Students enrolled 545
School leader Frank Contadore
Type Religious

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154 Warren C Coleman Boulevard North
Concord, NC 28027

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(704) 793-4756
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3 stars
Based on 32 ratings

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September 14, 2014
We have two children that attend CFA Academy and they both love it! One is in the elementary school and the other in middle school. I have read several reviews that state that kids are behind once they go to public schools. That's really not an accurate or fair statement. The public schools follow common core curriculum and CFA does not. It's just a different curriculum. We are thrilled they do not follow common core. Our kids attended public school and honestly CFA was the best decision we have made. Our youngest is well ahead of where our oldest was at that age while he was in public school. CFA has graduates that are accepted to Wake Forest, Duke, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, UNCC and the list goes on and on. Our kids have been exposed to a challenging curriculum, a superb fine arts program and a wonderful athletic program. We are confident in our decision to send our children to CFA Academy. No school is perfect but we have had a wonderful experience so far.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2014
Very dismayed by the events that occurred at this school. No response from Administration to issues with bullying in middle school which was tolerated and subsequently I removed my child and it was by far a "minor" issue my child was bullied physically and verbally by another student and the other student was NOT SUSPENDED! I am sorely disappointed as we were there for all of elementary school and half of middle. The education in the middle school is below subpar, students who leave in middle are behind public school and struggle. Not at all acceptable

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
I agree with many things in the prior post. I took my kids out of this school a couple of years ago. One child was bullied by their 5th grade teacher. She had her favorites and bullied several others. The favorites never did anything wrong. It was always the other children who were punished, even if the favorites were at fault. Many parents felt that the principal always sided with the teachers over the parent's complaints. Up through 3rd grade was okay.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
Teacher's own kids get special treatment! They get the leading parts in musicals and plays. My child's teacher told them to NOT tell their parents what happened in school one day or it would be worse on them. What teacher tells a child NOT to tell their parents things? The principal was of no help! ALL the kids can make good grades. Bonus points are based on how many points you need to make a good grade. Some friends tried getting their child into other schools based on the end of the year testing and couldn't believe their child didn't get in. They had A's all year long???? No, they were GIVEN A's. Turning in homework and projects on time? No worries, here you can turn in homework when you want basically. If you can keep your mouth SHUT, tolerate your child being upset and terrified on a weekly basis then this is the school for you. I couldn't get my child out soon enough! Kids who have left in the 4th/5th grade where so far behind in math vs. public schools. $500/mo for this? Your hands are tied there. As a parent you can't reach out to the teacher nor the principal. I would NOT recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
I am an alumni of First Assembly Christian School. I was valedictorian of the class of 1984. I logged onto this website to see if there were any plans for a thirty year reunion. I found none. I did, however, read your reviews. Obviously I have not been around for a while and have no idea what is going on in the school today. I wanted to remind all of you that there are no perfect schools. There are no perfect students, parents nor teachers. I think that is something we all forget sometimes. I have nothing but the happiest memories of my days at FACS. My time there was a blessing in my life. I hope this years graduating class and those in the future will have as fond of memories of there school as I hold in my heart...................Kristina Lynn Smith, Class of 1984.

- submitted by a community member
March 04, 2014
Wow!! I can't believe some of these bad reviews...... Both of our kids go here and we love it. We have had wonderful support from teachers and administration! No school is perfect but our kids love it. One of our kids started out in public school and it wasn't a great experience. There was so much anxiety with all the public school testing and I feel we made a great choice in going to CFA Academy.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
Do you know why the reviews go from "love it" to "hate it"? It's because the administration plays favorites. The way it works is you come in, keep your mouth shut and never EVER question them. If you step out of line once, you are forever on their list. No forgiveness, no patience, no tolerance. From the on they either make sure to torment up you any chance they have. The teachers literally believe they are the supreme authority of the students lives on and off campus. What's worse is that they hold little to no respect for the students privacy, they check their social media and look through their text messages if they take their phone. The students can't do anything about it either as it will always end with the student being in more trouble for "causing trouble." Not only are the teachers horrid, but they leadership is just sad. They have no backbone and won't stand up to anyone as long as their pockets are filled. They can't even enforce any other rules beside the dress code and phone rules. If you are reading this and your children attend this school, take it for someone who's been inside and seen behind the fake, smiling faces: You need to remove them now.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2014
This school is wonderful! The teachers are awesome! Issues/problems handled quickly! No bullying tolerated! No "wrong" crowds! The teachers actually CARE ABOUT THE STUDENTS! Love love love this school!!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2013
I attended this school for 14 years, & I am thankful for my experience. Reading the other reviews, I can agree on both sides. I do agree that this school has some issues with discipline & other minor things. On the other hand, I believe that the teachers only want the best for their students. Any issues with students speaking out and not being disciplined is primarily from poor parenting. The teachers can only do so much with all the laws these days & they are also human and can only take so much. I sincerely love every teacher I had. The "mean" ones & the easy ones. They each taught me something that I have carried into my collegiate career. The thing I am most thankful for is the Christian atmosphere. I understand that it is not overly Christian, maybe some want that, but you cannot force Christianity upon students. If you do that, then they may never come to Christ. Jesus did not force people to listen to him, but led by example & brought people to salvation that way. I realize that this school is not perfect, but I would not trade my time here for anything in the world. If you want a perfect school you will never find it, but this one strives to be better daily. Thank you,FACS!

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2013
I hate to be the downer on here, but this is not a good school at all. I have to note that I can only speak for the elementary as I do not have a child in middle or high school yet. The teachers that I've had experience with lacked patience. I would catch the teachers yelling at the kids, which is not something I signed up for. Administration was not any better, will only cover up for their staff. There's really so much to tell, but I don't think I would have enough space for this page. If you don't care for a nurturing environment for your child and you're ok with them being yelled at for minor situations, then go for it. I ignored a few bad reviews and figured it was just a bickering parent that wanted to blast the school. Wow! wish I would have listened.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
FACS High School offers traditional high school activities and sports as well as academics in a more controlled environment than traditional schools. The staff is very helpful and willing to work with students who demonstrate an interest in a course not offered at the school in a traditional fashion. They offer many honors and AP options as well. Impressed!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
You are better off sending your kids to public school. Poor administration, poor communication. This schools cares about one thing only....your check each month. Financial aid may or may not be available. And if it is count on about a 10% reduction. For the cost of tuition, you get an average education comparable to public school. They need to take the word Christian off of the building. Very high turn over rate for teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
My son Keith Durham learned the best study skills from this school. Ms.Hollingsworth is still a name my son pulls out for his favorite teacher. 16yr old Keith is a better student and person because of his time at your school!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
horrible school......dont let the 'christain school' part misslead you.....not good enough

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
A complete waste of money. The administration and faculty in the middle school are below average and the teachers do not care if the students pass or fail. Not my idea of a Christian school. Complete dissapointment. Can't wait to get my kids out.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
I have 2 daughters at FACS and the love it. The teachers go above to make sure they grasp the material they are teaching. After school also works with the kids to make sure they have study time and complete their homework. Summer Program is wonderful!! If you can afford it, I highly recommend it. The Bible is taught and used as guide line for life. Public schools are doing thier best to push God out of school. We have to fight back any way we can.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
FACS is under new leadership that has really turned this place around! The previous reviews show some issues that all schools face. What amazes me is that the school teaches and offers my child a great education even when they only operate on 4500 per child. The state gets over 7000 in the public schools plus. FACS is a great place for those who have a conviction for Christian Education and can sacrifice financially to have their most precisous possessions enrolled there. God bless em!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
My chid has attended First Assembly Christian School for over nine years. I have been well pleased with his education. The teachers are wonderful Christians and very supportive of each student. The financial sacrifice that I make for my child's education is more than worth it. I feel that he will leave First Assembly Christian School well equipped for the future.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2009
We have 3 children attending FACS and are very pleased with the school! Our kids love it too! The teachers genuinely love and challenge them to be their best. The administration is doing a great job in steering the school and continually making it even better! We are so thankful for the safe, Christian atmosphere which FACS provides for our kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 02, 2009
I have two children attending the school and we love it! The middle school and high school have been great for both of them. The administration is fair and just in dealing with each situation. They have a great athletic program and the coaches and teachers have a genuine love for the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 02, 2009
I thank God everyday for my children attending First Assembly. I have 2 students and are very pleased with the teachers and faculty. I was very pleased when First Assembly implemented a security feature for students in which any Elementary Student or Middle School Student can only be picked up by authorized persons showing proper identification. The faculty goes the extra mile to help in any way they can. My children are learning in a healthy, safe environment with people who care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 02, 2009
I have a junior in HS and 3rd grader. Both have attended since K4. I am very pleased with their teachers and the level of their education. From my experiences at First Assembly, the teachers are well-qualified and geniune care about the students. Teaching them academically and also striving to instill in them the Word of God and driving them to make good decisions in life, with school and relationships. The leadership is supportive and has proven to stay on top of discipline with students and not tolerating continuous disobedience. This is the first school I have heard of where the Headmaster has devotions and prays for the students over the school intercom. I would definitely recommend First Assembly Christian School.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2008
I have two children at FACS. I thank God everyday for letting us find this wonderful school. My children get alot of attention from their teachers, being that the class size is small. They are very prepared for tests. And are doing much better in their academics. Highly recommend this school. very sincere staff and administration!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
No discipline at all. High schoolers can say whatever they want and get away with it. Teachers don't have degrees in education. Basically, anybody with a 4 year degree in anything can teach at this school. I thought we were paying for something special? Biggest problem is the cirriculum and academics. Teachers are very lenient with grades. Kids and parents can 'talk' to teachers and have grades adjusted. Trust me, I've done it many times! And when I'm in the classroom helping, the students are just horribly out of control. Speaking to teachers and faculty like dogs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 18, 2008
The school has very poor security features. People come and come without any protection for the children at all. There is no discipline due to the chatting of the teachers before and after school.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2007
I was very unhappy with the lack of support for my child who has special needs. His 5K class had 19 compared to his public school now of 24----not that much different. I too agree with the feburary 20th review 100%. We have since left after only one year and now are making wonderful strides in pubilc school!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
Small class size, caring teachers, high parent involvement, great after school and summer program. Wonder Christian environment. Curriculum is excellent. Starting at 4K the children can and do learn to read. Its wonderful at First Assembly Christian School.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2006
I pulled my children from the local public schools because I felt like all the public schools taught were to pass the end of grade tests. I want my children to get a classical education that is well-rounded. First Assembly offers this. We have been happy and do not regret our decisions. It is a best kept secret in Cabarrus Couny.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2006
My children received their entire education at FACS. One is now a freshman in college, on the Dean's list, in the honors program and was educationallly well prepared for college. I have one about to enter a hard-to-get-into-college and I feel this child is also well prepared. FACS is not the perfect school---perfect does not exist! My chldren were exposed to all sorts of classmates, not just well-behaved Christians. They learned to make good choices in a controlled environment and I feel are well prepared for 'The Real World.' As far as folks who complain about tuition---FACS does not receive the federal funding that public schools do. The cost of books, electricity, cleaning supplies---everything that a school has to purchase, keeps going up; therefore tuition must rise also.The new high school principal is loving, dedicated and just plain wonderful! Dollar for dollar I think FACS is the best school around.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2006
I'm disappointed with annual double-digit percentage increases in tuition. Tuition does not increase relative to improvements in education. We have 2 children at FACS (1st 3rd grade). They learned to read quickly in K5 but the [best] teacher who taught them since left for her own reasons and took her son out. We just learned 2006-2007 tuition for both children will increase $900. We're tired of paying the $100 activity fee then get hit all year to give more money if we want them to participate in activities! Fundraising at FACS is a joke. Instead of taking fundraising serious they increase tuition and lose more and most students each year. They tease young students w/prizes for top sellers (leaving the rest disheartened) and deny participation in things like the annual Golf Walk for those who don't mail out the minimum solicitations for money to relatives. This is likely our last year!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2005
I am a parent with a daughter in high school. I am going to pull her out. This school is not what it should be. The teachers and admin.s care more about appearance and dress code than education. There are no consequences for students that are disrespectful. Teachers can not teach for all the disruptions that go on during class.The admin.s would rather you leave the school than for them to try to take care of any problems. Any child that is suspended from public schools can enroll with no questions asked.Children with behavior problems are NEVER reprimaned.The school gets smaller and smaller every year as parents come to realize what exactly goes on. There are not enough qualified teachers and very little choice in high school classes. I think this was a mistake for us. Just remember everything is not always as it looks.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 15, 2004
I am the parent a student at facs. This is his 10th year at the school. I have no other options or he would not be there.If you question anything or rock the boat at all you will get no answers or results. Everything that happens within the school is hush hush and swept under the rug.The students are totally out of hand and no matter what they do they will not be repremended. This school looks good from the outside world but the students there get away with anything and everything because daddy pays. Do not ever try to get a problem resolved with adminstraters because you will end being the one that is the problem. I have no other choice. Parent.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2004
I attend FACS high, and like the class size, close enviroment with my peers, and knowing everyone in high school.I have been accepted into a good college, and I have to agree that the school is lacking in certain classes, hindering me from learning more about my major to-be.As much as I love and value being in a Christian school, you definetly run into some legalism with some teachers and teachings.I loved the faculty until junior year, when a new principal came into place, and likes to run the school on a military-style basis.I feel bad for my teachers, who i have loved for 4 years, because I feel that this principal is really pushing them to compact the curriculm by cramming everything in by the end of the year, forcing them to delete some creative teaching, teach on a strict schedule, instead of making sure we really know the material.

- submitted by a student
October 06, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 06, 2004
FACS is a great school for elementary and middle school, but it is severely lacking in high school. I am a graduate of FACS and am struggling immensly in college. Class selection is sparce and the school is understaffed. It is incredibly easy to skim by in high school, it isn't at all challenging in the same respect as other public high schools. High school students at FACS are at a disadvantage when applying to competitive colleges because the school lacks a large class selection and proper preparatory classes. For elementary and middle school, thumbs up; for high school - there are better options in the county.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2004
Excellent school. I have a fourth grader who has attended FACS since K4. The teachers and staff are always willing to go the extra mile. Wonderful enviornment for kids to learn and grow mentally, socially, physically, and spiritually.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
I have two Juniors and a Third grader at FACS. Our high school students are getting prepared for College. We are very satisfied with the curriculum in High school and elementary. The leadership is always willing to help and listen. Overall, thumbs up for FACS.

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First Assembly Christian School
154 Warren C Coleman Boulevard North, Concord, NC  28027
(704) 793-4756
Last modified First Assembly Christian School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
First Assembly Christian School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top