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Grapevine Faith Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 812 students

Grapevine Faith Christian School exists to develop and graduate authentic Christ
 
 

 

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Posted Saturday, September 13, 2014

I attended Faith for multiple years until I graduated, and I cannot believe the negative reviews. This school, through the students and faculty, changed my life. I wouldn't have changed anything, and you can bet my future kids will be attending Faith. The coaches and teachers are incredible. To this day, I can still email/call them, and they will bend over backwards to meet me to talk. Are there problematic situations? Sure. Sinful, fallible people work and attend the school. However, the staff truly loves their students. As for academics, they offer a multitude of classes. I took all the AP and college classes and was LIGHTYEARS ahead of public school kids. I was taught how to be a successful student, but more importantly, an authentic Christian leader. I would sacrifice my life for the staff there, and I am forever grateful that God blessed me to be able to attend Faith. Don't let the reviews get to you. Your child will leave educated with a strong Christian background and be able to stand up to college professors, provided they choose to accept the education.


Posted September 12, 2014

This is a wonderful place if you are looking for superior academics in a healthy learning environment along with a REAL focus on Christian character and a Biblical worldview. I have boys and girls, that have been in every level of this school, some in athletics, some in arts.. This school is like a family that comes alongside the parents to partner with them to raise kids to be authentic Christian leaders. This means that kids and parents are held to a high standard of Christian character, with lots of grace and a focus on love and growing in Christ. Unfortunately there are those disgruntled few that for personal reasons use pages like this to discredit a place because a Christian environment is not for everyone and standards exist and sometimes that means hard conversations must be had. Every year I speak to kids that have transferred to the school from other schools and say they could not be happier and it is the happiest place they have ever been. It is not easy to get in because of wait lists, but if you do you will never regret the decision! Take a tour & see for yourself! My kids and their friends ADORE Faith!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2014

I love this school. The students are welcoming and respectful and the faculty, staff and administration are exemplary. I couldn't be happier with my experience at Faith.


Posted September 12, 2014

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! We are entering our second year at Faith (we have experienced the elementary, jr. high AND high school) and truly couldn't be happier! The moment you walk in the doors, you feel God's presence. It is academically aggressive but the beautiful part is that the faculty and administration are not just concerned with the minds of their students--they love and develop the "whole human"--the hearts and souls of their kids, not just the brains. Every day the students are given opportunities to help mold their character, integrity, responsibility and intelligence, as well as learning how to use God's word as their life compass. The saying goes that it takes a village and we feel so blessed that we have our Faith family as part of ours!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2014

Definitely not a Christian based experience. As a former Athletic Director/Coach for the past 20 years, I am appalled of the things that go on at this institution, especially in regards to the girls athletics. There is favoritism shown to the boys athletics in relation to girls athletics. I have heard there is bullying in girls athletics that the administration sweeps under the rug. These are the main reasons why there have been so many transfers from Faith Christian. If you are truly a Christian based institution, then these problems would not exist.


Posted September 8, 2014

Anything but Christian in my book. Our treatment has been pathetic, and we are not even easily offended. It took a few years to uncover the truth, which is favoritism is alive and active in this school. Faculty/Administration consistently refuse to correct the multitude of internal problems. Faculty is not the Christian role model as stated in their mission statement. Now that our child has moved to a new school she is thriving and happy. Thank God our child is out of that unloving environment. Be sure to do your research.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2014

Horrible High School experience...average education, hyper involved parents manipulating every step for "Little Johnny" and Sr Administration from Principal to AD to President of the School that hide behind the veil of Christianity. Our family went through some serious issues in this High School with lip service & broken commitments from these Sr Administrators. It is very sad to see the number of families and KIDS that have been hurt here yet no one seems to care or willing to dig in and ask the tough questions. These good ole' boys clearly have no one to answer to. Be very, very careful if you are considering sending your child here.....look at the shear number of negative reviews from so many different angles/points of view. Where there is smoke there is FIRE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2014

Make sure you really do your research before sending your child to this school. Faith Christian School has the very same problems as the public schools. What our family discovered was a lack of leadership within the school administration and the lack of care or concern for the well being of the students. The academic curriculum is very limited in foreign language and electives. When situations arise and the administration needs to be involved they pretend nothing has happened and choose to ignore the reality. When a student is faced with numerous incidents when action is required and they see an administration that does nothing it's very difficult to explain to the child that this is an example of Christian leadership. When the environment is destroying your child and they are beginning to question Christianity and their faith because of the example set by the leadership of a school it's time to leave.


Posted August 28, 2014

We have five children who attend Faith and couldn't be happier with our choice! This will be our fifth year at the school. Faith is a wonderful, protected, Christian environment for your child to grow in spiritually and intellectually. We have had great experiences in the elementary and high school but middle school is where Faith truly shines. The teachers, administration, and support staff are awesome! They have been there for many years with little turnover because they love what they do, the people they work with, and the impact they make in our children's lives. If you are considering the school, go for a visit. The campus is always welcoming for visitors and you can meet our fabulous admission director and learn more about the school and decide for yourself if Faith is a good fit for your child! Regarding the negative comments: Cliques? a few, but the majority are sweet welcoming families, two fundraisers a year at Faith both optional, none of my children have been in athletics and they fit in just fine, service hours are the same as public HS, my daughter loves Faith. If anything, I would say the girls get more awards and hold more leadership positions than boys!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2014

This is an extremely marginal High School. The attrition from the High School recently is alarming. Of the upcoming 2015 class, there were 92 freshman and 29 (30 %) of those kids left over the last 3 years! Many previously longtime Faith families are now sending their younger children to other schools. We felt it lacked genuine leadership. The administration is seen as out of touch by many of the High school students and parents.The quality of the education has suffered greatly due to the departure of excellent teachers,staff and coaches.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2014

I have a son that attends Faith. It is such a refreshing feeling sending my son to a school where I know he will be surrounded by like minded children whose parents have the same values in parenting that we do. The school does a great job at integrating Christian biblical values into the curriculum as well as challenging the students academically and creatively. I am excited that my son is given the opportunity in the classroom to learn the material in a very creative and unique way that has given him a desire to continue to learn. As a public school teacher myself, I know that in public school that does not happen due to the emphasis on state testing. Faith is filled with a great genuine staff that really cares for the students and their success. I have been thoroughly impressed with our experience and am looking forward to more in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2014

Sending our children to Faith is one of the best decisions our family has ever made. Faith is a wonderful school with staff members who love Jesus and love their students. The best word that comes to mind is genuine - everyone from the administration to the teachers to the students and families. Of course no place is perfect but I am honestly shocked my the negative reviews of Faith. Our family will forever be grateful for our time at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2014

Huge disappointment. We had hoped for the tuition our children would receive rigorous academics, they did not. Why pay for a curriculum similar to area public schools? Aside from the inferior academics to say this school is "cliquish" with parents/students is an understatement, the focus on athletics is too heavy, much heavier than it is on following Christ or the curriculum. If you love fundraising for your school than this is the place for you! If you want an excellent, rigorous, challenging, education for your children in a Christian environment where TRUE CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP is taught then you need to research area private Christian schools who truly cater to both. Again, what a wasted year for our students, one we will never get back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2014

We have 2 kids at Faith and simply love this school! The heart of the school is true and the aim to ensure the staff and teachers all have a correct biblical worldview in order to help develop students that are authentic Christian leaders. Our kids have participated in and benefited from excellent academic, sports, and arts programs and we have found a place that not only embraces and loves on our kids, but welcomes parents as well. This community is like no other we've been a part of. We thank God for Faith!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2014

We appreciate Grapevine Faith holding true to their mission statement: developing and graduating authentic, Christian leaders. Our two children thrive in this atmosphere and have had so many opportunities to use their talents for God! We are thankful for the wonderful people who surround our children daily and point them to Christ at every turn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

If you are going to enroll your children here, be prepared to slog for this school, from the relentless fundraising to the so called "service hours". Sadly, the academics is subpar and most of the parents clannish and preoccupied with the dog and pony show that engulfs the athletic frenzy in this institution. I am all for athletics,but with a balanced perspective. Authentic Christian leaders? I beg to defer. The best decision I made was to remove my children from this toxic, self righteous, self serving,and academically inept environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Our children have been poured into, challenged and loved at Faith! It has been a wonderful experience. The Faith family is a community of love and support. A personal relationship with Christ is encouraged and nurtured. The academics continue to grow in rigor and challenge. Our students are building leadership and critical thinking skills that will help them in their college and adult years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

Beware especially if you have a daughter. They do NOT walk the talk! Girls are not their top priority. The boys rule. The administration believes they should only deal with the fathers and they really don't care to hear what a woman has to say. Believe me our family has given thousands of dollars to this school & until we were faced with a situation that involved some answers from the administration we did not realize they actually are too busy with their traveling & speaking events to deal with what is taking place in their own school. No female should feel like she cannot speak up because a man is the one chosen by God to be the one in charge. Young girls need to realize that they have a voice & the mother's of these girls need to be heard by all!!!!


Posted March 25, 2014

Do not send your child to this school unless you are rich enough to pay for their success. Spend enough money and you can buy your child the leading role in a play or a starting position on a Varsity team. GIrls will never succeed at this school either. All emphasis is placed on males doing well. The education is very poor, especially in math and science. The administration is a joke and is nothing but a good 'ole boys club that play and travel together on "mission" trips. Bottom line, DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

Faith is a wonderful school. My child has grown spiritually as well as academically. She is surrounded by loving christian teachers in a warm, caring environment. I can't say enough great things about this school. We are so thankful to be a part of the Faith family.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 51%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public
Private
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 87% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 3% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Texas A&M
University of Oklahoma
Baylor
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Educational diagnostician
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Ed Smith
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (817) 442-9904

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Educational diagnostician
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Grapevine Chamber of Commerce
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
  • The College Board
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Debate
  • Drum line
  • Math club
  • Model congress
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Grapevine Faith Christian School is an independent, inter-denominational, biblically-based Christian school (Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade) located in historic downtown Grapevine, Texas. Faith is co-educational, evangelical, and college-preparatory with selective admission. Faith does not discriminate based on race or ethnic origin in the admission of students and hiring of faculty and staff. Faith is a believer school (meaning that at least one parent is a professing Christian).
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
131
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
173
Students typically come from these schools
Public
Private

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$13000 - $17000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Texas A&M
University of Oklahoma
Baylor
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 10%
4 year college - 87%
Workforce - 3%
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730 East Worth Street
Grapevine, TX 76051
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Phone: (817) 442-9144

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