Marion Christian Academy

  • Grades: KG-12
  • Student Enrollment: 117
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2.5 out of 5 | 7 Reviews
  • Address
  • 551 Burma Rd W
  • Marion, NC 28752
  • Mailing Address:
  • PO Box 1045
  • Marion, NC 28752
  • Phone
  • (828) 652-2033
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School Description

Marion Christian Academy enrolls 117 elementary, middle, and high school students from grades KG-12. It is located in Marion, NC, which is a medium sized city with a median household income of $24,753.

School Operational Details
  • Students Have Access to a Library or Media Center
School Days and Hours
  • School Days Per Year: 180
    Note: Kindergarten Operates Five Days Per Week
  • School Hours Per Day: 7
    Note: Kindergarten Operates on a Full Day Schedule
School Religious Orientation
  • Christian
School Associations
  • Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
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7 reviews for Marion Christian Academy

  • Reviewed by Former Student on November 30, 2010
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • MCA has an awesome elementary and junior high program. I attended MCA for many years and excelled in academics along with many of my fellow classmates. I scored post high school on many subject on the end of year testing.

    Currently, I am in public school for AP classes as I finish high school, and I firmly believe because of the foundation I was given at MCA, I am thriving academically with all A's in every class at the present time.

    The student teacher ratio is excellent at MCA, and I believe it is the absolute best elementary and junior high school available in Marion NC.

    In my current high school, it is apparently clear to me that I am ahead in grammar, and somewhat behind in Algebra; however, I have been able to learn and catch-up quickly.

    Many of my friends from MCA have went onto college and graduated.

    Most of the high school kids that plan on graduating at MCA with college as their next step, tend to utilize independent study courses or dual enrollment with McDowell tech utilizing the Huskins Program.

    Also, MCA's environment is worth stating. I always felt safe, and the teachers lead by example with excellent moral character and a very loving spirit.

    In closing, I do believe some of the leadership at MCA brings legalism into the school, but I do not think I have ever seen a Christian organization without this being prevalent in some way shape or form. With that being said, I would never go to the other Christian school that is located in our county.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on November 04, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • My son is in his second year at this "School". I grew up in Marion and know that there is little to choose from in this town. There are some things that go on in this school that just make you wonder how they have managed to get approval to operate. I have walked into the location on HWY221 several times and had to walk around the halls to find someone. Other times I would walk in and found a student attending to the frontdesk. My son is always talking about "lazy days". Days where a couple of kids do not come to school so the teachers pretty much let the kids in class just hang out. The academics seem to have inproved now that they have moved everyone into the main campus on burma rd. Students are leaving to go to public school all the time. I do not feel like I am getting anything near what I am paying for from the school. Sadly for the kids that enjoy "PLAYING" at Marion Christain, it seems its days are limited. My advice to parents in the area of Marion. Move out of the area as soon as you can and get your child a quality education somewhere else. My son lives with his mother in Marion and that is the only reason he is having to go to MCA. The only thing that makes me feel good about my son going to MCA is that he doesnt have to deal with the bullies / drugs and clicks of public school. My duaghter lives with me and attends private school. She is 3 grades lower than my son in school. When we have them together we can see a huge difference in the quality of education they are recieving. MCA just doesnt seem to have the leadership it needs to develope into serious private school.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 01, 2010
  • Rating: 4 (4 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • MCA has an excellent elementary and middle school program. The school provides a safe and Godly environment. However there high school program is weak. If your child excels, he or she will need to dual enroll with McDowell Tech for the higher level courses. If you and your child choose, you may take the courses as independent study, but this may be very difficult for the student.
  • Reviewed by Former Student on July 01, 2009
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I attended Marion Christian Academy for the 8th grade only, and my best friend attended from 7th grade through 12th. While I was there I was shocked to witness a classmate (age 14!) being spanked by his mother who was a teacher, and to be told that early man coexisted with fire-breathing dinosaurs. Boys were allowed to run wild and even physically assault girls, while we girls were expected to be little ladies and not retaliate.

    However, my friend fared far worse than I did. She was an extremely intelligent kid but came from a very poor family. Her parents made sacrifices to send her to a private school, hoping she would be the first in the family to go to college and make them proud. Instead, the teachers at Marion Christian Academy destroyed her self-confidence by trying to convince her that everything she was interested in was un-Godly (movies, music, literature, writing, science, medicine, etc.) Even worse, they gave her NO college guidance whatsoever: no suggestions for schools, no help with applications, no information about loans or wasn't even mentioned. Her parents had no way of knowing this stuff, so she ended up not going. She is still trying to make up for the ground she lost in life because of this shameful neglect.

    If the most important thing to you is that your children never learn anything about the big, scary, evil world outside Marion, North Carolina, then by all means send them to Marion Christian Academy. But if you actually care about academic achievement, intellectual growth, and college education, either move someplace with quality schools, or at very least send them to the McDowell County public schools. Private does NOT always mean better!
  • Reviewed by Student on August 30, 2007
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • As a member of the MCA Basketball team I can assure you that we don't pay off referees. We are definitely a Christian School and I think that some of the parents need to realize that being physical in basketball is part of the game. I know for a fact that no one on our team has ever tripped or elbowed any other player on purpose. We try to exalt ourselves as being Christian Athletes who play for an Audience of One, our savior. As far as our fans yes sometimes they get a bit rowdy, but not any more disrespectful than any of the other schools. There is no need to feel sorry for us, Marion Christian Academy has some of the most faith centered faculty out of any school I've ever attended. What I think is "Un-Christian like" behavior is for another parent who knows very little to nothing about MCA to accuse our athletic program of cheating.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on February 22, 2007
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • As a parent from a school that is in the same sports conference as this school I think the fans at this school are very disrespectful to others. Whether it be our players or our parents. They use unnecessary acts like tripping and elbow jabs while playing basketball. Then act like they haven't done anything. When other teams complain to referees they usually get techs called on them. Maybe they payoff the refs to call in their favor??? This is not how to teach a child to be Christian like. I feel sorry for them.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on February 20, 2007
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • At a recent ball game where this school was the home school, my parents had driven from Monroe, NC to see their grandson play basketball. There were several alumin seated in front of us and they were very rude. They stood up and we could not see. My parents are not physically able to continually stand up to watch so the boys were politely asked to sit down so we could see. They refused. They were very loud and obnoxious. During the third quarter they were asked again to sit down so we could see. One guy in particular turned to my 65 year old dad and said, "I will not sit down. I refuse." I have never in my life witnessed such disrespect. I hope this is not the type people that are representing our country or our God!
    One of our coaches said something to the school administrator and nothing was said to these guys. They were pretty tough to some women and an old man. I saw nothing Christian about this school!

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 117
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 13.3
    Full-Time Teachers: 13
    Part-Time Teachers: 2
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 8.8
  • Percent Minority Students: 14.5%
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 58 (49.6%)
  • Females: 59 (50.4%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Marion Christian Academy Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian--
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Marion Christian Academy
  Number Percent
1st Grade1412.0%
2nd Grade108.5%
3rd Grade97.7%
4th Grade76.0%
5th Grade1311.1%
6th Grade21.7%
7th Grade86.8%
8th Grade1311.1%
9th Grade1512.8%
10th Grade65.1%
11th Grade54.3%
12th Grade86.8%
Source: NC Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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