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.
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.
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.
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!
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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