My perspective comes from being (1) a specialist who has worked in public, private and charter schools all over Leon County for over twenty years, and (2) the aunt to children who have attended NFC from preschool through middle/high school. I base my opinion on first hand knowledge of at least half of the public schools in Leon County, and here is what I know to be true: If I had a child, I would enroll my child at NFC. Public schools are now driven by the FCAT, the teacher's union is insuring that horrible teachers still have jobs, and God has been expelled. You cannot escape this truth regardless of where you go in the public schools. I see there are some parents who have issues with NFC on this site and their experiences may be 100% true. However, I'd like to offer a word of caution: the grass definitely is not greener elsewhere. There are good public schools with good teachers in Leon County, but the secular, progressive environment in which political correctness has run completely amuck and the Union keeps horrible teachers in classrooms is not the environment I would want my child in 196 days of the year. I would suggest staying at NFC and working to improve things there.
I attended NFCS from second grade until I graduated high school. I loved it. The teachers actually take the time to get to know you on a personal level and enjoy being in the class room. The academics are good, but I think they changed the curriculum since I went there. Your fellow peers are like your family and I am still in contact with a lot of people I graduated with or were younger than me. The chapel services are great. My favorite time of the year was during student revival, which is when I asked God to save me. The sports were great when I went there and the athletes had to actually earn their grades in order to play. All in all this school is great and I would send my kids there.
The leadership at NFCS is profoundly serious about providing a differentiating school environment. The school's ties to what was once Temple Baptist Church yield a strong community base that actively embraces the total school community of parents. One visit to a Friday night football game on campus will reveal how much families are committed to the school community. Parents from K-12 are engaged with one another... it is uplifting.
I have had a child graduate from here and had to hire tutors to catch him up for college. I have a younger student that I withdrew last year. The elementary used to be great. The new curriculum is sub-standard, the teachers overburdened and unsupported. Moral is very low. Money seems to be spent on refurbishing office space rather than in the classrooms. It's slowly becoming impossible to get into the school, let alone talk to administration or teachers. This used to be much easier! My child learned next to nothing last year. I know others with middle/high schoolers who are not returning for the same reasons. We feel that we wasted our money. The high school is cramming 30+ students in some classes and warehousing others in classrooms where they just put them on computers taking Florida Virtual School classes because they don't have the teachers for real classes. I could do that at home for FREE! The observation someone else made about sports is right on. I know of teachers who were let go to make room for a coach they wanted (they needed space for his wife to teach). As far as manners? The high school boys are RUDE, even to teachers, and get away with it if they play sports!
I have to completely disagree with the person who posted that the academics come second here. We have a child who is very involved in sports at NFC and we have never felt that the school put them before the academics. We have a junior who is in public high school here in Tallahassee, so we definitely have something to compare NFC to. He too would attend NFC, but they do not have a soccer program. Not only is the school excellent, but I have yet to walk into any other school where the young gentlemen are holding the doors for the ladies and where ALL of the children are expected to respect adults as well as one another. The teachers genuinely care about their students. We do not attend the church there nor has our daughter ever been asked to or even asked where she does attend church. I attended NFC for 3 years in the 80's and it is a very different school now. It was a great school then, but their were strict rules compared to today. I think a lot of people judge the school on what they have heard and not from experience. We are extremely pleased with the education. If you want a very safe, academically challenging and Christian education for your children, then this is the place.
This school is run by and for the sports programs. It has been since I graduated there in the 80's. The academics come second here. Many of the teachers are just coaches and their wives randomly placed in teaching positions where they have little to no passion or expertise. The leadership of the school lacks any accountability. They made the decision long ago to steer the school in this direction. I tried to dend my kids here because we wanted a Christian based education but the school seems to be Christian only in name. We sadly had to withdraw our kids because the academics became a joke in middle school. The boys also dramatically outnumber girls in high school because of the athletic focus. Most of these boys have been held back a grade for sports purposes as well so your daughter can be surrounded by overage wannabe football stars.
I went to this school for eight years. At least three of those years it was a miserable experience... IF you aren't Baptist, you're treated like a second class student. Teachers are required to attend North Florida Baptist Church, and chapel sessions are constant and obnoxious. While at this school, a terrible rumor was started about me, and the administration not only didn't do anything to stop it, I caught one of my teachers gossiping to students about me. On top of this, I know many other families in similar situations. I would not ever send my child here and am very glad that I was pulled out of this school when I was.
My children attend NFC and we absolutely love it. The teachers have been outstanding and I have been so impressed with what they have learned and the opportunities they have had. The choir and the drama team and the summer sports camps are awesome. I love that homework is only given on certain days so that we can enjoy the other nights.Because reading outloud is so encouraged they are excellent readers. The Christ centered curriculum is wonderful. The kids enjoy learning the Bible stories and memorizing God's word. In a world of declining morals it is so nice to hear such sweet words coming from your child.
Its interesting to read these reviews. I have two children that attended NFC for 12 plus years and a third one finishing now. They attend due to the fact that subject matter is taught from a Christ centered perspective and not a secular world view. They also do well to train students in most areas and 98% of their students attend colleges of all types (I don't think there would be much of aneed to teach shop, Lively Vocational may be a good alternative for those students( Students can dual enroll at TCC and they even send college instructors to campus for some classes like college English/Alg. The school has had 5-6 top graduates in the past several years to be appointed to West Point which says alot for its academic training and student work ethic. Sports is superb and the drama productions from elem to hs are excellent.
I attended NFC from 5K until the middle of my 11th Grade year. The elementary school is far superior in teaching quality than the public schools around, and you will find the children at this school have a better knowledge of the basics than those in public schools. Once you get to high school though the opportunities start to diminish. The school doesn't have any mechanical classes such as shop and the high school tends to form into very tight cliques. The athletic program is superb, however, the school could use more extracurricular programs. I think you would be very wise to put your children into this school until they reach high school age. Once they reach high school age they would do better to be in a public school. Most of their students end up going on to community college or a private christian college.
As a parent with two teens who have attended NFC for four years, the administration has made huge strides in increasing the academic standards each year. I am very pleased with NFC's committment to quality education. Unlike others who have posted comments, I do not resent the emphasis placed on the Bible, but rather embrace it. Teaching the Bible and it's values is a core purpose of a Christian school. It is not NFC's job to offer every program that the public school system does but instead offer an alternative to the degradation of morals and standards of the public system. NFC does this with a staff of qualified teachers who choose to devote their lives to Christ at a sacrifice to themselves and their families economically. On a secondary note, their sports program is second to none, they offer marching and concert band, drama, choral, JROTC, and several clubs.
I am a student at NFC and I would have to say I am not impressed the slightest. The teachers are often sub-standard and the administration has no idea what they are doing. Often, Religion gets in the way of the academics and there are not many EC activities. There are no career minded classes (shop,auto,journalism,Etc.)The class size compared to a school such as Chiles or Lincoln is about the same and in some classes more then a public school. Recently while a teacher was out for a week, the substitute taught me more then the teacher did. With my experience at NFC I would not recommend this school. Spend the 4 grand a year on their college career.
I think the academics in this school left a lot to be desired. my son graduated there last year and we were disappointed that we spent the money to attend there. the only thing they taught was the bible. I wanted him to go to a christian school but to also get an education not only bible. Not a school for non-baptists.
I have three kids at NFC and number four starting this year. My wife and I are very pleased with the academics, the teachers, and the character training. Parent involvement is of course very high.
I have a child who is in elementary school. I am very pleased with the quality of academics at the elementary level. I have an older child who went to a public school until 6th grade and I there is a huge difference in the academics. There isn't many sports activities besides PE in the elementary grades. Parents are always welcome to help out in the classroom or go on field trips.
This is my daugter's first year there in 5-K. I have been very please with her progress, parent involvement, and the quality of her teacher.
Our son is starting the 5th grade this year at NFCS and had been attending since 4K. We are very pleased with the professional education he receives but most importantly, the Christian morals that are being instilled into his life which is such a vital part of his future. I thank God for such a wonderful school with caring, Christian leadership in our community.
My daughter has attended NFC since 4K and I love the structured environment of the classrooms. However, I must say that I am very disappointed with the the dress code issues and the fact that there doesn't seem to be any exposure to culture diversity in the learning setting, expecially looking at the diverse student popluation. I was surprised that nothing in the curriculm focused on Black History Month!
Wonderful school! The teachers are great, the students are extremely well-behaved, and the curriculum is outstanding!
I have two kids at nfc. One has been there for five years and the other one for two and have nothing but good things to say about them.
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