Online Student Resources

Welcome Online Students and Families! This page provides a number of resources to help you get set up for success in your online course. Please review them before you start your course and as a refresher each year.

When you are ready to start your coursework, login to our Student Information System below. Note: access to the MyCoursePortal will be granted using your Maranatha email. Students will need to wait for the email from Allen Banks with access to their account before they can access MyCoursePortal. 

Login to MyCoursePortal

Navigating Online School

Getting Started

An overview for students and how to get started in their online course. (Video Length in minutes: 2:20)

Orientation - MyCoursePortal

An overview of MyCoursePortal - our Student Information System - and how you communicate with instructors and access your course (Video Length in minutes: 3:50)


Orientation - Coursework

An overview of the Learning Management System and how to navigate your coursework, submit assignments, and take exams. (Video length in minutes: 7:20)


Orientation - Academic Policies

An overview of academic and enrollment policies, who to contact, and ways to connect. 

Who to contact

Contact Amy Clausen for the following: 

  • Enrollment, Course Changes or Extensions
  • Questions about accessing MyCoursePortal
  • Participating in on-campus activities through MCA Connect

Contact Allen Banks for the following:

  • Issues with your Maranatha email account
  • Accessing MyCoursePortal
  • Joining online chapel and/or advisory

Questions about your coursework? Use MyCoursePortal to contact your instructor or schedule an appointment

Weekly Chapel (Tuesdays)

When the MCA campus is in session, chapel will be on Tuesdays, and advisory periods will be on Thursdays. Students are highly encouraged to attend both chapel and advisory each week. Both advisory and chapel will begin the first week of September. 


Chapel during the 2023-24 school year:

  • High School: Tuesdays at 10:05 - 10:45 am
  • Middle School: Tuesdays at 10:50 - 11:30 am

Link to join online

*Note: Students are welcome to join chapel on-campus. You must register with Amy Clausen and sign in when you arrive.


Weekly Math Homework Help Hour (Tuesdays)

Each Tuesday, we will be offering a math homework help hour for our online students. This is a time that you can join online and ask questions from Mr. Metzger, our MCA math specialist. You do not need an appointment and any online student taking a math class can join to ask questions during this hour. It is not individual tutoring so please be patient if other students are in the session asking questions. You can continue working on your class while waiting for help. You might want to put a reminder on your calendar each week so you don’t forget to use this resource.


Math Homework Help Hour with Mr. Metzger

  • Tuesdays from 1:20 – 2:20 pm
  • Online through TEAMs (join using this link each week)
  • No appointment needed


Reminder: always remember to reach out to your math instructor for questions. Instructors will set up appointments upon request. 



Weekly Advisory (Thursdays)

Advisory (online only) for the 2023-24 school year

Thursdays from 1 - 1:30 pm

Join advisory here

A weekly time to connect online with Mr. Banks and other online students. Advisory may include check-ins with students, helpful study tips, a short devotion etc. It is also an opportunity to connect with other online students. This is not mandatory but is highly encouraged so that your student feels like part of the online community.

Handbooks and Guides

2023-24 Academic Handbook

To view the full Academic handbook and policy guide, click here

MCA Connect Guide

Students enrolled in Maranatha Christian online can engage in on-campus activities. To review the policies and guidelines on MCA Connect, click here. For questions on participating in on-campus activities, please contact Amy Clausen.


Disclaimer: Maranatha reserves the right to update the Handbook and/or Connect Guide at any time. We will aim to update this page if any changes are made. 

Accessing Portals


FACTS is our tuition management system. Login here to pay your tuition. You will need to enter district code: MCA-MN. If you have questions or need assistance logging in, please contact Allen Banks



Both parent and student have a MyCoursePortal account, which is where you will access your daily grades and coursework. Login to MyCoursePortal here.  

Technology Guidelines
  • Computer*: Students will need to access their online courses using a computer (laptop or desktop). Courses are mobile friendly, however a proper learning environment with a computer rather than mobile phone or tablet is suggested.
  • Internet Access* students will need access to a high-speed internet connection. We highly recommend that students maintain a direct connection and not use WIFI during quizzes or semester exams.
  • Printer and Scanner*: it is highly recommended that students have access to a printer and scanner. While much of the work is online, students may wish to print assignments. Some work may also need to be completed in an offline format, scanned, and emailed to the instructor.
  • Email and Cloud Storage: All students enrolling in Maranatha Christian Online School will receive an email address and Office 365 account, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Students will be able to save their work and assignments in their OneDrive folder in Office 365 account.
  • FACTS account: Parents will have access to a FACTS account, which is where they will pay tuition and be able to access report cards and transcripts. This is not where you will see daily monitoring of courses.
  • MyCoursePortal (SIS): The Student Information System (SIS) will provide access to student’s grades and progress during a course. One parent/guardian will have an account in the SIS.
  • LMS: Students will take their courses through the Learning Management System (LMS), Buzz. Parents do not have access to the LMS (since they are not taking the course) but can view their child’s gradebook through their child’s account.

*Must be provided by each student/family.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Assignment Target Due Date?

Each assignment has a target due date. Students should aim to turn in their assignments on this date. Students may, however, turn assignments in before or after the target due date. Assignments turned in up to 14 days after the target due date receive full credit. Assignments turned in 14 or more days after the target due date will incur a 10% late penalty. 

If I withdraw from a course, does it effect my GPA?

If students withdraw from a course, they will receive a "withdrawn" status. Withdrawn does not appear on your transcript and will no effect your GPA. There are fees involved for withdrawn courses. 

What is the recommended length of each course?

Unless requested, Maranatha will apply our standard semester/year long course length (18 weeks or 36 weeks) to each course during our school year. Students may however request a shorter semester or a longer semester accordingly:

  • Semester courses (0.5 credit) must be completed between 6 weeks and 6 months. 
  • Year-long courses (1,0 credit) must be completed between 12 weeks and 10 months. 

Can I change my course after I enroll?

Please review the following timelines and fees associated with changing or withdrawing from a course. 

  • Enrolled but before the start date: $$20 change fee
  • Day 1 - Day 10: $$50 change fee
  • Day 11 - Day 24: $$160 change fee
  • Day 25+: Full course fee

How much time should I expect to spend working on my courses each week?

  • Students in regular courses can expect to spend 4-5 hours each week in their course. 
  • Students in honors or AP courses can expect to spend 6-8 hours each week in their course. 

Note: each student is a unique learner. These are general guidelines based on the average time.