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The Kings Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 325 students

Our school is best known for its excellent, college preparatory education.
 
 

 

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Situated in a rural neighborhood. The median home value is $319,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,071.

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Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kings Christian academy is a good school and definitely strengthed my relashonship with God, but in most of the classes I found myself bored and not challenged enough. There also isn't a great language selection (only Spanish). If you child needs individualized attention then it is the perfect school, but I found that The classes were too easy for me.


Posted June 12, 2014

KCA is a family and Christ centered environment with an academic foundation that forms a child into a whole person. We have three children currently enrolled and could not be more happier. If you are looking for a form foundation to last a lifetime, KCA is the place to send your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2014

KCA has been a blessing for our son and our family. He made the transition from public high school to KCA this year and the change in his attitude and happiness is simply amazing. He is finally academically challenged and provided with materials and instruction to enhance his high school experience. He looks forward to going to school each day! His teachers communicate with us regularly with positive emails and phone calls telling us his test scores and passing on 'Congratulations' for jobs well done. From the very first moment at the open house, we were welcomed into the KCA family. The small class sizes and Christian foundation has helped him to blossom academically and socially. We simply cannot rate KCA high enough. We feel that this school has rescued our son from the failing local public high school system. Visit KCA and notice the smiles on the students' faces, pleasant interactions between the students, and the joyful learning in every classroom. We highly recommend this school to all children and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

KCA is a special place. The first time I met the Administrator, he was actually out in the soccer field down on one knee, letting middle school boys kick footballs off his toe over the goal. That type of humble leadership and caring service is prevalent throughout the culture at KCA. The teachers are all-in when it comes to providing great opportunities for kids to learn and grow. The materials presented are excellent, and provide college level preparation in all offered courses. The anatomy and physiology course is on par with what is taught at universities across the country. Opportunities to be involved in extra-curriculars are abundant, and the atmosphere is a safe and intentionally Christ-focused one. I'm proud to have been at KCA.


Posted May 12, 2014

KCA gave me an incredible foundation. I'm a recent graduate of KCA and wanted to throw in my two cents. I came to the school 8 years ago and am now attending a great university in Virginia -- my first choice college! I've looked back thought the reviews and noticed that in 2004/2005, some people struggled with their experiences. I totally get it...the school was just starting to grow at that point, there weren't a lot of extracurricular activities, and the student body was small. Ten years later, however, the school has an incredible amount of things to be involved in and the number of students has grown substantially. I was really into both sports and the Ensemble, which is their award-winning vocal group. Not only did we get to travel for competitions, but we had opportunities to perform that we wouldn't have had in public school. Academically, I'm amazed at how what I've learned in the classroom at KCA has helped me here at college. (My note-taking skills cannot be beat, thanks to a particular upper school teacher at KCA!) I also received several scholarships thanks to their help! I would definitely recommend KCA to a family that wants a solid, safe place for their child.


Posted April 13, 2014

KCA is devoted to Jesus. No matter what the subject matter or the special activity outside the classroom, the goal is to serve the Lord, to build His Kingdom by the unity and action of believers. Students are well equipped, by the time they graduate, to live and serve in the current culture, and to compete in the college and vocational arena. KCA is also a place of great fun! I love being at the school where a spirit of peace, joy, and encouragment reigns. There are many activities for students--field trips, retreats, sports, drama, musical groups, robotics, service projects. Parent involvement is very high and very welcome. One way I know we are successful is that our alumni return. Some come just to visit; others are substitute teachers, regular classroom teachers, or chapel speakers; some are now parents sending their young ones to KCA!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 10, 2014

Hands down, KCA is the best school in St. Mary's County. When we relocated to Maryland a few years ago, I went in search of a school that would be academically challenging for my children as well as offer all the "extras". Unlike other area schools that are cutting their music, arts, and P.E. programs, KCA is working hard to enhance their offerings. My children are challenged by the curriculum -- and I'm impressed by what the school considers to be important. Kids take part in art, music, computer class, robotics, P.E., and library at least once each week. Impressive. We've visited schools that are twice as expensive and they don't offer as much as KCA does. The "religious" aspect is also positive. Kids go to chapel once a week...I've attended and thought they were well done and would cater to most folks. All in all, a really solid school that I'm proud to have my kids be a part of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

The King's Christian Academy is a great place for students to get a biblically-based education that will prepare them to succeed in college. I enjoy teaching at KCA, and I love being able to invest in my students' lives.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 10, 2014

This is our family's first year at KCA and we love it. We had some issues with our local public school last school year and decided to enroll our children at KCA. Both of our daughters have blossomed at KCA and I am very impressed with the curriculum. My children are academically well ahead of their friends who attend the public schools in the area. The staff is also very friendly and supportive. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved and the students and staff were very welcoming to our family. I can't imagine my daughters attending any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

"I can't wait to get back to KCA!" That's what my kids have been saying over this last week of summer. We've enjoyed being a KCA family for the last four years. All three of my children are enrolled in their middle and high school. The switch from public school to private had its challenges, but the school was really helpful. One of the best parts was watching the student body come around our children and invite them to various activities. My kids felt included from the first week of school. What a relief for me as a parent. Now that we've been here a bit, I can tell you that the academics are top notch. I've watched my "non-reader" blossom into a kid that picks up books voluntarily. His teachers showed him how to tackle reading effectively and now he gravitates towards books like never before. One of my daughters struggled with math, but KCA has done wonders for her. Recently, I compared what she was studying with an equivalent public school textbook for her grade. KCA's text is far and above beyond what the public schools are using. We really love what KCA is doing for our children. I know the lessons being instilled now will be helpful throughout their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

KCA has an outstanding reputation in the community. We actually heard of the school first from neighbors -- nothing but positive. After checking it out ourselves, we discovered why people love having KCA be part of the community. It has a terrific academic reputation. (Last year, the robotics team went all the way to the world championship competition in CA.) Subjects are taught in a challenging manner, but even children who struggle are helped along with extra tutoring. Not everyone is alike and those differences are embraced here. A recent review stated that KCA's focus is to convert people to the Christian faith. Of course the teachers are going to share God's word -- it's a Christian school. Each week, the kids attend a chapel for 30 - 45 minutes on Thursdays. And, they have a typical religion/Bible class as part of their curriculum. But, my daughter has never felt coerced or pushed into a particular set of beliefs. Most of her friends attend different churches around the area, so it's obviously a very accepting school. We also love watching her participate in track in the spring and volleyball in the fall! (I believe they also have basketball, cheerleading and soccer.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

King's Christian is exactly what is claims to be - a Christian prep school, and it does a very solid job of this when students apply themselves. We've had 4 of our kids attend there; 3 of the four have graduated already and the 4th is in HS. All 3 of our older kids were extremely well prepared for attending world-class universities. Our oldest has already graduated from a 4-yr university with honors, our 2nd oldest has a 4.0 average at one of America's most prestigious universities, and our 3rd oldest just validated multiple courses at America's most selective public university. More importantly, each of our kids were trained to look at the world around them from a God-centered perspective and this has helped them live with both confidence and conviction. While KCA is unashamedly Christian it has not been afraid to deal with tough issues like sex ed, has worked tirelessly to integrate ethnically, racially, and socially and provides an environment for students that is very much in the World but not of it. While I don't doubt that my kids would have done well at most any school, it's the faith, academic discipline, and life skills taught by KCA that have "hooked" them for life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

As a current college student at a leading research University, I look back on my time at The King's Christian Academy with frustration, anger, and resentment. This school's primary focus is to "convert" people to the Christian faith- not to properly educate children and prepare them for the REAL world. In science class, children are taught that evolution didn't occur. Any educated person could refute the appalling lies found in the science text books at this school, but the young children subjected to this "information" are brainwashed into believing it's true. In chapel every week children are fervently encouraged to spend their free time "converting" others; If KCA had their way, every student who attended their school would go on to be a missionary and live their lives in a sheltered bubble where science was based on the Bible. Sheltering your children from the truth won't protect them or help them succeed in the future Children need comprehensive sexual education, they need to learn truthful science, and they need a diversity of opinions and people in order to be able to form their own beliefs; None of which KCA can offer. Think twice before sending your child to this school


Posted January 14, 2013

What are the average SAT and ACT scores of KCA graduating seniors? How are they comparing to the national averages? This is a significant factor one should consider when considering enrolling in KCA - especially when one takes into consideration the tuition and fees of attending the Academy.


Posted January 6, 2013

I was a student at KCA for 5 years. From a purely educational aspect, there are very few faults that I can find with KCA, as it set me in good stead for the rest of my educational life, and the basics they taught me have continually served me well. However, I do not feel that a good education makes up for the innumerable problems. The school is narrow-minded, unaccepting, unfair, and continually gives preferential treatment to those whose families donate the most money. The school did not prepare me for life in any way, as it is overly sheltering of students of all ages, and gives no insight into any real-life realities. Any kind of 'different' is shamed and discouraged by students and staff alike. Bullying is prevalent throughout the school, and is typically aimed at children with less money, or those who don't buy designer clothes; bullying is not addressed by staff, as they work to keep the rich families happy and ensure further donations. This school has an excellent and challenging curriculum, but lacks in every other possible area. In my opinion, if you are not a wealthy, conservative Christian family, this is not the right school for your children.


Posted April 17, 2012

Two words: fantastic environment. My son transferred to KCA during high school and we were amazed at how quickly he was able to acclimate. His classmates were like-minded, good kids who welcomed him -- that's a tough act to follow. He's become active in a couple of the sports programs, which are solid as well. Both my wife and I agree that this is a great place to send your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

I was very surprised to see only 3 stars for Kings Christian Academy. I noticed some are older (2004-2005) so the school has possibly made some drastic changes between then and now. My child attends the school and my family has been very happy with the enviornment and academics. Some of the negative reviews mentioned lack of extra curricular activities and the religious teachings. The school offers soccer, track, cheer, basketball, volleyball, drama, band, etc. I am not from an overly religious family, we do not attend church, and have never felt any pressure from the school to be otherwise. I think there is a good balance between the religious teaching and the standard academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

We are new to KCA and absolutely love it there. My children are in 3rd and 5th grade. This school has been a blessing for our family. My children spent last year at a public school in St. Mary's county after we moved here from out of state where they had also attended public school. At SMC public school they were very unhappy, bored with the work and upset with some student's negative behavior (cussing, constantly disrupting class). After much prayer and discussion we decided to look at private schools. After visiting several schools, we chose KCA hands down! My children are now being challenged in their work and have wonderful friends and teachers and look forward to each day! Apparently much has changed at this school from what the early reviews say because I only see caring students, teachers and parents. My children are thriving here and tell us they want to stay at KCA until they graduate. They love that they can pray with their classmates and learn about and discuss the Bible. We knew this school was for our family the first time we visited at one of the Open House nights. It was one of the best decisions we've made for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2011

I've attended KCA since the start and now i'm in 9th grade. I love it here! The environment is so amazing and I'm not sure what kind of place could be better. Yes I looked at those other reviews and Some things may be true ,but This School is so well managed and has amazing teachers that care for the students and will do anything to help the kids get the help they need and really get the subject. In a public school, Not many teachers would go out of their way to help a student pass and excel very high. Especially with the very small amount of pay the teachers receive at KCA. They care! Bible really strikes me as an amazing class. I can discuss with my teacher about what it means to sin and how God uses it to mold me or anything else we discuss. We also get tons of chances to have extracurricular activities if we take the chance. I participate in Sound, Soccer, Praise Band, Fundraising, Track, Special Events, and so many more opportunities! KCA is amazing! Though the Devil can bring us down, The envireonment at KCA and the friends you gain there show you Christ and help you through everything. I wouldn't trade being in KCA for a school anywhere else in the world.


Posted August 26, 2010

Overall, KCA is not a terrible school, considering the school runs on a fairly low budget as private schools go, but that also means that extracurriculars and general opportunities for students are minimal. The school is supposed to be "Non-denominational" but the school was started by a local Baptist church, and is still very, very Baptist. They show moderate tolerance for other denominations of Christianity, but seem to frown upon the beliefs of Catholics and Mormons. They do, however, show very little tolerance of any other religion at all, but that cannot be too much of a surprise. The quality of education at the school is so varied it's hard to rate. Some of the teachers are excellent, and some aren't. Overall, I wouldn't send my child to KCA, I would choose St. Mary's Ryken, or if that is unaffordable, the public schools aren't terrible anymore.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 42%
Black 11% 35%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Two or more races 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 30% (2012)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 60% (2012)
Percentage of students going to the military 10% (2012)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Robotics Awards (various competitions; invite to Worlds)) (2012)
  • Vocal Ensemble - Fine Arts Festival - 1st Place (2012)
  • Cheerleading - 1st Place - Bowie State Compeition (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:35 am
School end time
  • 3:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kevin Fry
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
  • CSI

Programs

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Honors track
  • STEM
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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Computer programming

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
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Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
320
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
325

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$6000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 30%
4 year college - 60%
Military - 10%
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20738 Point Lookout Rd.
Callaway, MD 20620
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Phone: (301) 994-3080

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