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Faith Academy

Private | PK-12 | 1918 students

 

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Posted Friday, 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


Posted April 8, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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.
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Posted 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


Posted February 3, 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.
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Posted February 6, 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


Posted 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
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Posted 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"
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Posted July 8, 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.....


Posted June 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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!


Posted 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.


Posted December 8, 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


Posted November 2, 2010

Some of the teachers scream at students in front of others, which only belittles them. Use your discretion.
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Posted March 8, 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


Posted 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.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 58%
Black 22% 34%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
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8650 Tanner Williams Road
Mobile, AL 36608
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