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Phoenix, AZ
Students enrolled: 850
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14400 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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(602) 992-5100
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February 06, 2014
Within 2 months of moving to Arizona, we had heard several outstanding recommendations for Scottsdale Christian Academy. Our son was 4 and we were considering a Christian pre-school for him. Now he is in his 2nd year at SCA, and we are so grateful to have learned about this exceptional school. He has made high-quality friends & loves school. We continue to be impressed with its high academic standards, strong Christian influence and the personalized interest the SCA community takes in our son. The school's holistic approach to student development is notable, as the arts, sports and academics are all highly valued. The entire student body is expected to participate in local & global ministries, which the school initiates. Due to this influence, our son was excited to give to underprivileged children from his own piggy bank, and to spend time with the recipients. Each kindergartener is assigned a Bible Buddy (a student a few years older), who meets with them to pray and to help them memorize scripture. These practical Christian activities have helped him fall in love with Jesus. This, and so much more, continue to assure us that every penny we pay in tuition is well worth it at SCA.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2014
My daughter attended SCA kindergarden through 8th grade. During the most difficult time in my daughters life, a divorce, my daughter was bullied and harassed at SCA on a daily basis 7th and 8th grade. Being made fun of for being on the softball team, (she quit due to name calling and harassment), making fun of her clothing (she would cry and say, "They make fun of my clothes mom, and I wear the same uniform they do), and the final straw, after giving names to the principal 3 times, having ham smeared in her hair during lunch, I again went to the principal. Witnesses were called in to verify my daughter texts and tears were legit. The guilty children were finally scolded and more of the same the next day. My daughter has spent the last two years at a public high school where she is treated with dignity and respect. It is demanded there and this other behavior is not permitted. I urge any mother or father that can relate to the bullying I have described at SCA, please demand some help especially with the insane amount of money it costs to go to private "Christian" schools!!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
Consider that in January, the school will have its 4th superintendent in the last three years. When that person hires a High School principal, it will be the 5th person in that role in the past five years. The Junior High principal is the 3rd person in that role in the last three years. The Athletic Director is the 3rd person in that role in the past four years. The Missions Director is the 4 person in that role in the past five years...and this place is "widely regarded as one of the finest christian schools in the country?" The bungling self-important disjointed Board of Directors has made this school a shell of its former self.

- submitted by a community member
December 17, 2013
The Superintendent and High School principal were "let go" just less than three weeks before Christmas by the Board of this Christian school. Parents did not receive an email from the school, not the Board, until this past Friday evening. My family has been at SCA since first grade. I am deeply and continually disappointed in how the Board handles critical staff situations in a worldly, unprofessional manner, but most deeply disappointed in the lack of compassion and commitment to resolving all issues like Christ would. This includes over the years, challenges and problems not only with staff, but parents, and most importantly our children.

- submitted by a community member
December 17, 2013
We have 2 children at SCA, both in grade school and have been there for a few years now. We are blessed to have the opportunity to be part of a Christian school of this caliber. SCA has everything I want for my children: a strong focus on Christian values, advanced academics, small classes, sports offerings, honors programs, dedicated, educated and caring teachers and staff, and a great level of parent involvement. Our experience has been great and we love that the school looks seriously at all opportunities for improvement and strives for excellence.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2013
I have been attending SCA now for 13 years, however, my family has been in the SCA family for now 17 years. This year, we have seen MANY NEW CHANGES in the administration. Most families don t really care for the change, others love it. Personally, I am not a fan. I think some new changes were put in place such as the no bells rule for no particular reason. Our new HS principal believes that if there are no bells in life, then there should be no bells in school. I really find that as a horrible explanation to that rule. THIS IS SCHOOL AND SCHOOLS HAVE BELLS. DONE DEAL. Many students are not happy with the change and demand it to go back to the normal procedures from last year. With my many years at SCA, I have seen many changes over the years from new faces in the staff and students, to the building of the Fine Arts Center. I love SCA no matter how bad things are because it is my home. I m just trusting that this is God s plan for our school and that His name would be glorified.

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2013
The mission statement of SCA states partners with Christian families in training young people to love the Lord with all of their hearts, minds, and souls, and to love their neighbors as themselves. As a parent, this has been my heart s desire; more than academics, a social life or athletics for my child. Although social and academics are important, the spiritual development of my child will have a much greater impact on her life, her identity, her character, her life choices, how she treats others and her tranquility. The biblical teaching, biblical worldview and the hearts of the teachers have kindled in her soul what she will put her faith in and how is she going to live her life. It is my heart s hope that she will leave a legacy for our Lord during her lifetime and SCA is equipping her in solid biblical principles of life to accomplish this. Of course, it her choice the road she chooses to walk in her lifetime. We all have the freedom to make that choice. However, as a parent I will stand before the Lord someday and give an account of the choices I made to raise her. I know I am making the right choice in giving her the opportunity to have a Christian education.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
I'm not sure what some are talking about. I absolutely love the school. The curriculum is as competitive as the great heart schools. My son is doing the exact same thing as his friends over at Archway and Benchmark. My sons teacher is an Ivy League scholar. 98% of students go on to major universities NOT community. Some attend Ivy League. Smaller classes. Great sports. Pre-K-12. Great activities. Parent opportunities. Well-rounded from education to athletics! I put myself out there to be involved, therefore I do mesh well with parents. This is Scottsdale, I don't think Scottsdale Christian has cliques unlike any other schools in the area. Scottsdale is Scottsdale. If you want to make friends you need to put yourself out there, but keep in mind your children don't attend school so you, the adult, can make friends, it's for them. Biblically, this school is on spot! My son comes home quoting scripture and sometimes teaching me a thing or two. It's fine if you choose charter, but I hardly think its fair to put down a school for your own personal interests, especially as an adult since this school is for kids. Again, 98% attend major colleges and universities, enough said for me!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
We are new to the school this year and love it. The teachers care about the kids, curriculum seems to be good and there are a lot of things to get involved in for the kids and the parents. I can't say I have experienced the "political connection issue" at the school. We are a middle income family with no political relationships and I think we fit in quite well.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
This was our first year at SCA. We were happy with the academics but seemed to have one class that had homework that was just "busy work." Socially, kids and parents were both very welcoming. Sports seem to be very good. I heard a new football coach was hired and supposed to be fabulous with the kids. I heard the new Superintendent is evidently shifting some things around for the better and I understand they are going to begin bussing.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2013
What a nightmare! If your children don't wear designer clothes, you don't drive a Porsche, or you don't have political connections the other students will socially bully your children and make them feel like outsiders. The middle school principal is a joke and takes the side of "popular" students against those who aren't his favorites and actually disciplines based on rumors! If you love your children DO NOT admit them to SCA. To make matters worse, the curriculum is strictly book learning. In public and charter schools they have moved light years ahead of SCA from both a technology and project-based learning perspective. If you truly want a "college prep" education for your children, put them in a public or charter school...SCA is NOT all its advertised to be! Christian? Hardly.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
Due to relocation we have had the opportunity to experience several private schools. SCA is really quite good. The Bible education is excellent, there are opportunities for students to be involved in a variety of activities, the teachers are caring, and there are programs for the high achiever and those students needing a little more help. Parent involvement is high, and like most private schools there is a bit of a clique of parents. Parents however do not run the school, the administration runs it. Suggestions are listened to, though not necessarily accepted. I find it to be a bit stuffy, but the children love their school, and they are kind to one another. The students really seem to love school here. That, for me, is one of the biggest plusses. For those complaining about academics - most of these kids will make it to a university . All in all a good value for the money - and the environment beats most educational settings hands down. Most children would benefit from this type of experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2013
Excellent atmosphere for elementary students. Just lost a great Superintendent, but we are prayerful for the future of SCA.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2013
I've attended SCA since 6th grade. The Jr. high/ High School staff and faculty is great for the most part and has progressed over this last year especially. Although most of the teachers are caring and wonderful, there are a few teachers that seriously need an attitude check. The curriculum at this school is challenging, even in the regular classes. Sometimes, too much busy work is given, though. The sports are decent. Over the past couple of years, football hasn't been very good at all but the basketball and baseball team are very very good, along with smaller sports such as soccer, cross country, etc. If your child is not a stuck up snob then don't send them here. The kids at SCA are what give it a bad name. They are some of the most dramatic, egotistical, exclusive, popularity seeking teenagers i have ever met. The school is so small in number of students that you cant get away from this type of child. They're everywhere and they're some of the most unchristian christians I've ever met. Sure, no one is perfect.. but these kids are ridiculous! I wouldn't highly recommend this school but I would say send your child here at your own risk.

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2012
I read the reviews posted here and think .are we talking about the same school? Too many of these reviews sound like marketing promos. After several years at SCA, I still have mixed feelings. I feel SCA s intentions are right for providing a quality Christian education, yet their execution often misses the mark. While a handful of teachers are exceptional, many fall in the mediocre range. Seems like too much turnover as well. Need more dynamic teachers who know how to motivate students and are passionate about education. Love the size of SCA, just wish more of my tuition dollars were going to quality educators, not such a top-heavy administration. Students seem genuinely nice, but there is definitely an in crowd at this school .and I m talking the parents. Very clique-ish and difficult for new families to find their way. If you haven t been here from the beginning, you may find it very hard to be accepted/learn the ropes. Communication from the Administration is pretty poor miscommunication, lack of information, missing details, etc. Find myself feeling more frustrated than I think I should towards my kids school.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
Scottsdale Christian Academy has incredible sports programs. Currently there are 2 football players starting for Division I colleges, 2 starting for Division II colleges, and 3 starting for Community Colleges. Several Volleyball players are on scholarship in major programs. Golfers are recruited by schools like Pepperdine. A high concentration of students receive college scholarships. Business, Ministry, and Creative Arts are careers that graduates excel at. The school family interactions, high levels of drive and achievement, along with the excellent connections provide a great foundation for future pursuits. The music program, the drama program, and math studies are on the upswing and have received recent intense focus. The management team has recently changed and has a track record of excellent student/staff relationships. The junior high program is very rigorous. Students who spend two years at SCA and transfer find that they can graduate at least a year early from other high schools. The school does enforce certain rules and uniforms are required. Each spring a one week missions trip is performed by all students. The school is on the upswing. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2012
We are new to SCA in the high school this year and are so grateful for this incredible opportunity. SCA has everything we could want in a school. The staff is open, available and very helpful. The teachers care and encourage higher, critical thinking and will help our student be very successful in college. We've been very impressed with the new superintendent and look forward to our other children attending and graduating from SCA.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
My children are happy and thriving at SCA. The staff understand and address the unique aptitude and needs of my children. The school is a good fit for families who want a close partnership with the school in preparing students for higher education and a christian world-view in all subjects. I have found the administration and staff to be accessible, personable, and helpful. The school offers dual enrollment, AP, honors, fine arts, clubs, athletics, intramural sports, missions and more. Take a tour, shadow, visit the on-site STO specialist for tuition assistance. Attend a game, concert, or open house. See if it's a good fit for your child.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
Teacher quality is inconsistent and administration seems to be uninvolved in concerns brought forth by parents. Curriculum is mediocre and not challenging enough (even at the elementary level). There are plenty of alternative schooling options available; atleast in public schools there is accountability! I wouldn't say SCA is worth the tuition by any stretch and certianly not the best education money can buy (and certainly not for an elementary education). The constant soliciting of money, in addition to the overpriced yearly tuition, makes this "Christian" environment very off-putting. For parents seeing it as an "investment" in their child's future or possibly hoping he or she will get a college scholarship because of SCA attendance, it is likely a very poor investment. For parents seeking a positive Christian environment to surround their child(ren) daily, I urge you to fill your child with your family's Christ-like morals because they will (no doubt) still be exposed to unacceptable behavior -- even at this Christian school. It is highly likely that the behaviors they see from their spoiled peers with make them question of intentions and authenticity of "Christians."

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
The elementary school curriculum and teachers are adequate. The high school curriculum does not adequately prepare students for college. There is significant teacher turnover. Fellow parents have been frustrated with the lack of communication between parents and teachers/administration. If are interested in sending your child to a Christian school, look at Paradise Valley Christian and Brophy for high school.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
We moved to the area a few years ago for our children to attend SCA. Our kids have thrived here in everyday. The school not only is strong academically, they are strong on character. They encourage you to be involved as you feel fit. SCA is a very well rounded school, great leadership and living environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
This is a great school with really nice and extremely qualified teachers who really care about the students. The learning environment is beautiful. The overall feel of the school is very warm and enthusiastic. We have been very pleased with our childrens experiences here.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2012
Our child has been at the SCA elementary for four years, and the experience has been mixed. There are some quite excellent teachers with high academic standards who care strongly for the children as individuals; however, other teachers have not always been as strong either academically or in their care for the individual students. For example, we have never seen any homework for the foreign language classes. The school has good intentions of involving the parents to help the teachers with administrivia and other logistical support, but we see a lot of evidence of a lack of consistent, useful administrative support for teachers. This means that the teachers exhaust themselves doing menial tasks rather than reserving that energy for teaching. The school offers a plethora of interesting activities during the school year, but some of the activities are closed to students who are not part of the "SCA set", which has been disappointing. Our few interactions with the superintendent have been inconclusive, but this may change with the new administration. We have volunteered to help out for many classroom activities and logistical help at events, but we have never felt very welcome.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2012
I toured this school and they look nice academically and I thought a lot of what they had to offer was what we were looking for. I dislike the lady giving me the tour went on and on about who has a lot of money. The appearance this school gives out is they want only extremely wealthy people here so they can brag about you.

- submitted by a community member
March 25, 2012
SCA is a wonderful environment for our high school student. Moving to SCA for middle school wasn't a hard choice for our child when he saw all that he could do at the school. Being athletic, it allowed him the chance to play sports that he probably couldn't do in the bigger high schools. In high school he became friends with students in all grade levels and the kids are nice kids that care about each other. You won't get lost in the shuffle at SCA. We encourage you to take a look at the school and see if this is what God has planned for educating your child.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2012
10.. Love it! love it! Love the administration. Love the staff. Love the kids. Love it!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
Moved the family from Chicago where the top schools are private or charter schools. We came out here with same notion and reviewed all the private schools including Phoenix Country Day and El Dorado for our daughter. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with emphasis on values and solid academics with highly qualified teachers. Rare to find. However, what really sold it, was the kids. Smart, well behaved, normal fun kids without the snotty wealthy brats and troublesome youth.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
I was at the open house for Scottsdale Christian Academy and I found this school to be amazing! They are not afraid to share the Word of God! What a great relief to know this. The academics are spot on and the teachers are wonderful. I am very excited for my children who will be attending this school next year!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
I think it is interesting that so many reviews were submitted on one day. Looks like someone is trying to fleece the public. Beware.

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2011
We have a freshman son at SCA. SCA has been the best change from public school to a Christian school. It truly has made his love for the Lord stronger while surrounding him with teachers, friends, coaches and staff that can teach him and talk about the Lord every day. There is great opportunity for students who want a good education, to participate in sports and get involved in drama and other areas. SCA has a lot to offer. The missions trips are an amazing experience for students to spend quality time with classmates while serving others and learning more about God. The tuition is a factor for may families, but if you consider what your child will gain from their time at SCA it's worth every penny. You can get as involved as a parent at the school as your schedule permits as there are many opportunities to serve yourself in different areas at the school. Our son is so happy at SCA he wouldn't even consider another school as he loves his friends, teahers, staff and coaches. Take a look at SCA if you want God involved in child's education.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
All of my children graduated from SCA and my husband and I are so thankful for the solid foundation that the school gave the three of them. Our daughter graduated from college with honors in 3 1/2 years and followed up with obtaining a masters, one of our sons just graduated with honors from ASU and is heading to law school, and our other son is serving this country proudly in the Air Force. I credit SCA for providing the programs to help shape my children into the fine young adults they are today. SCA is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
SCA is the best investment in our children that my husband and I have ever made. My husband recently had the opportunity for a large promotion, but it was out of state. We decided to stay in our current position, mostly due to the amazing influence SCA is in our kids lives. We have two children in the elementary school and one child in the middle school. The teachers go above and beyond in every aspect. Not only do the teachers sacrifice financially to serve our kids, they also give extra time and attention to all the kids as needed. The Christian character of the principals and teachers is unquestionable; they are also professional, well trained in the education field, and desire the absolute best for the students. I feel sad for parents who feel they need to take revenge on this site. This site is designed for honest feedback, not to vent anger and take away from the teachers who have given so much to our students.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
All three of my children have attended SCA and I couldn't have been happier! The academics prepared them for college (my oldest just graduated from university with honors) while the Bilical integration in all subjects prepared them for life. They were challenged, yet also loved by the teachers. Teachers prayed with my children individually when they noticed them having a difficult time. In university when their faith was challenged, they were able to answer that challenge with Biblical knowledge learned at school. I feel cofident that SCA had a big part in their future success in life. I am thankful my children received the "whole" experience--academic, spirititual, and emtional! Thank God for SCA!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
The staff, the campus, and the Christian environment make SCA the most wonderful educational facility in the Phoenix metro area. My kids continue to thrive and enjoy going to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
Love the teachers and staff! The teachers really do care about the students and invest in their lives.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
High academic standards and a solid Christian Education! Scottsdale Christian Academy has qualified teachers that are led by a strong principal. I feel so blessed that my 4 children attend SCA! If you would like a true assessment of the school I suggest you arrange for a tour, meet the teachers and staff, and also talk to parents of children who currently attend the SCA.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
I am a student teacher at SCA this year. This has been my first experience in a private school and I did have some reservations. Coming from a public school setting, I was very pleasantly surprised by the sense of community and learning at SCA. The staff is caring and authentic. They work hard to provide a quality education and create a team of individuals working together to achieve a common goal....student success. I have not been at this school for very long, but what I have observed is a school working to be the best environment possible. Every school has issues and things to get better at, why would we expect anything different. I want to be part of a school that can recognize areas of improvement and make progress towards positive changes, and that is the kind of school SCA is.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2011
All of my children graduated from SCA and they received a great education here. One is proudly serving in the Air Force, another graduated with honors from college in 3 1/2 years and then followed up with obtaining a masters, and the third just graduated with honors from ASU and is heading to law school. They are proof positive that the academic education they got while students at SCA was top-notch. The best education they received was the ability to defend their Christian faith and to serve others in a culture that is very self-centered and anti-thetical. That is priceless!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
My dream of becoming a teacher came from my K-12 experience as a student at SCA. WE are a wonderful school. Plain and simple. God is working here in so many ways. Come and see for yourself!

- submitted by a teacher
October 31, 2011
I am in the unique expericence where I have children in High school, Middle School and Elementary at Scottsdale Christian Academy this year. Let me start off with the leadership at the principal level. First class all the way around. I am truly impressed with Mr. Laugen in the Middle School. Talk about a man that loves the Lord and loves those kids at that ackward stage of life. The teachers are outstanding and the new, experienced teachers they haver recently brought in really bring the school up to a higher bar. I had the chance to talk with a couple of the administrators and to hear their vision for the school, confirms that my kids are right where they need to be.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2011
As a parent of students who graduated here and are now in a position to send their own children, they speak VERY HIGHLY of their experience here. They were well-prepared for the rigors of an honors-level college experience, knew that their teachers at all levels cared about them and their progress, not just academically, but spiritually as well. While they were in school they complained about the work load and the reading, but never did they say "It was a joke," or "I am not being taught." Their highest praise in in sending their own children here to begin the next generation. Submitted by a parent.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2011
Scottdale Christian Academy is a God send. We are new to the school and have found the administrative and teaching staff to be exceptional. I am so pleased with the course content and the age appropriate responsibility placed on my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2011
This is a great school! Challenging classes to meet all higher needs and Christian based. The staff cares about your child and expects kids to work hard. The support is terrific! If you want a smaller , Christian high school SCA is a terrific school. The new math teacher is outstanding ..our new Principal is terrific.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2011
This is an amazing staff that works hard to help teach and provide many opportunities for this high school. Ap classes are taught at school and Honors classes are challenging. Having A Christian education is immeasurable and God is at work at SCA. So glad our son is here.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
We have been extremely happy with SCA. Our child has been at SCA for 3 years and is now enrolled for a 4th year as a High School freshman. We were looking for a quality education with a Christian world-view taught by genuine Christians with the aim of raising up young Christian leaders. We have found that at SCA. The academics are rigorous without being ridiculous, so that kids can have a well-rounded personal life outside of school. I can't say enough about the teachers and administrators...most are great, and the rest are outstanding. I feel blessed that these adults are mentors to my child. The parents I have met have been involved, warm and gracious people, some of whom have become friends. All in all, there is nowhere else I would send my child, even if money were no object. I highly recommend this school for serious Christian families.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
One of my greatest regrets was subjecting my child to such a non-Christian,non-Supportive money making institution. The lack of leadership and instructor support,I wouldn't have paid a nickel for. If you are raising your child to be spoiled,over-indulged,under-disciplined and flat out nasty human being ,I highly recommend you do not send your loving child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2011
This school is not worth the money when there are so many free charter oppotunities with small classes, far better academics, closly monitored children, and parents who care. Pick a nice charter school and spend your money on helping those in need. Teach your children at church and at home. SCA is a business, and like any business, money makes a difference.The school has shrunk from 1200 to about 800. The parents of 400 kids can't be all wrong or lacking funds. We left some time ago and remain very happy with that choice.

- submitted by a community member
March 01, 2011
This school is way overpriced, especially in this economy. I am not impressed at all.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
A few years ago, I would not have give as positive review as now. I am impressed with how they have restructured the administration to have a Middle School Principal, but would like a HS Principal to be named. The MS Principal has been wonderful for the kids and I think he may know every student from 6th-12 by name. He actually listens to parent input and is accessible. Even when I have disagreed with decisions, I feel like my side has been heard and genuinely considered and that is really important. The teachers are very caring and are good role models. Academics are on the rise and athletics are really solid considering the size of the school. The Lord Jesus Christ is first at this school, and the missions trips and ministry days are truly unique opportunities for kids. As publics in this area get more and more overcrowded, it makes SCA a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
This is a school that is well-intended in its mission to educate children from Christian families. They are coming more from a Christian "mindset", however, than from the heart of the Christian faith. This undermines their potential as educators, as well as role models. Relative to some of the public schools in the area, the academics are only fair, however they are improving. Scottsdale Christian Academy continues to be a work in progress.

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2010
We absolutely feel at home here. This is an excellent school with excellent principals and a superb headmaster, Tim Hillen. I cannot say enough about how great they are. We have had some issues with our child on the playground, and they listened carefully to what I was saying, and acted swiftly to correct what was wrong. They also adhere carefully to what they call the "Matthew 18 Principle", meaning (basically) a zero-tolerance policy for gossip, which I think is so positive and a great example set for our kids. We have been here for three years now, and there have been significant changes to the level of academic challenge, too. I have looked over friends' homework from other private, charter and public schools and I can honestly say that what my children are doing is much more advanced and at a much deeper level.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
This is our 5th year at SCA in the elementary school and have nothing but positive things to say. Our children love to go to school. In fact they ask to stay in aftercare. While each of my childrens teachers have had different personalities over the years, they have all gotten to know and understand how my kids learn the best. They really want the kids to learn, it isn't just a paycheck for them. The fine arts program is wonderful and really helps bring out the creativity in my children. But most of all we are thrilled that SCA is giving our children a great education based in Christian principles. They teach our kids great principles in life about honesty, how to be a good friend, and self-esteem. We absolutely love this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2010
We are enjoying our 2nd year at SCA and have just enrolled for our 3rd year. The teachers, administrators, and parents are top-notch. We are very satisfied with our school choice and plan to keep our kids at SCA through high school graduation.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
I am a parent who has experienced SCA from 5th grade to 9th grade, so far. I have read some of the earlier posts (criticisms) of the school. I would agree that for a couple of years there were some academic issues. What the public should know is that last year we hired a new superintendent that has cleaned house. Many teachers were dismissed. Advanced academic opportunities were put in place making SCA a true college prep. My children have been challenged academically at SCA and they were very high achievers when they were in the Scottsdale public school system - if that helps with comparison. Sports progams are amazing. I have never experienced a 'mean' parent in my 5 years. I agree that people who are disgruntled have not 'gotten their way'. Parents who like to throw their weight around will be disappointed with any Private or Charter school.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 23, 2009
This school has been such a blessing in our lives! We have been at SCA for three years and absolutely love it! The teachers are very loving and knowledgeable. SCA is rated as one of the best college preparatory schools in the Phoenix Metro area for academics. They incorporate the Christian values in each class/lesson taught. SCA offers an outstanding fine arts program and a full sports program. We love having our kids in a place that gives them the opportunity to be well-rounded, happy Christian kids!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
The faculty and staff truly care about our kids and their excellence academically at school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
The thing we appreciate most about SCA is that it is a loving environment focused on Christ. The administration upholds policies in a godly manner, compassionate yet high expectations of the students. Teachers and administration is supportive and fair. Parents who tend to be unhappy are those that don't get their way. We love SCA!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
We are in our second generation at SCA and it is a great school--quality teachers with outstanding values plus excellent academic standings.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
This is an awesome school that teaches values in addition to academics. They do well in sports and drama and the kids are very well rounded. Their is tremendous parent support and involvement in this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Worst experience for our family. We have moved a great deal and have been involved in many Christian and public schools. I have decided let church be church and school be school. You can't mold all people into one perfect package without being a hypocrite. Many of the parents and teachers are just plain mean. I agree with the parent who said you are in or you are out...The Jr High/High School will not listen to advise. They turn on you. Not a healthy Christian environment at all. We now minister to those who need Christ in our public schools. 'manure piled up in one place stinks,spread out can it can do much good' It is the same with the Christians, spread them out and you have a sweet smell.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2009
I love SCA, being able to pray in every class is great and having the Christian aspect of things is different then most other schools. The teachers and staff are awesome! With the option of Honors & AP classes in High School, you can be very challenged, I recommend SCA to students and parents.

- submitted by a student
July 14, 2009
I graduated from SCA a couple years ago and I frequently find myself reminiscing about the great experiences I had while there. The school and its seasoned faculty provided for me the necessary essentials it takes to succeed in college, as well as in my Christian faith. Additionally, at a high school student population of only four-hundred, I was able to develop meaningful relationships with both my fellow students and teachers - I still keep in touch with most. SCA was certainly worth it for me.

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June 22, 2009
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June 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 04, 2009
My son graduated from SCA. It is not perfect, but the academics were solid, and by and large the students, faculty and administration were good people. Our experience was positive. There are many opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom. It is a small school and that can create some problems if a particular class has a group of problem kids. It is a Christian school so they expect certain behavior and do the best they can to police the kids. It can be a great experience if you want your child to have a Christian education. I have no doubt from the comments here the school is not for all kids, but I think those are unfortunate situations that are in the minority.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2009
My two kids have had an excellent education. We really like the Christian perspective in the curriculum and the strong Christian modeling from the teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
It is not a good school to send your child to if they have any sort of difficulty academically. Do not send your child there if they do not conform to the accepted behavior OR if cannot pretend to conform to the accepted behavior. Accepted behavior places a great deal of importance on outward appearance and looking like a well-behaved Christian. Many teachers are not loving and supportive in the way Christians should be. They are judgmental. The administration does not answer to any kind of overseeing authority. They are tyrants. It is true that you should not complain if you go there. However, if you are extremely rich, your complaints will be tolerated much more and you will be able to get away with almost anything. If your child is sensitive and vulnerable, do not send your child to this school, the students can be quite mean and cruel.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2009
Good early childhood campus and program. Terrible 1-12 campus and program. If you are not affiliated with Scottsdale Bible Church do not go here. For the money, there are so many other private schools to choose from that rate far superior than SCA.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2009
Not the best academically for sure. Better off to save for college and send your kids to the much better Scottsdale public schools. Teachers last for political reasons not for their talent in teaching.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 15, 2009
It is a good school but has to many people in a class and education isn't hard

- submitted by a student
no rating September 18, 2008
After thinking and praying a great deal, my husband and I decided to enroll our son at SCA this fall. It has been the best decision of our lives. The teachers are fantastic, the principal and vice-principal are wonderful. My son loves his classes. He has learned so much in his Bible course especially. This school is not cheap, but we're willing to do whatever we need to in order for Jay to continue going there. You definately get what you pay for at SCA. By the way, we haven't met any rich, snooty people or rude children. Just average people who love the Lord.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
My kids both have gone there and my wife teaches there. They have a world class group of people there who are steadily improving. There sports programs win Region often and State sometimes too. The academic load is very rigorous. There is actually grade deflation there. Getting a B at that school is the equivalent to an A at other schools. They go by the book. Each year the high school students get to go on a week long trip to serve others in different parts of the country.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2008
i do not go there anymore but that school is the best school to go to if you want to be anything that is educational like you could be the worlds best scientist if you went there they have the best food best teachers and best events go there!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
June 30, 2008
Scottsdale Christian is a wonderful, wonderful christian school, maybe the best in Arizona. To the student writing about the 'separation' of Jr. High and Sr. High, all I have to say is they are separated, and kids treat each other with respect. I don't know where you could have possibly come up with that absurd idea.

- submitted by a student
May 16, 2008
I have 2 kids here and have for several years. the experience has been awesome and my kids are happy and doing quite well. My son has already been accepted to 3 high end east coast schools. Sports program is great. structured environment, religious values, and close supervision. all the things that public school lacks.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
I am a student currently enrolled at SCA. It is an okay school most teachers are nice, but some are judgemental. Basically they all teach their own subject really well. One thing that would be nice if changed was the way the school treats the JR. High. They treat the JR. High like they are nothing, they hold all of the 'speacial' lunches for the seniors in their ramada, not the High School ramada, therefore, the JR. High students have to eat with the High Schoolers. Most of the time, they end up eating outside in the hall on the ground. There are a lot of students being very spoiled and wearing their skirts too high. I think that only some girls get away with it, as others are caught right away. They need to seperate JR. High and High School.

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2008
This school is awesome!! My children all are doing amazing and most of the teachers are great!

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2007
My son attended school there for many years.....I was glad he learned the Bible...but he could have learned that at church and from me. There are many rich and spoiled parents and children there...it was sad to watch. My son fit in very well but there were many who were made fun of or left out. The price got very expensive but I let him opt out in high school as he became unhappy. After this some of the teachers were very rude and did not speak to him.....such a bad experience and yet I was always hopful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 13, 2007
Consistency is not good. Academics lacking.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2007
At SCA, either you are in the family or you are out of the family. Do not constructively critize, or you are out of the family. If you are in the family, you will do fine. The administration can be very hurtful to parents and kids alike. Administration does not set a Godly example in dealing with parents or kids. They don't 'walk the talk'.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
Our family has been involved with SCA for 16 years now. We love our school. It is a family. Our children are getting an amazing education by loving teachers. More importantly to us though is the Christian education they are getting. Our kids go to school knowing they will be valued for the gifts God has given them. We wouldn't send our children any where else!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
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June 21, 2007
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June 04, 2007
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May 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2007
A bit weak in computers and Spanish. Overall, a good school. Better then public for overall moral standards. Average academics. Wants to expand so that will cause changes. Many parents are wealthy and can that be hard for kids who don't have everything. Some parents exert influence. No consistent extra curriculars for elementary. Safe. Protected environment. Overall good school. For the money, should be more academic. A lot of kids go on to small, Christian collages out of state.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2007
The level of education seems adequate and I like the strict discipline that the school seems to enforce. Campus is small enough that administration has a firm grip on the students. Well to do mothers seem to meddle into school affairs at times, but the leadership at the top seems strong. On the whole, I feel my two children are safe, and in a caring environment. I believe that overall, the Christian Character of the school is above average.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
I enrolled my children two separate times in this school with my youngest attending K-1st grade and then again as a freshman and sophomore in high school. I had hoped that the school had improved academically, spiritually and socially but found this to be untrue. Academically, my child was not taught phonics in their reading program and I had to spend extra money on tutors to bring him up to par. In high school, I found the school to be very snobby socially and that the teachers that were outstanding were let go at the end of the school year. Athletics was driven by politics and the status quo and there was not any room for an outsider with certain coaches. I was just as disappointed the second time as the first time in terms of the overall academic, athletic and social atmosphere. My child's new school appreciates his athletic abilities.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
Scottsdale Christian looks nice on the outside but the children and parents are a bit spoiled. The children are not respectful. The academics are average and there is a lot of fluff in terms of over-the-top events that chew up academic time. There is not enough supervision of the children when they are out of the classroom, hence the bullying and name calling issues. Much of this goes on while administration looks the other way.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
My child attended SCA for almost 2yrs. I expected that he/she would receive an above average education in Christian values, character development and appropriate social skills so I accepted that the Kindergarten program was below public schools academically. I falsely reasoned that Christian teachers + Christian students would equate to a bully-free environment filled with only the best role models for my impressionable child. The only thing he/she learned was how to be accepting of and tolerant of other students' out-of-control and inappropriate behaviors and thus learned to imitate them. In summation, he didn't learn anything I would want him to remember. Now we are working hard to undo the damage. This means scoring 'Grade-A' play-dates, re-learning how to read and write (use it or lose it), and re-introducing the concept that school is a safe place to be challenged academically.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
SCA gets top marks for their emphasis on missions and integrating students' Christian walk into all aspects of their life. Unfortunately, the high school has made some very bad hiring decisions in the 2006-2007 school year that resulted in students not being taught the material and being unprepared for the next level. Some of the high school honors classes require an extreme amount of homework. Overall, the quality of education is above average and the atmosphere is great.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2007
Both of my children have attended SCA since middle school. Although the faculty and facility are nice, I believe there are better options particularly if your child is gifted academically or athletically. Small enrollment doesn't equate to small class size. This school caters to affluent christian based families. Unfortunately beyond a 'protected' environment, this school doesn't provide the full scope of experiences and opportunities necessary to challenge gifted students/athletes.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2006
I am in my junior year at SCA, and have been attending for my entire school experience. I find the school very academic based- however poor choices for teachers and in rules. Children attending this school will feel a sense of community. However, students are somewhat exclusive to others, and some children may find it difficult to fit in socially-, which is a must for this school. Families strict on Bible values should look elsewhere, as SCA students tend to have a rebellious and negative attitude for the strict administration. Rules are somewhat strict, solid dress code (standard attire), no pregnancies, and little substance abuse or violence. Students transferring from public school often enjoy the care their teachers show, and the challenging work offered. This is not the school for everyone, but it is worth a try. I recommend that you do.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2006
Scottsdale Christian Academy offers a fantastic education. SAT and ACT scores are fantastic as is the percentage of students who receive scholarships and college entrance. The school is small enough that many students have opportunities to participate in athletics (despite lower skill levels). The spiritual formation on campus is awesome. Weekly chapel experiences, all school retreats, and week long mission trips (for all students grades 9-12) are what makes this school stand out from the rest.

- submitted by a teacher
March 16, 2006
This is an excellent school. I attended this school myself in my early childhood and then returned for high school. Excelling programs and the highest potential to do something amazing with your education. I will be sending my children to this school!

- submitted by a former student
February 02, 2006
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- submitted by a student
July 20, 2005
The quality of education is great. Although, the class sizes seem to be growing bigger. They keep adding kids and there are not enough classrooms to go around. Strong sense of community among families. Overall, highly reccommended.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2005
My daughter has been a student for four years at SCA and has received good academic instruction as well as superior Christian education and community service experience. Reading, math, language and arts are the curriculum strengths while science and social studies are weaker in content and instruction.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 20, 2005
Strong leadership and discipline noticed. Loving teachers. Kids seem happy.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
My child transferred from a public middle school to the 8th grade at SCA in 2003. We couldn't be happier with our decision. Every teacher my daughter has had has been wonderful. We have been very happy with the level of academics there, although some of the textbooks (math in particular) could be upgraded. There is an outstanding choral department that gets better every year! The school is in the process of building a fine arts center which will add much needed space for instruction and practice rooms. I am proud to be a parent of a child at SCA. The only down side I see is that sometimes the parents get in the way of the teachers and coaches. They seem to be very brazen about expressing their opinions and they gossip a lot, which is very disappointing for a Christian school. Otherwise, I have no complaints! It's great here!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
The PreK program is designed to prepare the 4-5 year old for kindergarten. Everything done in the classroom is purposeful including what looks like stratching exercises. These are really designed to train the brain of these 'soon to be readers' to be able to read a sentence from left to right. The students spend one week on each letter of the alphabet learning sounds and words that correspond as well as how to form the letter. Classroom actibities are structured with special transitions between each activity. This structure will go a long way to prepare these children for the more formal learning of kindergarten. I am confident that my child will transition with ease because he was in prekindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2005
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March 20, 2005
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February 20, 2005
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February 07, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
January 14, 2005
For Pre-K the program is very structured and a lot of things are put into a 3 hour time period. I think the schedule is a bit to like a military school for 4-5 year olds. I think some children will thrive with this and some will rebel due to tight time restrictions. For example, children are given a task to complete such as coloring a picture, and a 4 minute timer is set. When the timer goes off the picture is taken away. Good for short attention spans but a bit stressful for more creative types. The entire day is like this for them. My child needed about a month to go from a very open schedule at home to this rigid one, but then enjoyed the class.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
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November 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2004
This school is amazing. My children wake up every day asking to go to school. I have encountered fun,loving,and dedicated teachers in my time being there. The parent involvement is exceptional. The desire for admin. to change and adapt to the schools needs and growth are excellent. It may not be for everyone, but we are pleased to date with the care and love our children receieve, they are far ahead of their peers that attend public schools, and they are encouraged to know more about God every single day. If you think the staff is too young to be experienced, take a day at a public school that will hire fresh out of college without experience at all. It may not be for everyone, but it is definately worth looking into for your child. The open door policy at all times in the classrooms can't be found anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
The greatest thing about this school is that it is filled with a close knit group of students that have been friends ever since PK. As a suggestion the chance of a highschool girl fitting in with these bonds are very unlikely. If planning to send your child to this school, start at a very young age. There is also no drama department right now and from what i have experienced they do not treat their staff in a buisness like mannor.

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2004
This review is applicable to the elementary program as that is the program most familiar with the parent. Awesome teachers! The staff provides a consistently caring atmosphere for students. The school is committed to providing foundations for continued learning throughout the child's life. Many teachers have been there 4,8,10+ years and have mastered a tried and true curriculum. In addition, teacher's at each grade level seem to cooperatively adhere to guidelines to assure all children will be successful at the next grade level. Kudo's from an appreciative parent.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2004
I love this school! It is everything I want in a school. High expectations of the students, strict, lots of praying and worship, parental involvement, involved principal, great athletic and arts program, library and cafeteria are top of the line, and of course the math, science, reading,etc. are at a superior level. Did I mention I love this school? Everyone is happy, the teachers,students,and parents. I find much comfort in this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2004
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- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2004
I have gone to SCA for eight years and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am graduating this year with a firm foundation in my faith and an excellent education. I will be attending Pepperdine University and am more than prepared.

- submitted by a student
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Scottsdale Christian Academy
14400 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ  85032
(602) 992-5100
Last modified Scottsdale Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Scottsdale Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 119 reviews. Top