We've been at FCA for 3 yrs. PK was awesome, we loved it! Our child learned things that blew us away, i.e how to read, write and do math. We get in Kinder and things change. It's not the school, or the program, it's the teaching style. My child is in Kinder (KA) and our teacher has a very non chalent attitude, very unmotivating. Her comments are always negative and she teaches with intimidation. The kids are afraid to ask questions or participate in class exercises for fear of being wrong or called out. I've observed this for myself during a classroom visit. Her comments on classwork sent home are mostly negative so you are led to believe your child is struggling when that's not the case according to the test scores. Not all teachers there are like this, but this is our experience. It's way too much homework, we're doing something every night. FCA pride themselves on a vigourous education, but too much of anything is not good. The work is very fast paced, but not a lot is being retained. I like this school, it's a great facility and it has a wonderful christian foundation, but for us the reward is just not worth the sacrifice.
FCA was great for my child during 1-3 grade; however, things began to change dramatically in 4th. My child was placed in a 3rd-4th grade combo class in which I was led to believe was more beneficial. Unfortunately, I feel that this type of class was created not for the benefit of the children, but due to decline in enrollment. FCA has much turnover within the administration and math instructor was a resolving door. After three years of standardized testing, my child's scores never improved, and the mathematical performance was subpar after all of this time. Furthermore, I had to incur more expense by hiring a math tutor which is contradictory to the real purpose of private school. Since departing and enrolling in public school, my child has responded very positively and has enjoyed the transition thus far. Overall, I believe the school means well and provides a solid foundation from an ethical and moral standpoint. But, for the price of tuition coupled with a musical chairs approach by staff and instructors - you'd be better served getting more bang for your buck at a different school - be it public, private, or charter.
I really love this school. Sure things are not perfect but I made the decision to try public school last year and lets just say it was a very bad experience. My child went from testing above grade level leaving FCA to below in one year. Now that she has returned, I see the joy she has going to school. She wants to learn and brings home so many interesting facts everyday. Sure things are not perfect. But I truly believe they care about my childs future. I feel welcome to communicate with her teachers when needed. No you cannot slack at FCA. They will not just pass you through. In public school my child made almost straight A's but did not know how to complete her homework. The administration has changed many times since I have been there but it never affected the classroom as far as I could tell. The new Principal is very loving and makes the children feel comfortable talking to her. She has also set the parents straight about a few new rules. A good balance of tough and loving which is what you need. Christian education is what you get at FCA. Yes it is the beginning of the year and I'm sure there will be things that come up, but this so far is the best place for us.
My child attends this school for second grade. I love the values and ethics in which the teachers all work under. They have awesome extracurricular activities and keep the kids busy, whether academics or learning adventures (field trips) highly recommend to anyone looking for a good school with Christian values.
HORRIBLY DISORGANIZED ADMISSIONS PROCESS! In July my husband and I called to verify that spots for the 2014 school year. We were given verbal confirmation by the Sec. that 3 spots were currently showing. We completed the app. and verified with the front office staff 3 sep times that we were applying for an open spot. The front office staff verified that we would not be able to apply for a spot unless one were open. After participating in the interview process 2 weeks later, we were informed that there were in fact no open spots available. The DOA informed us that she had made an admissions process change recently. Parents were to apply for spots regardless to rather any spots were open and if none were available that they would be placed in a pool. A few days after school began I called to check to see if any spots had become available. A DIFFERENT woman checked the system and told us there was 1 showing as of Mon. I emailed the DOA & principal to inquire if any spots had become available. The DOA emailed me directly and again ccing the principal that there were currently no spots available. How could there still be a miscommunication between front staff and the DOA?
I feel that this school has the potential to be GREAT.. however sadly there are a lot of issues with the teaching techniques. The atmosphere is not nurturing but more military style. My daughter started with a very outgoing happy personality but now cowards and looks at you very timidly. The cost of the Early Childhood Program is very reasonable however I question if I have made the right decision although no place is perfect my daughter disliked going here. I will be moving my daughter at the end of the school year into a more diverse environment so that my daughter is happy to attend school. In spite of my daughter not wanting to go to school each day the school did teach her a lot education wise. I feel that the administrator should allow and train the teachers to have more of a FUN teaching style oppose to the concept that its easier to control the kids if they are afraid. Good teachers with experience are slim here.
I debated whether or not to post a review, but since it appears the others are a lot older, I figured I'd give some current information. The school has a great reputation built around great teachers and Admin staff. Over the last 3-4 years there has been many changes in both areas. This past school year, 3 teachers were responsibe for teaching Math, Science and Language Arts to grades 5-8. They have had a Principal come and go, and the new Admin is having trouble leading the flock. If you are interested in this school, then ask many questions about the staff turnover rate and test scores. Several parents had to hire tutors for their kids during the school year.