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PK-12
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Richardson, TX
Students enrolled: 456
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2800 Custer Pkwy
Richardson, TX 75080

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(972) 231-4890
(972) 234-8414
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August 14, 2015
This school is run by the church and church politics seem to overrule and hender the academic vision. Some teachers are very kind but some are rigid and outdated in their teaching tactics and don't allow free flowing movement and communication between students for interactive learning. There is high turn over amongst teachers and students alike. The fine arts programs in middle school and high school lack funding and support. The pre-k through k program is strong but the daycare program and the upper schools have a long way to go. Great teachers and church and school leaders have left or been let go as the school continues to struggle to revive enrollment efforts and find it's purpose and vision.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 30, 2015
A great school with loving and patient staff who are concerned with your child's spiritual and educational success.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 29, 2015
We came to CCCA when my twins were entering 6th grade. The middle school years can be very difficult, but the caring teachers and students made our transition smooth. My children have had opportunities at CCCA that they would never have at a large, public school. The teachers know their students by name, and they are also faithful to pray for their students. My children will be seniors this year, and we will be sad to say goodbye to our "home away from home" in May of 2016.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 22, 2015
Canyon Creek Christian Academy has been our home for the last twelve years. We have a daughter that is a senior this year and a son that will be a seventh grader. We love this school for so many reasons. It’s a place we call home because it is so much more than a school. It is a family! We have a peace of mind that our kids are in an environment where they are loved, protected, educated, and Christian values are reiterated. Our kids have met friends that will be friends for a lifetime. At Canyon Creek, “everyone is a somebody.” It is a place you can be yourself and still be accepted. Our teachers are overqualified and care about the students individually. When my daughter was asked what she like the most about CCCA, she quickly responded, “Because the teachers are for you and not against you.” IT IS A GREAT TIME TO BE COUGAR!!!

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2015
Canyon Creek Christian Academy has been our home for the last twelve years. We have a daughter that is a senior this year and a son that will be a seventh grader. We love this school for so many reasons. It’s a place we call home because it is so much more than a school. It is a family! We have a peace of mind that our kids are in an environment where they are loved, protected, educated, and Christian values are reiterated. Our kids have met friends that will be friends for a lifetime. At Canyon Creek, “everyone is a somebody.” It is a place you can be yourself and still be accepted. Our teachers are overqualified and care about the students individually. When my daughter was asked what she like the most about CCCA, she quickly responded, “Because the teachers are for you and not against you.” IT IS A GREAT TIME TO BE COUGAR!!!

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2014
My family's experience at Canyon Creek Christian Academy has been very positive. After reading some of the reviews, I have come to the conclusion that most of them do not reflect the environment that we are experiencing. The staff provides a genuine community environment with each student's educational success as a top priority. Here are a few areas that I think sets the school apart from other schools that we have attended: great communication between parents and staff, teachers work with each student on a personal level with a learning styles to increase success, the curriculum is outstanding, outstanding math department, and wonderful sports program.

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2014
CCCA changed my son's life. His teachers pray for him and notice his needs. They really care about him and invest significant time and effort in him. He was socially awkward before, but now he is well-loved at school. He s tall for his age and has a learning disability, so he got picked on, but at CCCA he s loved for his personality. Also, here is a special ed program at CCCA that helps kids with learning disabilities become independent learners. An independent diagnostic agency tests the kids yearly. The results coming from CCCA are stunning. The staff at the agency asked the director of our program to bring her work to other schools. They say that CCCA s results are unique. Kids with truly challenging learning issues become free to learn. The program is called Discovery School (associated with the NILD - National Institute for Learning Development) and has separate tuition for their tailored curriculum that targets the individual students' deficiencies. It takes about 3-4 years for most students to become independent learners. My tearful thanks are offered to God and the way He uses the prayerful, loving staff and students at Canyon Creek.

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2014
Last year, my child attended the K4 program at Canyon Creek Learning Center. We were so happy with the results that we have enrolled our child in their Kindergarten program. When touring & analyzing what the Learning Center had to offer, we learned it is fully accredited & has received an exemplary status from the accreditation licensing board. This was incredibly important as I wanted to know that the program met the highest standards. We have been able to get to know the teachers, all which at minimum have a bachelors degree. One thing I didn't anticipate last year was seeing how genuine & happy the teachers were. When dropping off in car line, the families are greeted in car line with smiles & morning well wishes.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2013
My child has attended CCCA for 4 years. We love the teachers and not just the primary teacher, but the Music, Art, PE and Spanish teachers as well. The curriculum seems to be very good. Our child is ahead of other children in our neighborhood. The really nice thing thing about our current teacher is how she teaches the children through fun and creative ways so that they don't even know they are learning something new. Grades are posted at least twice a week so that I can keep up with my child's progress and papers are sent home in weekly folders so that I can review any mistakes with my child. The early years are instrumental in laying the foundation for the rest of their life. Most importantly, I love that my child is in a loving and caring school where they are learning about God and the Bible. We are so blessed that our child is able to attend Canyon Creek Christian Academy!

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2013
(Review 2/2) Some of my friend's at the school did have a tougher time with the curriculum, and the teacher's were very accommodating towards them. I couldn't tell you a single name of one of the teachers from my large public high school senior year, but I could tell you the names of every teacher I had from CCCA. Because the class size is so small, there was no feeling of competition or the need to out perform your peers. I was shocked by how much the kids at the larger high school obsessed over grades. The class size had its ups and downs too. I was friends with everyone in my grade, and their parents, and their siblings, etc. etc. I "played" lots of sports. It was a family environment, very close knit. If I ever needed a ride home because my mom was working late, I would have multiple offers to take me. But everyone knew everything about everyone too. And by that I mean EVERYTHING. When a random parent asks you about if your new boyfriend from another school is a christian it was a little... eerie. Good intentioned! But odd. They care. They really care and love their students. In summary, your kid won't get into Harvard but he will have friends and know the Bible pretty well.

- submitted by a community member

July 10, 2013
Having had two children go through CCCA, I can truly say that tit provided an excellent, well-rounded college prep education. Each teacher must be certified by the State of Texas and a Christian certification agency, who is also certified by the state. New teachers have 2 years in which to obtain both certifications. (Some teachers are certified by other states.) Neither son had any problems in college and did quite well. No, CCCA does not have as many AP classes as large public schools do, but they do offer smaller class size (15-20) in which each student can receive personal attention. Because of the small school size, students who would not even be considered for public school athletic teams can participate and even PLAY sports at Canyon Creek.. The SAT and ACT scores are usually higher than Plano's and Richardson's, as well as national and Texas scores. That is pretty impressive considering that every senior at Canyon Creek must take both of these college-admission tests, not just those students in AP/IB/honor classes or those bound for college. Loving, patient teachers who truly are called to minister to children changed my boys' lives in positive ways.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2013
During the application process we were welcomed with open arms. The staff has been so helpful and loving and has made our son feel so at home. We have been in Plano ISD for 11 years and in the last few months have already had more communication from the staff and administration at CCCA than all 11 years combined in PISD. If you want to actually have a relationship with your child's teachers, know the other parents, and have your children go to school somewhere that people actually care about their success, then you need to look at CCCA.

- submitted by a parent

July 03, 2013
We have been involved with CCCA for 6 years and have 2 children in the lower school. We love CCCA. We love the teachers, and the headmaster. There have been teachers that have left, but it has not changed the direction the school is heading. I have only witnessed positive change so far with the turnover. In all honesty, I love that my children are in a place that they are learning about Jesus. They come home everyday and teach me something new. Childhood is so critical/instrumental and lays the foundation for their teenage & adult years. We are blessed that CCCA is part of this journey.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2013
Concerning the preschool and elementary, CCCA is a first rate school. The elementary curriculum is definitely superior to other private schools that are much more expensive. My kids have been there 4 years and all the elementary school teachers are qualified and have lots of experience. They are getting a first rate curriculum and biblical education.

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2013
I have been connected with Canyon Creek for eleven years now. While I know that no school is perfect and there are always areas to improve on, I LOVE the direction the school is going in now! There are great teachers who are extremely qualified, passionate about their subject matter and passionate about the students in school and out of school. In the past eleven years, I have not seen a collection of teachers seeking to propel CCCA forward and to a higher level of excellence as I see now. I love this school and know that any student that is in attendance is going to be taken care of, loved, and prepared for life beyond the walls of CCCA.

- submitted by a community member

January 24, 2013
Canyon Creek has gone through some changes recently, but as a parent who has been associated with the school for quite a while (10 years with 2 children in the school), I can already tell of the overall improvement in the quality of the school environment. The teaching staff is loving, well-qualified, and seem to truly love their jobs. The headmaster is very involved with the students, and concerned with their well being, even beyond their classroom performance. The new staff members, especially in the high school, are highly qualified, with a strong emphasis from master teachers in the English and Math areas. It is one of the only private Christian schools in the metroplex that has a specific one-on-one program for students with learning differences. I have read some of the negative reviews, and cannot understand how some of the things can be said, especially about the new hires being "uncertified". Being Master teachers seems pretty certified to me. Our experience has been nothing short of outstanding, and We look forward to our children graduating if things continue in the direction they are now.

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2012
Do not do your children the disservice of sending them to this school. The lack of accredited teachers, the lack of professionalism, and the lack of accountability to students and parents is quite apparent. Our children have continued to decrease in their abilities and have become increasingly frustrated with how middle and upper school teachers treat the students. Very few teachers have educational requirements met and very few are certified by a respectable, state approved agency.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2012
After a large portion of the staff and students left CCCA last spring, the administration hired replacement teachers who are Uncertified. Parents were not fully advised that they would continue to be billed high tuition while the quality of teachers continued to decrease.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2012
We have 2 children at CCCA (3 starting in the Fall) and we absolutely love the school, the teachers, the Christian environment. They have a a program called Discovery / Teach that helps children with learning challenges. My son has been in the program for a year, and I have seen HUGE improvements with his learning. Plus, the tuition is very reasonable compared to other schools. We are super blessed that we found CCCA.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2011
Welcomed with open arms when we were searching for a safer Christian environment, away from the public herd mentality and the over crowded liberal biased district we live in. Our children's mental, spiritual, and physical well being is in our hands, as we are entrusted by God to lead and protect our children. We are thankful for options such as CCCA.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2011
It's not a great school or a bad school. These are improvements that would make it great: 1. Teachers need to keep up with posting students' grades soon after assignment/quiz/test. It is hard to know if your student is doing poorly and to keep on top of things as a parent if the grades are not posted timely. 2. Communication with parents regarding school activities is poor, sometimes the only way I find out about something is from another parent. School desperately needs to have someone in charge of PR. 3. Teachers don't return homework/quizzes/tests so student can look at things missed and figure out what was wrong and correct way to do something. 4. Help for struggling students. Some students are too shy to ask for help. Maybe start a homework club, and pair struggling students with good students to help struggling students catch up and offer some kind of reward program to both students. Things that are good: Christian philosophy. Laptops in classroom. Clean social outlets for children through school activities. Kids who wouldn't qualify for sports in public school can play in this school.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2011
A lot of people complain about tuition, but I'm one parent that won't. This is the bed you made when you decided to go to private school. We pay athletes millions of dollars and we won't pay our children's teachers? If you want good quality teachers, you need to pay them. Our children are our future.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2010
Great School! My child has attended this school since K5 (8th grade). it has proven to be a great environment and enabled my student to thrive academically, socially and spiritually. The teachers are not only respected by the students but are loved. The relationship between the faculty, teachers and students are truly amazing. There may be bigger or better this or that, but what is most important to me is that my child loves to go to school, loves learning, is challenged and encouraged to do and be better, hates to miss school and most of all loves the Lord. I too highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2010
I love this school!!! The teachers are very involved with the children. Each teacher has a Mac at their desk and I receive e-mails regarding my child's performance daily. This is very important to me. My son is excited to go to school everyday. There is a strong sense of Christianity which sets the tone for the entire staff, students and parents alike. I highly recommend this school for any child.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2010
We were in the younger portion of the school, Preschool, and I was constantly disappointed by the teachers. They were late, easily frustrated and overall disorganized.

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July 14, 2010
Don't let the words Christian Academy influence your believeing that this is where you want to be. "Affordable" but only interested in the money. Tuition increases yearly. They do not enforce the philosophical doctrine associated with the name. The faciltiy is sub standard and lacks technology. Enrollment is considerably low and they WILL shut down soon. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME, especially if you are new to the city.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2010
The academic rigor at CCCA is not up to the standards of some of the better surrounding high schools, particularly in the math and science areas. The depth and breadth of the courses available were also significantly less than those offered by the area's public schools and left my child at a disadvantage when attending college. Most of my child's peers from Plano ISD had entered college with many AP credits and extensive coursework that was not an option at CCCA.

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2009
CCCA is an incredible school. The teachers are wonderful instructors and role models for the children. The classroom sizes are ideal to allow attention to each child. The Sports programs are top notch. Even the cafeteria food is great. We moved our daughter from Plano ISD knowing that private school is indeed an extra cost but do you ever get what you pay for. Public schools just don't measure up to the education one receives in a private academy like CCCA. It's great to know my child is not only getting a quality eduacation but also being taught Christian values both at home and at school.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2009
The Best Value in Dallas! Graduating my 4th Child this year and one more to go. State Championships, National Merit Scholarships. 100% College bound with 40% getting scholarships, including 2 National Merit Finalists out of 34 Seniors!

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2009
Canyon Creek has been an overall wonderful exsperence for our two kids... our daughter is in 8th grade - going into 9th, and our son is in K4. They both love it and woulldnt dream of going to anyother school.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2009
I have three kids in Canyon Creek. This is the best value for quality Christian education in North Dallas. With over 120 new students, new teachers and improved facilities, you really should check our Canyon Creek for your child's education. BTW, forgot to mention the TWO State titles in Volleyball and Football. Champions are born here at CCCA!

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2009
This is my first year at CCCA, and the high school environment does not prepare you for what life is like outside of a christian private school. The students in my class have been going here since they were really young, and for the most part, they are not very interested in getting to know any of the new students this year. The classes and teachers are fine, i just have a problem with how things are socially.

- submitted by a student

January 21, 2009
My child is in her 3rd year at CCCA, and I have continued to be frustrated by the lack of communication betweent the school and the parents. All they want from me is money -- and I'm tired of increased tuition. I see all the extra money going into improving high school programs and facilities, yet I have an elementary student who I am paying for. The new administration is too business and less and less ministry. We will not be re-enrolling.

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2008
No school is perfect, but CCCA is has many strengths to consider. The academics are above average. The athletics teaches young men and women how to compete and win. The Christian environment is superb. What's exciting is watching and being a part of improvements in the school and the positive effects on the kids. Technology, healthy eating, the math program are all areas vastly improved year-over-year. The school is not shrinking, but actually added over 120 students this year alone. Teachers are in funded Masters Programs. Students are excited and working hard. They will be better prepared for college than those coming from public schools, except maybe the IB students at PESH and Allen. The christian environment is terrific and the administration LISTENS and acts on suggestions. After raising two older children in private/public schools who were accepted at top 10 schools, I'm keeping my youngest here at CCCA.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2008
Canyon Creek has actually grown by nearly 100 students this fall. In addition, additional funds raised this year because of the growth have included major renovations to the facilities themselves including new flooring, new flat panel TV's in all the rooms, teachers equipped with mac books, and increased security measures just to name a few. There is also a new fine arts wing currently under construction. In addition, classes have been brought on. This school is making a very conscious effort to be the number one school in the Dallas area. Time and space does not permit me to tell you all the things happening at CCCA, but I do challenge you to take another look at this school and not take the dated opinions of previous reviewers.

- submitted by a teacher

September 22, 2008
This school is shrinking year after year and rasies the tuition year after year, it's all about money. The administration has changed but it has along way to go.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2008
Increased tuition has priced this school out of the market, for what is offered.

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December 18, 2007
I agree, Canyon Creek has no AP classes that compare with any public high school in the Dallas Area. High School is just simple not good as far as preparing the student for college life. Sorry : o (

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2007
I've been going to CCCA for more than 7yrs. and I love it there, but there are some areas that need improving. We need more AP classes, It's one of the main reasons people are leaving the school. Because we do not have many academic cousres (or Electives) Also I think there should be dances at our school - like Prom. You should trust your students enough to let them dance (OMGosh yes) But overall It is a fine school. It just needs a little bit of tweaking.

- submitted by a student

August 16, 2007
I've been a student at Canyon Creek for 2 years now and my experience has been better than any other school I've been to, but still not excellent. I'm going into my junior year in high school and as a student, I've noticed a few issues. The math program is seriously lacking in Junior High and was in early High School. They have hired a new math teacher who is excellent and this year he'll be teaching all the high school math courses - this will improve things immensely. The courses overall are very blah. They aren't challenging, stimulating, or require much thought. There is simply a lot of mundane textbook homework. I'll be the only student to say this: we need harder homework. Spanish is by far the worst class I could have imagined. We need more AP classes. But it's a good environment despite the academic things.

- submitted by a student

April 30, 2007
I cannot say enough good thing about my experience with CCCA. It truly offers a Christian educational experience - and not one in name only. Moreover, its parochial nature does not hinder its outstanding educational curriculum. My son attended 1st grade at CCCA and then left for PISD - and hands down there is no comparison CCCA is better! Brenda Galimore was responsive to my questions and genually concerned with my child's progress. I hope my son will be able to return. I don't think we'd stay through high school however b/c I don't see CCCA as being competitive in terms of college placement. I have high praise for the lower school.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2007
Having attended another private school in the area, our son gives CCCA 2 thumbs up - as do we. There has been a change of leadership within the last few years. I can tell that the current leadership (Administrator and Secondary principal and teachers) really care about the students. Their welfare and education are top priority. They have been working hard over the last year to improve and enhance the math and science programs. I am especially glad that the Christian perspective is emphasized - it is not just a private school, it is truly a Christian school. I would definitely encourage anyone to check them out.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2007
CCCA continues to be a great experience for our kids (3 of them attend CCCA). We recetnly received ACT/SAT scores for our HS student and were pleasantly surprised at how well they performed. If you're considering private or home school education for your kid(s), you owe it to yourself to check out CCCA.

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2006
My child has been in this school for jr. high and I come away with mixed feelings. The math program is seriously lacking and the science program is tedious and uninteresting. English is excellent and the other classes are acceptable. Some of the schools hiring policies seriously restrict quality of teachers.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2006
Dedicated teachers. The middle school and high school, every class always starts with prayers. Improved campus security. The number of high school gradutes still not many, and this affect the SAT scores. However, it improves dramatically year by year.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2006
Canyon Creek has a solid elementary program, although I feel there's too much paperwork for the younger grades. It has a strong English program in the junior high grades. We haven't experienced HS yet. The school offers a variety of sports, band, chorus, drama, and yearbook.

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January 13, 2006
Overall I would rate CCCA as very good Baptist school although they high student to teacher ratio of 24 to 1. The last couple of years they have dropped Art and Spanish due to budget constraints. CCCA is very heavy on the paper work and need to incorporate more hands on in all areas of their curriculum. I would like them to have a more rounded curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2005
The pre-AP and AP English program is excellent.

- submitted by a teacher

July 05, 2005
The tuition increase was about 25% this year and the enrollment was down about 150 students. The administration is basically unreachable and emails/phonecalls do not get returned. The administration also have eliminated Art programs for elementary students K-4 through 4th grade which I feel takes away from the general enrichment of these young students. Also computer keyboarding was stopped for 3rd & 4th grade. Elementary Spanish - which is very helpful - living in this part of Texas, is no longer offered to our students.I hope our children do not suffer not having these basic subjects. Several basic repairs in this school also were brought to the Administration attention like water fountains that do not work and toliets that dont flush properly, all to no avail.

- submitted by a parent

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Canyon Creek Christian Academy
2800 Custer Pkwy, Richardson, TX  75080
(972) 231-4890
Last modified Canyon Creek Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Canyon Creek Christian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. Top