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Faith Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 240 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $205,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,250.

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 12 ratings
2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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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.
—Submitted by a teacher


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 15, 2013

My children are so happy at Faith Christian Academy! Christ-centered quality education. Teachers are fantastic. Education is top-notch. Many positive changes have occurred since the new head master was brought on. Excited for students to go into new state of the art facilities at Casperkill Fall 2013.
—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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

This school has gone down in every way the quality of education and christian values have been pushed out the door. My child has attended this school for 10 years and will now be leaving as a result of the poor quality. I would not recommend enrolling your child if you are looking for a christian environment as they say one thing and act another.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

The teachers have not had a raise for seven years. The ones who have complained have been fired. Then they found out that they are not even eligible for unemployment benefits because the school insists that they are missionaries, not employees. Teachers were never told of this categorization and many had been professional teachers, not missionaries, for their entire career before coming to Faith. Replacements for the teachers have been church members not certified or experienced teachers. As a result, the quality of education has and continues to plummet. It is easy to get a good grade, but your kids will have to retake classes when they move on because they won't know the material.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2012

Was a great Christian school. Cannot recommend this school any more. Change of leadership changed things. The admin does not return calls. When they respond, they tell parents what they want to hear but the admin does not follow through. Chaos. Appropriate books and materials are lacking. Students are disrespectful with no consequence. Students are not being prepared for regents exams. Smart kids require out of school tutoring in math and science. Many of the teachers expect the students to teach themselves. Changed from a private school that cared about the kids to a business. This will be the last year for my 2.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

This school is terrible. The teachers and administration are horrible. The old principal was very good but the new administration is not involved in the school at all


Posted October 4, 2012

"at least the leadership had the courage to replace underperforming staff" -- you have no idea what you are saying; several of those teachers had no performance issues at all. My advice to FCA parents -- pay attention to the quality you are getting and the atmosphere at FCA and draw your own conclusions. Don't let anything recently written here (including my post) convince you one way or another. There are games being played here. The school has been damaged by the recent power play that happened.


Posted September 28, 2012

At least the leadership of FCA had the courage to replace underperforming staff! God Bless.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

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 N/A 6%
Two or more races 0% N/A
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254 Spackenkill Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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