I'm very DISAPPOINTED to here of the situations that have been brought to my attention as a parent of children that attend SJCA. I have to admit that this comes to me as a surprise. My children have been attending this school for several years and I have had nothing to say but good things about their teachers. Hopefully, some changes will be made so I can continue so send my children where they love to be.
Communication, Communication, Communication. This is the one element that is sorely lacking at the South Jersey Christian Academy. Parents are never notified in a timely manner concerning any problems that may arise concerning the curriculum and/or disciplinary actions toward the child. Those that are in charge will often give the excuse that they were too busy or understaffed to contact you. My advice, avoid this school only if you wish to remain blind and out of the loop as to your child s activities. Remember that favoritism will be obliged toward those students whose parents actually work or volunteer at this school. The rule book that they hold so dear changes daily and is never adhered to - so watch out for that. This is not to say that all teachers are like this in this school. Some are very pleasant and know that their school has a serious problem of hypocrisy.
I love this school and so does my child. I wouldn't think of sending my child to any other school. The academic program is awesome. The supplemental subjects are fantastic and fun for the kids. Many of the teachers have master degrees and are very experienced. I love the communication from the administration and teachers. The classes are kept small so that the kids can really learn and be nurtured. This school has an excellent reputation and I can see why. I can only hope that this school will continue on and add high school in the future. Each year this school seems to continue to add to its program to make the school better. As the public schools and even private schools are taking things away from the students, this school seems to continually add. I hope this school can keep its tuition low so that I can keep my child there. The students don't wear uniforms but they always appear to be dressed in good taste. The school does not allow disrespect by the students to any one or bullying of any kind. Students are taught values that they will use the rest of their lives. When you walk into this school you can see the dedication of the teachers and feel the love.
South Jersey Christian Academy did not participate in NJ Ask testing for the 2009/2010 school year. No computers for the students. One teacher refused to email my child's daily assignments. I never got a phone call from a teacher. Teachers do not take lunch count. Parents should keep records for when the monthly bill comes in. I recommend having an adult witness when talking to a staff member. The school makes up their own disciplinary action on the day it happens. Teaching Karate in a Christian school is not a good idea. It teaches violence.
In reading the other reviews of SJCA I feel like I'm reading about a different school. The school has a blend of both young and "seasoned" educators. Most importantly, the faculty ENJOY teaching and specifically enjoy teaching in the SJCA environment. The curriculum is based on children truly understanding the core of education....reading and math. From there, the curriculum grows in both depth and faith. In response to the review about their child not being prepared to compete in public school, you're correct, your child isn't being educated at the public school level; at SJCA he's being over-educated and could possibly be bored in class if attending the Winslow system. In response to other reviews where parents didn't feel informed, I'm baffled. Students are sent home with annual calendars, montly calendars, monthly lunch options, agenda books, and most importantly weekly HOMEWORK requirements. BE INVOLVED!
My son attended Pre-K this year and the communication was horrible. Example would be, sight words were given out and we were totally unaware of this until the second group of sight words were given to the children. Mother's Day lunch, I had no idea and my son was upset that I didn't attend. I found one of his Pre-K teachers/helper to be rude and abrasive the several times I had contact with her.. Events and parties were cookie cutter style and frankly boring. The after school care teachers were great. Overall I felt that the Goddard School he attended prior was far superior, but lacked the religious aspect. In my opinion this school has a long way to go in their growth process before they become a high quality educational facility.
My child currently attends SJCA and loves it, however I am concerned about the curriculum. Does the school follow the same guidelines as a public school. When my child leaves SJCA and enrolls into a public high school system will they be behind. I would like a more detailed outline of what they are going to be learning for that specific year, not on a month to month basis. Overall I wish the best to the SJCA...I think it will be a great school as soon as they get all the kinks out.
I have two children attending SJCA. In response to the parent claiming inexperienced and young teachers, with no communication...WOW! is all I can say. There is only one teacher who is a first year teacher, and I have watched this woman work extensivly to make the students year a successful one. In regards to communication...I have seen teachers stop and speak to parents before school, after school, call during the day...teachers have provided thier personal email addresses to parents so that a line of communication is open. With that said, I can with all my heart recommend SJCA to any parent without a second thought. The staff that is there are all God loving people, whom could probably work anywhere else and get paid more, but choose to be with, and nurture OUR children. My two children feel at home in this school, and the student body is a family.
As a parent of a student I find that the communication between parents and staff unsatisfactory. I find the teachers to be young and inexperience. Though my child loved the students she/he did not make a connection with the staff so they can blossom.
South Jersey Christian academy is a new school that started this year. My child loves it there. The class size is small which is what the administration's philosophy is. The teachers are degreed and are there because they want to serve the Lord. Students can enroll in after-school activities if they desire. I love the atmosphere of the building when I enter it. I see lots of happy, smiling children and staff that are very pleasant to everyone. I would love to see this school go up to high school instead of only eighth grade. I know my child is safe there and getting a great education. I have talked to some of the parents of the school and they all feel the same.
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