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Foundation Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 250 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $166,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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Posted August 1, 2014

FCA has been a true blessing to my two children. They have attended the school for four years and will be starting their fifth year this fall. All of the teachers are very compassionate, caring and encourgage each student to reach their potential. I love that the school has small class sizes that enable the teachers to reach each of their students to challenge them and or reinforce needed skills. Teachers are not only spending time working on the student's lessons, but are taking classes and workshops outside of school on their own time to keep up to date. FCA builds up their students in the many daily bible lessons and weekly chapel lessons. The teachers and staff often pray with students and teach them the importance of prayer. Our family had a crisis during the school year and I was very touched at the love and support my children and I received from the entire staff. If you desire a strong academic, loving, compassionate, christian school that will challenge and encourage your child academically, emotionally, and spiritually then Foundation Christian Academy is the answer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2014

Our only regret is that we didn't find Foundation sooner! What a blessing this school has been to our family! Our oldest has participated in several of the sports programs and we are so appreciative of the encouraging Christian coaches. Our younger son enjoys the music program and theater programs. With loving guidance, our children have developed a positive self image that had previously been damaged in a less nurturing environment. FCA has challenged our boys to excel in their academics and extra-curricular interests while building their self confidence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2014

My family has been a part of FCA for many years. Both of my children attended from preschool through 3rd and 6th grade when we had to move them to public school. They excelled in the local public schools both academically and socially thanks to their foundation from FCA. (Their FCAT scores were 4s and 5s and they were placed in honors and gifted programs.) After three years, they both asked to return to FCA becasue they missed the small Christian environment and close relationships between the students and teachers. We were at a point financially that we could make that happen, and we have not regretted our decision for one minute. Both kids will be in the high school this coming year and are so excited for school to begin. My family has been blessed by FCA. My children are so happy there and have made many wonderful friends. What a blessing FCA has been to my family. My children continue to grow academically, socially, and spiritually. Thank you Foundation Christian Academy and High School for being such a fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2014

I am so pleased to have both of my boys be a part of the FCA family. My oldest son just completed his second year in the middle school program and excelled with 5 A's a B and C. He was in public school his whole school life before and never had the level of success that he has found there. His teachers listen and have the time to address individual needs and teach in a way he can grasp the information. That was never case in public school. My youngest son just completed 5th grade. He had the most impressive teacher I have ever met. She took my son who was in public school and hated every minute of it and made him like going to school each day. He is very close to his classmates and has been to several activities so far this summer with them. He never liked school until his last year at FCA. He doesn't even want to discuss join back to public school. My oldest is entering the high school program this year and didn't want to go to public school when given the choice. I am so excited to see what the next year brings. They are learning, excelling both spiritually and intellectually. I can't think of a better place for my kids. Love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

I want to extend a big thanks to you and all of the staff at FCA for the excellent educational foundation you provided for our boys while they attended school there. We have received their FCAT scores from their 1st year of public school ... and they were outstanding! Our 3rd grader received 5's in both of his subjects and our 5th grader received 5's in Math and Science and a 4 in Reading. I didn't realize what an accomplishment this was until speaking to other public school parents who indicated 3 ' s were the average / norm, and what most of their children received. I'm thankful the boys were able to have their 1st 4 years at FCA -- for the head start on education that FCA gave them as well as lessons in good citizenship, and the Christian basis you provided for them. The boys miss FCA and all of their friends there, but have adapted well to public school. I just wanted to share their success with you as all of you at FCA are a big part of that! Thanks!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

My wife and found the previous two posts amusing. We know the "parent" who penned those words. She posted them from different accounts to damage the reputation of the school. Our children have had a phenomenal experience at Foundation. The teachers here are SO accommodating. They care very deeply for the success of EVERY child. This is a Christ-Centered environment. We have been blessed by this school and will make whatever sacrifice we need to call both of our children Foundation Christian Academy graduates! There are no bullies here. Both of us are active volunteers. We know ALL of our children's teachers by name (and they know us by name as well). Neither of us have experienced any of the issues listed previously. God bless you for looking for a great Christian school in this area. My personal opinion is that you will not find a better one than FCA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2014

STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL. This school has been the worst schooling mistake I have ever made for my child. There are so many problems with this school, all the teachers there are NOT qualified to be teaching. I couldn't believe how unprofessional this school truly is. Teachers there are very sarcastic , mock students , get angry when asked questions , bully , inattentive and do not communicate well with parents. This school claims to have a safe and christian environment , which is not a true statement. Bullying is a problem at this school, students and teachers there are both guilty of it. Staff and teachers play favorites unimaginably. Administration does not deal with these issues as they should. STAY AWAY from the middle and high school program. It never failed to disappoint me this year . It was a complete waste of my 6,500$ .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2014

Terrible school. High school, middle school and elementary school programs are extremely unprofessional. Teachers there do not have teaching degrees , there are only hired because they are members of the church that the school is affiliated with !!! Because of this school's lack and of enrollment and smallness , they get away with these unorthodox and unprofessional issues. If you want your child to succeed DO NOT send them here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

My school is a great small community where my child can thrive in all areas. Academically socially and spiritually! I love the warm family atmosphere and how accessible the staff is at any time with any concern! I also love that my child gets opportunities that she may not otherwise get in a large school. FCA has been a blessing to our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2014

We have been very impressed. As a family new to the area, this school was recommended by a neighbor. With 3 children, we were happy that FCA was able to meet the needs of all our children. We have loved every teacher. Staff is friendly and helpful. We plan to attend through high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2014

My 2 children have attended 1st and 2nd grade, and preschool and Kindergarten (respectively) at FCA. We initially were interested in FCA because of the core Christian values and as a safe alternative to public school. As a mom with an education background, I wanted to continue homeschooling, but due to finances, could not. My expectations have been exceeded! The school worked out a great preschool schedule for my daughter last year, and the first grade teacher was excellent with my reluctant-to-write son. Now, as he finishes second grade, I am proud of the accomplishments and strides he has made. He is excited to go to school and I love that the most! My daughter has thrived in kindergarten and is looking forward to first. I am proud that she is writing and reading so well. FCA has been such a huge blessing to us!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2014

Our children love FCA! We love the teachers! We love the administration! It's a financial commitment but we have made it a priority for all our children to graduate from FCHS. You can't put a price on the peace of mind that comes from having your children in such a loving environment with solid academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

My experience with enrollment with Foundation Christian Academy was less than Excellence that they pride themselves to be. This school seemed to be the perfect fit for a child with learning disabilities with small class sizes and a cozy small environment. Our experience during the application process was very unprofessional and lasted for almost two weeks with no communication or returned emails within Administration. Unfortunately, after observing this lack of detail to our family, and zero follow through we pulled our application. To date, not one person in Administration has called to inquire why we did not complete our application process. That speaks volumes to us as parents, and displays a lack of attention to detail within their staff. This school did not seem to have any teachers on staff with a ESE background for support, nor the facilities to accommodate a child with learning disabilities. Although the experience at the time was disheartening and frustrating, it was a blessing in disguise for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

Our daughter attends Foundations Christian Academy in Davie, and she loves it! FCA offers a nurturing environment with a balanced academic curriculum. Its great to be able to leave our child and go to work with a peace of mind that our 3 year old daughter is in great hands, and is being cared for in a loving Christian environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2013

I'm so in love with everything at FCA! Classes have always been challenging & creative & keep getting better. They have music, art, & PE. I volunteer lots & know everyone.Teachers are friendly to parents,students & each other & love their job! The principal is very involved. I see her visiting classrooms & getting to know students. She is very loving & hugs on the kids. She has a kind, Christian demeanor. I've seen her be lovingly, firm when appropriate with students & even with an obnoxious parent that was trying to bully other parents to volunteer for things she wanted & a disorganized parent that wanted to be in control. The principal cleverly restructured the PTF in a manner that allowed more parents to volunteer & have leadership roles. My kids don't play sports but I have gone to watch a few of the games. I have seen the principals, teachers, office staff & custodians at games. They cheer on the kids by name. I don't have children in middle or high school but I will next year. I've gotten to know & really like those teachers. They care about the decisions the students make outside of school & take time to get to know them & ask about their lives. My kids are happy! So am I!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

My children attended this school for elementary. Overall, I have been dissatisfied with the quality of education my kids have received. The staff turnover is very high. Although the tuition is competitive with the other private schools in the area, there is a shortage of money coming in to fund extracurricular activities, supplies for the classroom, teacher salaries. The principals lack the experience and knowledge necessary to effectively run a school. They presented themselves as very unprofessional. The parent association was dismantled a few years ago by the principal. I have never heard of a school not having a parent run association before. Although this is a newer school with fewer students we were hopeful it would grow enough to allow our kids to attend middle and high school. This has not been the case. Every year a large number of students do not return. That speaks volumes about the overall satisfaction of parents. The sports programs were a huge disappointment. This school relies solely on parent volunteers to coach games during the work day. If no one volunteers for the job they will cancel. The principals and teachers never attended any of the games.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2012

Teachers, staff and administrators all seem constantly overwhelmed with their duties. Very much looks like they are under staffed in every area. Classes are geared towards the slowest children. Not much in the way of extracurricular activities. No good policy on identifying and managing bulling behaviors which we see is an issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

Our child went to 3k and 4k at FCA and we adored the teachers and staff. We struggled with moving our child to public school for Kindergarten but the tution was more than we could afford for the long term and we did not want to move her in and out of schools. If not for tution we would continue to attend FCA. I would recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

My children have attended FCA for many years. Although the tuition is fair compared to most places, it has been a financial struggle for my family. If there's one thing I could say about this school, they love the children. I have seen the principal sitting in the sick room caring for an ill child. Every teacher we have had has bent over backwards to help my children. I know that everyone is busy but they still always take time to make me feel welcome in the school. We will make the financial sacriice for as long as we are able. They do accept Step Up Scholarship now but that wasn't an option when we enrolled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

I have have had 2 children here. One is in her 3rd year and the other was there for 4 years. Overall I have been happy. I agree with another comment about the office staff mostly being unfriendly though.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 42%
Hispanic 19% 29%
Black 3% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
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  • Computer lab
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  • Science lab

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  • Graphics
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  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

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Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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  • Community college courses
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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 3:00 p.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Sherri Smith
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Associations
  • AdvancEd
  • National Association of Christian Schools
Fax number
  • (813) 655-4780

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  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Virtual school
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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
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  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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  • Summer college prep programs
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  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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  • Cross country
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  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

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  • Painting
  • Photography
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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Drama
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
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  • Foundation Christian Academy and Foundation Christian High School are fully accredited Christian educational institutions. It has been our mission to provide a quality, personalized option for families seeking academic rigor within a Christian, values-based environment.
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3955 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Valrico, FL 33596
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Phone: (813) 654-2969

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