Dr. Kirven’s Corner

Dr. Dawn Kirven

Dr. Dawn Kirven has been the principal at Maranatha Christian School since 2022. Her goal is to educate and equip each student to become young men and women who make a difference in their communities and around the world for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dr. Kirven received a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1995 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a full scholarship as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She also received a master’s degree in education from Southern Wesleyan University in 2007. After completing her internship at Maranatha Christian School and John W. Moore Intermediate School, she received her Principal license from Capella University in 2019 and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Administration from Capella University in 2021.

Why Maranatha Christian School?

What sets our school apart from other schools?


Over 50 Years of Existence


16:1 Student to Teacher Ratio


Athletics for All Ages


Best Year Yet

Observing the world by a Christ centered outlook sets a foundation for students to acknowledge, observe, understand, and evaluate life so that each student is well prepared for the next chapter in fulfilling their calling that Christ has called them to do.

The student to teacher ratio benefits each student with hands on guidance which builds a superb foundation for success needed to compete in the 21st century. Each student is known personally and builds relationships that follows unto adulthood.

MCS comes from a long line of state championships in Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball and Baseball. Our highly competitive teams include athletic opportunities for 1st-12th grades. Sports Opportunities: Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Baseball, Softball, TRAP, Track & Field, Weightlifting & Cheerleading.

K4-12th Grade Electives, Performing & Culinary Arts, SACS Competition, Elementary Performances, 21st Classroom Technology, School Spirit, Field Trips, Piano Recitals, & Much More!

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Extracurricular activities give students opportunities to explore existing interests or discover entirely new ones, develop talents, acquire a number of fun and useful skills, as well as contribute through important social activities. Extracurricular programs allow students to learn how to perform in a team context, take initiative and share group responsibility, build better focus and perseverance through competition, and enhance their attitude towards differences. At MCS there is always a buzz of excitement as there is always something fun and exciting for students of all ages to participate in.


News & Events

Explore the 2022-2023 School Year News & Events page.


School Spirit Ribbon

Find out which class was presented the most BULDOG School Spirit Ribbon.


Giving Back

MCS is IMPACTING the Florence community and the world. Find out what our latest project it.

Performing Arts

Our students interested in art, voice, photography, choir and music can pursue their passion among many other programs. K5-12th grades are involved in our programs along with the SCACS competition in the spring for the high school.


At MCS we not only equip our students with an excellent Christ-centered education,

but we also EQUIP our staff, buildings, sport fields, families

and community with 21st century equipment, opportunists and guidance.


MCS understands that in order to impact our community and world

we must first become a servant. Students are guided in how to

become a servant of the Lord and that servanthood starts with our hearts.


Everyone impacts the world in a positive or negative way. We strive for our students

to not only know but comment to impacting the world in a positive way for the Lord.

Check out our alumni page and see how MCS has had part of impacting the world since 1972.