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Chattanooga, TN
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7236 Bonny Oaks Drive
Chattanooga, TN 37421

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(423) 892-2319
(423) 648-7600
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November 27, 2014
Every time I m near that school I have to play Crazy Train in honor of surviving and tolerating that place. I think I should write to A&E and recommend them to send misbehaved kids to Silverdale for a few days instead of jail; and THEN threaten that they ll be enrolled if they don t act better. As someone else said, obviously the education is Christian biased and pretty useless for college. I swear that 50% of the teachers aren t even qualified in their subject. Seems like the school just picked the most crazy evangelical applicant, threw them the book, and told them to make sure the students memorize some verses. And this is school is a college prep school?! HAHAHAHA. I remember very clearly the college prep classes we had and it was useless. The teacher only met us a couple of times, once to to ask what we wanted to study and the second was taking us a computer lab and told us well, starting googling for scholarships. I think she recommended the CocaCola one but that was it. My mom and I did it all by ourselves. SBA just does that much so they can say they re college-prep. It s all smoke and mirrors.

- submitted by a community member
November 11, 2014
Show me the W2 list and I will show you who is really welcomed with open arms. This is a multimillion dollar tax free business being run under the cloak of religion. Be careful of the wolf in sheep's clothing! I have never witnessed nor felt Christ in this place!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2014
Silverdale was just voted "Best of the Best" private school in Chattanooga so I find it almost comical to read the severely negative reviews from people that have "left" the Academy. I understand as a parent that Silverdale is not perfect but I am quite sure that no school is. Silverdale is not about money or being elite, it is about preparing the students for college , all with a biblical worldview. My son is a senior and is well qualified for the Big colleges. He is not an athlete nor a "favorite" and isn't perception a funny thing. Why would the administration or teachers downgrade students? I am saddened because I can't fathom the bitterness in these families. I have a "nerd" that is loved by staff and students and I have a younger student who is an athlete and is loved by all. People need to understand that every school may not be a good fit for your family .What about pitching in, volunteering, being on a focus group? I will stop my rant but if you WANT the BEST school, it is Silverdale. Take it from a parent that has had both good and bad days there, the good far out weighs the bad. Kind of like marriage....kind of like life....

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
We could not be more pleased with this outstanding school. SBA cares about the child and they understand the importance of a quality education. We have been particularly impressed with the attention given to the spiritual life of our child. Teachers and administrators truly care for children at SBA. Problems are dealt with in a forthright manner and this brings clarity to all situations. Academics are important at this school and they are honored. We could not be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
Stay away from this school and especially the "Impact Program". This is courtesy of several parents that have had the misery of going through this program with their children. THEY ARE ABOUT MONEY!!! Not about education. They put kids in this program to keep the test scores higher in the "regular" classroom. Our child regressed totally as well as several others. We moved our child to the public school and he has made the honor roll twice! I warn you to stay away from this school although, there are some good teachers and staff members, the underlying philosophy of this school is not about Christ but is about, MONEY, ATHLETICS AND ELITE ACADEMIA. If you have money or influence, you will be welcomed with open arms! But beware--these people are wolves in sheep clothing.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
SBA used to be a great school. As someone who used to go there for many years and has now moved on, I see what all I was missing out on by staying at SBA. SBA is a fairy good elementary school and a mediocre middle school, however it is a awful high school. Bottom line, they do not fix the problems that should be fixed. At SBA there is a lot of "favorites" picked early on by the teachers and administration and if you are a student that doesn't make that cut for some reason, then you are truly downgraded as a student. The classes were never taught well and the testing was college level (which is fine, however the material was never being taught). At SBA if you do not make straight A's, a top notch athlete then you will be considered much less by everyone including the teachers. The main problem with SBA is they are too focused on their image, their money and their buildings and truly letting their education and religious standards fall through. It is truly upsetting to see a once good school fall so badly, however there are many private schools in the area that would be a much better choice for your child.

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2014
I graduated from SBA and was very satisfied with the education I received. I went to a secular university and held my own perfectly well in regards to geology/earth science and my understanding of the classics. SBA teaches from a Christian worldview, but that's not surprising considering it is a Christian school. It doesn't mean they don't expose you to competing ideas. In fact, they do tell you what else is out there. They just uphold Scripture as the ultimate authority: which they should as a Christian school. I have no complaints about my experience at SBA.

- submitted by a community member
December 19, 2013
Save your child's sanity, do not send your kid here. If you want your child to be in an anti-secular and intolerant environment, and unable to comfortably voice their personal opinion that's different from SBA's, then this school is perfect. SBA likes to keep a tight leash on everyone and if you loosen that leash; SBA has no fear to expel you. A few of my schoolmates have been kicked out for the dumbest tedious things, it's ridiculous. There is no different opinion, there's only SBA's view. SBA does not prepare you for college sciences, literature, or even arts. Your kid will have to relearn any geology/earth science & will be the only student in class that hasn't read any of the classics. SBA's art class was pathetic, the class is strict and you can't even express yourself in the one class you should be able to. I haven't met one graduate student that has anything positive to say except for the ones who were happy they were able to escape. The parents' reviews here are obviously biased, read the student's reviews. Save your money and send your kid to different school like Baylor or McCallie, that will actually prepare them for college work and material.

- submitted by a community member
November 18, 2013
I have two children at SBA. My youngest is in preschool and my oldest began in K and is now in 2nd. This is an awesome place. Both boys absolutely love the school. We aren't super involved parents at the school but are very well informed about everything and have every opportunity to get more involved. The principals and headmaster as well as all of the other leadership at the school demonstrate the highest character. They are super friendly and somehow remember all of the children by name. This is a very impressive place, not because of the buildings and amazing campus, but because of their staff, children and parents who all make it great.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
I have a daughter who graduated from SBA. She had been in another local Christian school for 11 years before transferring. At first I was hesitant for her to leave an established Christian school for one that hadn't been in existence more than 3 years, but it was well worth the change. Her education was amazing & she excelled in college, which lays to rest these claims I've read about not being prepared for higher education facilities. When you go to a Christian school, you get biblical teaching. It isn't bible "thumping" but biblical "truth" that is the main focus of the school. For some of these former students to claim otherwise is unfortunate. They have missed the whole point of the existence of Jesus Christ. He stands for truth. That's what they get at SBA...no more, no less. The apostle Paul states that if a Christian brother or sister is caught in sin, it's the church's responsibility to bring it to their attention & if they still refuse to obey the teachings of Jesus in regards to lifestyle behavior, they are to be expelled from the church. SBA follows this procedure, but with love & compassion. For someone to state otherwise, is simply not truth!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
Excellent education! As a graduate of SBA, I can honestly say that I was well prepared academically and spiritually for life. I went on to graduate with honors from a top-100 undergraduate business program, as ranked by Business Week magazine. I then also pursued and earned a master's degree, graduating with honors again. I love the fact that students at SBA are taught creationism and the evolutionary theory and are taught to scientifically analyze both theories to discover the truth. Students are actually presented with the scientific fallacies of the evolutionary theory, instead of just being taught that it is true without mentioning the many scientific errors therein. Students are taught to think, instead of just being fed information. I also love that the students are actually presented with many popular religions/worldviews in class and are taught how to analyze them from a biblical worldview. I so appreciated how my teachers and the administration cared for me while I was a student at SBA. I honestly knew that they loved me and desired the best for my life. I wouldn't trade my years at SBA for anything, and I strongly recommend the school without hesitation.

- submitted by a community member
September 30, 2013
I have had one student graduate from Silverdale and I currently have one student in high school. We came from another Christian School in the area and I can truly say that Silverdale is a blessing. My oldest has now graduated from college and she was so prepared to deal with "the world". She went to a Christian college and was shocked, but prepared, to deal with the worldly decisions of her peers. My youngest was saved and baptized at Silverdale even though we don't go to Church there. I couldn't be happier with the godly teachers, administration and staff that has helped us raise our children. I give them much of the credit for the godly young ladies my girls have grown into, and I give God the glory for bringing us to this academy. We are very blessed.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
I have been associated with Silverdale Baptist Academy for the past three years. I am so impressed with the quality of teachers and students that are at SBA. SBA is a school that is centered around Jesus Christ and they are not ashamed to let you know that! Excellence is also the focus of SBA and they teach their students to strive for excellence is every aspect of their lives. SBA truly teaches to the "whole child." I cannot wait until my young child can attend SBA and be enriched by all it has to offer!

- submitted by a teacher
September 30, 2013
My school's foundation is based on the Lord Jesus Christ and his Word, the Bible. The teacher's love their students and are willing to go the extra mile to make learning fun and to work with different learning styles. The administration is very knowledgeable and love the students and the teachers. You can't beat Silverdale Baptist Academy!

- submitted by a teacher
September 30, 2013
SBA is not the only private Christian school I have been affiliated with, but it is certainly the best. It's foundation was built on Jesus Christ and His principles, He has the reigns and He is responsible for the incredible things that have been accomplished in the 13 years since SBA opened as a K-12 school. Incredible obstacles have been overcome, the growth has been astounding and hundreds of alumni have testified to the life changes that took place during their time here. We strive to be excellent in all that we do, whether it be ministering to the needs of a student with learning challenges, or cheering on the academically elite to push the limits. Our coaches, teachers and staff mentor and teach the whole child. We strive to raise up Godly young men and women who are not afraid to defend their faith and tackle a fallen world with the ultimate goal of leading the lost to meet their Savior. What greater accomplishment is there? This happens at this school. That is why I have dedicated almost 14 years to this place. I don't regret a minute of it.

- submitted by a teacher
September 30, 2013
I graduated from SBA. I read some of the reviews and was very sad to hear what a few disgruntled students said. I went on to graduate from college with a 4.0. How does that happen if the school was lacking? It is impossible to please everyone, but my experience at SBA was great. As for the "Bible Thumpers"....that is a term many kids who don't want to be at a Christian school use. As for the "intolerance" that was mentioned....It is not intolerence when you follow God's commandments. SBA speaks the truth. Keep it up SB!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2013
Silerdale is an incredible school. It is evidenced by the behavior of the students not just at school, but in the community. It has the academic as well as spiritual element, exceeding in both areas. Well rounded including sports and fine arts, an excellent return on investment.

- submitted by a community member
July 23, 2013
Very Disappointed in this school. Silverdale is put up on a high pedestal so naturally as a student you want to go here. I was completely blindsided by how this school actually works. I transferred over into 10th grade and they seemed so sweet until I spent a while their as a student. They blew us off over a couple of problems we had and never resolved them. I was naive to think I wanted to spend my whole junior and senior years here because during my junior year everything went down hill fast. Silverdale don't care for their students needs and doesn't do a good job in preparing them for college. I decided that I didn't want to spend my last year at Silverdale so I ventured out to a different private school. The dean at this school said that Silverdale messed up my credits bad. They signed me up for physical science twice when I took it during my freshman year. I had the impression I was in good trusting hands but turns out I got cheated by the administration for not properly doing their job. Now when I could have been taking college courses my senior year and enjoying, I had to take Biology. Words can't describe how saddened I am to find out Silverdale ruined my senior year.

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2012
As a graduate of Silverdale, I can truly say that I was completely underprepared for higher education. They do not teach enough classic literature and replace it with books such as THIS PRESENT DARKNESS and other Christian "novels". Their arts programs are unsatisfactory and do not prepare or serve students who have an interest in the arts. I am also very unsettled their level of intolerance. I personally know of students who have been expelled for being "homosexual" or have different beliefs. They make students sign an agreement to tell the truth and adhere to an honor code, and yet they kick out students for telling the truth. Many of my fellow peers agree that our experience there did us a huge disservice in preparation for our future. It may be nice for the parents to know that their children are in a "Christian" environment, but the principles they teach and the actions they take are anything but Christian.

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2011
This school never ceases to amaze me. I heard this school lacked academics...just the opposite. I am blessed to have found a school with just the right balance of academics,athletics and spiritual formation. The involvement of the teachers in my Childs life is incredible. It is not just a job for them...it is a passion. Kudos Silverdale for being a stellar school!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
My child graduated from SBA. She excelled because of the academic and spiritual foundation that she received at SBA. She is excelling in college and she contributes that to the education she received at SBA. Our family got to witness the hand of God as he provided a debt free sporting facility, including football, softball and baseball fields debt free. It is reassuring to know that my child has prospered both academically, spiritually and socially.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
My children have attended SBA for 7 years. The excellent education that is provided to them has exceeded my expectations. SBA is driven to integrate God's Word into every facet of our children's lives and teaching them a Biblical worldview is essential now more than ever. The QUALITY of the education is THERE as many of SBA's graduates have received full scholarships from some of the most prestigious colleges and universities. The community service and partnership SBA has with the parents is extraordinary and it shows from the leadership of the Headmaster all the way down to the maintenance staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2010
I have a current student at the school who came from another private school. If your main concern is the religious education of your child then this is the school for you. If you are after a n education that will propel your child to be successful in life then look for another school. The parents that seem to be happy are the ones that have never sent their child to another school thus have nothing to compare it against. The education is just not there

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2009
Absolutely fabulous school! The headmaster and staff are wonderful people who truly have the best interests of their students in their heart. My son is a special needs child and prior to coming to Silverdale, he was moved to four different public schools so I have a good perspective from which to compare. Their IMPACT program that serves kids that need that extra bit of help has taught him valuable life skills and helped him become a well rounded young man. We have truly found a home at this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
Our son attends SBA and has since he was in Kindergarten. We believe this is the most excellent Christian school in the Southeast. Our son in challenged spiritually, academically, and athletically. The school has just completed a 2 million dollar project on their sports complex. Students now have a football stadium, baseball fields, and softball fields. The school is very balanced in their discipline. The rules present are rules that keep all students safe and accountable. The administration and teachers are second to none! Highly recommend to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2008
okay since the last review of silverdale wasn't very current i felt it should be updated, last year i went to silverdale for two years I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT the rules are ridiculous though i think there should be strict order in high school's most here are very over dramatic about there focus though there are good teachers that have great goals there are also teachers that just want the money and could care less about students. Also if you want your child to be big in sports THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT SCHOOL, they are currently making they're sporting fields but its will be around four years till finish so if you want to your child in high school here wait until at least 2011, you might get your money's worth then

- submitted by a student
August 07, 2008
We love this school. It is a place where the prescence of God can be felt in every room and with every staff member. I have 2 children who attend this school, both are in elementary school and I can't imagine sending them anywhere else. They are learning and they are cared for, and I know that when they get out of the car each day, I can feel good about leaving them. At this school, they are not just a number, they are known by name by almost every teacher. The principal knew my daugther by first and last name after her first week of school. She previously went to Grace Academy in kindergarten, where she was simply known as '#8'. SBA is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2008
We the elementary school, teachers and especially the principal, Kim Thompson. She is wonderful with the children and parents. You can feel God's presence here. The middle school is another story. The principal is not Mrs. Thompson for sure. The care and compassion just is not there as in the elementary school. The atmosphere is more focused on hand picking their students than being fair about new applicants. It loses the Godly feel to be sure. They do not seem to embrace children with learning differences at all. I am disappointed with the middle school unfortunately. My star rating is for the middle school and middle school principal ONLY, not the elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
This is a haven....it is without a doubt a God school and I am thrilled to have my 2 children in it. This world pulls our children in so many directions and it is nice to have a school that partners with you in raising godly children.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2006
I have two students at SBA, and we absolutely love it. Both my son and daughter have been there since the inception of the school. The teachers are caring, loving, and well studied in their subjects. There are plenty of opportunities for extracurricular activities, as the sports programs continue to grow. But most of all, it is a Christ-Centered church with high academic standards. No school is perfect, but we would not dream of going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2006
MY child went here for 3yrs. The first yr was great he had a very caring teacher. His fifth and sixth grade yr the school seem more concern on buliding up student enrollment then the student. Teachers seem to be overwhelm and unable to give extra help to the students that needed it.

- submitted by a parent
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Silverdale Baptist Academy
7236 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, TN  37421
(423) 892-2319
Last modified Silverdale Baptist Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Silverdale Baptist Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top