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Christian Life Academy

Private | PK-12 | 579 students


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Posted September 28, 2014

This is a very accepting, flexible, and accommodating school, with a wonderful headmaster and teachers. My Learning Disabled son is enjoying school, and has been allowed to take a leadership role in the Marching Band, which is wonderful for his self esteem!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 17, 2014

Probably one of the finest schools in Baton Rouge. The school has an excellent principal , and it is reflected in the entire school...from the teachers, students, atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2010

Our son was new to CLA middle school this year. Classmates welcomed him & he made many new friends. We love the diversity of the student body & smaller class sizes. Also, he has one of the lesser known learning disorders & the principal & teachers were phenominal in working with us to make sure he has the supports needed & that he remains encouraged. Communication is great & we are thrilled to see his confidence increase. CLA has received numerous honors from ACT, & their national test score averages are well above grade level. CLA has well equipped classrooms & facilities; a great hot lunch program that our son actually loves & offers something for every student: arts, music, band, athletics, missions trips, etc. It is a smaller school with a sense of community, strong emphasis on biblical teachings and daily christian living that is important to our family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2010

I absolutely love Christian Life! The teachers, principals, and administrators are wonderful! My children have excelled in so many ways since they have been attending Christian Life that I am very grateful as a parent. One of my sons has ADD/ADHD and his teacher has been very helpful and cooperative with his behavioural and medication issues. I can not say enough about this school.
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Posted April 24, 2010

I currently have 2 children attend this school. ...I plan to enroll my third child as soon as she's old enough to go. I've always been impressed w/the caring teaching staff and the results (great standardized test scores, excellent grades, motivation to learn, good citizenship, caring children) they inspire. This is in addition to the wonderful Christian core values taught and shared by all who are retained there. Thank you CLA.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2010

I am a parent of 3 boys and I am also a teacher at CLA. We love our school! The teachers are compassionate, caring and God loving people. The students are taught in a happy caring atmosphere. Christian Life provides an education that is top notched along with core values. We are finishing our ninth year as Crusaders. We are Lifers!
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Posted April 23, 2010

My grandchildren attend CLA and it is a joy to watch them pray through out the day.

Posted April 23, 2010

CLA offers a high standard of education while teachers give one on one attention to their students. I can't imagine my children being any where else in Baton Rouge.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 23, 2010

CLA does an excellent job of instilling a love of Jesus as well as a love of learning. My children love CLA, and I am very glad we chose to attend.
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Posted April 23, 2010

I just got back from the CLA Middle School Retreat where 24 kids asked Jesus to be the Lord of their lives. That's what it's all about! Changing lives to change the world!
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Posted April 23, 2010

CLA provides a quality education within a nurturing environment for the children who attend. CLA is passionate about the Lord and the surrounding communities it serves. This passion is passed on to the students and instills the much needed values and morals that are necessary to live a successful and meaningful life, which is hard to find in todays society. My child loves CLA and I am convienced that my husband and I made the right choice for our sons future. CLA is changing the world, one child at a time!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 2010

Great school! This is my daughters first year at CLA and it has been a whole new experience for her and I. love how active the teachers are their! My daughter loves her new school and teachers.
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Posted June 8, 2009

I took my child out of public schools to place her at CLA because I heard such wonderful comments. I have been bitterly disappointed. The teachers' pages are not updated frequently enough for 'real time' information from the school. Some teachers are excellent while others are lacking. In one class the administration finally questioned the content of the class, and found it lacking. The kids may have to repeat that required course! I requested the counselor to sit down and prepare my child's four year plan, and no attempt was made. I find that in the junior high and high school, drugs are rampant and the kids have little respect for the administration. Most kids in the upper grades who attend are there because their parents can afford the tuition, not because they want to learn. My child's grades fell one entire letter grade while at CLA. I would not recommend
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Posted May 12, 2009

CLA is a great school, however there is room for improvement. It is very hard for parents to keep up with what teachers are doing. The websites are not used or updated daily . Some websites have not been updated for over a month. Test folders should be sent home weekly but are not and since grades are not posted online in the elementary school you may not know. This is not true of all the teachers but their are several that will not follow the procedure. All children are not lazy and all children want to learn. I don't think the children are spoiled, however I do feel they come from supportive homes where parents want the best for them. If you are paying for your child's education this is what you expect. Teachers should be paid more and in return give more love and patience to the kids.

Posted May 12, 2009

I hope I get to stay at CLA, but my parents complain alot that they are not getting what they pay for. Some of the teachers are great, but some forget that we are only kids and that we just want to be praised. That will make me work harder and feel better about myself. I don't know if I will be back or not alot of my friends have left or they are leaving so it's got to be something wrong it can't be just the spoiled kid as some parents think. I try hard and I want to do well, but I also want to have fun without being yelled at all the time.
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Posted May 11, 2009

CLA is a dynamic school offering amenities other schools its size cannot. Advanced courses offered at high school level while the battery of test being run at the elementary levels show that children are well above average. However, there are problems at CLA. Teacher turnover is frequent. Student population can be lazy, like every teenager in America. A shift in attention from athletics to academics is the goal while unmet because of static disagreement between the administration and high rollers. Teacher turnover is frequent due to salary. Students are sometimes lazy because they live in a spoiled home environment whose parents do not hold them accountable. The children are receiving a high quality education for cost. To combat less teacher turnover, perhaps higher tuition for greater salaries.(about 15,000 under state average). Parents support PTO organization or right letters to Dell or Apple and see what you can get donated.

Posted March 24, 2009

CLA is a very Christian school. While there are well-educated teachers who care about their students and really teach, there are also poorly prepared teachers who tend to have an attitude. The faculty turnaround is large. I have two children at CLA. One of whom has been there since the age of 3 and another who came to CLA in 3rd grade. The expereinces were quite different. While my youngest has had very seasoned teachers whose been with the school for a number of years, my daughter has gotten 1st year teachers almost every year. The first year teachers that she has gotten are often unprepared and have very negative attitudes. In addition, the school needs to vamp up its technology and resources. It needs a better library, more computers and better technology. There really are some public schools that are better in the library and technology areas.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2008

I love ClA the teachers are awome I have been here for 3 years . thank you CLA!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 6, 2008

I must say that CLA is a good school, I attended CLA for high school. I think it prepared me for college and help me to become a well rounded person. I graduated from college with a degree in Computer Science, I am now working on my Master's. The school could improve on hiring qualified teachers who really know there subject.

Posted August 10, 2008

In response to the negative comments on July 8, 2008: I was one of the fourth grade teachers, and I can honestly say that I was well-prepared for each day. I have a BS in elementary education, and 18 years teaching experience. CLA has been a joy to me, and I have given a big part of my heart and life for the last 9 years to CLA. My question: Did you talk to me about the concerns you had? I wish you would have brought your concerns to us, so that we could discuss them together, not online. God bless.
—Submitted by a teacher

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 47%
Black 33% 45%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 1%
Hispanic 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Peter S. Barnes
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2037 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 769-6760


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