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National Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 293 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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.


Posted February 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 4, 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


Posted September 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
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Posted March 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted January 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 6, 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted February 6, 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.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 48% 40%
Two or more races 48% N/A
Hispanic 2% 10%
Asian 1% N/A
White 1% 45%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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