Pros: small class size, emphasis on Christian values, strong math and language programs, excellent music program, reasonable price for private education, family-like atmosphere, teachers who are willing to do pretty much anything to help my children succeed, quarterly field trips just for reading two grade-level books!
Cons: aside from pizza Wednesdays, there is no school lunch program, school needs more emphasis on art.
My wife and I decided on ACA for our kids a few years ago. We attended an open house and loved the atmosphere. The small class sizes make the school a great family environment for the kids. Advantages of this school include: 1. Small class sizes so teachers can focus on the needs of each student. 2. Teachers who care greatly about the kids. 3. Family atmosphere. 4. There is a strong emphasis on values as well as academics (Don't be surprised when the kids hold the door open for you). 5. They still teach cursive! 6. School uniforms (We don't need to spend all of our money on Under Armour). 7. Emphasis on math, science, and technology. 8. Bullying is not tolerated. 9. They have a very good music program. 10. Just a few minutes off of Route 2. Disadvantages? I would like to see more of an emphasis on art. There is no school lunch program other than pizza on Wednesdays. Be prepared to pack lunches every night except for Tuesday night. There's not much space for outdoor play, although the kids get plenty of exercise (basketball, floor hockey, outdoor playset, etc.). Overall, this has been a great school and a great choice for our family.
Arnold Christian Academy, ACA, offers an educational environment that fosters academic excellence in combination with genuine spiritual growth. The dedicated teachers cultivate a successful attitude as they present the material in a way that teaches the students to want to learn and work to their very best potential. Because the classroom size is small, it allows students to be cared for in an individual manner. The size, however, does not limit the opportunities. In addition to the core curriculum, there are a variety of programs offered: music, PE, Bible, health, band, speech, foreign language, field trips, school programs, and opportunities for family involvement. We recently moved to the area and looked at several options for our child. After visiting the school and talking with some of the friendly staff, it became clear that ACA was the best choice. My child comes home everyday with a smile and excitement for learning. He excels academically, grows spiritually, and thrives socially in a Christ-centered environment. As parents, we could not be more grateful to the Lord for the positive impact that it has made on our son and family. ACA is definitively the very best.
ACA has been a great school for my kids. Because it is a smaller school all the kids know each other and they help each other and get along very well. They have excellent teachers who really care about the students. If you want a Christian education for your children and a very loving and supportive learning environment, this is the place.
I have never experienced a school with the level of involvment to the students. Our daughter is in grade K and is academically so far ahead of her friends that are in local public elementary schools. The small class sizes give the opportunity for "REAL" one on one teaching. If you are looking for a school with high academic standards, ACA should be considered.
Arnold Christian Academy has been a wonderful blessing to my family. After Homeschooling for 11 years, the school's staff provided a smooth and comforting transition for me and my children. It's small class size provides an ideal learning environment and each student receives that special "one on one" attention they deserve. All the staff is friendly, inviting and welcomes as much parent involvement as possible. As parents, we have the opportunity to join our stundents in activities throughout the year from field trips, Olympics, classroom helpers and even Pizza Lunch helpers. The Christian principals modeled by the staff makes being at school just like home. I highly reccomend ACA to any family seeking an education that edifies!
Teachers at ACA are great! They make sure all the students understand the lesson they are teaching even if it requires further explanation. The have an interest in each student and because class sizes are small, they can easily monitor how each student is doing. My student feels respected and cared about by the teachers and receives praise when it is due. Encouragement when it is needed. The principal is engaged in what teachers are doing and how parents feel. A great school, school the way it should be.