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Salem Christian Academy

Private | PK-8


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $69,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $960.

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Posted August 5, 2011

Unfortunately, SCA has had to close their doors. I loved this school! I wish there was more notice about the school closing since now most parents are scrambling to find a comparable school for their kids. Public school was obviously not an option otherwise we would not have had our children at SCA in the first place. I just wonder if more could have been done. Perhaps increase tuition or have only nursery through 5th grad classes. I am sure that would have cut out some of the expenses.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 13, 2011

I have a 4th grade student at SCA and when she first started there I loved it but when the principal retired and an old CPS principal took over, i seriously thought about transferring my child. Unfortunately health wise,the principal had gotten sick. The new principal is phenomenal!!! She takes such an interest in the students!! She is dedicated to excellence and to the student's greatness. The morale of the students, teachers and parents have increased 100 fold. They encourage the parents to get involved. The principal is there from the beginning of the day to the end of after school program. The academic curriculum I feel prepares them for the upcoming year. The only draw back was that during the school year 2 years ago, all of the teacher's aids were laid off. I truly believe that having teacher's aids contributed to the success of the students. Other than that, I like the direction the new principal is taking the school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 15, 2010

Great School, offers a lot with offordable pricing. Old school learning with new school technology. Thumbs Up to SCA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2010

I love Salem because they focus on each child's unique potential for greatness. The teachers as well as administration, work to build relationships with families to strengthen the child's school experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 14, 2010

My children have completed 1 year at SCA. I was extremely pleased with what my daughter learned in her pre-K class. Her teacher & assistant were 2nd to none! There was rarely any yellin, and lots of positive reinforcement. My son's kindergarten teacher and assistant were big on yelling and negative comments were abundant. On the positive side, they did involve parents in disciplinary action and keep us apprised of both progress and regression in behavior and academics. The after school attendants who were with my children were very loving & involved, not just glorified babysitters. The principal, Dr. Jackson, was wonderful. Although she became seriously ill toward the end of the year, her involvement was apparent even when she was not in the office. I look forward to the coming year. My children both scored consistently above their grade levels. We will be returning to SCA in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 16, 2009

I am a very devastaed parent. Today was open house and all I want to know is ''Where is Ms. Carr and Ms. Payne. Two of the greatest teachers I have ever met. These two had a routine any teacher would kill for. I was planning to enroll my 3year old . Since I was informed by another teacher they will not be returning ,neither will I
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 11, 2009

WHAT HAPPENED? The morale at S.C.A. is gone. Most of the teachers just don't care anymore. When dealing with children you need a more loving enviroment. Don't misunderstand me, discipline is good. But, is this a military school or what? Academics is first, however ,outside of that children need downtime and an outlet. The extra-curricular activities are limited. There is no playground for recess. There is one set price for books. We don't have a choice to buy new or used. You have the nerve to collect them at the end of the year & recycle them the next. We pay book & activity fees yet we still pay for additional reading material and costly field trips. Tuition is steadily going up as though you are making improvements. There are no foreign language classes, and we are required to pay additonal for computer class. Pastor Meeks what happened?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 9, 2009

I was a student at salem christian academy and i can personally say that i hated it this year the principal has made everything difficult for the students and the tuition has gone up. I am a very hardworking student and being in an environment where I feel I cant learn because the teachers are constantly fussing at the children is very frustrating. I also feel that as the years go by the more the education goes down and i can gladly say that i will not be returning to this school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 20, 2009

My twins have just completed Kindergarten and their second year at SCA. As a Chicago Public Schools Teacher, I consciously decided to send them to SCA because of the strong academic program, consistency of school leadership and the community climate. The nuturing and safe environment which SCA offers is second to none. Both of my children can read at or above a second grade level, complete basic math computations and have mastered most of the words on the Dolch Sight Word List. I am very impressed by the results I see at Salem and will gladly continue to pay for the quality of education that my children are receiving there. Brandi Whitfield-Lewis
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Posted June 10, 2009

I have two children who attend this school and I am very disappointed in the direction of the school. My oldest just completed the third grade and it was a complete waste of money. My children have been at Salem for 6 years and I cannot recommend this school to anyone. The higher grade level you reach the learn curve goes down. I will be transfering my children out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 29, 2009

My daughter begin her academic life at Salem in the 3rd grade; it was a great year! I thought Salem was the best thing since sliced bread. I soon discovered I was quite wrong. The last two years have been awful and now I'm forced to move my child to another school. I would only recommend Salem to parent with children going to k4 thur 3rd grade. It's really an average school but who really knows, Salem is not graded by the state as other school are because it is a private school.
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Posted March 21, 2009

My child is in the fourth grade this year and this as been the worse year to date. The new principal is unapproachable and very demeaning to parents and students. This is my childs last year at this school. For the money you spend on tuition, you would think the education would be top- rated. Think again! Morale is at an all time low amongs the students. If Rev. Meeks don't intervene soon, by listening to the parents, the schools population will decrease drastically.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2009

I am the parent of a K5 student and I plan to send my now 2 year old to this school in September. SCA is very affordable. I like the fact that the teachers and principal have an open door policy. I'm also very impressed with the curriculum. I like the fact that my K5 student can read small words and has a good understanding of phonics. She is even more excited than I am. She often picks up books that are lying around the house and tries to sound out the words on her own. Her attitude towards school has changed tremendously!!!
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Posted November 18, 2008

I am the parent of a student in K4. I think SCA could use more maintenace, more outside lighting, and trained/professional security since the neighborhood is not the safest. I like the curriculum so far and am willing to give the new administration a chance. I do wish that the teachers would communicate more with the parents, either by email or phone calls. The school could use a breakfast/lunch program and more extracurricular activities for students of ALL ages. There used to be chapel that lasted 1 1/2 hours that is now only 30 minutes. Chapel was the occasion where parents/teashers could celebrate the students accomplishments. The tuition is really reasonable but I have a fear that because the tuition is below the cost for most private schools, the education would become substandard. I am hoping that the administrative/teacer changes will be bring about positive results.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 16, 2008

i am a student at sca ad i really think it is a good school but it realy has had alot of changes. i realy want to leave but i cant because some times i enjoy it and they replaced all the teacher and i will try to give them all a chance. another reason i want to leave is because it is to stric.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 24, 2008

My son attends Salem now and I don't think the school is up to part. After 3rd grade the school seems to decline in the area of education. They have overhauled the school by changing administration and adding new teachers. This was superficial and has not made the school better. It has only made the school worse. I would never for the money that it cost recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 8, 2008

I am a parent who had two children at Salem Christian Academy. My son was in Ms. Jones K4 class and she was an excellent teacher. My son learned how to read, add two digit additions, single substractions and so forth. I love the repport that Ms. Jones have with her parents. She is a sweet individual and a excellent teacher.
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Posted June 11, 2008

I highly recommend this school to anyone seeking a great education for their children ages N3 to 8th grade. My child was in Ms. Jackson's class and all I can say is SUPERB.
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Posted June 5, 2008

I am a parent with a child going to the fourth grade. SCA is not what I thought it would be the only thing I like is chapel. They have nothing for boys in 2nd and 3rd grade to do after school but karate and I ddont care for the lunch system.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 24, 2008

Im a student at s.c.a. and i really think it is not like it use to be. they have lots of new teacher who aren't up to part and doing their job as a sca teacher. Salem was a good school when i was little but now it's just an average every day strict school like every other school
—Submitted by a student

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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 99% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 16%
Two or more races 0% N/A
White 0% 60%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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11816 South Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628
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