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Southern Md Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 5 students


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Posted May 25, 2013

As a student, SMCA is a great place to be for school. I have been there for quite a few years and SMCA has become a great school over the years. SMCA just got ACSI and MSA accredited. (A few ACSI workers came to our school how SMCA runs things. They commented on the teachers and how nice they are. Prayer is a big thing each class does before every class.) We are one of a few in the county and I think, also in the state who are dual-accredited. Our growth in students is adding up really quickly. The students and teachers are very nice and trained in what they teach. Personally, SMCA is a great school!

Posted May 14, 2013

There is always something for my children to do at this school. There was a dance last friday night for my high school boy. Last night, the baseball team played in the championship game at home. Even my 1st grader has an afterschool club that keeps her busy. She loves the science, problem-solving and games clubs. There was a family picnic that our school friends enjoyed earlier this month too. Our family believes this school is a treasure and we are thankful to be there!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 12, 2012

Accredited too?!? SMCA is a total package! My children have attended the school for 12 years and have achieved so much! I am thankful for the small classroom sizes, the individualized attention and high academic standard at SMCA! I love being confident that their teachers are attending conferences, taking CEU courses and are not complacent about their own education and careers. SMCA administrators raise the educational bar for their students and teachers and it is met!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 10, 2012

Firstly, as a student of this school, I wanted to say that I absolutely enjoy it. Not only spiritually but academically as well. The schools grading standards are quite strict so you will always have that sense of rigorous academic achievement when your enrolled. Another great fact is that the teachers and staff not only teach you well but they will also help your child understand all the text material as the faculty work their hardest in bringing your child an excellent education. I also wanted to add that since I was enrolled here, the school is gradually growing. In fact a gym is being built this year so physical activities can be focused on more than in previous years. On the spiritual side of things, considering we are a Christian school, your child will never feel isolated as they will be welcomed whole-heartedly by a Christ-loving student body. There is nearly no judgement ( I say this because nothing is perfect) or hate. With these in mind, my only real complaint is a lack of extracurricular activity. Other than that this is a great school that is worth your time and money!

Posted July 18, 2012

My children have attended SMCA for 5 years. They love the school and the teachers. The teachers are wonderful and I cannot speak more highly of them. They are dedicated and care about the children that attend there. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a quality education with teachers that care.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 16, 2012

I have 2 children that have been in SMCA for 5 years and have l loved this school from the beginning! My son is in middle school and my daughter is in elementary. It is very important to me that my kids get the best education so they can succeed in college. Their standardized test scores show that they are receiving well above the nation's standards! That is completely due to SMCA's dedicated teachers and principals! I pray that my kids will get amazing scholarships like the current graduating SMCA class. I am so glad I found this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 18, 2012

My son has been at SMCA since K4 and is just now finishing up his 2nd grade year. We LOVE it! The teachers are awesome, caring, and challenge my son. On several occasions we have seen work my step-son (who attends public school in VA) is doing and it's work my son did last year. My step-son is a year older and grade ahead of my son. The work is a step above what others are doing, the vocabulary my son commands is fantastic, and the family-atmosphere among the children is great! Occasionally you do run into "entitled" parents who want something for nothing- meaning, the kids should do and have all these great things but don't look to them to volunteer or help out. That annoys me a bit but...I've found that to be true in the Organized sports world as well. SMCA is a FANTASTIC school that should not be over looked! They have compeleted the process for the ACSI Accrediting team and are just waiting for the results.
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Posted November 19, 2011

I attended SMCA for 13 years and have been beyond prepared for college. I am now getting ready to transfer from CSM to a four year college. When I began at CSM I was not required to take the placement tests because of my high SAT scores. I have received A's in all of my classes and have been taking more than a full time schedule of classes. I believe that without SMCA I would not have been able to place directly into college level classes, would not have found college classes so easy and would not have developed the sense of integrity I have today. I have also developed lasting relationships with my teachers and continue to email and visit them regularly. They are a great network of support and help for me even after I have graduated. Mrs. Thomson the Academic Dean/ English teacher is very caring and tries her hardest to ensure that students are happy and well educated.

Posted August 11, 2011

I have recently left SMCA. Now don't get me wrong this is an okay school, but it needs more resources. The majority of the senoirs graduate an go to community college , an the 8th grade students leaving goin to high school are Not well equipped!!This school should just be an elemetary.I have been there since the 3rd grade an now i'm going to the ninth and i'm very dissapointed about were I am academically. Private schools are supposed to be better than public right? Well I have friends that have left and went to public an now are ahead of me!! Don't send your high schooler's to SMCA
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 11, 2011

I love the fact that when I drop my children off at SMCA in the morning and drive to my job in DC, I do not ever worry about them. The teachers are loving, caring Christians who go above and beyond their duties. My children have been attending for 6 years and have consistently scored high marks on their standardized tests. SMCA is a win-win situation for my children and our family - college degreed and qualified and experienced teachers, safety, AND a loving, family community. Congrats to the Class of 2011! Way to go for all your college scholarships!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2011

SMCA is a wonderful school that i have attended for seven years now . It has a great student body that is filled with the Word and lifts you up when you are feeling down. The teachers are also very caring and do their best to equip us for the future. If you send your child to SMCA they will be a welcome addition to the Mustang family.

Posted April 19, 2011

I am pleased with SMCA. Maybe a few of the teachers should communicate more by phone. There should be extra credit assigment send home to the parent to raise their grades if the grades are dropping. The school is excellent and I speak no negativity. I will continue to send my grandchild to SMCA.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 18, 2010

This school has a long history and tradition with faithfulness to the Word. This school teaches a balance of growth in academics, spiritual, emotional and physical growth.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 29, 2010

This place is a joke. Not accredited, teachers are substandard. Not worth $700.00 let alone the 5K I paid. I feel as if I have been robbed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 7, 2010

wow, thanks for making a difference in my kids life. it's nice to know standardized testing scores show he's above average in every area!
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Posted April 12, 2010

I thought this was a fantastic school when I sent my 3 daughters there and I still think it is great now that 4 of my grandchildren are attending.My oldest granddaughter started going to SMCA when she was 3 and attended the K3 program now she is in middle school and I believe she and her cousins and siblings are so far ahead of public schools because of the student /teacher ratio along with the care they show to each student.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 7, 2009

This is my daughters forst year, she loves the school with one exception, it's higher grading standards but she is more determined to work on it this year. Over all I likethis school and have never had any issues and when I have questions they are answered promply.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2009

I attended the PTF meeting last night. The information given was that SMCA's standardized testing scores are well above the national standards! So, not only are my children getting a nurturing school environment where their teachers pray before each class, but a top notch education! Thanks to all of the teachers and their awesome curriculum! Thanks be to God for his abundant blessings on SMCA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 20, 2008

If SMCA isn't required to attend teacher conferences, why do they do it every year? You know how most schools don't get out for Thanksgiving break untile Wednesday. We get out the whole week, because our tescher are at a conference. Every year it alternates between elementary and secondary teachers going to a conference. This year it was secondary. Before you make assumptions get your facts straight. I'm working on my tenth year at SMCA and I love it as much as a kid can love a school. I have great techers who really care about all of us.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 29, 2008

I thank God for SMCA and am thankful for the opportunity to send my children there. In a time where children are taught worldly standards and told they are able to do what they feel is right, I am so thankful SMCA follows the Word of God - God's standards. SMCA is not afraid of making difficult decisions while showing God's grace, love and mercy. The administration and teachers pray and guide all of the students in becoming young Christian leaders and it shows. I commute from Virginia and needed to ensure my children receive the best education possible. My husband and I strongly feel we have found it in SMCA. I love the family atmosphere and sense of belonging too!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 42%
Black 42% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hispanic 2% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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