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Ankeny Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 348 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $175,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $660.

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Posted February 19, 2014

ACA is a blessing. My daughter was bullied so badly in the public school that we had to pull her out. ACA welcomed her and made her feel safe and special. I believe that my children get a solid education in a loving, Christian environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

This is NOT a non-denominational school. Not only is this school anti-Catholic (claiming the Pope is the antichrist in their 11th grade World History textbook) but it teaches against many religions. For example, their textbooks state that the Seventh Day Adventist religion is a cult. Many parents have complained about this over the years, but the administrator and their board of education refuses to replace the textbooks. This blatantly teaches children to pass judgment on others that they don t think are true Christians. Unfortunately, they also have low ACT and ITED scores. Ask what their average test scores have been over the last four years. There are other Christian schools in the area that teach their students to follow Christ in a loving nonjudgmental way and provide a good education. Keep looking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2012

Do not enroll your children in Ankeny Christian Academy if you are Catholic. Even though they advertise they are non-denominational.The textbooks they teach from are anti-catholic. Check them out.


Posted March 13, 2012

My son will be graduating this year, and although he hasn't been the easiest student to work with, the secondary principal Mr.Olson never stopped believing in him! I have observed close and from afar, and I do believe they have great teachers and staff! I could always feel the Christ-like atmosphere in each and every teacher, keeping in mind that they are all very human as well! Very academic and professional as a Christian school!! Truly preparing them for the "real world', going forward as christian men & women!!!
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Posted January 13, 2012

I have my children at ACA. The faculty and staff are absolutely wonderful. I appreciate the fact that they teach children through a biblical world view. As far as academics my children are great readers and that is in thanks to ACA. The Administrator truly cares for the children and loves to see the students grew in their academic knowledge as well as their biblical knowledge. I also appreciate that the Board of Education is open for feedback and is very approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2011

Ankeny Christian has lost alot of good teachers and personally the curriculum is watered down just to please certain people and keep appearances of good grades! Preferential treatment to certain families and students to who they feel are up to their Christian standards. When the going gets tough, they drop the ball for certain people and over extend for others. Funny they say they are non denominational but there is definitely preferential treatment for people of the chosen faith by some of the staff! We have since left ACA and have been 120% happier in our public school with all the extra programs they have for Talented and Gifted that ACA does not offer and also the understanding of great teachers that don't judge and punish for not being one of those generic in the box type of students but are bright and smart and learn in ways they are not capable of understanding from the high shelf they sit on! Sincerely, A NOW satisfied parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2010

Ankeny Christian Academy has excellent teachers that truly love the Lord and love to teach. The leadership is praying and seeking God's will for the Christian school ministry. It is a college-prep and challenging academic program.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 16, 2009

I am so grateful for this fantastic Christian school! My children are excelling both academically and spiritually, thanks largely to the very caring teachers and their high level performance in the classroom. The school is a true community where our children made great friends and we become connected to other families as well. I highly recommend families seriously consider sending their children to this amazing school. The education and quality of life is invaluable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2008

We are very impressed with ACA. We just finished our second teachers conference. I have to say our kindergartener is coming along wonderfully. Now he reads to us before bed and we just have to keep up with picking books out from the library. The teachers are all state certified this year and curriculum is second to none. This is a growing school with many capital improvments and sports program additions over the past few years. They remain true to small class size and Christ-centered teachings. I like the way the curriculum integrates the bible into reading and memory verses. This helps develop core skills of memorization and reenforces our beliefs. Socially he gets along great and enjoys going to as many school events as we can where he can see his friends. He even looks forward to wearing his 'collar' shirt for Chapel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

Ankeny Christian Academy is a PK-12th grade school with over 250 students. It has been an wonderful school for both our son and daughter. Our son has already graduated from ACA and our daughter who has been at ACA since she was in Kindergarten will graduate soon. The Christian curriculum is excellent. In elementary she was taught to read with intensive phonics and she has always been an excellent speller. She was also taught the truth in history and science. At the secondary level the teachers did a great job of preparing her for college as she has strong skills in English, computer, math and science. The small class sizes also helped to give her the extra time with the teachers when she needed it. The teachers were excellent Godly examples and also instilled in her the Biblical principals to be successful in life. www.ankenychristianacademy.org
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I have two children at A.C.A. and have been very happy with the results after their first year, and moderately happy with their second year. I have a sixth and third grader this year. The best measuring stick for us is the I.T.B.S. (Iowa Test of Basic Skills) In fourth grade my child's score went from a composite of 21% in public school the previous year, to a 61% his first year at A.C.A. Many other good things to say, but will just leave it with a comment on the parents of A.C.A. Very giving and kind, and committed to the excellence of our school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 81%
Hispanic 5% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Ankeny
Des Moines
Colleges most students attend after graduation Iowa State University
Northwestern
Des Moines Area Community College
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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Arts & music

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  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

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  • Community college courses
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Joyce Hansen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (515) 965-8210

Programs

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  • Mathematics
  • Religious
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  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama

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  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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Parent involvement
  • Many parent volunteers help with lunch and recess, the library, field trips, sporting events, and fund-raising events such as the annual garage sale and auction. the community supports many of the fund-raising events and the businesses donate items to the school auction.
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  • Ankeny Christian Academy Stands For: Love of Country High Academic Achievement Christian Character Biblical Morality Discipline with Love
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Students typically come from these schools
Ankeny
Des Moines

What does it cost?

Financial aid offered
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Iowa State University
Des Moines Area Community College
Northwestern
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1604 West 1st Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
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Phone: (515) 965-8114

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