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Faith Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 240 students


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Posted September 14, 2014

In response to the review dated September 4, 2014- I must say that I am completely impressed by your writing and composition skills. If you are a graduate of FCA, there should be great credit given to all the teachers and educators at that institution, and to all of you I say "job well done"!!!. My children are currently students at FCA and I look forward to the day they can express their thoughts on paper and write as eloquently as you just did in your review. I am sorry you had a horrible experience at FCA but at least you excelled in writing composition. The school must be doing SOMETHING right. Kudos to the English/Literature professors at FCA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 4, 2014

I am a graduate of FCA. My high school experience there was frankly pretty horrible. The administrators failed to communicate with students or parents, cut excellent teachers only to replace them with comparatively unqualified people, and enforced discipline on a wildly biased and inconsistent basis. Rules were enforced only sometimes and for some people, and I watched people I care about be needlessly punished while others got away with blatant disobedience. The (HS) teachers loved the Lord but in general seemed to be unqualified to teach secondary education. A huge percentage of the HS relies on tutoring outside of FCA. Classes were unproductive and disorganized and failed to prepare us for Regents exams. Chapels were filled with enthusiastic staff trying to make their spirituality rub off on resentful students. It's very sad to me to see the school run by Christians with good intentions who honestly make Christianity look judgmental, arrogant, legalistic, and hypocritical. I ask that you pray for FCA but suggest that you save your tuition money and send your children elsewhere.

Posted August 13, 2014

Our family has been apart of FCA for eleven years. Our children have had the most compassionate and loving teachers a parent can ask for. Teachers who go above and beyond what any parent would expect. They have grown spiritually as well as academically. Yes, there have been changes and bumps in the road but we know God is the head of this school and church. With leaders like Pastor Jones, a supportive school board we know God is the head of this ministry. We will embrace the changes and support the Lead Pastor and administration. We look forward to what God has in store. Jesus will always be our common core and we will never compromise that. To God be the Glory!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2014

Two of my children are enrolled at FCA and have been very happy there! Each child is treated like an individual and not a number . The teachers and staff truly care about the students . Mrs. Koch is a special education teacher who puts so much time and energy into the kids and really knows how to connect with them ! They teach Christian values which is important in this changing world . To be a realist, there have been a few bumps in the road which is to be expected with every school , no school is perfect. The main thing is that the school constantly is striving for excellence and is not afraid to embrace change. All decisions are made with tthe best interest of the students in mind . The parents are very excited that there is a new dean of students, Sara Jacob who started a few months ago. She is truly amazing, has fresh ideas and is a pivotal addition!! What is also good is that she has a teaching background. FCA has such a bright future ahead! I want my kids to be a part of it .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 27, 2014

Years ago, FCA had a GREAT reputation. The school was academically impressive and it had a Christian staff that was professional, state certified and compassionate toward the students. The school was a Christian community of people who cared. It truly was a ministry of the church. Currently, parents enroll their children based on the reputation from the past.Soon, they pull them out because of the deterioration in quality of the education. Poor decisions have been made and the school has declined.A "new building" doesn't meet the needs of the children.Parents are not heard.Inconsistent, illogical discipline occurs.Students are not performing well on state testing. Tutoring for good students is required outside of the school. Good leadership and teachers who are called to teach in a Christian school make the difference. Unfortunately, in the past few years we have seen a revolving door of administration, teachers and students. It has not been good. Bringing in international students for extra money to support the church is not going to resolve the problem. Sadly, we must pull our family out after many years of involvement. We can no longer recommend this school to our friends.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 28, 2014

FCA has been going down hill for quite awhile, the main concern is the academics. The teachers are not equipped for the subjects that they are teaching. From the 8th grade up the kids do not do well on any of the regents or tests but the school pushes them through. Unfortunately I can not recommend this school. When a child gets hurt, big or small they don't even contact the parent they have to find out through another child.

Posted June 26, 2014

Dropping Common Core may seem to be keeping up with current grassroots movements, but it actually leads to a school that will no longer be New York state certified, will not offer Regents diplomas, and will operate with even less accountability. A successful school needs competent leaders and teachers with educational backgrounds. A large building is wonderful, but it does nothing to educate children. Ask the present administration about any current educational issues and witness their complete lack of knowledge and doublespeak. Ask questions before enrolling your child. Be critical of catchphrases such as "Jesus is our Common Core." See if you are given truthful answers about the current teachers' certification. I spoke with teachers who were much more open and honest than the administration.

Posted February 27, 2014

Teachers at FCA go above and beyond to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of the students. They are doing an outstanding job in laying the foundation for the work that is yet to be done when children move to the next great in the Fall. My son is a better student because of his teacher's patience and kindness.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2014

My four year old son began attending Faith Christian Academy in September 2013 and is really enjoying Pre-K. He is doing great with his letters, can write his name, and loves singing worship songs that he has learned at school. I recently transferred my two older sons to FCA and they are so glad to be a part of this wonderful school. They feel peaceful and know that their teachers genuinely care about them. FCA is an excellent school where children not only learn about the Lord, but they are taught about the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The school has high academic standards. Although Common Core is taught in ELA and Math, this school will not expose the children to anything that is inappropriate or that contradicts our Christian faith. My boys are enjoying their classes and love the Chapel services. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 11, 2014

We are relatively new to the school and we will not be reenrolling. In general here is our experience. Poor communication. Poor teaching. Kids who do not treat other kids as Christians should treat others. Overly competitive in sports. Something is very wrong at this school and I cant quite put my finger on it but it probably starts at the top. It's been a very frustrating year for us.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 4, 2014

A new location, a big building and a large campus is not the core of a good education in a christian environment. This school has missed the importance of children with education. The academics is poor and there is little discipline in the classrooms due to the poorly trained staff and over sized classrooms. Most of the student/teacher issues never get resolved. The school let go of many good teachers and replaced with church members who are unqualified in an educational environment. Chapel is forced and the school has unresolved bullying. The school is in need of lots of improvement in many areas and I definitely would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2013

We love FCA and have had children enrolled there for 10 years. The academics are great with excellent teachers. My son is a recent 8th grade graduate. FCA prepared him well for 9th grade at Arlington HS. He ended the 9th grade with an excellent GPA. This included taking 4 honors classes, making both the HS soccer and baseball teams, and being very successful in the 9th grade upper band. FCA, thru partnering with us, strongly imparted a strong biblical foundation to help my son succeed in life. In the 9th grade at Arlington, my son took Honors Biology which pushed a humanistic world view with evolution taught as fact. After the 9th grade ended, I asked what he thought of this. He said that God makes more sense over evolution. I continue to see strong biblical values practiced throughout my son's dating life, conduct, and friend selection. My daughter is in the 6th grade at FCA. She loves FCA, her teachers, and friends.The teachers are very good and well qualified. She is also doing very well academically plus being grounded in the Christian faith. She enjoys playing in the band and with the school soccer team. We love FCA. The school has impacted and truly blessed our lives.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2013

As a parent of 2 students of FCA, I can say with no question that FCA is an excellent school. The teachers have deeply impacted my children in a positive way over the years and my kids love them. God is doing great things here in the school. With a new facility in the works and many new opportunities including international students, FCA is going nowhere but up. With it's small numbers, Faith students have the full attention of every single teacher and staff member on board. They know their students and care for them as if the kids were their very own, and I love them for that. The 6 year old High School is ever-increasing and advancing. The new building's state-of-the-art gymnasium, science lab, and classrooms will open a new door to fun and educational activities that students will love. My family has stuck with this great school for about a decade, and even when both my children have graduated from there, I will still recomend it to anyone I know.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 1, 2013

Years ago FCA took our oldest child as far as the eighth grade, at which point public high school was the primary option. With the new high school, our youngest is now able to remain here, in an environment where teachers teach from a biblical perspective and pray for their students, upholding the fundamental Christian values that society is rapidly casting aside. Because it is a private school, it is free to utilize Common Core Curriculum only to the degree it enhances the educational experience and harmonizes with its mission statement. Our family believes the tuition dollars are well invested at FCA. I am so thankful for those who had the vision and courage to pray this Christian school, and now high school, into existence, as well as those who labor to raise the standard, both spiritually and academically. Our family is privileged to be part of this pioneer effort and to support its growth through prayer and participation. Thank you to the dedicated teachers, administration, and staff of FCA for your faithful ministry!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 13, 2013

I've worked part time at this school. I'm sad because of the condition of the school today. Communication is awful. Staff are unhappy. Parents are complaining. Students are disrespectful. The new leadership are not aware, not approachable, not knowledgeable about education. Good people get fired for no legit reason. I miss the former leadership and staff and the way the school used to be. I can no longer recommend FCA to my friends.
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Posted June 25, 2013

"Every teacher has an education..." Fact: Of the remaining teachers as F.C.A. the overwhelming majority are not state certified. This does not mean that they are not educated, it means that they were not trained to be teachers. But more disturbing is the fact that there are "teachers" teaching subjects in which they were not "educated." I wholeheartedly agree with those who say that we need to pray for F.C.A. Pray that the leaders' are opened; that they humble themselves, admit mistakes, and stop fretting that staff and parents are talking behind their backs. The Lord will only allow the school to flourish if its leaders stop leaning on their own strength and solutions. They need to seek the help of educational professionals and more importantly, the Lord.

Posted June 24, 2013

I've been here for most of my life, and this school use to mean something. There was a time I was proud to call this school my school. Times have changed though and so has Faith. Many good teachers and a great principle were all let go these last two years while they've kept teachers who have no respect for children. I've seen teachers and staff yell at students for very minor things. These teachers don't have to worry about being let go however because they come to church here, so they basically can do and say whatever they want to students. Chapel time is more about forcing spirituality. The high-school is forced into the first couple pews and most of the time we are squished together. There is a complete lack of communication within this school, at the beginning of the year no one knew what was going on, what was required, and etc. even the teachers weren't sure because the administration communicates nothing. If you want your children in a good christian environment look elsewhere, Faith has changed and soon the good teachers will be gone and replaced with church members who are unqualified to teach anything. I've talked to a lot of students and none of them are happy here.

Posted June 21, 2013

Faith Christian Academy is a wonderful school and has outstanding teachers as well as the Headmaster. He is very kind, caring and concern with the issues that arise at FCA. The former principal was not as caring and understanding. We need to continue to pray for FCA . Looking forward to the new school, uniforms and what GOD has planned for our future leaders!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2013

For the second year in a row the administration is clearing out the qualified teachers. They will not answer questions, hiding behind "confidentiality" and they direct us to the former teachers who have not been given answers themselves. My two children will be attending elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 12, 2013

Very pleased with the overall quality of school. At every turn the teachers and administration work diligently to balance all the components needed to be a successful school: student and parental needs, Christian based environment , academics, athletics, counseling, discipline, etc. This is not easy, not in any school, but the willingness to adapt and grow is admirable. Wouldn't let my kids stay there if it wasn't striving for excellence. Very pleased and have high hopes for its future.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 52%
Black 21% 21%
Hispanic 20% 21%
Asian 3% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Two or more races 0% N/A
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