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PK-12
Private
White Plains, MD
Students enrolled: 321
 

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Po Box 1668
White Plains, MD 20695

(301) 870-2550
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January 30, 2015
Southern Maryland Christian Academy (SMCA) is a top rated private Christian School. They have high values and demonstrate a genuine interest in your child s overall development. Our child has always been in a private school. We had to start looking for another private school because it was time for her to graduate from kindergarten. My husband and I was very concern about her transitioning from the early childhood development school that she attended for 3 years to another private school. The director at the school that she was attending recommended SMCA. The curriculum is great and they challenge the children. Our child started 1st grade at SMCA and she will continue at SMCA until she graduates.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2014
After experiencing SMCA from the inside, I felt compelled to inform others who may be considering it as an option what to expect. I do not know what the elementary school is like, but the secondary school needs a major overhaul. The administration is inconsistent at best, which leads to a very unstructured, chaotic environment. Many students are disrespectful, not just to the staff, but also to each other. Both bullying and cheating are regular occurrences. Although there may be some good teachers on staff, they are not supported and do not have the resources to do an effective job. Also, a significant number of students lack critical thinking and basic writing skills. If you are looking for a school that values strong academics, I suggest you look elsewhere.

- submitted by a community member
November 12, 2014
SMCA was rated Best Private School for the Southern Maryland area! This is from the 2015 Niche Report and they look at all sorts of data including standardized test scores, graduate success and student happiness! My son is in SMCA's high school and finds the academics challenging in his advanced classes with teachers that are understanding, encouraging and knowledgeable! I am so thankful for the 9 years that my children have been in this school!

- submitted by a parent
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
June 07, 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!

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
September 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 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
no rating April 01, 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
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
October 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
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
October 04, 2008
Beware, regardless of what the school says, they are not an accredited school through ACSI. They may be members, but any one can sign up for membership -- even you. Their teachers are not required to attend ACSI conferences. Those who do must take leave and pay their own way. They do not require their teachers to have a teaching degree -- any degree will do! Who is teaching the children? Administration is all of one family and very elusive and unsupportive. My children attended for a couple years, but we couldn't leave fast enough when I finally started getting the real picture.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2008
Do your due diligence if you chose to place your child here. The negative postings on this site are accurate. The school is not an accedited school by state standards, the school leaders are, for the most part related to each other, the school handbook states no visits are allowed to the school without 2 days notice, and the 'rules' stated in the handbook are not applicable to all students. I found this 'school' to be cult-like. The staff is very evasive when asked pointed questions about teacher qualifications. I recommend that anyone thinking about this school to think again. Southern Maryland offers other alternatives in private education that are far superior.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2008
As a parent, I have nothing but praise for SMCA! I believe their teachers are the best that can be offered. Many have been at the school for more than 15 years and all are Chrisitians. The teachers do not just get through the curriculum, they add information to it that is applicable to the time and era that we live in. It is so comforting to me, a commuting mom into DC, to know that my children are loved and kept safe every day.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
I have to start by agreeing 100 percent with the 2 previous posters. The teachers are no qualified, and administration does try to get by just doing the minimum. My child started in the pre-k program, and will not be returning. I am very dissappointed with this school. Anyone who is considering enrolling, should really do their homeowrk. My child did learn a lot, but has come out of it with an attitude of not really liking school. This comes back to the teachers not being qualifed to teach, and administration being lazy. I really wanted to love this school, and time and again was dissapointed. The classrooms are tiny, the 'school' buildings are dim, and any artwork, or student works on the wall are all the same. the lighting is poor, and the bathrooms are not clean. There is no inspiration to learn.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
Just putting together a church, classrooms, books, and people willing to sit at a teachers desk doesn't make a school. The administration of this school tries to get away with the minimum. They are having trouble filling positions because the county pays 2 1/2 to 3 times and more as much as SMCA. The people they get, though they have good intentions, lack the skills necessary to teach effectively. The administration is very evasive when questioned about the qualifications of the teachers and unresponsive to parent concerns. I know that my kids will not be returning to SMCA, and from what I've heard from other parents, enrollment at SMCA will continue to drop. Some people doubt that SMCA will be around much longer.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
When we were looking for a school we heard lots of good things about this school. We started our children in the pre-school and at first we were very pleased. But as time has passed we found that SMCA is nothing like what we had heard. Our children love their teachers, and we've hoped that we could resolve our differences with the school but things keep getting worse. Promises have not been kept, the school is short on teachers, and the ones they have are not qualified. The result is the academics are very poor. My children won't be back, and I advise others to look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
My children have attended SMCA for several years and they love this school! They are receiving an excellent education and feel safe and loved.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
The teachers care about the students, and the students receive a great education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2007
SMCA is a wonderful and safe environment for children in all grades (K3 through 12th grade). The administration tireless works to provide the best education and extracurricular activities for Southern Maryland's children while teaching Jesus Christ's love and principles. The teachers have at least bachelor's degrees and continue to attend yearly classes and conferences to stay educationally current. My elementary children have learned far beyond my expectations with the school's ABEKA curriculum. They even have spanish this year for K5 through 12th grade. The Junior Mustang's After School Club for K5 through 5th grade students allow my children to learn about the fundamentals and teamwork of sports (basketball, cheerleading and soccer), and the creativity of Destination Imagination. The spiritual retreats are fantastic and the middle school and high school students love having fun with their friends while learning more about Jesus. Students state they love SMCA's family feel.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
SMCA has a few nurturing teachers, yet many are not certified and do not use best practices when teaching. They focus on rote memorization, which research cleary indicates doesn't develop conceptual understanding in students. The administration hasn't made sure their teachers have had the opportunity to receive professional development in their areas, thus hindering them to teach content the best way. This school is for the 'average' student. If your child is either below or above grade level, teachers are not able to meet their needs. Finally, administrators do not treat all children fairly - and are very close minded when it comes to taking suggestions from parents. The tuition isn't as expensive as some other private school, but as they say - you get what you pay for!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 30, 2007
My children attended SMCA for two years. Being a Christian myself, it was very dishardend to find that some of the staff were not people of integrity and even more upsetting to find that the principle sided with teacher. Instead of doing the biblical christian thing to do.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
If you live in an area where the public schools are really bad, I would recommend checking out SMCA. Your child will get a decent education and the price manageable. The elementary school curriculum up until 4th grade is great! My children could read anything you put in front of them by age 5. I don't like the way math is taught - rote memorization. Fifth grade does not prepare children for middle school at all! Spanish is on longer offered. They now offer Japanese at the secondary level, but really, how likely is it that my children will use this? They now offer a few extra curricular activities at the elementary level but that costs extra. Challenging the decisions or policies of the administration is not encouraged or well received.

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July 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
I graduated from that school in 2003.....honestly when i first attended the school i thought that it was great....and after i graduated and came back to visit i noticed that there was a change in the school and not for the better.....the school didnt have the same 'homey' feeling that it had for the 13 years that i attended it.

- submitted by a former student
May 10, 2004
I can speak for their preschool and elementary schools. Their preschool program is exceptional! They have a loving, gentle but firm way with the children. By the time your childen are ready for kindergarten, they are doing simple math, memorizing Bible verses, learning cursive, and beginning to read. They are far above the county preschool curriculum. The elementary school is also quite good. They introduce the lower grades to spanish, sign language, and computing in addition to a solid program of reading, spelling, math, music, PE, geography, and Bible studies. What they don't have in extra curricular clubs, they more than make up for in safe, disciplined academicly oriented, parent involved environment. I can't speak highly enough of the elementary school. I have no experience with the high school yet.

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Southern Md Christian Academy
Po Box 1668, White Plains, MD  20695
(301) 870-2550
Last modified Southern Md Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Southern Md Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top