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3707 Garrett Road
Durham, NC 27707

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June 11, 2015
Okay, I am a former graduate or Cresset went there from 9th-12th grade overall my experience was terrible. With the lower/middle school all you see is bullying left and right, many children have left because of this problem & the administration doesn't handle it. The high school is suppose to be know for good college prep. NOT AT ALL. The teachers are very unprofessional, gossip, judge students, choose favorites etc... All the teachers give you is busy work nothing relevant to what you're trying to learn. They do the bare minimum & for what you're paying they should help you excel in your academics. And the Christian aspect of it is it's about 30% hard core Christian student & that 30% judges the 70% to the point where it is difficult to be around. So over all DO NOT GO HERE. WASTE OF MONEY

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May 14, 2015
Our child had a great experience during Kindergarten at Cresset Christian Academy. A teacher that really cares for each child and a very dedicated staff that knows most of the children by name even if they are not in their respective classes make this school a unique experience for the children and the parents. It is very nice to experience a great team spirit between the youngest kids and the teenage students. We can highly recommend this school, if you look for a place for your child to grow in a peaceful and spirited environment.

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May 14, 2015
Esta escuela ha sido una grandiosa experiencia,tiene estudiantes de todas partes del mundo y te ayudan a que tu hijo se adapte con paciencia y mucho cari o,Mi hijo es Feliz pues todos los ni os Se tratan con mucho respeto y respetan sus origenes.hay Un festival al a o para exponer nuestras culturas costumbres para dar a conocer como se vive en otros paises.,kindergarden una maestra que tiene una vocaci n con un gran coraz n y eso hizo mi hijo cada dia emocionante de ir ala escuela,todos los maestros y el director muestran mucho cari o por Ellos, les hablan con mucho respeto y cari o y eso hace a un buen ni o!!! Ellos hacen festivales de musica y ami hijo le encanta cantar.Gracias todos Los maestros y todo el personal de Cresset Christian Academy!!!por esta maravillosa experiencia como padre e hijo,un ambiente de Paz igualdad,respeto y mucho cari o a nuestros hijos.

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September 28, 2014
Cannot say enough good things about this school!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE them and all that they did for my child. A true testimony of ministry minded folks trying to meet children's education needs the best they can!

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May 26, 2014
Great school!! For many years it has been a stronghold of Christian values and caring for all students! The staff and administration have always been awesome- wanting the best for all in its ministry- students, parents, and fellow staff! Only hope that they will return to the incredible graduations of the former administration. This is a wonderful and caring school.

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April 19, 2013
Our children have been at Cresset for 4 years. This year has seen so much improvement! Our family is excited with the new changes and the energy from the new leadership. I highly recommend you consider sending your children to Cresset. Their new motto is "Home, Heart, Mind" They do a great job making difference in these areas in our kids' lives.

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January 06, 2013
Cresset has been a wonderful Christian school for my middle schooler since he started as a kindergarten student. Cresset offers strong and challenging academics and spiritual growth in the Christian faith. Cresset strives to grow each student in all aspects of their education both in the classroom and with plenty of extra curricular activities to keep very busy. Most Cresset graduates enroll in any college or university of their choosing. Cresset has a new administrator this year and he has been excellant so far in encouraging each student to excel in academics and in their spiritual growth. He has a true servant's heart as my husband observed him mopping the floor in the boys bathroom prior to a basketball game! Check out Cresset as a great place to grow your student!

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November 26, 2012
Cresset Christian Academy has been a wonderful experience for my high school students. This is the second child I have that has graduated from the Academy. After negative experiences in the overcrowded and overrated Chapel Hill Public Schools, they welcomed both students with open arms. The education they have received, both spiritually and academically, is stellar. Both have been provided unlimited opportunities from a caring and devoted staff. It is definitely worth the financial commitment. Please visit the campus and see the warm and caring community that is Cresset!

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March 12, 2011
As the parent of a graduate of Cresset and the parent of a current middle school student and high school student who have been students from preschool on I am very pleased with Cresset. Teachers are caring and involved, students have amazing opportunities in the theater program, arts, music, and band. Student in the middle and high school can participate in the sports of soccer, basketball, track and field, volleyball and baseball. Graduates are well prepared for competitive colleges. Students are given opportunities to travel to Europe, New York, DC and North Carolina's Outer Banks. I think students will find this a great environment to grow as leaders either in fine arts, academically, or athletically. As with any school you will get out of this experience what you are willing to put into it.

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January 25, 2011
Our experience at this school has not been a positive one overall. The teachers are excellent for the most part, caring and encouraging toward the students. Students bullying (picking on classmates, hurtful comments and so forth) is a very prevalent issue here, particularly among the lower and middle school grades. The administration is aware of the problem and attempts to address it, but overall I would have to say the attempts to correct the issue are somewhat "lame". I don't see the administrators seeming determined to stop the behavior; a lot of talk and mild interventions are more the norm, in my experience. The students are not held properly accountable for their actions, as we believe Christian kids should be. Also, many of the students are NOT Christians (high schoolers have to sign a statement of personal faith, but the lower grades do not) and many non-Christian families are also represented at Cresset. If Christian parents are looking for truly Christian classmates for their children, I would suggest they look at other schools who are much more rigorous in the screening process for admission.

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January 24, 2011
I have way to many complaints so I will say, no, I do not recommend this school. It was a total waste of money and time. Teachers curse, throw objects, bully/intimidate students...and these things didn't just happen to mine kid. Do you homework...look hard for another school. You'll be glad you did. If you can stand the distance, check out NRCA in Raleigh. Great teachers, fantastic facilities and the cost is about the same as Cresset.

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November 15, 2009
im a student at cresset and i enjoy it very much. i am so blessed to be able to attend cresset. the campus is wel kept and the students are cared for individually by the teachers. and with great chorus and thater programs to boast, im glad i be at cresset

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October 13, 2009
It isnt the Academy's brochures that tell the story, it is the smiles on the students faces that I see in the parking lot in the morning that sold me.

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September 02, 2009
We have found this school to be a great asset in our Christian faith. The teachers and administration are very supportive and so helpful. They truly partner with our family in training up our children in Godly principles. No place is perfect, but everyone at Cresset really give their best in trying to work with the families in providing an excellent, Christian education.

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August 31, 2009
A wonderful well rounded school with a caring professional staff.

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February 26, 2009
We love this school! Our son is so happy there. The school is all about the individual child not the mold they are expected to fit!

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August 21, 2008
Cresset Academy is a wonderful school. A very good educational environment, great academics and a warm, friendly atmosphere. I would highly recommend parents that are looking for a school where kids come first, to look here.

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August 03, 2008
Our student had a fantastic experience in grade school. Her teachers demonstrated great care for her both academically and socially. She has thrived in this new environment, and we are grateful for her teachers. She has made numerous good friends and she looks forward to going to school. We are very satisfied.

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May 25, 2008
No place is perfect, but this is an excellent school. My children have excelled academically. The teachers are willing to sit down and work with you through any academic problems, social problems or questions you may have. The atmosphere is like a close family. Godly teachers guide students in the Biblical World View and love them. Students with learning differences are given help for their particular needs. Parents are encouraged to be involved. The campus is beautiful, well maintained, and improvements are constantly being made.

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May 25, 2008
Cresset has been a wonderful school for my child. Cresset seeks to educate students within a Biblical worldview. And they succeed. The staff and faculty love the children with all their hearts and have their best interests in mind. God will provide in an arena that is honoring Him.

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March 30, 2008
This school has been a tremendous disappointment. The Christian education aspect of the school is mediocre, at best. The administration of the school is cold and righteous and lacks vision. There are some good teachers but I think there ability to make and real changes at this school are hampered by the administration and church which oversees the school. The facilities and fields are run down and outdated and shared between the church and the school. I'm not sure where the tuition money goes. Perhaps after all of the 1/2 price teacher tuition discounts, scholarships, and pastor discounts there isn't much money left to make academic or capital improvements in the school. The parental involvement is relegated to fund raisers. For a little bit more money, you can attend a superior school right down the road.

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February 14, 2008
Cresset is a very nice school. The athletic programs are good especially for basketball.

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July 19, 2007
I attended cresset in 6th grade and I must say that it was one of the most disorganized school enviorments that I had ever attended. My best teacher was Mrs.Griffen she helped me understand what I was learning.As for the rest of them they partook in making fun of other students and teachers, saying negative comments completly inappropriate for a teacher to say humilatin students on a personal level. The students in this school were good and I have kept that fruiendship over the years. The classroom sizes are good but when the teacher part comes in that is where they lack.

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December 14, 2006
There's a lot of praying, but not much Christian action. This is not the type of school for children who are LD or otherwise can't keep up with the class. Very little assistance is offered in the form of an IEP, and teacher assistance is limited. Extracurricular activites are only for middle school aged students, nothing offered on the lower level.

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Among Cresset's educational goals is the development of concrete and abstract reasoning skills, communication and critical thinking skills. Faculty and administration stress the importance of achieving academic excellence through a strong core curriculum that includes a strong emphasis on foreign languages and the fine arts. Each child's spiritual development is of utmost importance.


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Cresset Christian Academy
3707 Garrett Road, Durham, NC  27707
Last modified Cresset Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Cresset Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top