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Mekeel Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 310 students

College prep curriculum, academic programs, fine arts, vibrant student life
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $162,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted August 2, 2014

Our children went to this school for two years. After we left my children had to be tutored just to get caught up academically. Both children were A students. The school does not prepare the students, it's dirty and a complete waste. The staff does not push the kids to excel. Very unhappy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

This is the perfect school for my child! We love Mekeel!!! Small classes, great teachers, community like atmosphere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

I'm a parent at MCA and have been for several years. The school is great. The students are encouraged to work hard in academics and set goals. The environment, discipline, values, and structure are what set the school apart. These other "parent" posts that say otherwise are obviously wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

MCA is a great school. It's not perfect but the school really tries hard to make each student and family succeed. We feel like our son is getting a great education and we are excited for his future at Mekeel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

Caring teachers, responsive administration, and excellent opportunities for my child. The school is consistently improving and I am happy to recommend it to other families!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

At MCA students get a quality education, and the opportunity to learn in an environment where the love of God is experienced. I am proud to help advance the mission of MCA.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 30, 2013

we love what our students are experiencing at mekeel. We started by sending one and soon all three of our children were at mca. The staff is friendly and welcoming and its easy to be involved as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2013

We choose Mekeel because of the enviornment and atmoshphere at the school. The teachers are friendly and professional, administration is helpful, and the school cares about the development and future of our child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 2, 2013

MCA prepared our children for college, and helped developed them into well rounded students that have a strong foundation of faith. Mekeel has been a very positive experience for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

At Mekeel the teachers truly care about the students and want to see them succeed. MCA is focused on teaching students how to live and not just how to make a living. The environment is positive and friendly. Any student can benefit from an MCA education, and they will be prepared for the next stage of their life.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 4, 2013

During the past four years since the completion of the activity center building project there has been a very large staff turnover rate. Academics has taken a subservient position to the leadership mission of making Mekeel "the premier" Christian school in the capital district. The term "premier" in reality has come to be associated with several things but academic leadership is not one of them.


Posted September 17, 2012

My wife and I have four children, 2 of which graduated from SCS and 2 which are currently attending Mekeel Christian Academy (formerly SCS). Mekeel has been a tremendous blessing to our family and consistently demonstrates the Christian values that we strive to raise our children with. I've seen firsthand the impact upon my own children and witnessed the lifechanging compassion, truth and Godly world view that is poured into the student body each day by the staff. The staff see this as God's school and an instrument to be used to do His will. I could never imagine sending my children to any other school. I thank God for Mekeel Christian School everyday. I see the fruit of the labor of the staff and coaches in kids at MCA. No school is perfect, but Mekeel is a school that places Christ as the overwhelming priority in all that they do. As imperfect people serving a Perfect God , they continually do all they can everyday for the student body. I've been associated with the school for 18 years and strongly recommend it to my friends and neighbors. Looking for a perfect school ? Keep looking. Looking for a GODLY school , check out Mekeel .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2012

Mekeel has prepared my children for success in all areas of life. Our family has been associated with Mekeel since the mid 90's and witnessed the the transition from SCS to Mekeel. Mekeel's administration is forward thinking, Christian focused, and willing to make the tough decision regardless of popular opinion for the benefit of the school. The teaching staff has a good balance of experience and youth to provide structure & stability along with fresh ideas/concepts. The academic programs are challenging and prepare students for success in college. Overall, Mekeel provides the opportunity and resources for students to become strong, successful, Christian leaders. I believe (and remind my kids) providing that opportunity is the goal of the school, the level of success is determined by the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2012

The teachers really care about the students and their life beyond high school. My kids made a great transition and quickly made friends and joined activities. My children are receiving strong counseling and instruction that is a great benefit to us as a family. As students they are developing reasoning and communication skills that their previous school did not focus on. Overall good teachers, friendly and helpful administration, and courses that are preparing my kids for college. It's a great school for our family to be a part of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2012

MCA was a successful transition from homeschooling. Our children adapted quickly, made great friends and had the credentials of a reputable, college preparatory school behind them. The reputation of MCA was the deciding factor of our child being accepted into a very competitive college program. It was the best decision for our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

Mekeel has been the best decision our family has made for our children. The overall experience, the environment, and the sense of community has been beyond our expectations. Our child entered Mekeel in middle school and now as a high school student has begun to take great strides towards personal responsibility and a willingness to be challenged. The schoolwork/homework can be overwhelming at first but it has been a pleasure to work with the teachers and to see their passion for each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

As an alumni I cannot speak more highly of MCA. When I went to college I was prepared for all my course work and had the confidence and ability to effectively communicate with my professors, my peers, and people in the professional world. The school also gave me a strong Biblical foundation and sense of community that endures to this day. As I am exposed to more and more educational institutions and businesses in general I have realized that there was something very different about MCA. The teachers really cared, the parents were involved, and the environment allowed us to learn without having to worry about all the other stuff that high school kids are being faced with today. The school gave me a great foundation and opportunity to succeed in my college and professional life.


Posted June 15, 2012

I am curently a student at Mekeel Christian Academy(SCS). This school is portrayed as a great Christian school that shows no favortism of any kind. I have veiwed over the past few years that this school is all about basketball and doesn't discipline those students who are on the team. Furthermore students of influencial families fail to be disciplined as well. Favortism is shown in this school, the Bible states in James 2:1 "My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism." If this school is truly following Jesus then favortism will not be shown. On top of that over the past few years teachers have left for various reasons, most of which we are unknown. Very few teachers are qualified to teach the subjects they do.


Posted May 1, 2012

I am currently a high school student at the former Schenectady Christian School, now Mekeel Christian Academy. I think that this school is better than a public school if your child is being bullied, especially if they are 7th or higher. Until recently, this school has been very good with issues. in the past two years i believe it has made some major mistakes. such as changing its name. It also fired (i think, i never could get an answer) a teacher who although not mine, was my siblings in a younger grade, whose children were my friends, who i thought very highly of. i am not quite sure what happened, but they up and left. Besides that there are two staff members that i can think of that should be fired due to their incompetence. in my grade there has never been a problem with bullying, misbehavior ETC. but in the younger grades, at an alarming rate i see these things more often. it all depends on which class you get put in. my siblings class is a disaster, but mine has no problems. the education however, is very good. they do however lack programs for very academic high school students, but this can be remedied with college classes. Overall this is a very Godly school.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 52%
Black 7% 21%
Asian 3% N/A
Two or more races 3% N/A
Hispanic 2% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Our Savior's Lutheran School
Spa Christian School
Brown School
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 18% (2011)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 80% (2011)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2011)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 1% (2011)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Cedarville University
The College of Saint Rose
Roberts Wesleyan College
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Chad Bowman - Head of School
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
60
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
90
Students typically come from these schools
Our Savior's Lutheran School
Spa Christian School
Brown School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2011-2012 school year
$4000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Cedarville University
The College of Saint Rose
Roberts Wesleyan College
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2011
2 year college - 18%
4 year college - 80%
Military - 1%
Vocational - 1%
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36 Sacandaga Rd
Scotia, NY 12302
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Phone: (518) 370-4272

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