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First Baptist Christian Academy

Private | PK-8 | 148 students


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Posted February 26, 2013

My children both love First Baptist. The sense of community and love that my children receive is wonderful. Not only are they receiving an excellent education, they are learning about Christ, and how to live a life more centered on Him. The new principal is great, and we're very happy with all of the teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 21, 2013

I am very happy with First Baptist Christian Academy. My son is in the sixth grade and has attended since pre-school. The new Principal is fantastic and bringing so much more to the school. This school year he has added sports programs to include: volleyball and basketball, accelerated reading program, math competitiions, and a lego team that won the Core Values Trophy for Regionals. I am very happy with First Baptist.
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Posted March 29, 2012

I chose First Baptist for both of my children because I had heard horror stories from other parents about their experiences with public schools, and I was appalled at the things that children are learning in school today! I wanted my girls to get a clear picture of right and wrong, to have a strong moral compass, and not grow up too fast. I have found that and more at First Baptist. Not only are my children learning great values, they are getting an excellent education. The curriculum, teachers, and administration are amazing, and I am so glad I chose First Baptist. The students have monthly field trips to really great places like Apple Annie's, Coronado National Monument, and even to the ballet! The tuition is high, but there are a lot of scholarships available if you just take the time to find them (Google it!). It has been worth every penny, and I will definitely keep my children here as long as possible.
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Posted January 30, 2012

My children have attended this school since they were both three years of age. I loved the atmosphere, what they are learning and all the positive people walking the halls. I feel that my children have surpassed what the public schools would be teaching them. I have never had any problems that the school office has not resolved. My children will continue to attend here until they go to High School; I wish they continued through 12th grade.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2012

It is the best school in Sierra Vista, the teachers are so professional, they always treat our kids with dignity and respect. My son has been at the school since 2004 and I would not want him to go any another school. The tuition is affordable, and they have different payment plans and programs to help the parents to enroll their kids into the school. If you are just moving to town, check them out, I know you won't be disappointed . It is a christian school but it does not matter what religion or denomination you belong to, they just teach about the bible and God, without trying to change your kid religion . The curriculum is excellent and they have P.E. music, spanish and art classes. They just started a new program for working parents that have the need to enroll their kids in after care, where they help the kids to have their homework done at school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 4, 2011

As a parent of a child in the kindergarten class at First Baptist and a friend that has her child in the kindergarten class at Coronado Elementary, there is absolutely no comparison in the yearly teaching curriculum. The "best" public elementary school is not even close to what the kids are being taught in First Baptist Christian Academy. First Baptist is very dedicated in advanced teaching in all grade levels but your child needs to always be at an advanced level. This is a wonderful school for highly motivated children and parents.

Posted February 4, 2011

Tuition is required and no milk is served. Yohgurt & pudding come back unopened. Adressed concerns are taken as an insult & you are shunned.There is NO survey at the end of the year to inquire about improvement. Learning Christianity needs to be reinforced when one student is cruel to another or when children/grandchildren are allowed to be in their Mother/Grandma's class. It is a "conflict of interest" As is when a teacher Hand picks her class. ALL classes should be balanced with EQUAL amounts of racially diverse students. EVERY parent wants to see their child in the Christmas program!! Ensuring that & NOT putting your Grandaughter and other favorites in the front row despite them being taller than most of the kids is one PRIME example of how everyone isn't treated fairly here. I'm guessing if FBCA happens to read this--They will not allow cameras in for the future plays. That is how they passively/aggressively seem handle things like this.They want things their way & their is NO negotiation.The playground & building are old. Their is no gymnasium or sports. The uppity "attitude" is quite humorous&doesn't = the quality of the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 7, 2011

Like the previous reviewer, I have mixed feelings about the school. The teachers are wonderful. The academics are more advanced than the local schools in the area, particularly in the younger grades. However, based on my own experience, I question their leadership integrity. After being highly invested for many years, we no longer felt that the value was worth the expense. Coming from a previous Christian school that truly put Christ at the center, this one paled by comparison. As a previous reviewer stated, I, too, am not asking the school to usurp the spiritual training of my children, but to partner with me. However, the sense of partnership and community is not there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 21, 2010

I have very mixed feelings about this school. Most of the teachers are good, but the administration is terrible. The principal does not seem to know the first thing about dealing with children. In addition, she is completely unwilling to work with you on any issues that may arise and does not offer support or encouragement. In a military town, there is zero support for the military child. I have yet to figure out where all of my money goes since there are no sports programs, band, or student activities. The school has gone WAY downhill since we started two years ago. That being said, the teachers are pretty good and the academics are more advanced than the public schools. I however, no longer think the slight academic advantage is worth the rest of the baloney you have to deal with at this school.
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Posted September 2, 2010

A well run school, I am pleased with FBCA. Staff, parents and the overall feel around this wonderful school is positive, professional, and my child is learning leaps and bounds in a warm, fun, family friendly and christian environment.
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Posted May 14, 2010

If the leadership of this school has a problem with you or your kids, rather than try and find a solution, they tell you to withdraw your kids with no notice at all, and that they don't have to tell you why. This resulted in much damage done to the emotional state of my children. I would think twice, no three times before sending a child to this place.
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Posted February 15, 2009

My son went to school from 5th-8th grade. He now attends Buena High School. He is well adjusted and has been put in honors classes where he has excelled. I can't say enough about Mr. and Mrs. Davenport who prepared him academically and spiritually for high school. He also had a wonderful teacher who was fun loving and kind, who is no longer on staff. It is expensive for our area but worth every penny!
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Posted February 13, 2009

My family's experience has been great. We have moved a great deal and have experienced schools both good and at best mediocre. We have been impressed with FBCA. The support of the teachers seems genuine. We appreciate the uniforms and the help the school provides in acquiring them. The standards are high at this school and the curriculum is challenging. The test scores for the school were one of the reasons we chose FBCA. As far as the earlier review concerning the church's re-model, I'm glad they did it. It looks great and I hope they can keep it looking great with all the kids walking through the hallways. As far as spirituality, I'm not asking for the school to replace me or my church. I wanted a safe, academically challenging, and affordable private school for my family. FBCA is the place plus lunch is not bad for the cost.
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Posted April 29, 2008

My son had gone to this school from the first grade to the 5th grade. In the 5th grade is when the problems started.From day one he was not up to academic standers. The teacher was not going to work with us ! Had meetings with all members of the school but was told after almost 5 years of paying for school that my son was not up to the standers and we were told to send him to a different school where it would be better for him! This was the only scool he had attended, so who is at fault for him not being up to academic standers?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2007

My kids are happy, now, after a very rough start. (Lots of un-written rules we didn't know.) Very happy with the teachers, but find the environment overall somewhat oppressive and lacking in sense of community and spirituality. (Very much works, not grace.) But, my kids will know lots which is worth the moola considering the lack of choices in sv. Like the christ-centered curriculum. Detest the uniforms. Lots of rote prayer and not teaching kids to pray. There's a difference. Church leadership seems more focused on their re-model preservation than the kids. Love the teachers which is why we stay. Skip the hot lunch, it's nasty.
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Posted March 28, 2006

My child attends this preschool (3yrs old x 5 days plus extnded care). He attends Chapel 1x a week and Spanish class 1x a week. This school seems to try to accomodate parents and their needs. My child has learned to say prayers before every meal and does so w/o hesiatation or shame. The expense of this school will preclude your child hanging out with rifraf and low life.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 4, 2004

My child has attended this school from preschool through 3rd grade. It provides superior academics grounded in solid principles of faith. Class size is small, and the faculty provides an environment of love and caring.
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Posted August 18, 2004

First Baptist was a great school for me. I was well prepared for the local high school and a m now of to U of A for a BA in MCB/science. I will definetly recomend this school to you for great moral and social development
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 3%
Black 11% 5%
Hispanic 11% 43%
Two or more races 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1447 South 7th Street
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
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