School Spotlight: Maranatha Christian Academy’s Character-Building Curriculum
Maranatha Christian Academy in Brooklyn Park prides itself on helping students build faith, character and academic excellence. More than 700 students attend the college preparatory school.
Headmaster Brian Sullivan says 98 percent of students graduate from Maranatha Christian Academy and go on to four-year institutions. Students can earn a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree at the school and this year, there are 42 percent students of color. They also have students from seven different countries represented at the school.
Maranatha is paving the way
Student Samiat Ajibola is a senior. She says working on two degrees is tough, but very worth the effort.
“I think it’s an awesome opportunity to not only test the waters, of college but also have the opportunity to just get it done,” said Ajibola.
Entrepreneurship is also part of the curriculum. Students Ashley Yanez and Ziggy Zhao recently took part in a regional shark tank competition where they had to come up with an idea and present it to business leaders. They took second place for their design.
In the lower level of the school, kindergarten through fifth graders have a new high tech library and STEM center. Students can read, check out books and play games. The young minds are also learning code and engineering skills to build robots.
And there’s a lesson both younger and older students take part in –compassion and community.
This is the sixth year that students have participated in the Meals for Minneapolis event. Student raised money to buy food, then students assembled meals for local food shelves. Over the years, they have packed 133,000 meals.