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Mobile, AL
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8650 Tanner Williams Road
Mobile, AL 36608

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(251) 633-7267
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October 17, 2014
The lunch is so unhealthy and so expensive! The lady who is the manager of the cafeteria is so rude I thought you had to be a Christian to work in this school. She yelled at my son because he ask my 4 year old daughter what she wanted for breakfast while in line .She said he wasn't suppose to talk in line and he should have known before he got in line. My son was .04 short for breakfast and she would not serve him anything. I do not understand employeeing people who are so mean to children in a Christian school. When I told the teacher about it she said the head master loves her and nobody can say anything to him about her. I would like to tell him but I don't want to make the year any more difficult on my son.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I attended attended Faith Academy and graduated from the school. The one thing I have to tell parents from my experience as a student is that this school does not focus on education. When I went to college, one of the first things I noticed was that my peers who went to public schools from all over the Southeast had a better high school education than I did. They were 1 -2 semesters ahead of me and it was all because their curriculum was better quality than Faith Academy's. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA and was 9th in my class; however, I found it very difficult to get scholarships to academically acclaimed universities. I understand this is a Christian school; however, they put too much focus on education of the Bible rather than the education students need to be successful in college and in their future careers. Do not waste your money on this school. Your child will get a better education and will have more opportunities provided to them elsewhere.

- submitted by a community member
December 21, 2013
My child attended Faith Academy for the last three years. This year we decided to put my child back into the public school system. At our child's new school, the first thing we noticed was the class size was smaller, there are 17 children per teacher. Then the real shocker was just how far behind the other students he was (elementary school). His reading was above average, but his math was lacking way behind. We were able to get him back up to speed with the rest of his class, but that was no easy task, additionally his science grades were lacking too, again with some work he is at his grade level (AB honor student). I am not here to put down FA, the teachers and staff were great to my child, we felt that the school was clean and well kept, but FA falls short with the most important task, that is education. I was paying for this school thinking that I was getting something "special" for my money, I was wrong, the local public elementary school is far better, the public schools have things like "Smart" boards in the classrooms, smaller teacher to student ratios, the same level of discipline as FA , an actual lunch program for the children.FA has microwave food and vending machines.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2013
I went to faith 3 years ago because it has a Christian environment, great test scores from their past senior classes and a strong boys basketball program which is important to my son. The boys basketball team has been great for my son coming from a public middle school. They are taught to work hard and be disciplined. By what I can observe they are the best basketball program in Mobile overall. Academics are good but like all schools have good, average and below avg teachers. The teachers have free tutoring after school which has helped alot. As a black family we have felt welcomed and never treated any different than anyone else. For the money the good far outweighs any negatives. To me the negatives are too much homework (3 hours a night on average), poor menu for lunches (all junk food, fried foods), class size is sometimes an issue and not enough "fun" activities for students like a prom.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2013
Great school, I have been going there for 5 years and I love it! The teachers are nice, the other kids are well behaved and I hope to go there until I go to college.

- submitted by a community member
July 20, 2013
My child attends Faith Academy and the only real complaint I have is the lack of nutritious options for the lunch menu. Giving the students sodas, ice cream, chips, cookies, cheeseburger, and FF for lunch is really like killing them slowly. It's ridiculous in this day and age with all we know about what those things do to you in the long term to offer that to growing children every single day as the only option for lunch. It's really embarrassing.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2013
my son has attended faith for 2 years and we love this school. we are transferring this summer and my husband and i both agree the one thing we will miss about mobile is faith academy. both years his teachers have been great. very caring and understand- yet firm enough with their discipline to keep the classes running smoothly. we have really enjoyed our experience here and would recommend faith academy to anyone looking for a great, affordable private education.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2013
Preschool program is fine. Kindergarten on up, reconsider the curriculum. My child attended kindergarten here and transferred to public school for first grade. Th kindergarten student/teacher ratio in public school is smaller and the curriculum is of a higher standard. My second child attended kindergarten in the public school and could write a 4 sentence paragraph by the 4th quarter of school. If higher academic standards is what you are seeking, look elsewhere, otherwise it's a good school. I wish I would have researched curriculum before enrolling my child.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
I disagree with the review below as Faith is the most diverse private Christian school in Mobile County. The school is designed for and very accomodating to working parents, and compared to other parochial private schools in Mobile, the tution is quite reasonable. Their handling of the well publicized parent slapping of the teacher incident proved hey do not put up with riff-raff and are not afraid to immediately expel trouble-making students parents. Where else can you get a fully accredited education in a private school for the cost of Faith's tuition?

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
This school i would have to say is just like any other school there is nothing special about this school my kid is always complaining about something new and at first i told him this is to better you but now i see he is right i'm pulling him next year cause this school is not what i thought his grades have not improved i'm a just going have to get a tutor its much cheaper than the high tuition parents don't waste your money and if your child has something to say about his/her school listen to what they have to say before judging their opinion

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
Faith Academy is an abomination! It is one of the most segregated and critical schools in the city of Mobile. I had to remove my 10, 15,and 17 year old children from that school because of the way the teachers treat students of a certain race. I would NOT recommend this school to anyone who is against racism. The principals are in on it as well because the show favoritism over a "select few"

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
I used to go there until we had to move and i absolutely loved it..Its the greatest school i have ever gone to.I'm now a sophomore and Ive been to 3 different schools since then but none have beat Faith Academy.I love the school I am going to now but not as much as I loved Faith.The teachers and the principals there are great.I miss it a ton and would go back any day.....

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2011
This school has one of the best band programs in a private school in the entire South East. Band director David Pryor has the vision to challenge the kids to perform well and compete nationally. They consistently get superior ratings. They recently played by invitation at Carnegie Hall. The athletic programs are excellent but challenged in recent time due to growing into larger conferences. Proud tradition of winning.. including soccer. Academically, they challenge kids to excel (that includes homework). The goal of education is to LEARN. Excellent teachers. My child received a full academic SCHOLARSHIP to college. Those that complain here are often offended by one-off circumstances and post 'revenge reviews'. Don't be fooled. This is one of the best private schools in the state with depth in academics, music, sports and Christian atmosphere. The price is very competitive with other local, higher priced but less accomplished schools. Don't pass this by.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
Do not send your child to this school! I have waisted 6 yrs of tuition! The schools quality and professionalism is aweful. I have tried to talk to them about the bully situation and the favortism. They don't even want to talk about it! All they care about is their athletic programs and "free scholorships". The people who pay their tuition, volunteer and put their all into their childrens education mean nothing to them. Their priorities are in the wrong place. The kids get hr detention for gum. The kids who bully and plot to hurt your child get nothing. Bad news if you are looking into this school for your child!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
I've been at this school for almost a year now and I must say I do NOT like it at all. The teachers main priority is not to teach the students, and their academics is ridiculous!!! Many people of the staff and many of the students base their judgement on race rather than on the inside. The ONLY GOOD THING is their chapel service. It really helps you have an amazing connection with your spitirual self. Other than that, don't bother sending your child to Faith. It is a waist of time and MONEY. I highly recommend Baker, Davidson, or Murphy!

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2011
For those who matter, mr Pryor of the faith academy band very recently took the band students to Birmingham for a "conference" where the students played beautifully... Unfortunately Unbeknown to us all, the expensive "trip" for the "students" was so the insttructor could get out of going to the TEACHER conference by himself for the week! They were very upset for all their hard work and the money they paid to be rushed around due to poor planning and play their hearts out for their OWN teachers!! Very unprofessional.

- submitted by a community member
December 08, 2010
FAITH ACADEMY IS AWESOME.AND THE COACHES THERE ARE THE BEST IN ALABAMA.IF YOU WANT,NOT ONLY A GOOD COACH BUT A GOOD HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE, GO TO FAITH!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
Some of the teachers scream at students in front of others, which only belittles them. Use your discretion.

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April 29, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2010
The so called discipline program is a joke to say the least, very one-sided. A lot of safety issues going on that administration is reluctant to deal with, especially in the pre-k building. Anyone concerned about the safety of their child, don't send them here. That is why we left.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2010
I have taken my child out of Faith Academy. The assertive dicipline program is ridiculous. I am very disipointed in the quality of the education and it is laughable to make seniors in high school walk in a silent single file line to the lunchroom. This school will make your child full of anxiety and fear. I do not reccommend this crazy school at all.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2010
This school is a great school and the school is NOT BUILDING A NEW GYM LIKE EVERYONE SAYS. They are building very nice playgrounds and a new highschool building along with a new softball and baseball field. This school is a good school for people to get a good christian education! I feel proud to say I attend Faith Academy when people ask me what school I go to ! I didnt want to go to school there first because I thought there would be snobby kids there but on my first day of school there (this year as a 8 GRADER) I had tons of kids introducing themselves and telling me if I never needed help to just ask them ! I LOVE FAITH ! GOD BLESS

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October 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 09, 2009
It is a very good Christian school, but be prepared for the homework.

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May 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2008
I have attended Faith Academy for 9 years and it has been a home away from home. I love Faith.

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2008
I attended Faith Academy for 12 years and I can't thank them enough for all they did for me. Not only did I receive a great education, the teachers and administration all have a heart full of compassion and love for the students and their jobs. There is not a better school!

- submitted by a student
November 03, 2008
My son attended K5 and part of first grade there before we moved. Overall, a very loving environment but the classrooms are so huge that it's hard if your child has any extra needs, which mine does. His K5 class had 25 students and 1st grade started with 27 students, with no assistant. Way too many little ones for the teachers to be able to give anyone extra time.

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September 13, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
December 16, 2007
I attended Faith Academy for 7 years and I could not be more satisfied with my experience. Unlike many have written- I was not an athlete, yet I was shown just as much love and respect, if not more, than any of the star athletes. The teachers are all willing to go the extra mile to help the students in any way, whether it be for academic purposes or even personal reasons. Faith was more like a home, everyone was close and we all had strong relationships. It was a safe and accepting environment. I will definitely be sending my future children to Faith, and possible be teaching there myself!

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2007
I attended Faith for the majority of my school years and will always be grateful for the life lessons learned there. I loved being in an environment where teachers cared so much about their students and the quality of education they receive. Not many schools have teachers who care enough to offer help class before and after school to any student who is in need of extra instruction. I am proud to be a graduate of Faith Academy and I will definitely be enrolling my children when they come of age. May God bless the school as it continues to grow.

- submitted by a former student
December 21, 2006
Faith Academy is an awsome school! They have great teachers and a great principal! They not only teach the kids how to be great Christians, but they also tech them how to be responsible. Yes, they have alot of kids, but they are building on to the school so the kids can have more room.And they are not building a new gym; they are building more office buildings. So, if you are a parent trying to figure out what school your child needs to got to Faith Academy is the one!

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2006
This is not a horrible school but you will be better off saving your money by going to public. Abeka is a very boring, repetitious curriculum once you get past 1st grade. If you have an LD child, this school is a good option. Teachers are excellent & are all certified, despite rumors otherwise. Some students are from some very rough families, sending their children to get the Christian educ. they can't get at home. Class sizes are ridiculous. Science courses are lacking. Many here only care about their children receiving a Christian education, never mind the quality. Big teacher turnover due to class sizes. Many love it but I was concerned if we would be accepted to better colleges.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2006
Faith is a good school. However, this year it is very crowded, with classes too large. More teachers and rooms are needed along with more lockers. They are planning on building a new gym instead. Faith is advertising now, so next year will be even worse.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2005
Never once in the past 5 years that I have been more grateful than I am right now for my Mother deciding to send me to Faith Academy. By far, this was the safest haven for schooling of any child. Excellent academics, administrators, instruction, guidance, and an outstanding Christian leadership all have helped me decide on finishing my degree in Elementary Education and be apart of such a phenominal program! One thing that you must keep in mind is; everything is done for a very specific reason. Unlike public institutions, Faith Academy 'cares with love', and that is something I'm not willing to sacrafice. So, to everyone that is still uncertain of sending your child to Faith, set up an appointment with one of the fabulous administrators and see for yourself what an unsurpassed education I had the opprotunity of being apart of.

- submitted by a former student
July 16, 2005
My son has attended Faith since he was an extremely shy 3 year old. In only a few months of being in such a home like loving and enriching atmosphere, he now expresses himself with such confidence. The caring structured classrooms give me a feeling of having Godmothers take care of my child by offering him a challenging education and a guide to Christianity. This is a wonderful comfort and I pray that parents who want their child to have a wonderful experience while receiving a quality education check out FAITH ACADEMY.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2005
My children attended Faith. I love the school and what it stands for, the teachers are wonderful, the students respectful and great pride is taken in the upkeep of the school. However, and this is a big one for me, I believe Faith needs to limit enrollment, Faith is resonably affordable for a great education but the class size has reached an all time high in the elementary & primary grades. A wonderful teacher cannot be at her full potential with up to 26 students per class. This being a private school you have the option of having smaller classes, if you need to raise tuition I suggest doing so, people will still be drawn to Faith...maybe more.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2004
Faith Academy is the type of school that I was not able to attend some thirty years ago but wish I could have had the opportunity to be exposed to. I have heard very few negative responses in the last eight years, ( ie one written here )but the negative words spoken from the parents have all come from families that had ' problem children ' and those same kids left Faith and went to be problems at other schools. Faith protects the good kids from the ones that have 'issues'. What a great place to go and have a serious Christian environment, excellent education and as Coach Skoda teaches, ' life lessons.' As Dorothy once said, ' there's no place like home.' God is there at Faith Academy!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2004
I love Faith Academy!It is the best school ever you can't get any better than this.I'm in 6th grade and i love my teacher,she is awsome!Best school ever.......Faith Academy!!

- submitted by a student
September 14, 2004
My son has been going to faith since K5 and is now in the 10th grade. I have seen him do 3 hour football practices and then do 3-4 hours of (honors)homework. I do not think you can say that is favortism. As for the quality of the education---I have seen the work that was expected over the years and it has been very rigorous, which is why the students score so well on the ACTs and SATs. I have a PhD and expect my son to do the same one day---with the foundation given by Faith's education system that should be well within his reach.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2004
I don't understand some of the negative reviews. My son is in the first grade and he was there for k-5. My son was reading complete books before he left k-5. Abeka is excellent. In no way average. I think that the students have a lot to do with the education that is received. It is not all the teachers fault. As far as the k-3 & k-4, there is not much you can teach a 3 or 4 year old. They are barely out of diapers. We are a military family and we need to make sure that our children get a quality education where ever we go. That is why we chose Faith. I had a caregiver tell me that they didn't like Abeka because it was too advanced and when the children transfered to public school, they were doing the same work from the previous grade!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2004
I agree with april 2004. Anyone who does not have a lot of money to waste should not go here.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2004
In my opinion, Faith Academy is a wonderful school. I graduated from Faith 5 years ago and I still miss it to this day. I enjoyed everything about it. The teachers had high expectations for you and believed that you could accomplish great things. I would not trade my education from Faith for anything. I feel I was extremely well prepared for college and life in general because of Faith Academy. I consider myself blessed to have been able to attend this school.

- submitted by a former student
June 11, 2004
Speaking as a parent and a former teacher at Faith, I believe I am quite aware of the qualifications and quality of education provided. Faith is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and by AISA. It is a Blue Ribbon School and is on the threshhold of becoming a truly exceptional school because of its vision and outreach. Faith is offering a 2-year Cisco networking curriculum which will enable its graduates who choose to take part in this program an opportunity to be certified upon graduation, thus enabling many to earn a living while attending college. As the parent of two students who have been at Faith for six years, I have been quite satisfied with the education. They do have homework. They work and study hard - Free help class is offered for any student who needs it. I say,'Great job, Faith!' To God Be The Glory!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
Faith Academy is absolutely the best around! I just graduated from Faith, and it has offered me more than most schools in Mobile would even dream of offering to students. I feel well prepared to attend college because of the leadership skills, Christian leadership, and academic strength that was shown to me at my 13 years at Faith. As for the favoritism, that's almost anywhere. Yeah, there's some - but it's not overbearing. Most of my teachers either are or were coaches at one point (whom we all refer to as 'Coach'), and they treat me the same as many athletes. And I am no athlete on any level. Yes, extra-curriculars are a priority, but nothing takes precedence over academics and Christ. There is always someting to do - at every grade level!

- submitted by a former student
May 28, 2004
I have gone to Faith since k-3 and I'll be in 10th grade next year. The leadership quality at faith is like no other school I have heard of. I know my Christian walk would not be where it is today if it were not for this school. I know when I leave in three years I will miss this school and not be scared entering college because I know that this school has prepared me for it. I highly disagree with some previous comments.

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2004
These students are extremely bright. 40 of the 92 students that graduated this year are receiving scholarships. I graduated from Faith 2 years ago and I wouldn't trade my years there for anything. I wasn't in band and I didn't play sports but I was treated like everyone else. The teachers at Faith treat everyone like family. I say that Faith Academy is one of the best schools you could ever send your kid to.

- submitted by a former student
May 10, 2004
My child will not attend Faith Academy next year. Four years are all we can stand. The education is average at best. The absolute lunacy over athletics is unbearable. Unless your child is an outstanding athlete, go elsewhere. The favoritism toward athlets is blatant. Much of which is overlooked by the administration.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2004
My child will graduate this year and I disagree with the person who said Faith's academics are a joke. A large number of seniors scored 30 or above on their ACTs this year and that doesn't come from an academic program that is lacking what it needs for the students to perform well on national test scores. I do agree that there has been favoritism in the sports program, but I also believe the school is working to improve the situation. I have seen my kids grow in their walk with Christ at Faith and become Christian leaders. I feel my child is very well prepared for college and is receiving a scholarship. Tommy Knight and Don Corley are two fine Christian role models and my child admires them both. Some of the rules are a little 'stone-age' but overall Faith has been a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2004
May look good from the outside but from an inside view of 5 yrs - - don't bother. I had two children attend school there. Faith's curriculum is a joke. We had the impression that our children would receive an above average education, re-enforce Christian teachings which is very inconsistent. They are very strict on the kids but the school has no safety policy especially for K-3 to K-5 allowing people to walk in and out of the school without a vistor's pass or evening go through the office. School work is just repetitious week after week. The K-3 and K-4 program is a glorified daycare. No real teaching! The Assistant Principal pretty much runs everything and is very one-sided and always backs the teachers.

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March 08, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Not impressed overall with the school. My child attended high school there. Lacks real leadership, no real activities for the lower grades. Coaches and teachers show extreme favoratism to atheletes, giving them extra attention at the expense of other students. While it is a Christian school I find it extremely judgemental and one sided. As a parent who's child has attended christian schools since K4, I rate this one very low and am sure there are better one's around. But if your an athelete they will treat you very well.

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September 09, 2003
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August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
The school offers a good education based on christian principles. It lacks a marching band and extracurricular activities for young students in grades 1-3. A marching band would help with school sprit at football games.

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Faith Academy
8650 Tanner Williams Road, Mobile, AL  36608
(251) 633-7267
Last modified Faith Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Faith Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top