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!
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have had the joy of being apart of the King's Christian Academy for the past 14 years. My daughter is a senior this year and I have a son in 9th and a son in the 3rd grade class. Recently my husband and I took our daughter to a university where she was chosen to attend for the fall 08 school year. It was during this weekend that I really saw how well KCA prepared my daughter for college. KCA has a rigorous academic program that does not need lots of extra supplemental programs to challenge children. KCA has involved my children in many extra outside organizations like Summit, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, BlackRock Outdoor School and Sandy Cove Bible Conference. The athletic program is growing and there are opportunities for participation from middle school on up. Like any school there are areas for growth. KCA focuses on the heart.
Overall, KCA has been an excellent place to educate my three children. In the tri-county area, KCA presents the best in Christian education and related activities. KCA has prepared my children for college and beyond. The proof is in the pudding. Ask the students! They will tell you about the school, it's positives and areas of needed improvement. Christian education, where a Biblical worldview is taught, it paramount at KCA. It is disappointing that those who have issues with the schools they write about warp other's opinions of all the good that is being done. Christian education is not for everyone. However, this school is an excellent place to grow academically, socially, and most of all, spiritually.
The quality of the academics is excellent. This is probably due to class size, good kids who listen and want to learn and a teaching staff not burdened with typical public school restrictions and a program firmly planted in Christian principles. The middle and high school level has typically scored well above the national average on standardized testing. Also, the kids really enjoy going to school. The whole environment is conducive to a great educational experience for the kids. KCA has new facilities/campus with room to expand in the future. The school has also expanded their athletic program with competitive sports such as Basketball, soccer, Track, volleyball and Cheerleading.
Our daughter has attended KCA for four years and loves it. She looks forward to going to school. Academics are challenging but our daughter has worked through it and is better for it. These other parents/student reviews may feel it is too challenging. It is a small private school and therefore does not have all of the electives or extracurricular activities that local public schools provide but KCA concentrates on solid academic foundation and building the moral character of the children. I would place KCA's standard test scores against any of the local schools. One student review spoke about non-Christians feeling isolated. This is a Christian school and isn't for everyone. Sports programs have expanded in the past year and KCA has room for future expansion. Visit the school and see for yourself.
My two sons attended for one year and were happy to not have to return. We had great hopes of a strong christian school and were disappointed by the favoritism shown to families who had been attending with consecutive children over new students, even to the point of disbelieving two or three children over one. The administrator refused to acknowledge opinions that were different than her own and even denied other parent complaints had ever taken place. Talking to a brick wall is a good comparison. I did notice that most girls attending enjoyed the school and most boys tended to struggle and get into trouble for 'being boys'. No behavioral differences were acceptable. Very disappointed. The art and music classes available were minimal at best and far below what the public schools offer. Even good teachers struggled against the restrictions put on them.
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