I am very disappointed in the school overall. As a former student and parent, I don't believe they are preparing the children for the real world. Everything is great if you are apart of the "in" crowd at this school. If you are not you could possibly not get to play sports, whether you are the best person on the team or not. Everything is very political. Some teachers show no concern for the students at all, and some teachers or coaches are way to close to the students. The so called "Christlike" attitude of the school is a joke. Do not send your kids to this school unless you have a lot of money or you are willing to brown nose. I'm extremely concerned for the future of all the children that go there!
When I first toured ERA, I was very impressed and I talked with many people who were well pleased. Our children have all gone there since K-4. But the way they do not want the parents to be involved concerns me. The academics seem very good until 7th grade.Love that the bible is taught, but the leadership does not seem to be very christ-like. When it comes to the few sports they offer, you make the team only b/c of politics and not if you can play or not. Tryouts are a joke and some people do not even have to do tryouts and still make the team and could not catch a ball or complete a pass if their life depended on it. I did not want my children to see unfair favrotism at a "christian" school. Thank God we do have other wonderful christian academies in rankin county b/c this school year my children will be attending a christian academy that does not tolerate or allow favoritism. And it also has wonderful academics there also. I just wish my friends who live in scott county had some other alternatives. If they did, I think ERA woul soon drop down to a single A school. Would NEVER SEND MY CHILDREN HERE AGAIN!!!!!! L
Our three children attended and are attending East Rankin Academy. As an academic school, ERA takes a backseat to no one. Extracurricular activities are lacking a bit, but we send our children there for the excellent Christian-based academic education they are receiving. Two of our children are in college and have had no trouble maintaining excellent grades due to the college preparatory classed they received at ERA. Our third child is in the last years at ERA and is doing just as well. The teachers and staff are to be commended for the excellent job they have and are doing. No regrets whatsoever and would send our children again if had to do it all over again.
I am extremely dissapointed in this school! I was so bored in all my years at east rankin. I am now at college and dont have a clue what to do in class thanks to all those uneducated teachers!!!! Every sport is so political, i had some great football talent and now i cant get to use it at the great mississippi state!! I would take this as an advice to change this so called christian school with focusing on the acedimics
As a former student and parent of a current student, I am impressed with the growth of the non-academic activities offered as well as the expanded academic offerings. The Christian based education is such a blessing and I know that I am giving my children a great start here.
this school has great academics and an up and rising athletic program under coach trey bayliss
After a miserable year in a local public school, we knew we had to find a new school for our daughter. God led us to East Rankin Academy. The first time we visited the school, we left knowing this was where we wanted our daughter to be. That was over five years ago. We have never had a single regret. We now have two children there, and a third one that will start in the near future. It is truly one of the best desicions we have ever made. Our children are receiving a first rate education in a Chrisitian environment. We know they are safe and nurtured there. We thank God for leading us to ERA!
I am currently a student at ERA. I am pleased with my school in every way. The student body is increasing. The facilities are expanding. The athletics are quickly climbing a steep slope. Football team made it to state playoffs first round for the first time in a many years and will be better the upcoming year. The basketball team is highly ranked in the state. The school doesnt force so much religion on the students as much as it used to but I think its a good thing. Too much exposure will drive a teen away. We were a great school from the beginning and we keep getting better. I am a proud Patriot.
I am the parent of triplets who attend ERA and I have been very pleased in all respects with this school and the curriculum. The emphasis on Christianity is wonderful to me. I want my children to learn more about God and good moral values so as to instill in them principals which will allow them to mature into happy, well-rounded, productive citizens one day. My children are being taught so much more academically than I was at the same age. I am very impressed with everything they have already learned and they are only in 5-K. I would highly recommend this school to anyone.
My child is a student at era - having transferred from a public school. Academically this school is hard, which is good; however i must emphasize its up to him/us to catch up. No the teachers have not tried to work one on one or offered any outside help. Sports program is awful - no emphasis at all placed on sports, so if this is important go somewhere else. As with most small private schools, students of staff of staff families will be the students to 'win' any type of competition, have their faces in yearbooks etc. Nothing outsanding in spite of their 'preaching' i find them to be just like the rest...Unfortunately! have been overall disappointed.
As a former student at ERA, I highly recommend this school. Even though it seemed academically hard, it truly made me more than prepared for college (which seems so easy). Looking back, I am extremely thankful for the Christian emphasis. The teachers care for the students' progress just as much as they care for the students' relationship with Christ. I was never worried about any violence errupting in this school; I always knew we were safe. My advice is to start your kids off in kindergarten here if you are going to send them at all because these elementary students seem more academically advanced than those of surrounding schools, and you would not want your kid to be left behind even though the teachers would work one-on-one with your child. Extracurricular activities are growing more and more each year. Again this is a great school.
As an ERA graduate and now a parent of two ERA students, I highly recommend this school. It has over 700 students in K4-12th grade and offers a college-prep curriculum with a Christian perspective. God has truly blessed us with wonderful, more than qualified, dedicated, caring teachers. I also would like to say that anytime God is at work there will be opposition. Some of the reviews posted at this site are not favorable to the school. I take that as a compliment. I would rather ERA be pleasing and honorable to God than to cater to worldly people who do not share our Christian worldview. The quality of our academic program is A+. We are accredited with the highest accreditation rating offered by the MPSA. We have many extracurricular programs (drama, violin, baton, student council, bowl teams, football, cheerleading, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, and track). I LOVE THIS SCHOOL. 1992 graduate
On a downward student slope? The school just added more classrooms to accommodate the growth...I have two kids there, and would not want them to go anywhere else. My children are receiving an excellent education in a Christian environment. I would highly recommend ERA to any parent. The staff and administration are highly competent professionals.
The school ins on a downward studentd slope. The school also has zero activites for students to be involved in besides sports; not good fro college scholarship applications. Truly one of the worst schools I have ever encountered.
My wife and I sent our three sons to ERA and we are so glad we did. It is a great school. Hard but that was what we wanted for our boys. They got a good education and at the same time were able to play sports.
I attended this school and I do highly recommend it as long as your child/children start there. I started there in the fourth grade and I was extremely behind. It was very hard to catch up with the pace that the carry.
Unlike the other reviews this is not a great school. As a former student of the school I know first hand how it is. The school building is to small to hold the number students. The homework the school gives the elementary kids is excessive and no talking is allowed all day, even at lunch time. East Rankin cannot find enough teachers to work here because they do not allow the teachers to act like teachers. Some of the teachers they get are not even qualified to teach. The school also helps some students more than others ans will not let every student who wants to come to their ACT workshops. Certain students also get to take AP classes while they don't telll other students about the classes even if they have the grades. The school also has no clubs or extra cirricular activites other than sports.
East Rankin Academy is truly a wonderful school. The math and science bowl team defeated top Mississippi schools including Jackson Prep, Mississippi School for Math and Science, and Jackson Academy and will compete in Washinton D.C. for a national title. Their tuition is much cheaper compared to schools such as Jackson Prep and Jackson Academy. Students also ranked second in number of overall MPSA academic betterment competion state winners. Jr. High boys recently competed in a district tounament and won first place out of schools such as University Christian School and Simpson Academy. In 2005, they recieved the highest accredation offered by the Mississippi Private School Association. I am a student there and it is truly an enriching experience. I think it is truly a honor to go to school there and to be able to pray before each class begins.
We have two children attending this school since K5. We are very pleased with the high academic standards, the structured environment, the Christian based -curriculum and the overall atmosphere. It is a wonderful school with qualified teachers who maintain a controlled classroom. After being a part of this school for eight years we know we made the right choice for our children.
As a current student at East Rankin Academy, I personally would not send my kids to ERA after 6th grade. The high school teachers are not qualified. They cannot control their classrooms. Math and science departments are weak. English could be great but most of it is 'busy work' and essentially pointless.
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