Masters Preparatory Christian Academy (formerly Metropolitan Christian Academy of the Arts) was the brain-child of singer, song-writer, musician, and pastor, Helena Barrington. The program began as a summer enrichment program called the Children’s Christian Workshop (1978), and continued as an after-school arts and tutorial program, the Christian School of the Performing Arts (1980-1984), Metropolitan Christian Academy of the Arts opened its doors as a full-service day school in June of 1993. In just three short months, the academy had outgrown its first location in the basement of Metropolitan Cathedral of Truth on Miccosukee Road in Tallahassee. 

The small but growing academy moved to a leased facility on East Park Avenue where the school continued to thrive and gain public attention for the academic and artistic achievement of its students. Within two years, the rapidly increasing enrollment demanded the move to a renovated strip mall at 2555 North Monroe Street in Tallahassee where MCAA served over a thousand children from four counties during this twelve-year period.  Seeking an opportunity to expand its influence to high-risk students in one of the lowest performing school districts in the state, 
MCAA relocated to the a new state-of-the-arts facility in rural Gadsden County, Florida in the spring of 2007 and continued to see much success in the academic, artistic, and spiritual  development of its students. However, the majority of students were commuters from Tallahassee.  It appeared that the rural families who sought our services were not able usually unable to afford private school tuition and fees even with scholarship assistance. As enrollment gradually decreased, it placed a growing financial burden on Metropolitan church as they were already underwriting nearly 30% of the academy’s budget. By the end of the 2014 term, the Metro Board made the difficult decision close the academy.

Headmaster Clayton stepped up to the plate with a plan to continue the academy and In August of 2014, Masters Preparatory Christian Academy opened in the Metropolitan facility, but relocated to the more favorable urban market in Tallahassee for the 2015-16 term.

The MCAA legacy is continuing as a middle-years academy that focuses on preparing students to excel in high school and beyond. Led by the same headmaster and fueled by the same master teachers, the same passion, and the same spirit of excellence, Masters Prep is now poised and determined to raise the standard even higher with a focus on academic preparation, technology, performing arts, and communication.




Individualized, educational services in a warm family atmosphere of small classes and strong discipline.

Highly qualified teachers (gifted, called, trained, certified & experienced; with degrees in education)

Rigorous curriculum and instruction based on the Common Core Standards

for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Equally challenging content in science, history, and geography.

Integrated Arts & Technology Program

Biblical Standards of Conduct, Character, and Morality

Cultural Relevance

Personal Textbooks for each Student

Extra teacher attention in free help classes before and after school as needed.

Accelerated Placement Options including, dual-enrollment, and placement testing

ACHIEVEMENTS (under Headmaster Clayton’s leadership)

Four out of five graduates (5th & 8th grade) who matriculated into area public schools performed significantly higher in daily work and standardized tests (including the FCAT) than they did before attending the academy. 3 of 5 Eighth grade graduates enter high school honors classes or magnet programs such as IB or AP.

According to a survey of past parents, students who have attended the academy for at least one term generally demonstrated greatly increased basic skills, more consistent study habits, and fewer disciplinary referrals than before entering the academy.

Average performance on standardized tests- in the 78th to 80th percentile

The hallmark of MASTERS PREP’s Parent Partnership commitment is the exclusive Parent-Teacher Communicator (PTC) notebook system designed by Headmaster Clayton. Surpassing the widely-used student agenda book in which students record data, the copyrighted PTC design uniquely connects the home and classroom with daily teacher input and parent feedback related to academic performance, conduct, policy and procedures.