We have three children in the elementary school and have come to love it primarily because of the people who pour into our children like no other school we have attended. Our kids are thriving academically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have found the academics to be dynamic in that they are constantly seeking best practices and strongest curriculum. The Academic Dean seeks out to understand the research behind what's taught and the methodology for teaching. But most of all, the foundation in faith is solid, and the school loves and teaches our kids to live and love authentically.
I currently am in high school at CPA. I have been here since second grade and have not been able to make a connection. The environment in my grade is causing me to switch schools. I see many kids,including myself, being made fun of because they are different, and the teachers just stand by and watch. Plus, the things the girls do in my grade are nothing close to being "Christ-like". So, in the end, a good CPA experience depends on the type of people that are in the grade.
After two of my Grandchildren came to live with us, I enrolled both of them in Christ Presbyterian Academy. One of them has been there two years and is graduating this year (May 2011), the other one just finished the eight grade and is beginning high school this fall. Both of them have done great in school and are averaging A's and B's. The teachers are wonderful and the administration is determined for each child to graduate from there and be able to get into any university their goals dictate. The Christian Education is strong and balanced for their life that is ahead of them. A new High School building will open this fall and is truly built with the latest technology with the maximum class size of 20 so the teachers can spend the maximum time with each student. The elementary and middle school buildings are being totally renovated this summer and will brought up to "new" status. My wife and I feel regardless of money that could not be in a better educational school even though there are many more expensive schools in the Nashville area. We are totally satisfied with education and environment at Christ Presbyterian Academy.
CPA provides outstanding, godly teachers, administrative leadership, and parental involvement. In addition, the MS and HS curriculum is geared for college preparatory, and the class sizes are small, allowing for students to have a personal relationship with each teacher. The community feel is outstanding, and extra-curricular activities strive for excellence but still make room for every child.
CPA isn't immune to typical school issues. There are amazing teachers and average ones; bullying which is often tolerated or ignored, cliques and mean kids. The academics are definitely NOT superior to Williamson County schools. Too much homework for the upper elementary school grades and some of the work was so irrelevant to my child's world that it made him disinterested in school and didn't reinforce a desire to learn. Administration is often arrogant and prideful- a complaint which I hear often drives families to leave the school. Discipline is often punative and not Biblical. Seems like this school has changed its vision and is more interested in becoming a competitor with other Nashville private schools with solid academic reputations. Some amazing families at this school- that's why people love the school. In a nut shell- people love this school or hate it.
My son graduated from CPA last year went to a very competitive college with 20 hours of advanced placement credit and was awarded a sizable scholarship. I thank CPA for this. He was challenged by his incredible teachers to a level of excellence and rigor that has well prepared him for college and beyond. Thank you CPA for a top-notch education in an environment that cared about him as an individual and encouraged him to be who God intends him to be. We couldn't be more pleased. I highly recommend CPA for academic rigor, excellence in the arts and athletics, and an environment that makes Biblical Truth relevant to students.
I moved my son to CPA in the 4th grade and it was the best thing I could have ever done! It has made a world of difference in his self-confidence. Now that we are in middle school, I love that he can play football and be in the fall musical at the same time!
I go to CPA as a student in 8'th grade. I was new this year and totally was welcomed from the first day. I am very blessed to go to a school that challenges me academically and spiritually. Thanks CPA!
Our family has been to 8 different schools and I have a teenage daughter that strugles with the girl drama and every school she has been to has been all about the nasty materialistic girls there but when my daughter got there I was amazed about how sweet these girls are, you could not find another school with the least drama as Christ Pres!
The best private school in Nashville without a doubt. Super administration, teachers, athletics and great families.
Almost all of the CPA teachers are top-notch. The athletic programs are excellent, Fine Arts is probably the best in Nashville, and the student body is great. However, the administration is a serious problem. In my opinion , many families have been hurt by over-zealous discipline, and the leadership does not follow scripture in resolving things. I would rather send my kids to a public school in this community.
In every aspect, CPA has become one of the most outstanding schools in Nashville. Teachers are well trained and challenging. Fine Arts offerings rival programs in any school anywhere. Biblical worldview is a part of all that is taught and practiced among teachers and students, in every area of the school. I am extremely grateful for a school that prepared my child so well.
One of Nashville and the State of Tennessee's top private school for academics, athletics and building a Christian foundation for any child.
Williamson County is well known for its abundance of top-tier schools. In determining where to place our children, we looked at many public and private schools. However, after looking at a public school that was free, 5 minutes away from our home which afforded public transportation, and CPA which is 25 minutes away and costs $8,500, it was an easy decsion based on educational opportunities, academic excellence, and spiritual formation. We are so happy with our decision, and have even considered moving to be closer to the school.
CPA has a very kind, compassionate and caring faculty and student body. As a parent, I have nothing bad to say about CPA..
I went to this school from kindergarten until i graduated. Although it has it's perks ( drama and art program) it has many downfalls. Education wise, it is not as strong as the other local private schools. Religion is always over education in any situation, and sometimes that should not be so. Some of the teachers are absolutely amazing and leave you with things that you will never forget. Overall, CPA could be a lot better, if you want a school that is more like church, this is it, but if you want education for the money, go somewhere else.
The CPA high school has no actual principal at this time and the current leadership is not acceptable. Unbeknownst to most visitors, CPA has its fine share of bullies. Of course all schools do, but in the local sports world, CPA is most known for its cruel taunting of opposing teams. Taunting, making fun of, and singling out are very real problems with CPA. Many teachers at CPA are brand new out-of-college teachers and sports coaches are also a main part of the teaching faculty. This review is an honest opinion and is by no means meant to bash CPA.
There are many strong private schools in Nashville. Christ Pres is a relatively new school; it just celebrated its 20th anniversary. In that 'short' period of time it has become one of the top-tier schools. It has strong academic programs for children from kindergarten to seniors in high school. It has awesome fine arts and athletics programs as well. This school proves that a Christian worldview and rigorous academic standards can exist in one outstanding program.
I have 3 children at CPA. There are many good schools but none that I know of have Christ so firmly set at the front and center of everything. The culture is one of excellence; academics, arts, athletics but most of all 'living and thinking Christianly' which is a key phrase in CPA's mission statement. It is a wonderful community not only for the kids but for the parents and teachers as well. Since my children have started there, they have changed. They are much more concerned about their schoolwork, they are determined to develop themselves in music and athletics but best of all God is very real and very personal to them.
Having 3 children of varying ages, personality types and learning needs attend CPA has given me an objective position to evaluate the school. Beginning in 1990 through the present, we have had children attending CPA; they have received an oustanding scholastic education, but also a wonderful basis of moral and ethical behavior. The entire staff, from the Principle to the janitorial staff, including all acillary members, have provided an exceptional atmosphere of learning, love, compassion,preparation for future life experiences, safety and acceptance. Each child is treated as an individual and encouraged to find and pursue their strong points and talents, all the while being given an excellent scholastic foundation, work ethic, unique learning opportunities and lifelong relationships with their peers and instructors. With well above average athletic, arts, music,foreign language and community service departments, among many others, each student can find their 'niche' with encouragement, support and some of the best instructors, coaches, and teachers found anywhere. These students graduate not only with an excellent formal education, but as well rounded young adults ready to meet their futures with enthusiasm and high ethical standards. Regardless of race, religious affiliation or personality, each student is welcomed as an individual and becomes a valued member of the CPA family.
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