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PK-12
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Fort Washington, MD
Students enrolled: 259

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6700 Bock Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744

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(301) 567-9507
(301) 567-7438
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September 30, 2014
My son has attended NCA since PK and now he has excelled to the 12th as a striving Senior because of the quality teachers and staff as well as the administrators. My son has been on the Dean's list, honor roll his entire education. I commend myself as a parent who work with him and developed a relationship with the teachers and the teachers that work extremely hard to provide the children with the skills they need to excell, not only in school, but Godly principles and discipline. I have seen students leave National Christian Academy only to come back because of the diligent and quality education they receive from NCA. I would not have put my son in any other school. As a senior, my sons GPA is 3.89 and doing very well. To GOD be the Glory.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2014
The National Christian Academy has provided both our son and daughter an education and a solid Christian foundation on which to build because they teach the full gospel. This is the only school that our daughter has attended and we believe that she is a better young lady for it.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
We have been at NCA for 1 year and, I'll admit, it was a challenging year coming from a public school! But with the teacher's (and tutor's) dedication and my husband and my involvement, we learned a lot and our son (who is in elementary school) had a great year! Involvement and communication was all that was needed to overcome any struggles we faced during this transition. My son also participate in the summer enrichment program and, even though it included "learning", he LOVED it. I believe NCA has the children's education, future success in life and spiritual well-being at the forefront of all their decision making. We are looking forward to this new year and are confident it will be successful.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
My children love this school. I do not agree with the negative comments that were written. My children never want to leave at the end of the day. May daughter has gotten many compliments from strangers on how she is sounding out her letters at the age of 3. My son, who is entering the 2nd grade this year has had an excellent experience. His teacher is caring and patient with him. He made the deans list his entire first grade year. I found the faculty and staff to be friendly and welcoming. It really has a family feel. Im really confused about the negative comments because that has never happened to my husband, my children, my mother in law or myself. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
Read all the comments here!!!!! Not just the good ones!!!! I never experienced a staff so willing to punish a child for what they (mistakenly) perceive the parents error to be. I will never understand why it is acceptable to pull a child out of class on the assumption that the parent has paid tuition late. Just a little effort would reveal that the check is indeed in their possession and no drastic action need be taken. The only rationale given is that most new parents in the past have proven to be late or unreliable with tuition payment. I am truly disgusted. Additionally the teachers in the junior high and high school department do not know how to teach the materials, and do not properly explain the work to the class. I personally, would not recommend that you, being smart parents, and wanting the best education for your child, send your child to National Christian Academy! In case you decide to visit, be sure to visit the restrooms & cafeteria. And look out for Highs School administratives. You wont find a up to date Windows 7 or 8 computer lab. You won't even find a basic Biology lab. How can they even teach chemistry or biology without a lab.? This place is a big joke.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
I found that National Christian Academy is a great school. My daughter has grown academically and spiritually. The principal and teachers are dedicated to their students. The atmosphere at the school is loving and a caring environment, I would recommend this school to anyone who is interested.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
National Christian Academy is a great school with the right amount of students per class. The teachers provide the students with lessons & learning that are appropriate for each grade level. My children enjoy attending the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
We have two sons who attended National Christian Academy for seven years. The class sizes are much smaller than at public schools; the bible teachings are great; and the staff will work with you in addressing any concerns you may have but you have to be open and willing to work together with them as a team. If a child comes from a structured and nurturing environment, he/she will be very successful at National. Overall, we are pleased and our children enjoy attending. As a parent, I recommend a campus visit so you can make an informed decision on whether National is suitable for your family. You will be glad you did.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
I have two kids at this school. The ONLY reason they attend is because the public schools in the area are terrible. I will say that the A Beka curriculum is great and I'm happy with it. Now, the school itself? I have to agree with the other parents. A SERIOUS lack in parent-teacher communication, they seem VERY disorganized, VERY money driven, the other children despite this being a "Christian" school are rude, crass, some are ill-mannered and hard-headed. The teachers are inflexible, sometimes irrational and hard-nosed with THEIR beliefs. Your typical, cliqued up, churchy environment. As I said, curriculum-wise, they are great. I am shopping around now for places to relocate, so his will be the last year my kids will attend.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
My child has attended this school for two years. Started out in Pre K and has gone through K5. I can't tell you the amount of problems I have encountered in this school. From over crowded classes, to the things my child comes home to tell me about what the other children talk about in class, etc. I have had numerous meetings with the principle over minor things that a normal 4 and 5 year old does but when something is done to my child I never hear about it from the school. This school is definitely about money and needless to say my child will not be returning for another year. I expected for the children to be more disciplined by the teachers for the things that they do and say but it seems that anything goes for the money. On another note the teachers assistants and 1st grade teachers are really nice and the summer program is actually good because there are less children in the classroom and your child gets more one on one time.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
I attended this school in elementary and middle school, in the early '90s (a million years ago). When I look at these reviews, I see that this school has not changed. We dealt with an ever-revolving cast of teachers and even as children, we knew that we lacked basic resources despite the high tuition. I begged to go to public school; this finally happened once things got so bad at NCA that someone was stabbed (at the time, students expelled from DC and PG were allowed to come to the school - so the entire school had basically become these types of people). I wish I could find the articles - it was all over the news. Sadly, here we are 20 years later and the same stuff is still going on: A school that seems more interested in churchin' and getting checks than educating. The reviews that say "there's room for improvement" but still recommend the school are most baffling to me: I'm not a parent, but I would think my kid would deserve a school that was at the top of its game. Worst of all, when I went to public school, I had been so underexposed (both to people and real academic rigor) they thought I was "slow". The damage from that school was real. Avoid it.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2014
I am very surprised at the complaints previously listed. My girls have attended NCA for the past 2 years, and I am quite satisfied with the administrations and teachers attention to details with the students, and any other issues that may arise. I actually attended this school in 7th and 8th grade, and only left after begging my mother for the opportunity to attend public school because I had attended private school my entire life. A decision I wish I hadn't made. After enrolling my children here and seeing the MANY changes the school has completed I find the school encourages parental involvement, and I have NEVER had any issues with the administrative and support staff in planning events, or even volunteering with the many functions they not only have for the students, but for the parents and grandparents as well. The only "warning" I would give anyone considering this school, is to keep in mind that it is a smaller private school, and they truly need the support of the parents to run and grow bigger. I believe this is great for the students because it is truly a village raising our children, and the children get the better end of the deal because of this partnership.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2013
My son attended NCA for 5 years and for the most part, I thought he was getting a good education. Now that he's no longer there, I see differently. I feel the school is definitely lacking in science and technology. No science lab and broke down computers in the computer lab. Most of the time, the homeroom teacher taught computer lab and the students and teacher learned together. I'd give them an A for Bible/Religion. During the 5 years that my son was there, communication was always a problem and never seemed to get better. When ever i had a compliant about anything (a teacher, aftercare, students) I was always given a compassionate ear but no results. At times (most), I felt like NCA is all about the $$$. Which is ironic considering the staff in the finance office is the most incompetent EVER! Every month there were issues with my account and I always paid on time. I would have credits and debits that didn't belong to me. Every month I would bring my receipts because i knew there was gonna be a problem that i'd have to prove. Not to mention the occasional accidental email blast going out to All regarding a family's account. There are public schools better than this.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
No computer lab, no TEACHER accountability, basketball coach should NOT be coaching young men, and I too wondered where the practice of christianity was across the board at NCA. Class sizes around 9 to 11 students and some kids have to take online classes due to teacher's incompetence, apathy and laziness!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
My Children love this school! After having a terrible experience at St. Phillips, I put my children at NCA. My children love it! I have never experienced rude staff at this school. So I find the other comments quit interesting. I do feel they have room to improve their academic rigor and sense of urgency for higher achievement. i hope this will improve by the time my children get to middle school.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2013
enrolled my child in the Summer Enrichment program after receiving a stellar review from one of my associates; 2 weeks later, I started to experience issues with the staff. I have never experienced a more unprofessional, unorganized staff in my life. Nor have I ever experienced a staff so willing to punish a child for what they (mistakenly) perceive the parents error to be. I will never understand why it is acceptable to pull a child out of class on the assumption that the parent has paid tuition late. Just a little effort would reveal that the check is indeed in their possession and no drastic action need be taken. The only rationale given is that most new parents in the past have proven to be late or unreliable with tuition payment. This is the second time this has happened. I am truly disgusted. My advice to parents: pay in person, pay with a debit or credit card, do not mail in checks... not even with you banks Bill Pay option.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
I have read the previous reviews and while I agree with some of the comments, I believe the school has greatly improved. No school will be perfect. I have two children enrolled in Middle School and elementary. The Middle school does have room for improvement, but I have found that if you ask the teachers a question, they will respond and you can get problems resolved. A lot also depends on the kids that attend as well. My 5th grader had a phenomenal teacher in Mrs. Smith, he was actually excited about going to school and would talk about what he had done that day. Any school that puts that amount of excitement in my child is great with me.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
I am not sure where the "Christian" came from in the name of this school. It is not a very friendly environment at all. It seems like their interests are put ahead of the children's needs and their deceision making process for handling operation issues always lead to the child being negatively affected. I think this is the worst private school in the area if not the East Coast.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
I think that this school is great for education. The teachers are just amazing in their ability to teach their children. The problem is that most of the students want to baby fed for the rest of their life so when the teachers take away some of the help the students get really mad and tell their parents that they are not "learning" anything.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
My child has attended NCA for four years. The level of professionalism and dedication to the education of the students has declined over the years. I don't feel like my child is learning but just being tested for grades. I want my child to be prepared and strive for excellence, but very few staff members posses these qualities. Especially my child's current teacher who is very unprofessional. she's never prepared with lessons and testing and her time management skills are horrific. The school's management will not do due dillengence and evaluate their faculty,so that a standard of excellence can be achieved. As long as you pay your tution the school will accept mediocre educational performance from your child. Because there's no standard of excellence for the faculty or students , I don not recommed this school. Waste of time and money.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
My grandson attends this school. It has provided an excellent foundation for him both spiritually and academically. His teacher, Mrs. Bridges is excellent. The teacher sends home a red folder, yellow folder or green folder, the parent has the responsiblitiy to review and keep up with the assignments. The folders contain all pertinent information from homework assignments, grades, upcoming events etc. From what I seen, signs are vividly posted which annouces the school activities and events. For us, this school was the right choice for him and a blessing for us.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2011
National Christian Academy needs to adopt the no left child act, because several students are struggling in their classes because they are going to fast and the children aren't grasping what taught. I teachers don't seem to care whether the children pass or fail. I would advice anybody to talk to the current students to see what is really going on because nobody seems to care. For this to be christian school I thought it would be better for my child but it wasn't, I will stick to a puplic setting.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
This is my child's 1st year at NCA. The positive things about NCA are the small class sizes and the safe Christian enviornment. Unfortunately, the lack of communication between the school (teacher's) and the parents is a huge issue at NCA. The school uses Edline to post grades weekly. However, in many instances grades are not updated. Edline is a wonderful resource to communicate with parents and students regarding homework assignments, test, etc. For some reason this is not being done. I have met with the school's administrator and teachers on more than one occasion. I had been extremely frustrated with NCA. But more recently, I've accepted that I have certain expectations for my child's education and NCA does not meet my needs.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
Last school year 2008-2009 was my son first year at National and he did a 200% turn around in academics. His 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Watson was the BEST!!!!!! If all schools had a teacher like her the school system would be a better learning environment for our children. I was reading below at the negative comments but I'm happy to say that I didn't experience ANY. Go NCA!!! 5 thumbs up!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2008
My daughter is enrolled at this school as a new student in K5 for school year 2008-2009. So far, the teachers I have encountered are wonderful, especially Dr. Coleman in K5. The school's finance office is another story to be told. I have gotten to the point where I dread to even deal with them and this shool year have barely begun. Whenever I go in there it seems like everybody is laughing and talking and not taking their jobs seriously. The staff is very unprofessional, nobody seems to know what's going on, incorrect information is posted in the office, but no one is correcting it or informing parents the information is incorrect. By reading the other parents reviews I know I am not alone. I feel as though if I am paying this high tution for private school, I should be receiving excellent customer service.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2008
I have always wanted my son to go to a christain school because I went to a christain school in my country.The first day I walked into national I knew I choose the right school.I felt at home, I could feel Gods present in the school, everybody were very friendly like family.yuo could feel God's presents in the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
I transferred my 15 yr old daughter to NCA from Oxon Hill High School. As parent of teenage girl, I highly recommend this NCA because the school teaches God 1st, Family 2nd and then education. Before NCA, my daughter was influence, observing and initiating inappropriate contacts and behavior with other students. Upon addressing her actions, her reply was everyone was doing out in the open - class room, hallways various courtyards. Encouraging education upon young minds is a very heavy task. Providing a moral and ethical school atmosphere is where NCA fills in the gap that a majority of public schools fear to tread due to government regulations, parental ignorance, fear of lawsuits and non-God fearing family. One clear example is the clothing being tolerated in students wearing to school. It's a place of learning not singles bar or club. NCA is concern w/ advance college goals instead of inappropriate fashion.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
national is great school because they teach you about god, education. I love national for their loving kindness. when was test 2 years ago I thought I day I will go to that school and it come true

- submitted by a former student
May 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2006
My family selected National Christian Academy because of the quality of recognition given to the creator God through his Son Jesus. As such, students are required to study and learn about the values, characters and life-long patterns we are to follow as people. This message along with the highest quality of instructional learning promotes success in all students during their formative years at NCA. Success acquired at NCA will carry over to adult life. NCA provides all the above and as parents, we are proud to have such a school to prepare our children for life. By: Don P. Demyers, Ph.D. Professor of Biology University of the District of Columbia

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
My child has been a student at NCA for 5.5 years, and the quality of education has consistently gone down. I am not at all pleased with the level of education received, the lack of professionalism from the school's staff, the lack of organization or the lack of funding allotted. Often, I feel as though I am re-teaching and in some instances teaching my own child. I keep hearing that this teacher is highly capable, but she seems emotionally unstable, unorganized, extremely controlling, & not open to parental involvement. She, along with many other NCA staff members, just does not exhibit the level of professionalism I expect. In my opinion, NCA is just a baby step above public school.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 23, 2005
I use to go to NCA. The students are out of control and the teachers can't control them. This school bathroom on the high school side are always nasty but the preschool side looks very nice I must say. If I was a parent take it from me NCA is not where it is at.

- submitted by a former student
March 24, 2005
'Carnal eyes only see with negativity, while spiritual eyes see the positive.' I have grown up in NCA, and in all honesty, it has taught me Christian values in a Christian environment. I have a 3.8 average, and I am enrolled into an accredited universty. Do not believe all of the ratings that you believe. National Christian Academy is a definate Christian environment, fueled by proper educational qualities, and the Spirit of God. If you need a 'quality' school for your child, send them to NCA.

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2005
The only sports/extracurricular activities are cheerleading and basketball!It would b nice if they start a track team again, but they dont have a coach.Some of the high school teachers dont teach well.There are too many rules,some of them arent necessary and dont improve behavior nor academics!(behavior needs 2 improve) Now the high school is unorganized;I do not,I repeat I do not reccomend this school!

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2005
This school is not good ay all. It is full of fakers only good thing about the school are the basketball players and the cheerleaders. So thats all I have to say.

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2004
This school is not good at all. I am a student at NCA. Teachers purposly embarrass students in front of the class, instead of talkin to them after class. The one good teacher is Ms. Arrington. There philosphy is students respect teachers, but teachers do not have to respect the students. Please dont waste youre money here!

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2004
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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2004
This school is not worthy to even be Christ- related! It should be named National Academy. My child reported faculty disrespecting other staff in the front of the class, and when I was leaving the building , I heard two female teachers say 'yeah, we running this joint, we taking over this place!' High school staff is very unprepared, they mess up the students grades, and taunt teachers and students. This is a place that shows favoritism to some and not all. Certain students and teachers are treated different from others. This school is a waste of time, education, and thousands of dollars. I definitely do not recommend NCA. I was highly displeased. If you want your child to learn in high school and junior high do not send them here! The facilities here are a complete mess. God bless!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2004
I am a parent, who has sent my child to nca since k-4 to 12th. Grade. The curriculum was excellent from grades k-5 to 6th. Grade. When my child entered into junior high and high school, I was amazed when the child came home and said that some of the teachers in the junior high and high school department did not know how to teach the materials, or did not properly explain the work to the class. I personally, would not recommend that you, being smart parents, and wanting the best education for your child, do not send your child to National Christian Academy! In case you decide to visit, be sure to visit the restrooms & cafeteria.Look out for highs chool administratives.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2004
My daughter attended NCA from K4 to 3rd grade. What I don't like about the school is that although it's a Christian school, it doesn't seem like it is at times. The enviornment is not as good as I expected. I was pleased with the school in the beginning but she will not be returning for the 2004-2005 school year.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
At N.C.A. your child is surely loved by all the teachers. There is a close bond with the students and teachers. Christ is first in the school.I have been there 20 years and love it.

- submitted by a teacher
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National Christian Academy
6700 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD  20744
(301) 567-9507
Last modified National Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
National Christian Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top