School Details

Mariners Christian School

300 Fischer Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 437-1700

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 700 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Mariners Christian School is a private middle school in Costa Mesa. The principal of Mariners Christian School is Mr. Robert Sladek, who can be contacted at 700 students go to Mariners Christian School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at Mariners Christian School is 17:1. Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 96% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Hispanic 1% %
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    The great thing about this school is the teachers. They are fantastic! Very nurturing to the kids. The Christ-centered teaching is great! Christ is infused in everything they do. The unfortunate part about the school is the community. For a Christian community there is not a lot of Christianity going around with either the parents or being passed down to the children. I wish that the focus was on truly screening the applicants for their character instead of their checkbooks.

  • (9 months ago)

    It is unfortunate that the last reviewer is probably not at this school this year to experience the positive changes taking place. We've been here long enough to see several changes but this one is different. You can really feel the excitement of a new and fresh beginning and we are so blessed to be a part of it! New staff members and a new board have brought nothing but great things this year! The board is actively seeking out parent involvement in the new head of school search (while being led by a fantastic interim head of school). Yes they want parent involvement in this selection! The Lord is very evident in this place as our children are learning about Him while being challenged spiritually and academically. We could not be happier with the direction the school is going and are looking forward to what The Lord is going to do in the days ahead.

  • (10 months ago)

    I find it interesting that there are no reviews from 2014. This school has had a massive amount of families leave in the last year. Families are done with the lack of leadership low teacher morale bullying condescending board and faux Christian families entering. If you knew someone that went to this school years ago please know that school no longer exists . Do your research before investing in MCS.

  • (1 year ago)

    The statistics on Great Schools is out of date. The principal is Bob Sladek and there are closer to 24 students per class and the diversity must be wrong. There is a big mix of ethnicity and economic levels. The teachers are very nurturing and well balanced with teaching the whole child. The students are very prepared for high school. We are only in 2nd grade but are very happy so far. Our daughter loves learning at MCS.

  • (1 year ago)

    I would agree with the reviews of the school lacking in diversity yes very true and also lots of drama great for the average child not advanced or needing help and even then lots of average kids needing tutoring. Was a great school past several years has gone down hill lots of staff turn over lots of drama noting special here not the bill of goods being sold wish they were more honest but they won't tell you the truth if they did you would enroll elsewhere

  • (1 year ago)

    MCS has great facility to accommodate children for learning. Unfortunately 96% of students are white children and 1% of other ethnicity in this diversified neighbors. Even with teacher and pastors recommendation letters admission directors will not favor you if you are a minority. MCS should take the (Christian) word out of school name to fit the school profile.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school is just average I have had a more diversified experience at other private school. Yes many of the children lack in kindness and the teachers seems not to address these issues. They also lack the attention to children who need a little extra help academically or those who are advanced as they are sucked up by lots of kid drama. Being in the classroom has enlightened me to many of the shortcomings of this school not the school we were sold. Not bad every school has their issues just not what were were expecting or promised.

  • (2 years ago)

    My family has had the best experience at Mariners Christian School for the past 2 years. My son has excelled in reading and math and his knowledge of our Lord. We have connected with so many families at MCS and have also grown in our faith and love in our Lord! As far as "bullying and mean girls " MCS has addressed incidents last year and this year by teachers and by the principal. I know this for a fact my son keeps me informed. My son has never encountered this behavior but he did learn about it at Chapel a couple of Fridays ago. We are involved with our kids teachers and other families so we are always on top of things. We love MCS and would recommend it to anyone!

  • (6 years ago)

    Mariner's is a great school. They are very caring about all the students and truly embrace the whole child and the entire learning experience. You are greeeted by a smiling staff everyone morning and the principal stands at carpool and waves good bye to the children every afternoon. It's a great school!

  • (10 years ago)

    My son attended Mariners for 9 years. It was a wonderful experience. The teachers really do care about the children!! There was a tremendous amount of family involvement. A lot of the families have established relationships so you sometimes feel like an outsider. Teaching of God's word and living it out by the staff is stellar!

  • (11 years ago)

    MCS is an amazing school. So much love thought care and knowledge goes into planning the teaching curriculum and is further extended to each student personally. I graduated in 1999 and not only did I have more knowledge on subjects once I hit high school but the friendships that I formed with my classmates and teachers are still greatly in tact and I am now ending my freshman year at a Christian College. MCS played such a big part in my life that I have gone back to coach sport teams that I once excelled on and to help out in the daycare that once helped me. Their excitement to find out how you are doing now and/or how they can improve is like no other school I have ever known or even heard of.

  • (11 years ago)

    Our daughter Kristin attended MCS from 2nd-8th grade and received a superb academic moral and Christian education. She was taught how to study write exceptionally and work hard. She also was taught to be a caring individual with excellent moral values. It was great to see our home values carried over in the school setting. The middle school/Junior High Faculty were excellent in all areas of life's learning. Kristin was well prepared for life in the 'real world' of public high school and is now doing very well at University of California at Berkeley - Many thanks to Mrs. Letterman Mr. Jones Mrs. Wilder Ms. Tulley and all the other many special and excellent teachers and people at Mariners Christian School - Our child is now a successful happy and fulfilled young adult with very high moral standards that are also a part of our home.

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