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K-12
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Shreveport, LA
Students enrolled: 1,056

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9333 Linwood Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71106

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(318) 687-4923
(318) 687-4925
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July 30, 2012
I attended Calvary Baptist Academy since I was in elementary school up until I was in the seventh grade. Initially, Calvary provided a service to me that I needed spiritually but not academically starting in the 5th grade. Each year, the academics and the quality of teacher seems to decrease. Most teachers were uncertified or teaching outside their specialty area. There was too much memorizing and very little critical thinking skills taught. Since there was so much memorizing, students could not retain or understand information correctly. Too much emphasis was placed on sports where more investment should have been made in technology and teacher salaries or training. Kids who played sports were favored over others. There is also a lot of drama. If you were not rich or played a sport, you do no fit in this environment. There was very little help from staff in the middle school when I attended. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2011
There is no perfect school. Because there are no perfect people! Students are the same no matter what school they attend and just because they attend a Christian school does not meant that they automatically become Christians. But... I totally support Evangel and Calvary because the schools are lifting up the name of Jesus and hopefully they can reach thousands of students that come through their doors.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2011
I am extremely pleased with Calvary. My child has attended CBA the past two years. The curriculum is tough, but worth it. The Christian education is priceless. We drive an hour round trip so our kids can attend this excellent Christian school. We love the teachers and LOVE Mr. Kruithof - Superintendent. We look forward to many happy, blessed years at CBA.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
because i do not have enough information i cannot say how Calvary stacks up academically.but I will say that it has to be better than at least 90% of the public schools around here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 28, 2009
Yes, it has become more diverse as a result of the football program. It needs to be more diverse. Kids need to know that there is more than one culture in the world and a person's race or culture does not make them bad.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2009
I attended CBA from K-4 until I graduated from High School. I am absolutely grateful that my parents sent me to such a wonderful school. Calvary prepared me not only for college level work, but also for life. The transition to college was difficult at times, and I credit my Christian background and the values I was taught at Calvary for keeping me on the right path. The academics at Calvary are great! I see some complaining about a lack of honors classes, but ALL of the classes we took were on par or better than honors classes at other local schools. With absolutely no studying at all I scored a 29 on the ACT the very first time I took it my Junior year. The environment at Calvary is amazing, the teachers actually care about the students, and are always willing to go the extra mile to help them succeed.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 16, 2008
The middle school and high school levels of Calvary are completely different from the elementary level of Calvary. The quality of teachers (not all teachers) goes down and my kids complain about teachers who do not teach over and over again in their grades. There are other problems within the higher grade levels as well. You won't fully appreciate this until your children start attending those upper classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2008
This is our first year at Calvary and have been pleased with the elementary so far. We left the best public school in this area due to the changing atmosphere after bussing began, large class size and discipline problems impeding good teachers ability to teach. The peaceful atmosphere at Calvary is welcomed and the christian principles taught are invaluable.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
I am a parent of a 5th grade boy who attends Calvary, and has since Kindergarten. I 100% disagree with the posting from a parent (10/13/08) stating the lack of 'Christian environment'. Obviously this parent was NOT involved in the daily activities of the school, as any parent that visits the campus for more than 5 minutes can clearly see the workings and teachings of Christian values every single day! My son comes home daily with reports of what 'others' are getting in trouble for, i.e. cheating, stealing, etc., and the punishments that Calvary has imposed. Do you think you will find another school, public or private, in this area that will actually 'practice what they preach'? They demand respect from ALL students, athletes or not, and in my 5 1/2 years of being actively involved, I have NEVER witnessed any favoritism for athletes. Calvary is an example for other schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
I am very disappointed in Calvary this year (08-09) The Superintendent left last year and the school has gone downhill quickly. My children are begging to leave Calvary as are most of the decent Christian kids. Whats left are the less then savory children. Calvary has a difficult time hiring good teachers because their pay is very low and there is a great problem with the girls regarding drama, jealousy and gossip. Also, there is not enough for kids who are not athletes. It is very sports oriented mostly football. Football players and cheerleaders seem to have priority and get to break the rules while other kids are pressured more to conform to the rules. I can not believe how badly Calvary slipped just in one year. Calvary should now be called 'Calvary Private Academy' since there is very little Christian environment left there. It really breaks my heart.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
Academically this is by far the best school in the area. However, my family was and still is heartbroken over the fact that we had to change schools because of tuition costs. I had my second child come to the age he was entering kindergarden and we could not afford to stay any longer. Since then we have been struggling to find a school capable of meeting our standards and I feel my children's education is being jeopardized by the poor standards for other schools in our area.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
Our child has been given the opportunity to receive the spiritual, intellectual, and social growth as outlined by CBA's educational growth and objectives. However, we feel that CBA's primary focus has shifted within the last 2 years. Athletics, namely their football program, is top priority at CBA and when it comes to this they operate very differently than their handbook would have you to believe. The recent cultural changes we have witnessed at CBA are cause for concern. We strongly encourage you research and reflect on the contents of this review if you are considering sending your child to CBA.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
Calvary is a great school. We have 3 children enrolled here and we really like it a lot. It is a tough curriculum with a lot of homework, but overall it has been a good choice. We are thankful to have a school like Calvary for our kids.

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September 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2007
My child transfered over from another local private school. He really struggled to keep up with the academics initially, but was able to get caught up and really benefited from the school. In one academic year, his ACT score increased from a 15 to a 24. PS He made the deans list both semesters of college this year.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
We sent both of our children to Calvary because we had faith that it was a Christian school. Words cannot describe the hurt and disappointment we felt from the problems that the school will not address. We got no help from any one at the school. Please get to know these people before you trust as we did; sometimes things aren't always as they seem.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
We were not happy with the way the kids learned. There are no enrichment or honors classes, we were told everyone learns the same. No, everyone doesn't learn the same. Calvary doesn't take the LEAP or ACT tests. They do not attend any Academic Competitions or Literary Rallys, not even the one's for private schools. All they do is memorize way too much stuff and then take a test on it. That is not the way to learn.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
My child was at this school. Overall the curriculum was not bad. However, there is a lot of memorization. The other thing that seemed to bother me is a lack of diversity with respect to ethnicity.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2007
This is an exceptional school. My child is in K-5 now and is already reading fluently. It is such a supporting and safe environment for children. The leadership is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
We enrolled our son at Calvary to give him a better education than public school can even dream of providing! The school does now go through 12th grade, and hopefully we will be able to keep him at CBA until he graduates. We love the academic program the school has, and believe that we made a wonderful decision for our child's education.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2006
This is the most wonderful school I could have ever sent my son. The staff is great as is the environment. We experienced public school in shreveport with horrifing results. by God's grace we found a home in Calvary. My son will go here as long as I live within a 2 hour commute. I and my son absolutely love Calvary. We have grown intellectally as well as spiritually and have the faculty and pastors of Calvary to thank for that. I am proud that we attend Calvary. John Hariford

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2006
Both of my children began their education at CBA in kindergarten. When my daughter was ready for high school, CBA's highest grade was 8th, so she went to a local magnet high school and has done well. When my son was ready for high school, he chose to follow his sister to the high school that she was attending. During his 8th week at the public high school, he was 'pranked' by some neighborhood children in a locker room. We didn't feel like the public high school could provide the safety net that we had grown to know at CBA. We knew for a fact that the public school could and would not provide the Christ-like atmosphere that CBA can. We promptly removed our son from the public school and returned him to CBA (from where we intend him to graduate). We will never regret this move.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2005
My older daughter started Calvary in kindergarten and is now in the sixth grade. My younger daughter started in K-4 and is now in the fourth grade. As I am writing this review my sixth grader is explaining to me why I should use 'older' and 'younger' instead of 'oldest' and 'youngest'. When my older daughter was in the fourth grade I asked her to take the LEAP test even though it is not required in private schools. I simply wanted to know how Calvary was preparing her for the future. The school provides the test for all students who choose to take it. With only two days notice and no special studying (the public schools study for months for this test) she scored extremely high in all catagories. I have all confidence my younger daughter will do the same, thanks to Calvary.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2005
I would not have my son enrolled in any other school. Private school may costs financially, whereas public schools do not. But in the long run you will pay for it in education. It's something to think about. My son just graduated from Kindergarten and on his SAT Score is at a 2nd & 3rd Grade Level in most areas. His education backed with religious strengthening and discipline in his mannerisms is top priority to me and that is what Calvary Baptist Academy offers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2005
Calvary does not require students to take the LEAP test. They only suggest that students going to public school for the next year take it. It would be hard to compare test scores to other schools that require students take the LEAP.

- submitted by a former student
April 15, 2005
My child attended CBA for 8 years. Good environment but weak in academics. Memory based curriculum did not allow for high level thinking skill and application of concepts. These are important tools for all standardized test in preparing for college. Would love to know how CBA students score on LEAP and ACT.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2005
When I drop my daughter off each morning, I can drive away from the school feeling comfortable knowing she is in good hands and cared for. My husband and I very pleased with CBA.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2004
The principal leadership at this school is the best i have ever seen. The principal is very involved in the school and the lives of the children. He is always visible and available to students and parents. He also has an extensive resume with much experience, that you can view on the website. The academics and teacher quality are excellent. There are many extracirricular activities offered with excellent coaching staff. Parental involvement is growing.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2004
Relocating to Shreveport from Baton Rouge I needed to find a school where my son could live up to his potential. Caddo public schools did not have the quality teachers or administration. Now in our second year I am so happy that my son will graduate from Calvary in 7 years. The sports and extra-curricular activities at Calvary are second to none. My wife,son,and I are thrilled to be a part of Calvary Church and school. Pastor Rick is wonderful. The school is run by Godly men and women who love each and every one of the students and staff. Thanks to Calvary and the staff for teaching Jon. I hope one person who may read this sends their child to calvary you won't be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2004
My child started preschool at Calvary and has been there ever since. It is a wonderful christian school where your child can learn values and learn how to respect others. This was the best decision we ever made regarding our child. The whole staff at Calvary Baptist Academy are wonderful, God-loving people and they really care about the children that attend school there. We have had to make sacrifices to allow him to attend school at Calvary but it has been well worth it to see the type of person he has become over the past nine years. If you have the opportunity for your child to go to Calvary it would be the best thing for them.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2004
I have several children attending this wonderful school. I feel very blessed that my children are receiving a great christian education. If you are looking for a school that will challenge your children academically and spiritually, then you have found it!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
Curriculum is the program. The children are 'pushed' to acheive great goals along with biblical teaching and prair memorization. Goals are great but children grasp all the information. Example. In pre-K, they learn to read small words. Kindergarden they read bigger words and do math. 1st grade they learn cursive writing . Results are greatly noticed.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
my 16 year old went to calvary 1st thru 5th grade learned alot now my 6 year old is there,it's a good school and safe.

- submitted by a parent
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Calvary Baptist Academy
9333 Linwood Avenue, Shreveport, LA  71106
(318) 687-4923
Last modified Calvary Baptist Academy is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Calvary Baptist Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top