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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The teachers at the school are very caring and respond well to issues. Anytime my child had a problem, I found his teachers to be very responsive and interested in helping to solve the problem. However, the school is a private school and is basically a business. Large donars children are given preferential treatment and consideration. However, this is probably true at all private schools as they are dependant on donations to help run the school and keep tuition down. My child had a situation, with a large donars child, and is was very evident that the donar's child was given considerations that my child was not. While I understand the need for donars, it is not pleasant for htefamily or child to be on the other end when you cannot financially afford to be a large donar.
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.
I have had my child at Kings for 3 years now. I pray it will be a better year for my child as I have often thought of pulling him in the past years but do not want him to have to adjust to a new school , teachers and friends. My son is doing awesome...as for the clicks and some of the unfriendly staff well that still is going on. It is so hard to explain...Example:We attend a birthday party and as a parent you do your best to socialize for your child's betterment. You see that very parent at the school and say hello and are brushed off. We have 2 families out of the last 3 years that we chat with outside of the school. My sons K-5 teacher avoids us at any cost. I wait to make eye contact at lunch visits and during pick up just to have a hello. Have yet to get. I tell my son she is just busy and did not see us. The school needs alot of work and prayer as it is very divided. As a parent I am friendly just because I share the same school as that of other families. I am spending the money an investing in my child's "christian education" I can only fake that this school is warm and inviting for so long. My son is getting old enough to see it for himself
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.
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.
This school has all the bells and whistles WITHOUT the christian values, The Staff does not exude a loving nurturing enviroment, they seem to be upset ALL THE TIME. Never saw a genuine smile among themselves. They are constantly asking for money and do not care about families in need. what a great dissappointment!!!! The worse part is that The parents are the last to know when their child is being bullied they keep it hush hush with no paper trail. The elementary guidance counselor is prejudice and will keep your child there in her office all day if she feels like it over a little infraction....then forced child to confess over something she didn't do. The Guidance counselor is basically a bully herself. YOUR CHILDS" WORTH" IS BASED ON HOW MUCH YOU DONATE TO THE SCHOOL,
We selected this school because we thought it was the perfect educational environment for our child. After all, it's promoted as a top Christian school in PBC. However, our experience has been that this school is consumed by money; tuition costs are unreasonably high; and teachers/administrators are obsessed with disciplining students and imposing infractions for seemingly minor uniform code violations. Instead, they ought to focus on creating a nurturing learning environment for our children and building relationships with them that encourage a thirst for knowledge and the development of character.
Hello I previously attended this school and I loved it at first until the values declined with the new campus. The focus turned to money rather than spiritual enrichment of the students. It's very dificult to serve two masters(God and Money).
My grandchildren attend The King's Academy and I could not be more pleased with the school. I have noticed that their skilss are higher than average when compared to children in the same grade at other schools. I am also glad that grandparents are valued and included in school activities, especially the annual 'Grandparents' Day' celebration.
We are blessed to be part of the TKA family. My two children love it! The teachers and staff are wonderful. The education is excellent!
I attended this school during high school. For many years I wanted to go there. The extracurricular activities here are phenomenal and a great way to meet other kids. I really liked most of the kids I met there, in all grades. In high school, many teachers 'pick on' certain kids for disciplinary issues, and most are unwilling and relentless on uniform codes for certain students (those not involved in chapel leadership, etc.) and not on others. O felt that some teachers worried too much about scolding students rather than creating a relationship with them. One of my substitute teachers said the same thing. Secondary discipline is too involved. Teachers need to make a real impact on students and work on their relationships so that, in turn, their education is solidified. Some students are very nice, some are extremely judgmental if you do not fit into a certain 'Christian' mold.
When my daughter was in elementary at Kings, I loved the nurturing environment. However, her high school experience was below average. The classes were too easy, and the teachers did not seem to know the material required for higher level learning. I enrolled my daughter at a nearby public high school and found that she was way behind in basic knowledge in all academic areas. Very disappointing! With tutoring and help from some exceptional teachers at the public school, my daughter finally caught up. She was a solid A/B student at Kings, so apparently, the teachers there believed she was doing fine. It took us a year of extra help a the public school for her to be a solid B student. I'm pleased that she caught up enough to do well in college - I don't know if she would've been able to succeed at college with her King's education.
As an alumnus of The King's Academy, I would highly recommend for any child looking for education, social involvement, and extra activities. Fantastic teachers, Fantastic Parents, great staff who love the children. And the best part of it all is the feeling og God's love in everything that is accomplished at the school.
The best school in Palm Beach County. This is my fifth graders 2nd year at King's and I would not want a better envoroment for her.
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