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Calvary Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 958 students


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Posted November 10, 2014

My daughter has attended.for over 2 years now. I put her in CCA for safety and for support. She has been safe but the academics are lacking. The school staff is also lacking. Very disappointing. For all the money you are spending plus this is my home church, I expected more. This will be her last year here. Moving on to a better fit.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 7, 2014

I've been attending this school for twelve years now, and it is an amazing school hands down. From the time I was in kindergarten I've had nothing but incredible experiences with my walk with The Lord and my teachers and friends. NO I am not in the "cool crowd" and I still have nothing bad to say about it. The students and teachers there are incredible and I hate hearing some of these bad reviews. Notice these are the parent's opinion and NOT the students. Many times I find that the kids who do say they hate the school is because Calvary has rules about dress codes and PDA (public display of affection). They CONTINUOUSLY refuse to listen and get disciplined for it. Is that not what you want for your child? Discipline when rules are broken? I believe with my whole heart that this school is incredible. I love every teacher I've ever had in the past twelve years. Ps. Do you really think that other schools don't have cliques? Just because a child isn't in a certain clique doesn't mean that they won't have friends. At least there are livig and kind teachers and faculty. This school is my everything and I thank them for all they have done in my life.

Posted September 2, 2014

Don't trust these reviews they delete some of them if they are not to their liking. There are cliques at this school and everywhere you go in life. I was sending my son here and he was a top scoring student with no recognition whatsoever. Your child will get noticed if you volunteer all day or are in with the clique. Some people will just stare at you when you say hello and the worst part is many of them work at the school. I am writing this in hopes of them fixing these problems and being more friendly and practicing what they preach. What if someone that is on the edge of becoming a believer sends their child here and this is their first experience they may no longer want to follow the Bible. If you send your kids here be an example and love other human beings and be friendly instead of forming cliques.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 7, 2014

Enter at your own risk. Poor leadership. Specifically the Vice Principal. Academically weak. Expensive lunch. We gave them 2 years to get it together... Moving on!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2014

Calvary Christian Academy has excellent disciplinary structure. Their academics fail short of preparing a graduate for college. I know of 3 graduates that had a very difficult time adjusting to the college studies and felt behind as compared to their classmates. The children, generally are great kids and their parent are very involved in their school and outside activities. I felt that it was important to send my son to Calvary in an effort to assist me in teaching him how to be a God honoring respectable man, which I am glad to say, they did a great job. As for the academics, I continued his education at home during the summer to help him stay on target and possible ahead of peers in other schools in his grade. The teacher, are wonderful. Yes, they can, at times be judgmental, but are not beyond accepting that their comments were unacceptable if it made you feel... uncomfortable. I have experienced all of this and more. Overall, Calvary is a good school. Teaches morals where I feel as if, that part of the education portion is just not enforced outside the home in many schools. It was worth my investment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 1, 2014

We sent our daughter to this school because we wanted her to have good Bible teaching, academics and personal safety. We also wanted her in a school environment that does not tolerate students who use alcohol, drugs, and profanity. Calvary expels such students, and parents then usually find a way to blame the school in some way (hence, the negative reviews on this website). There are no cliques, just people who don't know how to make friends, and it's easier to blame others for that than to accept personal responsibility. My daughter was there for all of her elementary and high school years, and loved it. She even went on to Calvary Bible College, and is now a volunteer leader in the youth church ministries at Calvary Chapel. It's easy for parents to blame Calvary Christian Academy for their own failures in raising their kids at home. CCA can only do so much.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2014

Cold hearted principal and school leaders, judgemental of all especially those not in the click and church (unlike the principles they say they preach to their students)....extremely weak academically. Their special educational program is a joke...more like a pay to pass program where students are housed and contained rather than educated unless you consider reviewing the same exact material year after year. There is nothing truly christian about this school so do yourself and family a favor and seek alternative Christian school placement.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 14, 2014

I can't wait for the school year to end... Taking my child out! The teachers are partial. I'm white and I don't like how they treat the (few) African-American students. No love! The vice principle is mean and sneaky. The principal is not a good leader. The lunch is extremely expensive. Academically weak!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 5, 2014

(I am a current student at CCA) this school is amazing! I can say for myself that there are now cliques in the individual grades.when I was talking with my friends they agreed with me. I am not popular now do I wish to be. I am just a quiet person and people still accept me and talk to me all the time! That is the awesome hung about Calvary there is a great bond between the students and staff,. I love my teachers they are all very kind and helpful. Of course like any schools there are good and bad things but I personally believe there are maaaaany more good things than bad. I went to a school before CCA and now I would never want to leave here. The education is great, and the extracurricular activities are amazing! They have just about any sport you can imagine and a lot of other things like drama, and mentoring. They faculty promote God and his standards and have such a great testimony .

Posted January 14, 2014

This school is a great fir for parents looking for a good christian school. They have teachers who actually care about there students and their education. For all who say there is a "Calvary clique" you are sadly mistaken. Like any high school you will have to make your own friends and there is no such thing as a Calvary clique what so ever. This school has so much more to offer than people realise and the education is much better than in a public school. They have special fit classes for any student.

Posted October 31, 2013

Academically behind public school. They sell a good ticket to get you into the school, but, can't keep you. I also did not see or feel the love of Chist on the level I expected. I didn't have a need for special services/special Ed, but, several parents complained about them being able to deliver what they promise. False advertisement. Too much money for bad service.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 2, 2013

Calvary is an amazing school with a great facilities and teachers who honestly care about their students. The curriculum is VERY good (better than some other private, very expensive, non-christian schools). The students (for the most part) are very kind and supportive of their peers. Many different kids from many different backgrounds can come to this school and feel accepted. Feeling like you 'belong' is very important to CCA and there are many programs set up to ensure that. (An example is the buddy program- when a new student comes to the school they are matched with a 'buddy' over the summer, whom they become friends with. It's the 'buddy's' job to introduce the new student to kids, and show them around the building) The Bible teaching is spot-on, and the children enjoy chapels either every month, every other week, or every week (depending on their grade). There are also extra 'spiritual' things the students can participate in if they choose- such as Lunchtime Girls Prayer/ Lunchtime Boys Prayer (for middle school students). The school isn't perfect, but God is working in it, and its blessed, and I'm sure that if you decide to send your child there you will be blessed also!!!!!

Posted May 2, 2013

this school stinks. the food costs to much.. they make there own rules . DONT SEND UR KID HERE!!!!!!

Posted February 6, 2013

I have had 2 children attend CCA (18 yrs total). CCA has many children of teachers and stay at home moms who are able to be at the school daily. This group emprises what is known as the Calvary Clique . These children receive special attention/rewards, while others are overlooked, despite deserving recognition. This is heartbreaking to children and their parents. If your child happens to be in the clique , he/she will have a great experience, even be guaranteed a starting position on team sports. For years, I have overlooked the favoritism and judgmental attitudes at CCA in return for the Biblical teaching. The problem is, most of the staff doesn t practice what they preach, and children are left confused. Being a small private school, CCA follows its own code of rules. It was heart breaking removing my children from the only school they have known, but I now wish I would ve made this decision yrs ago. Since my children transferred schools this year, I have realized how much CCA lacks academically and extracurricularly. I am now confident that my children will be more prepared for not only college, but for the world outside of the Calvary Clique .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2012

I sent my oldest there several years ago, and when it was time to send my youngest, I decided to send him somewhere else. The vice principal is unbelievably rude, her attitude is appalling. If you are not in the 'Calvary Clique' then you are an outsider. This school is certainly not what it used to be, nor what the wonderful headmaster intended it to be.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 3, 2010

Both my children go to this school and love it. I do too. Excellent academics and great teachers and staff. Would not change for any reason. Biblical teaching is spot on.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 17, 2010

Solid spiritual education, but lacking academically. The philosophy is "spiritual excellence, academic proficiency". Both my husband and I went to Ivy League universities and we wanted a strong academic environment for our children. CCA does not offer that, BUT your child will leave with a strong biblical foundation. Since we provide that at home, we put our children in a local public school with a better academic program.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2010

The school is wonderful. Small class sizes. The teachers are always willing to talk to the parents about any concerns or issues. They will go the extra mile to help your child learn. Its not just the teacher that gets involved. It's the principal, asst. principal, counselors, tutors ect. The whole staff. You can see & even feel the love, concern and care that they have for the children. I don't worry about my daughter being safe. I know she is. I Know she is being taught good Christian morals & values. She loves learning about God and our Saviour Jesus.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 8, 2009

Great School Great Teachers My son loves it!
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Posted August 21, 2007

CCA has provided an excellent education that not only challenges our two sons to be the best they are capable of being, but does so in a way in which they are learning that all of life id to glorify Christ. I am grateful for the emphasis the school places on having a personal relationship with Christ (as opposed to a list of rules).
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 71%
Black 9% 15%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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13500 Philmont Avenue
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