Integrity, compassion, and respect ought to be fundamental to a Christian school. I, however, feel that these traits can become muddled when religious extremism is involved. Compassion especially seems to be reserved only for believers, and not for people who doubt any of the leadership's rhetoric.
So, I'll try to keep this review as unbiased as possible. I'm not only a community member, I'm a former student. For many years I had no feeling about this school, in recent years looking back I've realized how truly awful it was.
I attended this school for four years from 8th grade to 11th grade, at which point I dropped out and got my GED. As it wasn't (still isn't?) accredited I would have had to do that even if I graduated.
In my entire four years I had two teachers that actually seemed to know what they were talking about. Bible and math. Every other subject was taught by a church insider, and they should never have been teachers. Our English class was a joke and the teacher almost never actually got up from behind her desk. How can you teach English without writing on the board? History was actually drama half the time (Yes, I mean literally acting out skits in front of the class). Sometimes we had a decent science teacher, but they tended to come and go. And can you believe I don't even remember what other subjects they taught? That's how bad it was.
Now, maybe things have changed since I went there, but I wouldn't bet on it. The nepotism in both the school and church is actually stunning in retrospect. I was very active in both, and even after more than four years I still felt like an outsider. Likely because I wouldn't conform 100%. With nepotism as such, it no surprise that the teachers were so unqualified at that time.
If you're more concerned with religious indoctrination into the far right wing of evangelicalism than your child's education, this is the place for you.
Today I am well educated. Not because of this school, but in spite of this school. Most regrettable time in my life. Don't do that to your children.
I had two children attend Calvary Christian Academy. It was such a good experience for them. Both children learned great social skills that I believe came from the schools leadership and teachers. My children were accepted into colleges where they received highest honors. Thank you Calvary
Calvary Christian Academy is a wonderful school where your children are nurtured, supported, and loved! My children receive individual like attention and the teachers are in constant communication. Class sizes are small and the children are all so very loving which proves that they are only being encouraged to do so! Love that the lunches are prepared in house and are healthy and wholesome and that there are so many different groups and programs to encourage growth! Thanks CCA!
Calvary Christian Academy is a HORRIBLE school! Don't waste your money! The staff does not have a Christian background and they only want your money. A public school offers a more caring environment, higher safety standards and a higher level of academics. Calvary doesn't require their teachers to have a Christian background. They have constant turnover which results in poor communication, inconsistencies and no organization. They will tell you anything you want to hear during the tour and registration process, but that all changes once you pay your tuition. The administration is rude and unprofessional. Your child will not be in a safe or secure school....the security is nonexistent. They don't have prayer during the day (not even before they eat lunch). Teachers are overwhelmed with large class sizes, and are unable to give your child individual attention. Please don't make the mistake of enrolling your child in this school. They don't issue refunds for any reason, so your child is stuck in a horrible school for the entire year. They are well below public school standards. ****You will also notice that all of the good reviews are from teachers or members of the church****
This is my first year at Calvary Christian. I have one child in Kindergarten (Mrs. Lemoine) and another in preschool (Mrs. Gray). We absolutely love our teachers and their loving nature. They are consistent with what they expect from their students and parents. We have great communication on my child's behavior and learning capabilities. I am astonished how much my Kindergartener has learned. He has weekly spelling tests and is reading, which is not how we started the year and he's doing great. My preschooler is writing letters and is always telling me stories about his day. The aftercare is amazing as well (Ms. Kim, Ms. Amanda, etc). In aftercare, my child finishes his homework, gets active exercise whenever possible, and they have several, fun indoor activities. My kids ask to go to aftercare, which I think is awesome! The only thing they lack is a gymnasium, but through consistent fundraising, I believe they will have one in the next few years. I do not know the principal very well, but the teachers I've experienced are amazing. Thank you for all you do!
One of the best things about CCA is the small class size. This allows teachers to focus on individual students and their educational needs. Small class sizes also allow us freedom to connect with our students and their families, developing strong relationships. Another great thing about CCA is the atmosphere of authentic support we foster. Teachers, administrators, parent volunteers, and the students look out for one another. It is impossible to explain adequately. Please come in for a visit and see this for yourself!