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Miami Valley Christian Academy5
Posted January 22, 2015
- a parent
I am an MVCA parent and alumni parent. The teachers at MVCA care and love on my children, are available to them for extra help, and are a godly example to them. My older children were and are well prepared for college. The school's small size is a positive, not a negative, with smaller class sizes and greater opportunities for participation in sports, music and drama. As for athletics being sub-par (as in the previous reviews), one need only look at the success of the high school volleyball, football, and basketball teams this year - their records and individual awards speak for themselves.
MVCA is a great school. Its size is a strength!!! Teachers have a chance with such low class sizes to know your child, their learning style and customize to meet educational needs. Parents and students really get to know each other and spend time together outside of school too. Fine arts and athletic opportunities are plentiful and competitive. With the small size, there is room on teams for most students unlike mega public schools. Students don't get "lost" at MVCA like other schools and they can go from prek-12th in the same environment. There are new science labs, gyms, and chapel. A new athletic complex is soon to be built. It is all here. Don't let a few nasty reviews from one disgruntled family prevent you from checking out MVCA.
I agree with the review about this school being miniscule after 18 years. It is not going to grow under the current administration. Their academics and athletics are sub par. There a two families who run the school and control the administration. Resources are limited and teaching lacks innovation. There are many schools in the area that will give your child a better education and provide a better environment.
We currently have 2 children attending MVCA- a Sophomore and a 7th grader. Both have been attending MVCA since Kdg. I have to say that we are extremely happy with the education that our children have gotten and are getting. Both of my children have thrived at MVCA socially, academically and in sports. The great thing about MVCA is the opportunities the kids have to participate in various extracurricular activities. For example you can play sports, play in the band and be in the dramas all at the same time! The teachers are very knowledgeable in their subject area and are always willing to help when asked. I can not tell you how many times teachers have told me and my children if they need help to just come to them. Their teachers have even offered to come in before school and stay after school to help. The students at MVCA consistently score 2 to 2 1/2 years above grade level on standardized assessments and receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships each year. I highly recommend MVCA to any family that is looking for a Christ centered, character developing education for their child(ren).
MVCA will be 18 years old in August 2014 and their growth has been miniscule. There is a reason for this. My children attended this school for several years and it was the biggest mistake we ever made concerning their education. A complete waste of money that could have been put toward their college fund was unfortunately spent on tuition dollars for a lousy education taught by bottom of the barrel, legalistic and lazy teachers. A few years ago they were fortunate enough to have two high caliber educators teach Science and Math, but they have since left. In my opinion, the entire faculty should be at a high caliber level, but that is definitely not the case. The administration refuses to address the issue of bullying at this school and I've found that most families that have stayed enjoy their child being the big fish in a little pond so to speak. If I had to do it over, I would send my kids to either Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy or Seven Hills. Both are excellent institutions that expect a lot from their faculty and have the curriculum, programs and a modern school campus that justify their tuition cost.
Very disappointed. We have 2 children attending and very disappointed. If up to me I will no longer support this school. I can get better resources and teachers in the public arena and not spend private school prices!!! I really wanted this school to succeed but it let me down. They will not get any more of my hard earned money from this point forward.
It is difficult for me to even give this school one star. MVCA is continually in financial disarray and does not have the academic standards or extra curricular programs to back up the cost of the tuition. They have lost so many wonderful Christian families and continue to ignore the problems surrounding the horrible retention and new enrollment stats. They seem to take a cavalier attitude when a student/family does not return and I have personally heard a board members say "Well, I guess they were just not meant to be here" They refuse to believe their subpar staff, personal agendas and favoritism toward the handful of wealthy families at this school have anything to do with the low enrollment. A couple of years ago an outstanding, well educated and humble Christian family moved to the area from out of state and enrolled their kids at MVCA. Needless to say, they were extremely disappointed and after a horrific school year, their oldest daughter went back to their home state to live with a close family friend for her senior year and their other kids did not return and instead were home-schooled.
A respected pastor of a very large church near the vicinity of MVCA pulled his own two children from this school. To me this makes a profound statement and should not be ignored, but I agree with the below poster regarding their attitude when a family leaves. The leadership demonstrates a very prideful and arrogant attitude and refuse to acknowledge the serious problems that have plagued this academy for years now. I also did not re-enroll my kids last year and I have no regrets as they are both thriving and are involved in many after school activities and athletics. The first thing they said about their new school (public - excellent state rating) is how nice and helpful the teachers are compared to MVCA and that bullying is MUCH WORSE at MVCA. I also had to hire a tutor for both of my kids in the subjects of math and foreign language (spanish) as we soon learned they were not up to the level where they should be at their new school. This was very disappointing after having paid private school tuition for several years and told that MVCA was academically advanced. I can assure you this is NOT the case.