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Huntersville, NC
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13901 Hagers Ferry Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

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(704) 949-2200
(704) 949-2203
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May 10, 2014
SLCA, unfortunately has been a great disappointment. Recruiting athletes is never a good way to run a school...

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
SLCA is a wonderful school full of motivated teachers, staff and administrators. Both of our children graduated and received academic scolarships. One graduated from Furman and is now in a full paid PHD program at USC, Columbia, a great tribute to the learning and personal development. Class size was never an issue as there are adequate teachers and aids.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
Class size is same or more than public school tuition increased and service declined. Teachers lost benefits this year admin blames Affordable healthcare act - teachers not engaged this year due to all the changes. If your child is in sports - school cares and even pays tuition for the athletes. Nepotism is rampant at the school. Older children who "mentor" the younger ones use vulgar language and when it is reported nothing happens the parent is told that is was an isolated incident. I have upper school children and do not see any benefit to this school over public this year. The principals almost use a script when you want to discuss the school. It is sad that what use to be a good school had turned into a school striving to be great at sports and so so on academics.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
SLCA is an absolute wonderful school. We have recently move from London and have found this school better from our previous English private schools

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
I go to Southlake Christian Academy. I have attended Southlake for twelve years. The administration is not helpful. When you hire a teacher, is it too much to ask for you too hire a qualified teacher? Also, this is a school that is suppossed to be college prepatory and instead our administration worries about who they will recruit for football next so that they can achieve their beloved state championship. Don't get me wrong, I love football but there is a certain extent a school should go to develop their team. Southlake seems oblivious to the angry parents. Parents come to the front office every other day, but nothing they say will changes anything. If all these people continue to leave the school you will have no money because the only thing the school does is bring in athletes who can't pay tuition. Now people might ask me have I tried eveything to improve the school and I can say I have. I literally live at this school. I am involved with fall and winter sports, beta club, and the play. Parents have come up to me and said, "Wow! Thank you for being everywhere you can be to help out the school." Honestly, I would love to tell people to come here, but I simply can not do that.

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2013
This school is an outreach school, not a covenant school. The teachers are above average. The admin is average. The students are below average in effort and passion. The parents are busy working or looking for work. The middle school classrooms are the brightest, happiest I've seen. The upper school kids are not sheltered. I don't know why there is a comment about that. Weird. Maybe a bit sheltered from the reality of excellence in academics in other parts of the country and world. The students need to take their studies more seriously. Some do. It is possible to go on to a great college and rank in the top 10%. That happened this year to a friend's kid. But it really is up to the student. There is little hand holding and creative guidance. If you want to go the AP route, do it. No one will force you to or even encourage you. You need to know what universities have as their minimum requirements now. If you wait until junior year, it will be too late. This school is like a clean 3 star hotel. No frills. It is not a 5 star service oriented school. You will need to take care of some things as a family and not rely on the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
The biggest problem with this school is that they shelter students from the real world. The teaching staff is way below average. The classes seem to be fresh out of college and just boss the kids around and quiz them on things they never went over. I guess you can say its has Christian but they are too focused on "trying" to make the school challenging. All the students who graduate never truly want to return here. This school is so focused on its athletics. They say the kids are mature enough, but they won't teach about the experiences they will encounter in college and life. The schedule is the worst schedule in Lake Norman. Seven classes a day is way to overwhelming for the students, especially when the teachers assign quizzes and tests all on the same days. If you want your kid to have a better middle and high school career, send them to a public school. The education is better. And FREE. $12000 a year is too much for below average teaching. If you are concerned about the lack of Christian values in a pubic school, make sure they are involved in FCA. I was very disappointed in this school. This is the brutal truth. Do not send students here. It is not worth the overpriced cost.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
I have had a child at Southlake from kindergarten until now, the 3rd grade and love it. I saw one comment that the school does not give the scores to the EOG. That is no longer true. We received the score and complete evaluation of my son's testing and how he compared to his class and the school. We know his weaknesses and his strengths. It should also be noted that the school falls within the top 20% of all schools which take the EOG. The administration is doing an outstanding job. I also love the commitment the staff has to Christ and teaching the Bible. As others have said in these reviews, no school is perfect. When you have a school full of people who are saved by grace alone you are not going to find perfection.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
I would hope that the 1-star comments came from families that have exhausted every opportunity to positively impact SouthLake. No school is perfect and we can say, from experience, that one school may not be the right fit from K to 12th grade. We look at it one year at a time. Yes, the athletics program is growing, and it does bring in boosters. But we can say that our children are receiving a great education, firm and loving guidance in their Christian walk and life-application skills that will prepare them for college and beyond. Please don't fall prey to the world's measure of comparison and attitude of complaint, but allow God to lead you and your child to school, SouthLake or another, and joyfully obey. What fits for one may not fit another. Just remember what a blessing it is to have choices in our children's education.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2012
I feel so let down. We have so many great families at our school, but I am convinced the administration doesn't care about any of us as they pursue special deals to build their football program. The academics here have never been great but now, more and more kids are being added to already too large class sizes that are athletes first, not students. I don't feel guilty in the least that I am exploring other educational alternatives in Lake Norman as my family won't be back next year. Academics and athletics are important to me. Not one over the other.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
My three children attend SouthLake and overall the school does a great job. I have always found the teachers and administrators responsive to my requests. The curriculum is challenging and the school s success in delivering the content to students is well documented. The Christian worldview that my children are exposed to on a daily basis is an added bonus.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2012
The Christian heritage and education that the school provides is unparalleled. One if the biggest values in private education in the Lake Norman area. My children continue to thrive and be challenged.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2012
I would give the school four out of five stars. I have always found the administration and staff to be very approachable and honest. My son is now in high school there and doing well. The one thing I experienced right away (and appreciate) is that they are very forthright and call a spade a spade . I had some issues early on, but after an open and honest dialogue (I learned some things I did not realize about my son while I shared some things with them) we came and developed an approach that has worked tremendously. Good partner.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2012
My children graduated from Southlake a few years ago and had tremendous success in college. But probably the biggest thing that I noticed was their spiritual maturity that was solidified at Southlake and enabled them to navigate and withstand the temptations they faced in college better than students from other backgrounds. Thank you Southlake!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2012
Great school that takes providing a quality Christian education seriously. When we moved from Jacksonville, we interviewed and toured many schools (before deciding where to locate in Charlotte) and found SouthLake to provide the best value per dollar spent for education. We are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
I have had two children at Southlake up to 9th grade. The lower school is great but Middle and High School leave a lot to be desired. Holier than thou teachers, administrators without a clue and a find a way to squeeze another dollar from you attitude made it hard for my kids to see it as anything but a Christian school in name only. They both wanted to switch to a local public school and after much discussion, we let them transfer. That was one of the best decisions for our family. Our kids love school again and their grades have improved greatly. Having an extra $12,000 per year doesn't hurt either.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
We have a child in kindergarten at SouthLake and could not be more pleased. Quality academics with a Christian emphasis are what they deliver. We also know many families that have older children that have been at Southlake for some time and have been pleased with their progress and college success.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
This school's academics are not as accelerated as other private schools. Quite a few of the teachers do not all have their certifications to teach. In the upper schools the students refer to the school as a Scream-fest. Most of the teachers and coaches scream all day at the students. The school has teachers and coaches that are totally ineffective which they refuse to let go, even with repeat complaints. It is just not worth the price tag, talk to parents who have had an upper school student.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
Contrary to one comment I scanned, I have had no problem accessing my children s standardized test scores. The administration only asks that you make an appointment to review the results and you walk out with them. The testing results are quite confusing (and I could see easily how the raw results could be be misinterpreted) and I suspect that is the schools reasoning for not just merely mailing out detail results in mass. I have also seen the cumulative results posted (along with comparisons to other Charlotte areas private schools that administer the ERB s) in several school publications as well as reviewed them personally (when I reviewed my children s scores). In my opinion, SouthLake is the biggest bargain in private school tuition (based on results) in the Lake Norman corridor.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
We have had children in the school since 1996 and can honestly say that the school delivers the same caring, but demanding environment today that they did back in 1996. While the faces have changed, the focus and commitment has remained relatively consistent. I have one child that chose Chapel Hill and one that opted for The University of Georgia and Southlake provided both with the background and training to have success.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2011
I am a graduate of SouthLake and am amazed at a few of the comments being made. I personally know some of the negative commenter s and can only say sour grapes . The school is not perfect but does an excellent job of teaching, helping and guiding students through their primary education. In my graduating class most students received some amount in scholarships and the few who did not, the cause was due to their lack of motivation and work all through high school. While I cannot comment on overall standardized test scores, I do know that my classes SAT scores were among the best in the county and the fact that SouthLake does not administer the EOG s (as one comment stated)- they administer the ERB s, exposes an ignorance that one should consider when reviewing those comments.

- submitted by a community member
February 20, 2011
It is obvious some of these comments are from the administration they are straight from the brochure. I am a parent and it is true that the EOG testing scores are definitely lower. The school use to give each student a copy of their scores but now they send a letter stating that only the students with very low scores will be contacted. They know that parents will compare their childs scores. Tutoring is suppose to be 1 afternoon a week but good luck finding a teacher. There are a few exceptional teachers who really care about their students. But most are just there for the paycheck, they have children that attend or they are church members who needed jobs. The students grade each others homework and classwork or the teacher just gives a completion grade. This has resulted in lower test scores, the teachers need to go back to grading classwork and homework to know where assistance is needed. The honor roll is not recognized even in the school's newletter, the reason is obvious. Southlake is a business not a Christian school.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
Most of the negative comments are true, but it was not always like this. The school was established as a Christian school but with the increase of buildings and expenses, it appears some of the Christian values have been compromised. They use Matthew 18 to control, but do not follow it themselves. If you approach them with a concern, by the time you get to your car in the parking lot, all of a certain group of teachers will know (with a slight twist of words) what you said thanks to facebook, instant messaging and tweeting and you will be the gossip not them! Many loyal parents are afraid to voice concerns because of fear of retaliation. Some of the curriculum is the same as public schools. The problems are the same as public schools only you pay extra for them. The glowing reviews appear to be from the administration. Personally, I would like to see them return to their first love.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
I am a parent of children who currently attend SouthLake and of two that have graduated. While no school is perfect, SouthLake does many things well. SouthLake cares about its students and does its best to help each child to succeed. The academics are great. Teachers strive to bring rigor to the curriculum and teach the children not to just memorize, but really understand concepts and apply them. My two older children who attend a state university appreciated the preparation SouthLake gave them. The transition of high school to college was seamless and they both have made the dean's list! SouthLake provides an athletic program run by godly coaches that allows all students to participate if they choose. Because the school is smaller than the bigger public schools, many more children are given the opportunity to play on teams which they would not otherwise be able to at the bigger high schools. This is and was great for my children who aren't star athletes. Most importantly, Southlake has supported my family's Christian morals and values. I appreciate how the school has strengthened my children's faith and continued to build upon the foundation that my family has built. .

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2011
My child has attended SouthLake for 7 years. We are very happy with the level of academics --- we notice that students transferring in from public schools struggle to "catch up" or have to be held back a year to keep up --- which leads me to believe that the academics are acceptable. SouthLake has programs to help students that need the extra tutoring time to ensure the students succeeds. As for college planning- the planning that goes into each student and their college application process is incredible. What we have noticed is students are going where they will succeed and thrive, not necessarily their parents former/favorite school and the current economic situation of the last several years has dictated some students had to go to less "renowned " schools, where the graduate goes is a personal family decision . SouthLake has many graduates that have now have begun amazing and successful careers and family lives. That is all we want for our child. Our family views SouthLake's faculty and student families as an extension of our family. We are often a witness to the adage "it takes a village" - SouthLake is a village we are very thankful to be a part of !

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
Southlake is definitely not the school the ads portrays it to be. There is a reason their ads quote total scholarships earned for the last 2 graduating years, last years class, 2010 barely earned any scholarship money and the class before that, 2009 only a handful of extremely smart students supposedly won this amount from all the schools they applied not just attended. These students would have won scholarships if they had attended any high school. The class of 2008, had over 44% of their class drop out of college and return home before their second year of college.The school has publications of each years graduation class and which college they were accepted, ask to see these. Southlake tries to compare itself to the top private schools in Charlotte. The only thing they are comparable on is the cost.The tuition is extremely high to not be an actual accelerated school.If you want your children to attend a top university go elsewhere. Don't believe that Southlake's tuition is lower, you will end up paying more by the end of the year. If you are looking for just a Christian atmosphere there are a lot of good Christian schools in the area without the price tag.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2011
I have middle schoolers. All memorization no hand on learning. No quality field trips. No social activities. Teachers are always in a rush to leave and don't want to be bothered grading homework. Students grade each others homework or papers, embarrasing and no one learns correct answers or either homework is only glance at for a completion grade.On a research paper teacher didn't read or correct rough draft so when students turned in what they thought was corrected, graded harshly on final. The school promotes they have online site for listing homework and tests but teachers do not post anything. A lot of busy-work homework and projects. Favortism for top athletes. Gossip abounds with staff, if 1 teacher doesn't like a student the others will follow.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2010
I was a student at this school from kindergarten until high school and my advice is to never send your children here. The academics are actually substandard (I was behind in math when I transferred to a public high school) and nepotism pervades the school, where students whose parents are not major donors, teachers, or church members are repeatedly passed over for those who are. Additionally, the teachers were of very poor quality, and were mostly hired because they were members of the church or related to someone. The website says that many top colleges want SLCA graduates, but the reality is that from my class, only two went to big-name schools, while the rest went to sub-par and extremely religious schools. Because my parents pulled me out, I ended up at a top university on a fast track to a graduate degree. Children come out of here with the belief that their views of the world are vastly superior, and totally lack the social skills to relate to anyone who is different. The best thing my parents ever did was to take me out of this place.

- submitted by a community member
December 03, 2010
Poor education. The word 'Private' does not correlate with a good education. This is not the place to send your children if you want them to attend an elite university. Just look at where students actually go after graduating not where the school advertises they go. Exposing your child/teen to the real world in a rigorous academic environment is much more beneficial if you want you want them to succeed and survive at a real university

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2010
My son has attended SLCA for the past 2 years. He has grown as a student and a yount man. He constantly talks about how his teachers seem to enjoy teaching them. Before going to SLCA, he was always looking for excuses to miss school. Now, he he up and ready to go before I even get out of bed. SLCA is the best thing that could have happened to my son.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
The staff enforces discipline which is great, but sometimes to a degree that is a bit rigid and military-like. The academics are somewhat challenging, but not as challenging as what we thought they would be. Overall the school is run well, but the leaders are a bit close minded to hearing others ideas (again, not a huge deal but a little disheartening.) Overall, a good school, but wish iit had a warmer/friendly atomosphere. My kids are pretty happy but not overly excited about the school so we may look around for other options.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2010
The staff of this school are very committed to a discipline approach with intergrated instruction. They appear to have the same core values of working together as a team in a Christian environment. Life skills of responsibility and respect are promoted and required. Students are challenged academically. Home work is 4 nights a week. The curriculum is on the IB level with little or any behavior issues. Bad behavior is not tolerated from any student regardless of parents postion in life. The rules are followed without exception. Frequent commnication via internet is provided related to schedule and grades. Teacher conferences are scheduled. The difference is the quality of the teachers, expectations of students, core values of the school leadership team. The school conducts an annual retreat which sets the expectations each year of faculty and students: God, America, Academics, activities such as sports and clubs.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2010
I have two children at SouthLake Christian who have been students there since kindergarten. My oldest child is now in the tenth grade and my youngest is in the sixth grade. As a former teacher, I approached our search for the right school for our chldren very seriously, but with an eye on curriculum and teaching styles. I can honestly say that we are very, very pleased with the education our children are receiving. Teachers at SouthLake genuinely care about these students, and the students know it. That alone is a benefit that is not available in any curriculum. It's a by-product of the fact that these teachers truly love teaching and a direct reflection of their Christian character. In addition, I will say that there is no perfect school. However, any time I have had a question or issue, it has been dealt with promptly and professionally.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
My son has been attending SLCA since 7th grade and has had and excellent experience. Anyone that states SLCA does not show strong CHRISTian values are clueless about the school. Academics have a much higher standard than any area public school. To think that Mecklenburg county schools are better, that is a real joke! My son has close friends that have attend area public schools and now attend SLCA and they all agree that SLCA is much better school academically and overall. Don't be miss led by negative remarks. However, SLCA can't be all things to all students. Nor can be the best schools in the counrty

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2010
I have a child at south lake and she loves the teachers,activities and principals.I think that southlake is a great school.All of the children at south lake are also very welcomeing so if you would ever want to have one of your kids attend south lake its a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2010
We moved here from out of state and enrolled our kids at Southlake. This is the worst private school we have ever attended. I left Christian out because we felt the school was anything but that. Teachers seem to think that it is a priviledge for our kids to go there, rather than a priviledge to teach our kids. This school seems to looks the other way and seems to deny any problem before them. In the short time my kids were there, it has now taken almost a year to overcome the effects that this school had on them. They are in a warm and loving christian school now and are happy again!!! Be careful and listen to what your kids tell you. I would not recommend this school to my worst enemy!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
My oldest daughter graduated from SouthLake and is in her junior year at Gardner Webb. She has told me several time about how well prepared she was for college in comparison to her classmate. I have two still attending and would have them no other place but at SouthLake. Great teacher, coaches, and administration that make you feel like family.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
I have a child attending SLCA currently and I am very impressed by the level of the teachers involvement. My son needs to move a lot to be able to concentrate on learning and his teacher(s) have been more than willing to allow this in his classroom(s). This is his third year attending there and I have not had any complaints about his academic progress. The administration has always been available when we have had questions or concerns. The administration goes beyond the norm to help ensure your child has academic success. They offer tutoring sessions if your child needs it. I would highly recommend SLCA to anyone that is striving to have their child(ren) brought up in a christian environment with Godly teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
I have two children who have been a part of SLCA, including one who graduated. Our experience has been very positive and pleasing. The academics are appropriately challenged. One of my children had never been concerned about his grades until arriving to SouthLake. Now he works at his studies more but still has plenty of time to be a kid. SLCA is challenging educationally, provides an environment for spiritual growth, has an active and complete athletic program and offers many co-curricular programs. There is also evidence of preparing the school for even better things in the future with additions such as a new educational building, expanding the performing arts program and more.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2010
SouthLake is an academically strong school with high Christian values and a staff and administration that are concerned for the total growth of each student----spiritually, morally, academically and physically.

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2010
I searched the entire area as to options for my three children. After being sold a bill of goods from another area Christian School , I discovered SouthLake. My boys are doing extremely well at SLCA; two in elementary school and one in high school. The staff and administration has always been supportive. What I love about the environment is that they tell you that SLCA is a Christian, College Prep program and they mean it. If a child doesn t want to work, they will not make it here. But even when my older son had some academic issues, they have programs in place to support students so that they truly do maximize the God given abilities. I could not recommend them enough.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 21, 2010
Having attended SouthLake from 4th grade through my high school, I can tell you the education that you receive is top notch. Due to my time there, I received over one million dollars in cumulative scholarship offers from various universities and was accepted to the best schools in the country. Is SouthLake a difficult school? Yes, the academic requirements are very high. Do the students end up getting in to better universities than the comparable schools in the area? Yes, but that is not the reason you should send your children to SouthLake. SouthLake puts Jesus first, and His teachings are paramount to their view of education. Will they deviate from that? No, and I suspect this is the real reason that some of the comments speak about the administration being 'rigid'. SouthLake wants your child to grow both academically and spiritually, and will not allow other students to endanger that.

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2010
Southlake has been a wonderful school for both my children. Both attended SouthLake from early grammar school and have graduated. Both went to college, did extremely well, both academically but more importantly socially. I always felt like my wife and I had a partner in SouthLake as we attempted to hold our children to a standard. The school has great teachers, great curriculum and consistent performance. All in a Christian environment. What more could you ask for?

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2009
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December 27, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 22, 2009
I do not know why people are beating on Southlake so much. This is agreat school, great curriculum and great teachers. we have three children in the middle and lower school. They are doing great academically and socially. They christian teaching and discipline is also great. We do not deal with a lot os social issues that people have in the other private schools and public school. interestingly, alot of area schools copy their curriculum. i would recommend Southlake to anybody looking for a greay education for their kids in a loving and nurturing environment. our experience at Southlake has been good.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2009
We have pulled our children out of Southlake Christian. Our daughter needed some additional tutoring and Southlake was not willing to accomodate us while we were working with outside help. They were very critical and because of this she was very aware of her shortcomings as a student in kindergarten. She loved her friends but hated school. We have found a wonderful place for her to grow and flourish at a different school. It was a huge dissappointment for us to remove both children from Southlake but they did not care at all we left. The administration has a 'you don't like it you can leave' attitude about them and is sadly destroying what could have been a wonderful educational institution in the Lake Norman area.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 08, 2009
We moved to Southlake when our school closed last year. The staff has been very understanding in helping them transition. My kids are both very happy and love the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
What I love about SouthLake is the positive environment it provides and the teaching of Christian values. You are also kept very up to date on things via the website grades and e-mail contact with teachers. What I am concerned about at SouthLake is the rigid teaching approch - teachers have little to no freedom. Rote memorization is the foundation of learning and parents are burdened with massive amounts of homework to facilitate. I would rather my children learn critical thinking skill as promised, than memorize facts they will soon forget. It is a good school, but I expected a lot more for the money. There is so much research on innovative teaching techniques and learning styles that it's a shame that SL sticks to such old fashioned methods. Works great for very task oriented, disciplined children. Not so great for more creative types.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2008
The parents of the other reviews must not have high school students. The curriculum at Southlake is not more challenging that the public schools. Most of the teachers are young and inexperienced and aren't effective in the classroom, so they pile on the homework. Students are not getting scholarships to the leading schools. Only favorites are worked with to get scholarships and they spotlight the schools accepted at by this favorite to promote to prospected students. Their college level classes do not meet the grade. They change the rules continuously to cover up mistakes of the favorites (athletes and church members). Very expensive a lot of fees outside of tuition to pay. Most of the better universities do not rate this school very highly I would have gotten into a better college staying at the public high school.

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2008
If your looking for a school that will give your child a good shot at a scholarship, then this is the place. If your looking for an administration and faculty that represents a Christlike attitude in their approach, you wont find it here. They are not friendly, not open to advice, and not open to work with your child if they don't fit the exact mold of their program. We sent our children for two years and they learned and were pushed hard. When we needed to talk to the principal, he never returned our call. We have since moved to North Lincoln Middle School, and I can't believe what an amazing program they have going. The best move we ever made, and my children love the school and are excelling at their work. In my opinion, The administration at Southlake are arrogant and not worth my hard earned money.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2008
We have had a wonderful experience at Southlake. We love that our child is being taught Biblical values as well as being challenged academically. Southlake puts a strong focus on excellence in all aspects and teaches children not to settle for mediocrity and does not make excuses for poor performance or behavior. Children are taught to accept responsibility for their actions and it is done in a loving and Godly manor. I would reccomend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2008
Southlake is a wonderful community. They do a great job at challenging students academically and spiritually. It's a good balance. The environment is structured and children are expected to be respectful of their peers and the staff. Some of the administration and teachers can be a little stuffy, but they want the best for your child. They will work with students and parents that will work with them. If you don't respect authority and think your child can do no wrong then you may want to seek out a different school for your child. No school or child is perfect. If you want a safe and caring environment for your child to learn and grow then Southlake should be at the top of your list of schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2008
After reading some of these reviews I can say I chose Southlake because it challenges the students academically (everyone wants their kids to have a great education). Also, I for one do not want my child to think its okay to do whatever they want whenever they want. There is a time for learning, and a time for playing. This holds true our whole lives!! I think for the most part the teachers are happy and kind, and the students mostly seem to be happy. I think they make school fun for the kids, at the same time it IS a school. I would certainly recommend Southlake to anyone I meet.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
I am amazed when I read some of the reviews of SLCA, and I wonder what school some of these parents are talking about. We have had a wonderful eductional experience in our 11 years at SLCA. With a 3rd grader and a 6th grader, I know there has never been a time that children were given retakes of tests. I also cannot agree with the parent who reports that all 6th graders failed a class...my child is making A's in all 6th grade classes this year. The school has teachers ranging in age and experience (my daughter's teacher has over 30 years teaching experience). Young teachers are paired up with an experienced teacher for an internship/review period before being given a classroom of their own. As for the rules, our children thrive in the ordered and nurturing environment. The HS curriculum is challenging and providing excellent preparation for college.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 26, 2008
After 3 years, we are going to pull our son from SLCA next month. I agree with some of the other reviews in that the administration will not deviate whatsoever from the rigid structure and very fast pace. The school does not feel loving and Godly, it feels like a military school. I believe children learn by example and the intolerance which is promoted at SLCA is not something I want my son to carry with him throughout his life. We are looking for a more nurturing environment for him. I think the choice is very individual and if you have a child who is 100% compliant whith all rules all of the time, this could work. (I have never met such a child :) ) I LOVE the comment posted on 4/2/08 'I don't think Jesus would have ever made it at that school.'

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 09, 2008
Learning is not part of the curriculum, at SLCA students cram each week for tests, no hands-on learning at all. Due to this fast pace, students are also given more than one opportunity to retake a failed test. In my sons 3rd grade class he and another student are the only pupils out of 22 that haven't had a retake. The entire 6th grade class failed in one subject, that speaks for itself. I do not like that they give false information when providing statistics such as SAT scores and college entrance. We will not be returning and as with all things regarding children and their education I would advise you to throughly investigate before enrolling.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
We've pulled both our children after 3 years. Classrooms themselves are extremely small. My son has been in a trailer for 2 of the 3 yrs attending. Curriculum moves at a very fast rate; they do not deviate. Students are being tutored by outside sources just to keep up. Strict, military type environment. Teachers are very young. Administration is not open to any suggestions.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
Southlake is a haven for healthy friendships. My son entered SLCA as a fourth grader. He learned to be a friend to others and he in turn passed along the friendship that was extended to him to newcomers. The school's character building emphasis has helped to shape him as a young adult. Some of the teachers are young and you have to work through that, but they do communicate often through email and are willing to meet with parents. They never make you feel as if you are interrupting them. The arts program is a weakness. Sports program is growing. Some graduates report that they don't provide enough AP courses for some colleges, so check that out in advance.

- submitted by a parent
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Southlake Christian Academy
13901 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, NC  28078
(704) 949-2200
Last modified Southlake Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Southlake Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top