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.
I don't care for the new administration. They are sometimes unresponsive and sometimes confrontational. I did not want my kid in a military school, nor do I want to be treated like my opinion and input is going against Christ's teachings or commandments. While it is true that Scripture is inerrant, it seems as though the attitude of the administration is "I agree with scripture, therefore I am inerrant." Who wants to be treated like that? Still like the elem. Still like the music program. Other than that...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent atmosphere for elementary students. Just lost a great Superintendent, but we are prayerful for the future of SCA.
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.
I agree. Academics do not meet state standards, nor a selective college curriculum. Sports are essential, but SCA emphasizes sports without other academic clubs. A great deal of teacher turnover. Political connections are important, much like the secular world.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Ridiculous amount of emails coming throughout the year to solicit money!! I must have gotten over 50 this year from the adminsitration's MANY fund-raising efforts. Even more annoying are parents and teachers who get your email address and start sending you their own personal fund raising efforts outside of school events. Constatnly asking for money everywhere you turn!! SO glad school is over so my email inbox can rest!!
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