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The King's Academy

Private | PK-12 | 1157 students

TKA is nationally-recognized for excellence in academics, fine arts & athletic

 

Living in West Palm Beach

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $97,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,270.

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2013:
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Posted October 9, 2014

My children have attended TKA since age 4 and are in 10th and 8th grade. We love The King's Academy! Two years ago, my family left South Florida for a one-year sabbatical RV trip to every state in the country. After our trip, we could have moved anywhere in the USA, but we decided to return to West Palm Beach primarily so that our children could attend The King's Academy again. Our children score in the 99th and 98th percentile on standardized testing thanks to TKA's rigorous academics and participate in championship-winning teams (soccer and lacrosse) and amazing Broadway-style fine arts productions. My daughter enjoys the full dance program and the acting and vocal training she receives. My kids are given sound Biblical training and have earned class leadership opportunities too. I am thankful for the well-rounded education that my children receive every day, and I cannot imagine them attending anywhere else. You really should visit the school to see what it could offer your student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2014

We have had too many issues from year to year. Think twice about sending your children to Kings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2014

Coming from a student (upcoming sophomore) this school honestly was TERRIBLE. Id rather take my own life then attend at kings again. Never have I ever felt more isolated at a school and i previously came from public school. Favoritism is shown a lot at kings, theres a lot of cliques, and bullying as well. The students are repulsive, snobby& arrogant.


Posted June 5, 2014

Agree with all the previous comments regarding favortism shown if you are a large donor. This school should consider making steps to change it's current reputation. There are some great teachers, coaches, and families at this school but make no mistake your money in the form of donations will buy you exceptions to the code of conduct provided by the administration.


Posted June 1, 2014

Despite all prior comments, The King's Academy is a very challenging high school, if you want it to be. Take all AP and honors classes, and get as far ahead as possible, and you will get a rigorous, challenging education. Some departments (math, for example) are behind in curriculum, but if you want to get ahead, it is very possible (online, doubling up courses). My opinion is that the more you put into your education, the more you can get out. The end result is a rigorous, indefatigable homework load and vast opportunities. This school is no less difficult than many competitor schools, such as Suncoast. However, difficulty varies with the teachers. Some teachers assign an impossible quantity of homework and endless tests, and some teachers hardly care. Many of these teachers are leaving this year. Rarely do students get much sleep, and I, personally, have had to quit all extra-curricular activities. It IS, and CAN BE, a very difficult school!!


Posted May 29, 2014

I have 4 kids at Kings and we love it. The education is great. The teachers and administration is great. They do have a strict code of conduct that is enforced no matter who you are. The college acceptance rate for Kings graduated is very high, including Ivy league. Students and parents do agree to a code of conduct for behavior outside of school. If you want your child to receive a great education then I highly recommend The Kings Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2014

I would not recommend this school. My child has attended this school since middle school. We came from another private school and I would say I should have kept my child at the old school. The teachers seem tired and uncaring. There have been a few great teachers but they are few and far between. The majority seem as though they do not care and do not go to any extra effort to help your child. The other reviews are correct - this is not truly a christian evironment unless you are a large donor. Then you will be treated very well and your child will be given every benefit of the doubt and the school will bend over backwards for you. If you cannot donate large sums of money - do not send your child here. If they are invovled in any type of problem invovling a large donor's child - they will always come out on the short end of the deal. At this school Christ is not King - the large donors are. lastly, my child's academic and learning have not kept pace with what they were learning at the old school - particularly in the Math and writing areas. Do yourself a favor and send your child to a school where they will be treated in a fair and equitable fashion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

The King's Academy provides an excellent academic education. The classes are difficult and most teachers are well-educated and suitable to teach their classes. The advanced classes are difficult and comparable to out her "difficult" schools in the region. Students could most likely pass with C's with no effort, but it takes much effort to earn solid A's. I study up to twelve hours each night, seven days each week. I have all A+'s. However, this is the only positive aspect in the school. The administrators are harsh and unfair, there is much bias towards the lower social class of society. I would recommend this school for those who are willing to work diligently.


Posted April 19, 2014

I have been a student at the kings academy since 6th grade and am currently at the end if my junior year. It was pretty good for middle school considering I already had friends from church that went there and I was pretty oblivious to the reality if how the kings academy works. Honestly it is amazing how accurate every single negative review is. They say TKA is where Christ is king but the reality of the matter is it is where money is king. There are 3 teachers I have really loved in my 6 years at kings so far and all of them are leaving next year. The politics are ridiculous. This past year I was involved in several situations where a teacher or administrator was being unfair and I went to the principal to try and stand up for myself and be treated fairly. Complete waste if my time. If you are going to send your child to kings I suggest not contesting ANYTHING!!! Unless of course you work at the school or donate money... Then you're fine. I am strongly considering going to Lake Worth Christian for my senior year!


Posted March 24, 2014

I've been attending the school since freshman year. The parents/students will either love or hate it here. If you are a donor, the school will look the other way when your child makes a mistake. If your child makes a mistake, and you're not a donor, the school sometimes goes to the extreme. Instead of working with students or giving them a 2nd chance, they may just expel him/her. Boys can get detention for not wearing belts and having long hair. Girls can get a detention for having a skirt that is a few inches above their knee. Often students get severely penalized for what they do outside of school. The math department is a weak point. The tuition is also very expensive. On the positive side, I will say that the school has nice facilities, a nice big campus, decent sport programs, and an excellent fine arts program. The faculty is a mix of good and bad. Some of the teachers are very sweet, while some others just seem miserable. Many students are kind, but there are many that start drama. Then the front office gets involved, which leads to expulsion or some form of punishment. There are pros and cons about the school, but I think a few front office changes would benefit the school.


Posted February 27, 2014

I do not recommend this school, it is full of drama with classmates and parents. Many of the staff do not practice what they preach. Bulling between students does happen. If you are one of those families that donates a lot, your child can do no wrong. unfortunately the kids are not the only bullies at this beautiful campus. "Don't trust a book by its cover".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

My kids love the school. They have been attending since JK and now one just started high school. We are not wealthy and have worked extra job so our kids can go to school there. What we have seen is that each of our kids has different strengths and weaknesses. While one enjoys sports the other enjoys the music and arts programs. The school may not be right for every family, but it offers a fantastic student and family life. We love that the parents and families are involved with their children and the school activities. It is a healthy and challenging environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

My child has been at this school for 3 years now. I have to say Kindergarten was the worst year. Teachers who claim to be Christian discipline to the point of degrading and hurting self esteem. Like a lot of the comments previously given if you are a big donor your child might be shown some grace but my child was harshly treated as I watched other 5 year old cutie pies being treated the same. Whatever you do make sure your child knows how important it is to go up a slide the right way. The teachers in first and second were amazing and loving but the atmosphere is very stale and The school is very clicky with the parents which in my opinion is just not the Christian environment I was hoping for my child. I have to think if the parents are this way will their children be? I worry about my child being trained up in this school. Our family is very Christian and accepting of others. My fear here is my child will grow to be judge mental and judging is for God only. The campus is beautiful which is what leads to your enrollment but the staff has too much power over the disciplining of our children and we are constantly asked for money. 3rd grade classroom has about 25 students to 1 teach
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

My child currently attends The King's Academy. I personally do not recommend this school. They are literally being kept in a bubble as far as education goes. Some kids might be book smart but it is almost as if they are being kept from the outside world. I do not want my children to be in shock when they graduate and go off to college, finding out not everybody in this world is a Christian.Christianity is being shoved down their throats and my child is drifting away from Christianity because of it. What they say is law and they are not allowed to learn about anything else. The administration and staff say they are all Christians but they are not. Their attitude towards the kids and the parents is just ridiculous. The coaches for sports do not put up with some kids and do not try to work with them and help them, this most definitely goes for the teachers as well, never encouraging or really caring for the students only the money. Don't waste your money.It took me 10 years to realize they are literally sucking the money right from my pockets while I've been thinking it's all worth it, it is not. Your child could have a much better education and a healthier environment to learn in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2013

As a parent, I was disappointed with the legalistic spirit in the school. My son's faith actually declined by being at Kings. The word grace does not exist with the principle or the head of discipline. They do not look into a child's heart. But choose to play God. The damage has been detrimental but we are praying for the school and trusting God. Needless to say I chose to remove him in the middle of the year. The leaders in the school are not open to any healthy criticism. They chose to put their head in the sand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2013

I am currently a student inTKA's high school. I admit that I did not go to the school for elementary or middle (Public is just fine in those cases.) So i Cannot comment on what others have been saying about the previous grades, but from what I have seen the problems are in the elementary school side. Though there are quite a few problems with the high school as well... 1. Social- Now while there is some bullying, mainly towards new kids (Yes I got it as well...) It subsides once you find a group, since there are quite a dew of them such as the Wellington kids,the sporty types, the nerds, the outcasts and just the regular kids (Where I call "home") after that most just stick to there groups. 2.Admin-Crazy about the uniform and PDA policies. how do they enforce these policies? Cameras in the hallway. I myself was caught giving a quick hug to a (girl)friend who was going on a trip for a 2 weeks. And all teachers in general are just strict about that stuff. 3.Academic-These actually are good, though some teachers are just grading too harsh, which affects GPA. And the amount of AP seems sufficient. 4.Overall- 3.8 Good education, no drugs,lot's of groups,mean admin, harsh teachers.


Posted December 31, 2012

To anyone who is thinking of pulling their kids from this school but is having doubts: DO IT. My parents pulled me out after years of ridiculous drama perpetuated by the staff and students and my life is incredible now. It's easy to adjust to a new environment when it's filled with people who are actually kind. I've literally never written a review for anything before but I felt compelled to do so to perhaps spare someone else from this horror of a school. I went here for years and the amount of bullying is something that I have never seen in the public schools I have attended. Donors are given so much preferential treatment it's ridiculous and please don't be fooled by any claims about academics. That is truly the worst part. I ended up going to a university far better than anyone I know who graduated from TKA. Classes are easy and there are very few advanced placement classes. I'm truly sorry to say this but anyone who rates this school positively is either completely oblivious or a part of the problem. Send your kids to a magnet school or a regular public school. They will thank you for it later.


Posted September 26, 2012

To the parent that rated this school on 9/10/12: With all respect, what are you waiting for to take your child out of this school? My son was here when he was only 4 years old and it took me only one semester to realize what kind of school this is. They say they are a christian school but I am sure that God is nowhere to be found in this school. Do your homework and get your son a better school. It's not all about how beautiful a school is, it's about the teachers, staff and directors and even parents. I wish you the best of luck and especially for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2012

I have had children at Kings for the past 18 years. I must disagree with the negative reviews. Every school will have challenges, but my experience and those of many I know at the school ( and I know many) the positives outweigh the negative 1000-1! . To bash the school and the hard working teachers and staff (that could work ANYWHERE for more money and better benefits), is simply unfair. They make it sound like the school is a concentration camp! It is simply not true! It can be hard at times for all children to obey the rules but life is hard too. One of my children had a problem with being bullied and it was dealt with by the school quickly and properly. It really impressed me the way the school conducted itself and our bully was with the son of a large donor! This kid got no break what so ever...! So don't believe everything you read, find out for yourself and talk to the many people who had a positive experience not just the few who having all bad and no good to say. There had to be something good they could say but it sounds like sour grapes for whatever reason. I wish I had more kids so they could experience what we have already, a very loving school that cares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2012

HORRIBLE....STAY AWAY from this school. Nothing about this school is christian-like. The teachers are bullies and allow kids to be bullied! The last three posts describe this school as if I typed it myself! This school's value and the teacher portray a nurturing and loving environment but actually foster a culture built upon negativity.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 0%
Hispanic 6% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 3% 23%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Christian Schools
Public Schools
Private Schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 3% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 96% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation highly selective universities
Christian universities
Florida universities
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
Portuguese
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Blue Ribbon School (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:05 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jeffrey M. Loveland, '75
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (561) 686-8017

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • 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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Free Transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • On Campus Aquatic Center
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • On Campus Aquatic Center
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Flag girls
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Forensics club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Contact our Admissions office to schedule a tour today! 561-686-4244 ext 335
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
322
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
476
Students typically come from these schools
Christian Schools
Public Schools
Private Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$9000 - $16000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
highly selective universities
Christian universities
Florida universities
College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Summer college prep programs
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 3%
4 year college - 96%
Military - 1%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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8401 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
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Phone: (561) 686-4244

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