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Valrico, FL
Students enrolled: 250
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3955 Lithia Pinecrest Road
Valrico, FL 33596

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(813) 654-2969
(813) 655-4780
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September 29, 2014
This school is amazing. I have a two children attending for the first time this year and we are beyond thrilled to be a part of FCA. The teachers are all so professional and inviting. The office staff is friendly and super helpful. The principals for both high school and elementary are outstanding and very approachable. This school has by far exceeded my expectations. They offer a variety of sports and extracurricular activities and the campus is beautiful. I would recommend any parent looking for a strong Christian foundation and an outstanding education to take a look at FCA. They are so worth it.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 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
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
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
July 03, 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
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
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
June 01, 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
June 01, 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
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
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
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
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
November 05, 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
September 05, 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
February 09, 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
August 03, 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
July 07, 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
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
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
April 04, 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
June 27, 2011
Most of the teachers at FCA are caring and loving. Administration stuff are less friendly. School campus and buildings are nice and clean. Academy level are average at the best, ask about their SAT scores, then you'll have an idea. Not much home work for most of the classes. Tuition is reasonable.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
My children and I absolutely loved FCA. I was an aide and a teacher there, so I got to see things from "both sides of the fence". My children have attended 4 other schools from our various moves and FCA exceeds them all. The class sizes are great and the teachers and staff do an outstanding job. The best thing about FCA is that God is at the center of school! By attending FCA, your children will grow both academically and spiritually.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2010
We have had our child at FCA for 2 years now, 3K and 4K. Absolutely nothing bad to say about this school and the teachers. The numbers in the classroom are small and the teachers are very hands on! We are always greeted with a smile, and our child is excited to go everyday! It is a private school, so obviously, not free. I wish it were though, because we would continue there! Super clean, challanging for students, and personal attention. The best thing, God is allowed and encouraged!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2009
Do your homework before enrolling your kindergarten student in this school. Check the credentials of the teacher, sit in on a class for a day ask for a list of the class rules, what the discipline policies are and the forms of discipline.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
I just started my daughter here and already we both love it. It's nice, clean, staff are very helpful, curteous, and nice. I like the fact that they also offer spanish as well as the usual PE, art, and music. I believe that the kids will get a better educcation from a school who likes to have involved parents rather than a school that doesn't care to encourage it. I also like the fact that my daughter will be learning more about God and the bible. I believe that is very important as well. All in all, I believe that FCA is worth it!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2009
I switched my daughter to FCA in the middle of the school year last year. I went to the school for a tour just out of curiosity. By the time I left the tour, I knew that was the best place for her to be. The principal and teachers were amazing! The small class size is ideal and the education is above average. Let's not forget about the positive christian enviroment. My daughter cannot wait for school to start. What a great feeling!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2008
Everything about this school is TOP NOTCH. Here, you do not have to worry about what your child is exposed to at school. The teachers are top notch, and the same curriculum is used that other schools charge 3x the tuition.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2008
I really love my school. All the teachers actually care and pay attention to every need of my classmates and I. Everyone is great, and everyone always gives a helping hand and loads of encouragement. I can always turn to my teachers, classmates, or one of the other students parents for help. Even if it's not where I live FCA is definately my home and the best school I've ever been to.

- submitted by a student
August 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 23, 2007
Our son transferred to FCA last year after struggleing with health issues for 5 months at his public school. The staff, from the front office to each teacher welcomed him with open arms, encouragement and love. His health continued to deteriorate for several more months. The school supported us and him in our quest to get him healthy. They worked with us acedemically as well as physically. Their only concern was for his well being, not about the school he was missing. After working for the public schools for 11 years and having two older children go through the public schools, there is no comparison to the acedemics each child recieves here as well as the many extras afforded them by being in a physiclaly healthy environment, an emotionally supportive atmosphere where morals and values are being instilled in each child. What a wonderful place for a child to be!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
This school is an amazing blessing. The staff are beyond courteous and caring and the curriculum is on point. My child loves it at this school! We are moving out of state and one of the things I will miss the most is this school. If you are interested in a school where your child is safe to learn, cared for by the teachers, surrounded by God's word, and is excited to go to school every morning check out FCA!

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2006
Academic programs offered at FCA are average to above average. The school offers band for gr. 4-8, chorus, and one sports activity per quarter. No gym facilities built yet, not allowing home game advantage though. Parent involvement is always encouraged and greatly appreciated and the teachers offer a very caring learning environment. A new top notch building only adds to its appeal. Children learning in a caring environment. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
My two children have been enrolled at Foundation for three years. I am so happy with every aspect of the school, but the people are what make this a truly happy place for my kids. Parents are encouraged to spend as much time as they may like helping in the classroom or elsewhere on the new, beautiful, four building campus. The classes are small, and coupled with a low student count school wide, it makes for a family/community like atmosphere where every one knows and cares for each other, and their children.

- submitted by a parent
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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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Foundation Christian Academy
3955 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Valrico, FL  33596
(813) 654-2969
Last modified Foundation Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Foundation Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top