program is designed for those who score less than 80 percent on the Reading Readiness Test. Sixty PACEs (2,000 pages) filled with Bible and animal pictures, coordination development activities, and full-color picture stories encourage a love for reading. The program is intended to foster quick learning of the phonetic sounds for all letters. The student will also learn social skills, the wonders of God’s world, and the reality of God’s love.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What M.C.A. says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What M.C.A. says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Full-time Dedicated Class

    Full-time Dedicated Class

    Students are placed in a separate special education class.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • What M.C.A. says: Through the A.C.E. program which caters to the individual learner, using PACE books that proceed Diagnostic placement testing. This ensures that students begin at the exact point of their academic needs and to determine any "learning gaps", if there are any. With teacher support, students are able to fill in the "learning gaps" without the stigma of "failing" a grade or falling behind. The program focuses on individualization that makes it possible for each student to master the subject matter before moving on. Individualization in turn produces academic excellence despite the student’s initial academic performance level.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What M.C.A. says: We identify the student’s giftedness and help him or her to utilize it. We will channel resources and enhanced learning opportunities towards that student that will enlarge the their natural gifts to encourage higher personal standards.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 8, Maranatha Christian Academy students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    M.C.A. 15 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins90 mins
    Site Average5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Academic achievement reportingJK to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 8
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What M.C.A. says:
    • M.C.A. offers Friday evenings after-school music lessons
    • As a part of the Physical Education program, M.C.A., has introduced Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming, Bowling, Gulf, Basketball, Tennis and Cricket to the students.
    • M.C.A. has an active Parent Council Team.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Ice Skating
      Martial Arts
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Drama Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What M.C.A. says: Tuition is $550/month Books $300-468/year


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day$850
    3rd child (sibling)$1,000

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size8 to 12
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment885645333



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewSK - 8
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)JK - 8
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What M.C.A. says:

    Each student entering the A.C.E. program is given a diagnostic test to determine skill and concept mastery. The diagnostic test will  assist the evaluator in determining the student’s academic need, and identify learning gaps in each subject. 

    At registration please provide proof of the following:

    • Identification (Brith Certificate or Passport)
    • OHIP Card 
    • Immunization Record 


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Maranatha Christian Academy is looking for: Successful students are open-minded individuals, that display self-regulation, and accept responsibility for their learning.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    4 (100%)4 (100%)1 (100%)1 (100%)3 (100%)3 (100%)3 (100%)3 (100%)3 (100%)3 (100%)


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