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Scottsdale Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 850 students

Our school is best known for a solid Christian education.
 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $98,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $800.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 16 ratings
2011:
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Posted February 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted November 3, 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.


Posted September 6, 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


Posted September 5, 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


Posted September 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted March 2, 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.


Posted 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


Posted September 6, 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


Posted September 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted July 2, 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


Posted July 2, 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


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College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public
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Homeschooled
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 98% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Sean F. Greene
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (602) 992-0575

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Spiritline
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parent Teacher Fellowship
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Charter
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 98%
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14400 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Phone: (602) 992-5100

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