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Central Christian Academy

Private | PK-6 | 108 students

We are best known for small class & safe environment.

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $115,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $890.

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Posted July 2, 2010

Welcome to CCA. We've been around a very long time but are a brand new school in our curriculum and teaching methods. We teach critical thinking through a Literature based curriculum while implementing parts of the Abeka-phonics program. Our students complete their classwork on computers everyday. We pride ourselves in our small class sizes and individual attention. Come visit us any time.

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Posted August 30, 2013

What a wonderful school! We looked at many other Christian schools in the area, and this one was exactly what we were looking for. The teachers are great and I'm so impressed with what my child is learning and how the teachers are able to integrate it all. Most other Christian schools we looked at don't do that or they use really old-fashioned curriculum. It's a warm, inviting, happy place to learn!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 7, 2013

This school is fantastic! Our little girl will be beginning her second year at Central, and we couldn't be happier. The teachers are wonderful - everybody knows her! The atmosphere is so friendly. The teachers and administration really go out of their way to show love to each and every student. We love this school because we know that the teachers are extremely well qualified - they all have degrees (many with masters!) in education, which is unheard-of at private schools, and they all have lots of experience! When I've peeked into her classroom during the day she is always engaged in a hands-on activity - no silly workbooks or pages upon pages of worksheets for these kiddos. They also just got smartboards for many of the classrooms and the kids are getting kindle fires, too. Check out their media center! Well stocked, kids get time daily, and adorable! Every time I have ever had a question about anything, the extremely friendly and informative receptionist or principal have taken time away from their busy schedules to respond quickly. Definitely check out CCA if you're looking for a great school that will feed your child spiritually and go above and beyond academically!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 20, 2013

Our daughter has been a student at Central Christian Academy for the last two years. We feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing school. The staff is friendly and truly cares about the students AND their families. They utilize state of the art technology to ensure your child receives an education that is of the highest standard. Their Christian values are exemplary and they consistently practice what they teach. We have been so impressed with the expectation that parents be involved in their child's education. CCA holds several activities throughout the school year so parents can be involved and see the progress their child is making. CCA makes it convenient for working parents by offering before and after school care. They also offer a camp during the summer months filled with fun activities. If you are looking for a quality Christian education we highly recommend that you look into CCA.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 29, 2012

Please do not waste your money or your child education with this school. This school has a huge turnover every year. The principal is very rude and unprofessional. On several occassion I have passed this lady in the office, in the halls or just anywhere on the school grounds. She would not even part to say hello.. just a fake smile. One day I was in the office and she was in a meeting with a student parents, she was so loud and irate that the pastor had to inetervene. If you have a child in this school... Please Please questioned your child about their and have them tested on a regular with a learning center. A Poor quality of education.
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Posted September 2, 2011

Worth every penny!! My son has always done excellent in school but was never really enthusiastic about doing the work. He has attened both public and private schools(including CCA a few years ago) and always made honor roll. Last year was the best school year we ever had. The students are taught how to problem solve not just to memorize the answers. They have fun while learning!! The principal is very involved and addresses problems to make for a positive environment. CCA guides families to have strength in God and church!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 7, 2011

Don't waste your money! The school has received a "face lift" but the staff leaves alot to be desired as well as the new principal. My child came home in tears daily because her teacher 'yells' at them everyday. I spoke to other parents and they have informed me their children have told them the same thing. The principal has no compassion and seems to have a hard heart! Very sad. This is suppose to be a christian school but you are told if you do not go to church your child may not be able to attend the school. I thought christians were to reach out to the unsaved. The curriculmn is based on SOL's not what I want for my child. Very disappointed in the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 29, 2011

My child has been at CCA 4 years and loves going each day! She was reading books in Kindergarten and already above grade level. The Wilson Fundations curriculum is amazing! I never worry because I know the teachers and staff take the best care of her. It's great that they offer a summer camp through the summer that helps keep them on a routine and in a familiar environment. I love CCA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 1, 2009

Both of my chldren attended this school from K4 through 8th grade and it prepared them academically, socially, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually for their next level of education. The great teacher to student ratio gave them special attention and the variety of activities for a small school is wonderful. Watching children blossom in this small school environment is truly amazing! From plays to sports to speech and spelling meets, this school offers a variety of experiences for each child. If you have a concern, bring it to the teacher or admininistration and they will listen and do their best to meet your expectations. It has truly been a blessing to the Portsmouth community for 31 years!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2009

This school is a place you can leave your child and know they are safe and cared for by their teacher. It not only helps them grow academically but also spiritually. My child has been in the preschool for two years and loves her teacher and her school...she couldnt be happier. No school is perfect, you're always going to have pro's and matter where you go. CCA definitely has more good qualities than bad ones!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 23, 2009

This is an excellent school. The Teachers, the Principal, and all of thge staff are the most friendly and most caring people you ever will know. They care about ALL the children enrolled in thisschool. You never have to worry about not knowing the events and happenings in the school. They keep you informed via E-mail on all the events, your childs progress, and their school work. My child is leaving at the end of the school year for high scgool. I just wish CCA went to the 12th grade. Private school is expensive, but I'd find a way to keep her at CCA if I could. Your children will thrive in their enviroment
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2009

We have really enjoyed having our son at CCA. We absolutely love his teacher. She does a great job of keeping us informed of upcoming events and activities for his class. The school is very involved in community projects and teaches the children the virtue of doing for others. It has been a blessing to have him there.
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Posted March 16, 2009

Not impressed. My son's teacher never, ever returns my phone calls, and the couple of e-mails I have written her this past year have gotten very short, one-line answers that do not help me. His progress reports and report cards are very contradictory, I am not entirely confident in this school's grading system.
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Posted February 11, 2009

As a grandparent and former elementary teacher, I know my granddaughter is receiving an excellent edaution at CCA. Her teachers are kind, caring and dedicated to each child's educational and spirtual growth. My granddaughter has attended CCA for 3 years. She is extremely pleased with her teachers and classmates.

Posted February 3, 2009

While this school may be better than public school as far as safety, it is not good for learning. The school has a high turn over of staff and disipline is next to nothing. Children are allowed to bully, and nothing is done. Leadership is never present and phone calls are never returned. Think twice before paying so much money for sub par education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 28, 2009

My grandson was in 5K, now going to another school. Each child is given a score of 1-3 each day based on their behavior, attitude, etc. (1 being good) however, I do think this does give the parents a status on the childs progress, the teacher didn't explain in detail what happened to determine why he got that score, making it difficult for a parent to correct any issues. I feel that a teacher should at least write a detail paragraph explaining what happened and at least suggest some helpful statigies to improve the child if he didn't get a good score. This leaves the parent in the dark and difficult to guide that child so that this same issue doesn't happen again.

Posted January 27, 2009

My son attended and we pulled him out after a short time. Though the roughly $500 per month we paid, including after care, was not extremely high. The curriculam was poor at best. One week out 5K child got 1 homework assignment. 'Read a Book'. In addition, the teacher rarely communicated with us regarding our childs progress in school. She was not available in the morning when we picked him up and would not return phone calls left for her. I would rate this school poor at best. While we search for a better school, we are going with a better alternative to this school, public school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 7, 2008

I am very impressed with the education being offered at CCA especially compaired with our public school neighbors. The difference is trullyI noteable. I look at the tuition cost as an investment in my sons' future. CCA is like home to us. My son has attended for 6 years and I look forward to each new year. My son is shy and the small classrooms and friendly environment has given him alot of confidence in himself. CCA is the best!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 15, 2007

K-8 school. Our youngest has attended here for two years -- well worth the tuition. Small class size, Abeka curriculum (preschool/Kindergarten).
—Submitted by a parent

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1200 Hodges Ferry Road
Portsmouth, VA 23701
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