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First Baptist Academy

Private | K-12 | 160 students

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Posted September 6, 2014

I have to write this because I think it is unfair that so many reviews for places only come from a few people who had a negative experience. It seems like the loudest voices are the negative ones. First Baptist Academy is a great school. The teachers are experienced and they seem to love their jobs. The students work really hard, and the principal truly cares about everyone. Some of these negative reviews seem to come from people who didn't get their way, so of course they will have a negative opinion! No school is perfect, but the school is a great place. It is the only place I would send my kids.

Posted January 26, 2012

This school is really growing. If you want your child in a productive environment you need to come in and observe the school and make your own opinion. It is academically challenging . and the teachers really care. My children have been in both public and private education and I could easily find things to complain about. There are some amazing teachers here are a lot of these reviews just seem angry. Look at the classrooms and you can see the care and thought inside. Not sure about the other post concerning academics because I have seen the work in both elementary and high school . Children attend Spanish, Art, Music (with the option to do drama), they can play sports, and have lots of opportunities to do mission work. Seems well rounded to me!

Posted December 10, 2011

The church is great, the school? Not so much. Thought the students say no bulling ever happens at this school, my child has been bullied. Also the curriculum is extremely disappointing and have no gifted and talented programs. My daughter who has a GPA of 4.0, and all 100% on ever test and quiz complains about how easy everything is. In my opinion, even public schools seem to be the better option. They do not have challenging enough academic programs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 8, 2011

To date we have had a wonderful experience at FBA. Teachers are highly dedicated, wonderfully trained, knowledgeable, caring, and loving individuals. This school does an amazing job achieving it's mission and focus of academic excellence under a strong Biblical foundation..."hearts that seek God and minds that pursue truth!" What a wonderful environment for a child to grow and learn in. I'm so thankful for FBA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 27, 2011

I would recomend First Baptist Academy for student K-2nd grade. I feel the curriculum in the upper grades on scratched the surface of what students should be learning. The principal is extremely hypocritical in her dealings with students, staff, and parents. I didn't think political games were played in christian environments, however they are and it is obvious within this institution. In my opinion, if you are looking for a quality christian education, this is not the place to find it. Things may look great on the outside, however you might want to check to see if the inside of the cup is clean before drinking out of it.

Posted December 12, 2009

Reading some of these replies makes me wonder are we talking about the school or the church? I thought this was a school website. I am sure the church is wonderful and all it has to offer, but the school made me feel like I have no idea what is going on with my child. I have had one email from the teacher all year. Bringing my child here I thought we would have a great education. I find also that when a parent questions anything the administrator all though very nice is not open to hearing anything that could help. I cannot believe there is no Christmas program for the school kids - unless you belong to the church then there was one. In all my years I have never had that experience with a school. No spelling bee, nothing for kids in the lower grades.
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Posted November 16, 2009

Coming to FBA I thought it was going to be a continue growth in my childs education. We had a wonderful experience in Christian education and then we moved here we were quite disappointed with the school. I will say the administrator is a very nice loving person who cares about the students. But when it comes to pushing teachers to do what is in the best interest of a student she is not. If your child is above average or maybe needs extra help this is not the school. Especially in the lower grade levels. I have known five people to take their children out of the school alone for this reason. I have since found a better school. I was wowed by the big church and the school setting, but after my child started there I was not happy with the curriculum.
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Posted September 14, 2009

Since first grade, I've been to seven different schools, and this is the best I've ever attended! The teachers are great, and they work on developing a personal relationship with each student. For me, it feels like a home away from home. In response to a previous comment, most of the teachers have masters degrees, and, the principle's daughter that was so much of an issue has three college degrees, two of them masters. The teachers also focus on helping the students develop their relationship with God. Also, any concern that you have, they will gladly listen, and then pray about what to do and allow God to direct their decisions. In addition, the academics are very challenging, and they are in the process of getting accredited by ACSi. The only bad thing is the sports program, which is relatively small, but growing steadily. Other than that, this school is awesome!
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Posted June 13, 2009

In reference to the one star rating given above, I have to comment. The information is highly falsified and misrepresentative of the school and staff. First, all of the full time classroom teachers have degrees and are certified to teach. The principal's daughter was hired and taught there before the principal came into that position. Several teachers on staff also carry Masters degrees. Both of my children attended there for 6 years and have received the best treatment from a caring and concerned staff. The teachers were honest, helpful, and connected well with parents on important issues. My kids received a top-notch education and in addition learned about how to set a Christ-like example for others. I couldn't be more pleased with the results or environment.
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Posted February 15, 2009

I have seen first hand the quality programs in place at this church. I'm so excited that they are offering an alternative to public schools and doing so with their normal 110% effort. The teachers and administrators are professional and caring. I have also had a chance to sub at their pre-school program and am always an advocate for it. Thanks FBA for investing in young peoples lives, offering quality learning and sharing Christ's love with them.

Posted February 6, 2009

My girls have been attending First Baptist Academy the past three years. Not only are the teachers phenomenal, but the administrator knows each child by name. I know when I drop my children off in the morning they will receive a quality education and be loved for who they are....each a unique individual!
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Posted August 18, 2008

My son attended fourth grade here and we were highly disappointed. Frankly, we could have gotten the same or better in public school. The teachers here were not at all caring or concerned; rather they were often rude and abrupt in their interaction and treatment of the students. The cronyism is flagrant, beginning with the principal whose own daughter is a teacher here. Teachers have no accreditation or teaching degree, so the high tuition cannot even be justified by this. I've seen many, many parents who were unhappy and, like me, have left and chosen to homeschool. Sadly, I've learned from this school that not everything that says 'Christian' really is.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 29, 2008

this is the most amazing school i have ever attended. the teachers are great and actually care about how you do in school
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Posted July 24, 2008

My students have attended here for 5 years! We are exceptionally pleased with the challenging curriculum, reasonable class size, and friendly, professional, and caring staff! It has been a super choice for our family!
—Submitted by a parent

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West U.S. Highway 50
O'Fallon, IL 62269
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Phone: (618) 726-6040


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