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PK-12
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Smyrna, TN
Students enrolled: 550
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150 Soccer Way
Smyrna, TN 37167

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(615) 223-0451
(615) 223-6946
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August 06, 2014
I'm posting a follow up post to the 11/8/13 post. Although we are not continuing on with LCA, we did see improvements with the communication. The school has a way of growing on you and we were actually kind of torn about whether to leave or stay but we felt led to try another school. We have no complaints with the academics. Our child thrived academically and scored very well on the SAT. The environment is loving and nurturing and it s very obvious that the teachers and staff care about the children. With all of this being said, we still think that the school can do better administratively. For starters, the school should ask for feedback from existing parents on how the school can be better. Criticism can be tough but jewels can often times be found in the midst. Secondly, the school could utilize technology a bit more as it pertains to the administration, that's probably why where the gap is with being organized. Overall we have no regrets with LCA and would recommend the school with caveats. We wish all the best for the school and the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
What a great school! We are so proud to send our kids there. They have the BEST staff and administrators in the state! Proud to be an LCA KNIGHT!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
I have the privilege to teach @ LCA and have witnessed the growth of students both academically and spiritually. In 1st Thessalonians, it states..."esteem them very highly in love." Harmonizing heart and brain through this love that we have at our school helps us to bring forth excellence in our academic studies. We have come far in fostering advanced ACT scores in our prep classes, applying applicable knowledge in cognitive content, ensuing strong social development, and in rooting foundations that warrant well-rounded individuals that belong to an educational community/family where we strive to be like-minded unto Christ. Collectively, we work together faithfully to build an environment where the child is taught, supported, nurtured, encouraged, but most of all, loved. From student retreats to academics to athletics to Coffee Houses to liberal arts field trips to dances to proms to end-of-the-year trips to our beloved weekly chapels, the educational growth and development of each child coupled with a love for Christ is truly the intended goal. I LOVE my school.

- submitted by a teacher
June 10, 2014
My daughter was very successful at Lancaster! She had wonderful teachers who were supportive and involved with, not only her education, but with her. She really thrived and excelled under their leadership. She was able to take honors courses and scored a 29 on her ACT as a result. She has been accepted into an honors program at college and that has much to do with the dedication of her teachers. Her senior advisers worked tirelessly to help her obtain scholarships to be able to attend college. We are so thankful for Lancaster. It is a school like no other! We were blessed to be able to send our daughter there!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
Lancaster Christian Academy is a GREAT school... there is no where else like it. Most of the negative posts you will see are from people who needed to leave the school anyway. Our kids love this school. We never thought we would end up in private school but now we would never have our kids anywhere else. Go visit the school before you make a judgement call. You will really love what you see!!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
Terrible. Absolutely terrible. My daughter switched here from a different Nashville private school and we were very displeased. The teachers (if you can call them that) had no idea how to create a decent learning environment. I would look at my daughters homework and was shocked to see how behind the lessons were compared to her other school. The administration is very disorganized and have been quite snide and judgmental. If you want your child to receive a quality education to prepare them for their future then I suggest you look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
Early Learning Students seem to have fun and enjoy LCA. However, the administration is completely unorganized to the 10th power and makes the parent experience almost miserable. The communication is unorganized (nonexistent, inconsistent, lacking pertinent info, outdated, late, or just simply wrong) and makes the school seem borderline incompetent. LCA could be so much better than it is. We're not sure that we'll be continuing on past Early Learning unless we see improvements in this area. I'm not saying don't send your child here, kids seem to like it and the teachers and staff are nice, but if you like professionalism, then prepare yourself for frustration.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2013
My School is Lancaster Christian Academy, I can PROUDLY state. I enjoy each day, unlike the public school I attended... there simply is NO comparison period!! The faculty, staff, administrators, and students are simply stated AWESOME. . . sorry if anyone else disagrees, however I am there now and have NEVER had such a tremendous educational experience and well as all the great new friends, whom I find we each have so very much "in common with!" I sincerely am honored, Blessed and most thankful for having this magnificent and wonderful experience. Blessings to all the LCA "team!"

- submitted by a community member
March 25, 2013
The teachers and staff are not christians. The school is extremely unorganized. The charges and fees are excessive. They do not foster a loving caring environment for students.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2012
If you like daily E-Mails from your kids school, you will be pleased. Unfortunately they almost always contain the phrases: "the cost for this funtion is..." and "the fee for this material or service is..." This school will 20 and 40 dollar you to death. All year long. Especially athletics, 100's of dollars, as they contribute little. Dispite the high tuition, they act as if they are on the brink of bancruptcy. Rutherford county has great public schools. Save your thousands and thousands for your kids college. Be smart. I wasn't.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2012
I agree totally that the two recently fired teachers need to be reinstated. Based on the information I have, they couldn't have know what was happening and should not be held responsible. Not to mention, they are good teachers that genuinely care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
Our children have been at Lancaster for 7 years now. We love the school and have no complaints. The teachers are fantastic!!! They teach Godly principles every day. You can tell they are really commited to the students. The drama department is out of this world. Both our children love Lancaster and enjoy school. Lancaster is more then just a school, its a real family, that we are glad we are a part of!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2012
Please bring back the two recent teachers that were just let go. I thought the school believes in second chances? Teachers can not be held accountable for all the things the students do. Babysitters by state requirements can not have more than 6 children to one sitter if the teachers are now babysitters they should have same staffing ratio. How sad for two people with families to lose their jobs for poor choices made by teenagers. This sets a bad example to the students - if we mess up our teachers will have to pay the ultimate price. The students will simply have to go to a new school these men have been tarnished without provoking the incident.

- submitted by a community member
December 08, 2011
Awesome school! Our family just loves it! Very caring teachers and administration! Great family atmosphere!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
We have been very pleased with the progress our daughter has made during her first year at Lancaster and her first year as a high school student. We found the teachers to be very professional and caring and going above and beyond to help our daughter have a great year. The administration is always ready to help in any way or area needed. They always have an encouraging and kind spirit. We are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2010
When I read the negative comments about this school, I am left wondering, "Have we experienced the same place?" LCA is everything I have ever wanted in a school for my kids. It is a warm, inviting, and Christian atmosphere where all the teachers and principals know the all kids by name. My daughter has a rich Biblical knowlege and is able to put that knowledge in practice in her life. The teachers keep an open line of communication with parents, and my daughter has in fact tested 2 to 3 years beyond her grade level in certain areas. The student body has diversity, and the families who send their children there are normal, down to earth hard working people - there is no aire of pretention or snobbery that is pervasive in so many private schools. I love this school and highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
I have a daughter in Kindergarten at LCA. She has been there one year and we have already enrolled her for 1st grade next year. I am amazed at many of the bad comments I have found on the Internet about LCA. To date, our daughter seems to have learned far more in one year of K than I ever did in public school when i was a child. We have constant and open communication with her teacher and as of now I see no reason to not enroll her younger brother once he is of age.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
I have a son in second grade at LCA and it has been the best year of his schooling. He has been in 4 school and this is by far the best. The atmosphere is wonderful. The teachers work so hard and have a passion for what they do. the administration takes the time to get to know the kids. It is a wonderful place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 16, 2010
I was a student at LCA for four years. Although I can not say what lancaster is like this school year, I can say what it was like for me in the past. Most of my teachers were excellent, trying to think of new ways to teach. I also made great friends. There was always a focus on the Bible at LCA, however, because it is a non-denominational school, each teacher views the Bible in different ways. This caused me and some of my fellow classmates confusion about certain topics. There is also a lack of organization in the school. There were a few times when my family recieved notices that bills had not been paid when we had paid the school early. So even though, for the most part, I enjoyed school, lots of it was a disappointing.

- submitted by a community member
January 05, 2010
I am a public school teacher and must say that I am very satisfied with LCA's curriculum compared to the public sector. This is my children's third year at LCA and I am pleased with each teacher's committment to my children's growth. As with anything, I do believe you have to shop for a school that fits your families' needs and beliefs. Is LCA perfect? (Absolutely not) Honestly, aside from this school needing to improve in the organizational department/teacher retention and needing a better qualified assistant principal, I have no complaints. The administration and staff have been nothing less than loving, caring, and respectful to my children and my family.

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August 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 31, 2009
As a public school teacher, I can attest to the wonderful education at LCA. My children are challenged and are way above most public school peers. I am blessed to have my children attend this school. Mr. O'Dea is a wonderful principal!

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March 04, 2009
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February 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2009
My children attended LCA for two years before we decided to pull them out because of various issues we had with the administrators and the overall chaos that LCA had become. Both of children made excellent grades at LCA but fell far short of being at grade level when tested at another local Christian School. We had to invest in nearly a year's worth of tutoring to help them both get up caught up with their new classmates. If you value the quality of your child's education, don't buy into that whole 'we test 2-3 grades higher than everyone else' bit. It's not true!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 17, 2009
I agree with most of the blogs here- tremendous basketball program with a great coach. He teaches them life lessons on a daily basis through the sport. This program is in pursuit of excellence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 28, 2008
We have had our child in a public school until this year. He transferred over from a public school. LCA has been a wonderful school for my son to grow in the Lord, and he learns life lessons daily from his basketball coaches which love him enough to discipline him and help him reach his potential. I love the teams motto- no regrets- they play all out for the glory of God and have no regrets when they step off the court. Our son has played at the public school level and while the competition is better, the learning and development of the overall player and person are not. We are so very happy that we made the change and are telling all of our friends that are serious about pursuing their passion to join the LCA family. I have no regrets about sending our son to LCA. Great bball program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2008
The teachers are caring individuals who go above and beyond what they are asked to do, I as a parent have witnessed this on several occassions. We have enjoyed watching a great sports program. The football team is doing great and Lancaster has a top notch basketball program that we have watched have unparralled success for the past two seasons. I look forward to watching all the teams in the future.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
It is the best place any student could ask for. I have been attending Lancaster Christian Academy for three years, and it is absolutely fantastic

- submitted by a student
no rating August 20, 2008
One of the best basketball programs in the state and have teachers that care about the welfare of every student. Great Godly environment for a student to learn in.

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August 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2008
I am parent of K5 student this coming school year. My daughter entered into the Lancaster program at Pre-K level and the faculty at Lancaster has been wonderful. My daughter was extremely pre-mature and due to the income of our household, did not qualify for the assistance needed from the county so she entered into Pre-K behind on developmental levels of most 4 year olds. However the faculty of Lancaster, not just her assigned teacher, worked hard this past year and she has improved tremendously. Her education and christian foundation is the most important thing to me right now. Lancaster has the christ-like foundation she needs.

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August 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 11, 2008
Wonderful faculty and great basketball program. I believe there's no perfect school! I know that LCA is better for my son than his RCS zoned school.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2008
We left the worst primary school in LaVergne for Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna. This is a wonderful school that is affordable ($5000 per year). One of my daughter's first remarks about her classmates were that they all knew their grace and courtesies. My daughter has had some challenges, she had been on the principal's list at the public school, and struggled for the first month or two before she caught on. Her teacher was very helpful and told her if she wasn't being challenged then she belonged in a higher grade. She subsequently has made the principal's list every grading period. I can't say enough great things about this school. Christians of every denomination are welcome and we do not see a dominance by any one church affiliation.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
I love this school. My child has been here since pre-k, and six years later we love it. The staff is wonderful. I cannot explain how I feel when my child talks about how he loves the Lord first, before me.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2007
I am a parent and also a teacher here at LCA. The school has doubled in size and with that growth, we have to adjust. My two daughters however are receiving an excellent education. The high school also has a number of certified teachers with advanced degrees.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2007
We pulled our child out after one year. Nothing that was promised to us was followed through. I am now concerned about my child's education. He fell way behind due to poor planning on the school's part. He had children in his class that were not ready for that particular grade level. He is now in public school and is much happier.

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December 04, 2007
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November 27, 2007
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November 05, 2007
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November 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
We've had our child at LCA for seven years now. It's an outstanding Christian school with the best teachers your going to find, even at schools with twice the tuition. It's disappointing to see the angry posts here. My child is an ABC student at LCA and we started him in the best rated HS in Rutherford County. He was breezing through easy A's in the Honors class there. We were so excited to get him back into LCA where there is true academic challenge with a Christ centered culture. LCA gets many kudos for their growth in the sports and arts, especially considering how young the school is. We've been involved in different aspects throughout the years and are well acquainted with a good cross section of students and parents K-12. The owners have a true passion for Christian education.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2007
Organization seems to be a major problem at this school. Parents are often not informed of happenings. This only creates stress on families. Non-legalistic? This school is anything but.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2007
Theologically it is great. Our children quote Bible verses and are beginning to grasp the Gospel. Academically we are concerned. The school states the students are testing 2-3 years above average but we have not seen any documentation to support that claim. The curriculum seems average and the student/teacher ratio large. The above average testing (if true) may not be due to the school. Organizationally they are frustrating. You must make separate payments for tuition, after care, lunch, milk, trips, etc. Several times our payments were posted incorrectly and we were sent late notices. The school doubled in size since last year and is experiencing growth problems. We are cautiously monitoring the situation and reevaluating our options. If they can fix the problems and deliver on the above average testing we will stay until college.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
This School is Amazing! The teachers are top notch, the administration is excellent & the level of non-legalistic Christian training is priceless! I am so proud to have my children attend Lancaster Christian Academy, and I highly recommend it to everyone we know!

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October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
While it is cheap in comparison to other schools, parents are still not getting their money's worth. Things were promised to us that were never followed through on. Small class sizes, regular extracurriculars, and one on one help are just a few of these items.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
They promote Christian values, yet treat parents and teachers horribly. We pulled our child out and she is so much happier elsewhere

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
I cannot speak for the elementary school. However, I do know that the middle and high school students at LCA are receiving the following extra-curriculars this school year: Spanish, French, Keyboarding, PE, Psychology, Music Appreciation, Art Appreciation, Math Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, Chess Club, Journalism, Student Council, National Honor Society, Drama Club, Theatre, and of course athletics (volleyball, cheerleading, cross country, football, basketball, soccer, and softball). I just wanted to clarify any misconceptions regarding the middle and high school program at LCA. I do believe that similar clubs, class sizes, and one-on-one work happens at the elementary school as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
1) This school is extremely committed to Christ-like values, and to claim otherwise is a blatant misrepresentation of LCA. 2) LCA is one of the least expensive private schools in all of middle Tennessee. 3) LCA is absolutely not affiliated with any church. LCA is a growing and improving school that truly cares about its students and their future! -An LCA Supporter

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
I would also like to add that parents should be extremely cautious in speculating on why teachers have left LCA. Without truly knowing why teachers have left---and I assure you most people are not privy to the inner-workings of the school---some of the posted comments are gossip at best and libelous at worst.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2007
I feel this school lacks in the christian atomsphere it betrays to have. From the top down to most of the parents. My daughter is in the ninth grade at LCA and if it weren't for her father she would not be there. Her half sister graduated from LCA last year and was never counciled on college enrollment. She is a smart girl and is working in a book store instead of going to college. This school is out for $ and that is all. Along with the church affiliated with it.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
I am posting a second review of Lancaster Christian Academy to reflect my more recent experience. After three years at the school, we pulled our son out. His first two years were very good, but LCA's quick growth and shifting priorities became an issue for us. Our honor roll student only managed to pass the tests for half of the subjects when he took tests at the high school. His straight A's in French and Physical Science during ninth grade at LCA were negated. The school may regain its balance, but right now parents and students, especially students at the high school level, should be vigilant about the amount and level of material covered so that college-bound aspirations are not compromised.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
This is a terrible school. Don't waste your time and money and send your child to this school. We pulled our child out and she was quite behind when compared to public school standards.

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August 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
After two years and having spent over $14K; this school has been a been a huge disappointment on so many different levels. My daughter was enrolled in kindergarten and first grade - with both her teachers being new to the school that year; they were incrediable. However, they left after one year. Students and teachers are a revolving door due to the poor administration and lack of 'christ like' behavior that flows from the top down...which is salt in the wound when you are paying so much money to put your kids in a Godly environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2007
I do not agree to the above praises. Unless your child is involved in athletics or cheerleading there are no extra- curricular activities. Also the parent involvement was not very much wanted- or at least that was what it felt like. My child received a very good education for the two years that she attended LCA, but I can honestly say- that was because she had great teachers- whom by the way left after the school year ended.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2005
I have had my daughter enrolled in 'LCA' for the past four years. We are thrilled with the quality of the staff, the adademic excellence, the spiritual rather than religious mindset, as well as the direct involvment of the Principal and Vice Principal. The Staff strives to understand the individual learning style of the student as well as the God given gifts within each child. The arts are a large part of the total development of the student as well as the weekly chapels which are provided for the students to worship together with the staff. The athletic program has lacked over the past few years due to the focus on the building of a beautiful new facility, however the sports program has just begun to develope a focused program and we're sure it will follow the quality of everything else we have found at this wonderful academy.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2004
I have both a third grader and a seventh grader at Lancaster Christian Academy and we are very pleased with the school, its responsiveness, and the academic standards. Our seventh grader is deriving the most benefit, and had the most need, from the tailored instruction approach. The non-denominational nature of the school makes the Christian aspect more life-application focused rather than preaching. Most importantly, they do practice what they preach--behavior issues are dealt with promptly and compassionately but also fairly. The principal is engaged with the student body and genuinely cares about each student. Parents are encouraged to be active participants in the school.

- submitted by a parent
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Lancaster Christian Academy
150 Soccer Way, Smyrna, TN  37167
(615) 223-0451
Last modified Lancaster Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Lancaster Christian Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top