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Faith Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 798 students

An affordable Christian education

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $53,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $870.

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Posted April 19, 2014

Both of my children attend this school. My oldest, now in high school, has been here since Pre-K. The teachers are truly invested in ensuring that the kids get the attention they need. The environment is positive, profanity isn't tolerated, and the kids get a solid foundation. Academically, both of my boys started sounding out words in pre k and reading in kindergarden. The teachers really work with the kids in reading. Many take time to have afternoon individual "helps" sessions where they stay after to help students with questions. My son takes advantage of this all the time;). It isn't and hasn't been perfect, but I love this school! I plan to have both of my kids continue to attend as long as we can afford it!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

My son came here this year after spending a few years at another Christian School in the area. He did well there, but we always felt like outsiders. I transitioned my son here through the summer camp program. I can't say enough good things about this place. This school is a blessing to our family. My son is in 2nd grade and his confidence has soared since the beginning of the year. He has all A's and they work him hard. He is learning so much and becoming a strong boy walking in his Faith. The teachers care about their kids. I LOVE IT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

Both of my sons attend here and I could not be happier. My older son struggles a bit but is not fearful about overcoming it. He enjoys going here. My younger son says he cannot imagine going to public school because he wouldn't be able to pray or talk about God. I have not encountered one teacher that appears unhappy. This is not just a school, but a family. FCA has changed our lives!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

My child spend 5 years in the lower school, after moving to NY a year ago we were told that she would struggle because the standard of education was much higher than in Fl. To the school/teacher surprise she did a tremendous, tremendous job, which must be accredited to the education she received at Faith Christian Academy. No family is perfect and neither is this school, but my child got exactly what she came for: a solid education and a spiritual foundation. Kudos on a job well done FCA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

My daughter is starting 4th Grade and Faith Christian and this is the happiest that we have seen her! We have had her in other Christian schools and also in public school. She has never been this energized about this school! The staff has been exceptionally pleasant and very professional and our daughter loves her teacher! The atmosphere is a perfect match for her. She comes home singing, talks about how much she is learning and has all of her homework completed at school. The school has additional activities after class that she is in. The schools security is the best that we have seen! I wish we had lived in Orlando when she started school and had her at Faith Christian for her previous years! It has been nothing but POSITIVE for her and also for us! Thank you Faith Christian!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

We just started FCA this year and are still getting used to the school. My daughter has not been this excited about learning in many years and comes home every day telling me good things. I love the way they are organized and how they get information out. Behavior not only gets addressed when it is bad but also gets rewarded when it is good. They memorize things by movement / songs and my daughter is really taking to it. I have read many reviews on it all being about money and/or that you have to be friends with someone important for your child to get treated fairly. I have made no such experience. My child is treated wonderful and we do not know anyone in the higher up ranks. As far as tuition goes, if they do not collect the tuition then there is no school. This is a very affordable wonderful school and I feel sad thinking that new families might read this and believe it. FCA is a wonderful place with a nurturing environment. Christ is in the center of it all. We can't wait to see how many wonderful things this year will bring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

Faith Christian Academy has been an exceptional school, church and family for our 5 children. We are so blessed that God led us to this school over 17 years ago. It has been a sacrifice but God has never disappointed our family and neither has FCA. The administration, faculty and pastoral staff have not only become friends through the years but they are a continued blessing beyond graduation. FCA is truly more than just a school, they are a caring, loving, encouraging and holy spirit filled family. There is no other school in our opinion that can compare with not only education but leading the young (and in many cases) their families to the Lord! This is what is truly important! Our children have graduated from FCA and continued on to college because of FCA's foundation of believing in their students and helping their families...... God Bless
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

Faith Christian Academy is an amazing school! Faith Christian has the most well rounded education I have seen.Children are felt loved and cared for. The subject matter is above other schools.The students and parents are told that they are in a partnership with the school. I communicate to my child's teachers through the communication journal. Teachers are aware of specific learning styles. The school also has accelerated learning opportunities for those advanced students. There are honor classes. The school provides amazing fine arts opportunities, Dual enrollment, and advanced placement classes.The facilities are State Of The Art Facilities where you feel loved and supported. The tuition is less than any other school around! I was walking my son into school one day and I overheard a student talking to their friends. They said, Faith is the best school and I couldn't imagine going somewhere else. That was a fifth graders perspective. My fourth grader going into fifth this year was sick for two days and begged me to let him go to school! This was a son who hated school before. Faith Christian is full with a waiting list.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

Faith Christian Academy has a very loving environment. My children love going to school there. They started going when they were 2 at the preschool. It is a second home to them. Their teachers are very caring and go the extra mile to help others. Not only are they learning and getting a wonderful education but they are also growing spiritually and it is awesome to see this in young children who will be our future leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

Not returning next year, at least 3 other families not returning. Kids did well (2 A-honors, 1 AB-honors due to a B earlier in the year) but wonder how much of their grades were buffered. 4th grade teacher (moving to 5th next yr) did not grade all class or homework, just gave credit for completing pages. When I spot checked work to study for tests/quiz, noted daughter had 50% incorrect. Did partial homeschooling in order to get her caught up. Discussed with teacher and principle but nothing happened. Noted favoritism, another child was specifically isolated while 2 other boys were allowed to act wildly and interrupt teacher often. Daughter in 7th received high marks in Pre-Alg but managed to get 68 on final...she said they did practice problems during last 2-3 weeks of school but were not corrected, teacher asked "who needs the answers"...still got an A in class. In 4th grade tests answers are reviewed just before tests are given (seriously!), 5th reviewed the day before, 7th depends on subject day before or just before test. Also, lots of dumb bonus questions given to buffer grade, ie. what is our room number, name of pet, etc. Another family in 4th had same complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

FLOCS, an event where the students can compete in music, math, spelling, etc. I asked band teacher if kids needed to memorize piano pieces, was told no, then at the competition judges deducted points for not memorizing. Teacher should have called to verify since the school participates every year. Then secondary principal gave out schedule for competition, math was at 3:00 p.m. according to that but was actually at 2;00. She blamed the students for not listening to her when she was reviewing the schedule out in the courtyard where it was hard to hear,1, the kids were excited, 2, and the teachers and parents did not hear her either, 3. When parents complained, then she apologized and acknowledged her mistake. So kids were not allowed to complete the exam because they were late. But the results at FLOCS seemed buffered since there were a lot of superiors even though they did poorly....ie, getting out after first round because of a mispelled word. I definitely did not understand their rating system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

if you have a good conection, or relationship with the administrator, or principal, your kid are acceptable, they don't treat all the students equally, Its not a good communication between the students and the teachers, in another words, they have preference with certain students and that's not fair for any other students. They need work in this really strong, because is more of the parents with the same observation. The only good is they teach a religious for our kids, but the public system school work more than a private schools, They need more challenge and work hand to hand with each individual students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

My sons both started at FCA (preschool) at the age of 3. Both have graduated and are now in college. I loved the school so much I began teaching here years ago. Even though my sons have left... I have not. Changes have happened and things are looking even better! I love this place... the pastor, the administration, the staff, the teachers and the students! Come join us if you want to attend the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

My child attended this school for the first four years of education, and I have to say that it seems to me that money is the primary priority for this school. The children are just numbers to the administration, and ever since they began to build that monstrosity at Econ and Curry Ford, that has only worsened. The teachers are wonderful and they do strive to give the kids a quality education (although favoritism runs rampant even in the teachers' circle), but I felt that there was a sincere lack of Christian conduct from the administration. Oh, and forget about the students' code of conduct. If you have a child that likes to terrorize others and you don't want them to be held accountable, then this is the school for you. It was a sad decision to have to uproot my child to make the move to a new private school. I just overall wasn't happy enough to keep my child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2011

My kids attend Faith and have had a super experience. They are encouraged in their faith each day through chapel and teachers. I high recommend this school to anyone who is interested in pursuing academic excellence and spiritual growth for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

I feel that the student is not the first priority for the church, I dont see the budget going to do new things for the kids like new computers on a decent computer or science lab. I agree that they have good human quality but with not resources for a quality and updated education. The school makes money and they cant spend it on the school...Yes the church needs to review their priorities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

My grandaughter attends Faith Christian and receives very good teaching. Good structure.
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Posted April 21, 2009

This is a great private school. My son loves going their. The teachers and administration are wonderful. I feel that my son is safe in that school and is learning alot there. I recommend this school to all my friends and family. I am so blessed to be able to have my son in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

This is a good school considering the price and some of the wonderful teachers but it has lost its spark in the past few years. The books used are old in most classes and under par to Florida standards. Classes are no longer small and administration does not enforce the conduct code. There are teachers who try very hard to bless their students and my children have felt safe and loved over the years. The school 's major problems are the administration and lack of new technology.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

This is more than our school this is our family. The students love one another and look out for each other. I go to work in peace because I know my daughter is safe at this school, you can't put a price on this type of peace of mind we have been at faith 13yrs andit's worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 45% 29%
White 30% 42%
Black 11% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public schools
Local Christian schools
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Univ. of Central Florida
Rolling College
Valencia Community College
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
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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
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Andrew E. Rumbaugh
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • FCCPSA
Fax number
  • (407) 281-3710

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • 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
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
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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
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • FCA is authorized to receive international students and has a homestay program in place. Contact Dr. Rumbaugh at rumbaugha@fcalions.org for more information.
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
200
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
150
Students typically come from these schools
Public schools
Local Christian schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Univ. of Central Florida
Rolling College
Valencia Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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9307 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL 32807
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Phone: (407) 275-8031

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