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“I'm a woman, phenomenally”

Since: Jun 08

Carlsbad, NM

#1 Mar 17, 2009
Does anyone here have a child at Faith? My daughter is having trouble with bullies and asked me to enroll her there. I'm interested in people's experiences with the school. I'm not a big churchgoer so parochial school is a little outside my realm.

Since: Sep 08

Carlsbad, NM

#2 Mar 17, 2009
I am sorry about your daughter.
Ask the school hard questions before you put her in there. Not just FCA any school. Find out exactly why they are not state or national accredited. Ask what happens at the time of graduation when your daughter wants to go to college, a lot of the schools who do not have accreditation have to have their students pass the GED because their diploma is not good for the college level. Visit often, see how the kids act, how the teachers teach, drop in without calling first.

Last I checked into schools here only St Edwards had accreditation, to me having my children go to a school with some kind of backing is important. For now my kids are in the public system, but if I had to pick a school other then CMS I would only go accredited, their future is to important to me.
I hope you find a school your daughter is comfortable with, and I also hope the bullies get a good stern lesson on behavior, you should not have to pull your daughter if the other students are at fault. Have you talked to teachers, principalís, administration, the different community service officers? Stick up for your daughters rights to a safe education.

Since: Jan 09

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#3 Mar 17, 2009
Yes Faith is an accredited school. The tuition is very affordable, it is $98 A month for one child if you have more it is an additional $40 a mth. with a 10% discount if you pay for the whole yr in advance. For my 2 boys it is a combined total of $1200 a yr.They are on the pace program. Meaning your child doesnt have to keep up or slow down to fit the other kids needs in the school. They cannot pass on to the next level unless they make at least a B. This is the schools rule so they can insure the child is learning the class. They have a basketball team for the boys A volleyball team for the girls. & yes they play in tournaments. It is a very small school. The best part BULLYING is not tolerated like it is in public. I put my oldest there after the inadequacy's of the staff at pate made my oldest son,@ 9yrs old , come home crying saying he wanted to kill himself. 3yrs latter he is a happy well adjusted child. No more coming home with massive bruises & finger nail scratches. Know the only bad thing I have to say is as of the end of last yr Bro. Tim hadnt got the school onto the lottery scholarship list yet,I havent checked into this yr, so if that is a route you would need to go for college,dont expect it from there. Also depending on your daughters age, the girls in the higher classes must take "CHARM CLASS"!!!! This is a class that teaches them to behave in a lady like manner, how not to wear their make up to heavy, cloths to tight etc. I dont know if thats really necessary in today's society. Girls need to learn to behave properly yes but not to be docile! Anyway thats some of the ups & downs. It works for my boys needs but I suggest that you check it out to see if it will work for your childs. Their are some who will try to tell you once you put your child in private you cant go back to public, not true a friend of mine decided she couldnt afford it anymore due to job loss, her child transferred back to public with no problems. Just check it out, & find a private school thats right for your childs needs. I put put my kids in this school out of an act of desperation to save my oldest son, & can honestly say I am not disappointed.
Zogbert

Clovis, NM

#4 Mar 17, 2009
Shrug, I think more people should have to take a "charm class" - not just young ladies.

Maybe that and a "don't be an idiot" class.
A mother

Carlsbad, NM

#5 Mar 17, 2009
I also have a daughter attending there. My son grAduated from faith last year and went on to join the Marines. Both my children were going to chs but left for different reasons my son worked at sonic and made straight a's in school but went to faith since they do not have long days, and do not have school on fridays. My daughter was also being bullied. We had went through the channels principal ect.. But teens today can be very cruel and they find the way to bully them. I love faith I know my child is safe there. She can go to college or what ever she chooses.They help her do her work when she needs it.They also have computer classes.It is a good school.I am sorry to hear about your daughter, But for me and my children it was a good choice to remove them from chs and place them in Faith.
love my pitt

Carlsbad, NM

#6 Mar 17, 2009
for the most part it is a good school. regardless of what some may hear or believe. yes it is accredited my daughter who graduated from there is currently enrolled in college classes. However there still are some issues that will arise when you have kids together...there are some girls there that are the perfect kids while bro tim and others supervising are around and then treat the kids so disrespectful you think your back a chs again. The name calling the threats to fight. However i think this is unfortunately become the tolerable norm of teenagers. yes they have b'ball and v'ball although no carlsbad schools will play against them. They have to travel out of town to play. The girls have played twice since school started--doesn't really matter to me either way. The charm class if it was done differently wouldn't be such a bad idea. Its just that when the girls don't conform to the beliefs of the instructor they have been called dumb and told their parents are to if they let them do certain things. maybe my beliefs are not the same as the next persons but i do believe the putting a child/teenager down is not going to do what this class is trying to accomplish. If it sounds im negative toward the school i'm really not i have a child that goes their and one whom has graduated from there and have heard from them the ups and downs of the school. I know there will be those that get upset with this post but thats okay they are entitled to their opinion just like i am to mine.

“I'm a woman, phenomenally”

Since: Jun 08

Carlsbad, NM

#7 Mar 17, 2009
Charm class. Sounds like sexist BS to me.
IPatio

Levelland, TX

#8 Mar 17, 2009
Where is this school located? Is there a dress Code requirement?
love my pitt

Carlsbad, NM

#9 Mar 17, 2009
Where is this school located? Is there a dress Code requirement?

Its on the corner of Florida and 8th street. Yes there is a dress code i'm not exact on the boys but the girls are required navy blue tan or black skirts and are required to be at the shortest below the knee, the shirts are dress shirts black or white in color and collars are a must..this is for 11yr and older..younger are still allowed the polo shirts although some of the older kids still wear the polo style.
know them

Carlsbad, NM

#10 Mar 17, 2009
phenomenalwoman wrote:
Does anyone here have a child at Faith? My daughter is having trouble with bullies and asked me to enroll her there. I'm interested in people's experiences with the school. I'm not a big churchgoer so parochial school is a little outside my realm.
I had a friend who put her son in there. Honestly, I would NOT put my kids there if it is the workbooks. I believe the kids do not learn as well as in public schools. I do not know if they are nationally accredited to where a high school diploma would be accepted at any college. I am baptist, against catholic, well, ANY religion, and I would rather enroll my children at a catholic school. I went to Bethal Baptist when I was a teen and had the workbooks. I did not like it as well as high school and I hated high school. I love college. Another thing to look at is that in high school, they are allowed to take college credit courses. That is a HUGE positive with me. If I were you, contact the cops.

Since: Sep 08

Carlsbad, NM

#11 Mar 17, 2009
love my pitt wrote:
yes it is accredited .
I have only read up to your post so far but I don't think so far anyone is talking bad about FCA or making up stuff. It has been pretty posative so far.

Who are they accredited with? When I looked into the school a few years back they had no accredation and students had to take the GED to get into college after graduation from there. It sounds that part is much better now.

One question however is who is their accrediation with, and is there a webpage for them? I did a google and found nothing.
FCA

Tucumcari, NM

#12 Mar 18, 2009
I had the same problem with pate school and i also put my child in FCA, for the moment is was good for us, but as my child would tell me that all the or most of the kids would just sit there for hours because all there work was done and BRO TIM did not give them any more new books, well my child was so far behind in 5Th grade due to FCA he did not even know how to basic math, at FCA the kids work at there own pace, the kids would have to do the work books own there own, they the teachers do not stand there and teach like the public schools does, the child has to ask for help and if a child does not know how to speak up well then they just don't get the help they need then, and they sit in little cubicles all day, and no it is not accredited, and only Christan colleges accept their diploma. My friend had her five yr old daughter there and she couldn't even spell her own name and she was there for over a year. I would really check it out. Bro Tim does not like anyone telling him how to run his school you can ask him that, if they were accredited then Bro Tim would have to hire teacher that don't have the same religious belief, ask this question and he will tell you that, and to be accredited you have to have the state come in ans watch you for days to see if you have their standers to become accredited by the state.

Since: Jan 09

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#13 Mar 18, 2009
When I enrolled my sons at faith, its been almost 4yrs know, at the time I investigated the schools to see if it fit my needs for my sons education(this being most important) as well as my budget needs,@ that time bro. tim told me & my husband that yes it is accredited,Thus the reason we choose there! however i became concerned after reading so many entries on here saying no the school is not accredited. Thus said I sorta fibbed and called the school pretending to be someone else, saying that I was interested in enrolling my child there & asked if it is state accredited. Imagine my surprise, after previously being told by him that it was, to now be told no it isn't! for the purpose that he doesn't want the state to tell him he cant teach religion. Being thoroughly confused, & upset at being told one thing and finding out another, I spoke with my mother in law, wonderful woman, her advice was to call the college to see what the ramifications of this would be. I spoke with a gentleman over there,I believe his name was Micheal, & he said that our kids can attend a state college,doesn't have to be a religious college, but they will not be able to receive state funding, they are however eligible for federal funding's. To be available for state funding one of two things must be done,
1: after graduating they can take a state GED course thus getting a state issued diploma, making them eligible to get state funding and go to other colleges other than state,
2: Take them out of a private school when they are ready to enter high school & enroll them in public, thus giving them state credits & making them eligible for all the above.
I think I will probably do #2 option as my kids are happy at Faith, I love the school, the christian atmosphere, & my kids are happy there. Yet getting into a good college is very important!!!I am still very peeved as to this development though!!!

“I'm a woman, phenomenally”

Since: Jun 08

Carlsbad, NM

#14 Mar 18, 2009
The GED prgram at NMSU is really good and the courses are free. I just want to get my girl through one more year so she can begin her GED program. It hurts my heart that she can't enjoy what should be the best years of her life because of intimidation and harassment.

“Don't go away mad just go away”

Since: Jan 09

Carlsbad NM

#15 Mar 18, 2009
phenomenalwoman wrote:
Charm class. Sounds like sexist BS to me.
considering some of the "charm" I've seen exhibited (physical and verbal displays) by some of our local teens, I'd say keep it! Expand it to include boys and we can rule out sexism.

Maybe have kids that say please and thank you again without their chi-chi's hanging out. I'm not saying let's go back to Beaver Cleaver days (no computers), but some simple manners and self-respect wouldn't hurt a bit!
No Faith in FCA

Mesa, AZ

#16 Mar 18, 2009
Faith Christian is NOT a good school to enroll your children in if you want them to actually learn anything. My 17 year old cousin goes there and his older sister "graduated" from there a year ago.
Just as it was stated earlier, if they are done with their work then they just sit there and do nothing for the rest of the time until they are given another workbook.
Brother Tim does not teach them anything, nor does his wife, they just give them the workbooks and tell them to do it. My cousin that graduated a year ago had to write a report to apply for a scholarship, since NM Lottery Scholarship does not accept the students from FCA. The only thing was, she didn't know how where to even start with the report because she never had to write one the whole time she attended the school. She didn't even know the basic structure of a report.
One of my friends also attended FCA during high school and I saw her workbooks. I couldn't believe what I saw. They were having her do 6th grade english workbooks, yet they said it was the level she was supposed to be at...this is no joke.
So basically no, they are not accreddited by the state because they are not certified teachers.
If they get in trouble, they have to write a whole page out of the bible, the King James Version because "the other versions aren't the real ones and if you read them you will go to hell," as my little cousin was told.

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#17 Mar 18, 2009
faith is a good school As to writing reports my two sons are in 5th & 6th & they have to write them all the time!! the books are good. Once again i must stress, they are going by the PACE PROGRAM, this means you move at your own pace, If you dont learn whats taught in the grade your supposed to be in age wise, unlike public, you are kept at the level you are educationally at, until you learn it! My youngest is ahead of my oldest grade wise due to his ability to learn. With this program you can be ahead in science but behind in english. Case in point My oldest is up to grade in most of his subjects but a grade behind in math due to his inability to comprehend math & yes they are helping him, Ive been there with him on occasion unannounced!! They never know what time of day that I may show up. I do this all the time to ensure my kids are getting a good education! As to them not working all day, no they don't, they have a list of goals for the day that they must complete, if the child gets these done then they have free time to do what ever, my youngest gets his done so he can read the science books and work on his experiments.(he wants to be a scientist)These goals are scheduled out so the child is able to complete one whole yr of school in the allotted time. If the child is ahead then the child or parent can ask for more books, most times the kids don't ask,as this gives them time to socialize. I had to encourage my oldest to get his goals done & then ask to do extra, he'd rather talk army men with his buddy's then do school! My youngest loves to do school work and is way ahead on his goals. Last yr alone my oldest did the equivalent of 1.5 school yrs in one yr. I had my sons independently tested my youngest was math, & science wise at a public high school level, & a good 2yrs ahead on most all other subjects. My oldest tested grade level in all subjects but math, & his spelling was slightly behind public levels. Unfortunately that's just him! The only thing I'm upset about is being told when I enrolled that they where accredited, then finding out today that they are not. Otherwise I among others are very satisfied with the school.

Since: Jan 09

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#18 Mar 18, 2009
OOPS! sorry for the double post my internet connection went bonkers on me. & it showed I hadn't completed the post!!!:(
love my pitt

Carlsbad, NM

#19 Mar 18, 2009
FCA wrote:
I had the same problem with pate school and i also put my child in FCA, for the moment is was good for us, but as my child would tell me that all the or most of the kids would just sit there for hours because all there work was done and BRO TIM did not give them any more new books, well my child was so far behind in 5Th grade due to FCA he did not even know how to basic math, at FCA the kids work at there own pace, the kids would have to do the work books own there own, they the teachers do not stand there and teach like the public schools does, the child has to ask for help and if a child does not know how to speak up well then they just don't get the help they need then, and they sit in little cubicles all day, and no it is not accredited, and only Christan colleges accept their diploma. My friend had her five yr old daughter there and she couldn't even spell her own name and she was there for over a year. I would really check it out. Bro Tim does not like anyone telling him how to run his school you can ask him that, if they were accredited then Bro Tim would have to hire teacher that don't have the same religious belief, ask this question and he will tell you that, and to be accredited you have to have the state come in ans watch you for days to see if you have their standers to become accredited by the state.


hmmmmm no not just to christian colleges...my daughter attends nmsu on a faith diploma and was accepted to two others...

Since: Sep 08

Carlsbad, NM

#20 Mar 18, 2009
dragonladysrealm wrote:
course thus getting a state issued diploma, making them eligible to get state funding and go to other colleges other than state,
2: Take them out of a private school when they are ready to enter high school & enroll them in public, thus giving them state credits & making them eligible for all the above.
I am gladyou checked on this. I don't always sleep close to my dirty socks. Trust me my spelling may suck thanks to physical reasons, but my mind is good! Being in the education and religous field for years I always check on the accresation of a school. As I said before the only school that is private that I know of is St Edwards.
You really don't want to deal with having to take the GED. First off it is never as good as a real high school diploma. And second why make your child go through school, do the finals, graguate, and then take another test to prove that they really did learn the stuff and get a GED. Silly, just silly.
I would never put my child in a school that does not have accredation, nor would I reccomend it to anyone who wants their child to have education further then high school. Education is to important to skimp on.

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