Faith Christian Academy
FCA

Carlsbad, NM

#21 Mar 18, 2009
dragonladysrealm wrote:
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.
I really understand that you like FCA, but please for your kids futures and education i would consider taking them either back to the public schools or home school them. FCA is really not a good school, they use very old Pace's and you can see the answer from the previous kid that had it. I am not trying to tell you how to raise your kids, i am just being a caring POST to you, and letting you know the truth.Well good luck with what you choose.
know them

Carlsbad, NM

#22 Mar 18, 2009
To parents who do pace work out of booklets,

I went to Bethal Baptist School and used these books they use at FCA. I learned NOTHING! The work was not challenging and I hated it. I went back to public schools, ended up in alternative because I just hated school. In my opinion, many kids who choose to go to college will have to take 99 course classes at the college to learn the math that was not taught. I had to do this and it was a pain. 99 courses are not credit courses. At least in high school there are college classes that can be taken to help the student have a better future. I know if they had offered the college courses in high school, I would have stayed. As for being bullied, I would look at BOTH people who is doing it and getting it. If I was the parent I would call the cops and have a talk with them. I would go to the parents as well. But then again, I am confrontational. Maybe your child can be transfered to another class if it is happening in class. Maybe your child just needs to stick up for theirself or something. Best of luck!
phenomenalwoman

Lovington, NM

#23 Mar 18, 2009
She did. She reported them. It earned her more threats from the FOUR older girls who are picking on her.

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#24 Mar 18, 2009
FCA wrote:
<quoted text>I really understand that you like FCA, but please for your kids futures and education i would consider taking them either back to the public schools or home school them. FCA is really not a good school, they use very old Pace's and you can see the answer from the previous kid that had it. I am not trying to tell you how to raise your kids, i am just being a caring POST to you, and letting you know the truth.Well good luck with what you choose.
I actually have given this option some serious thought over the past 4 yrs. I was home schooled through an umbrella program that the regular school system had thus I have a regular state diploma. With this type of program the public school still had some control over the child's education. We had to go to the public school for periodic testing. The contract my parents signed stated that if we failed the tests we had to return to regular classes. Wonder if Carlsbad schools have this?
Not Accredited

Albuquerque, NM

#25 Mar 19, 2009
Faith is not accredited....they are what the state refers to as "accepted". Meaning that the state colleges and universities will accept their enrollment, but there is no guarantee that out of state schools will. I got this info from the state. I am a recruiter for the military.. It is necessary for someone to graduate from an accredited school to get in the military. We also allow people with GED's. We even have a program that will allow someone to join without a GED. We will then send them to a school for 3 weeks, where they will have tutors that get them prepared for the GED. At the end of the 3 weeks they take the GED. Anyhow, I had to jump trough hoops to allow that kid to join with acception to policies, and have a SMG sign off on it.
Hortice

Carlsbad, NM

#27 Mar 22, 2009
Not Accredited wrote:
Faith is not accredited....they are what the state refers to as "accepted". Meaning that the state colleges and universities will accept their enrollment, but there is no guarantee that out of state schools will. I got this info from the state. I am a recruiter for the military.. It is necessary for someone to graduate from an accredited school to get in the military. We also allow people with GED's. We even have a program that will allow someone to join without a GED. We will then send them to a school for 3 weeks, where they will have tutors that get them prepared for the GED. At the end of the 3 weeks they take the GED. Anyhow, I had to jump trough hoops to allow that kid to join with acception to policies, and have a SMG sign off on it.
This morning, the CA had a story of a newly minted 2LT (ROTC) who had graduated from Faith Acadamy 4 years ago.... Congrats, 2LT
Think about it

Carlsbad, NM

#28 Mar 23, 2009
I am sorry but the article said the young man had graduated from Victory Christian Academy which is a different school. Also for your information Victory Christian used a completely different method of teaching as well as a different curriculum. I personally know many children who did attend Victory Christian Academy, many have gone to many different colleges and are now teachers, professional employees with major corporations, while some have served our country in many different branches of the military. I have had first hand experience with Christian education as both of my children attended and graduated from Victory Christian Academy, both have attended New Mexico State University, and now work for local companies.

Since: Sep 08

Carlsbad, NM

#29 Mar 23, 2009
VCA now Paradise Ranch is not state accredited either. So graduation from there will have the same red tape and bells and whistles that FCA students face. If these schools work for you and you are happy with them then by all means send your children there. For me however knowing the school has state accredation is important to me. NOW if only we had more private choices that took the extra step to become accredited! For the life of me I can not understand why the private schools won't go that extra mile. Some of the best private schools out there are accredited and also christian day schools they get the certification and people flock to them in droves. I guess maybe parents don't demand this of the private schools in Carlsbad?
Think about it

Carlsbad, NM

#30 Mar 23, 2009
I am not sure what red tape, bells and whistles you are referring too. Both of my children enrolled at New Mexico State without any extra requirements. In fact my youngest took advanced college level algebra at New Mexico state while being a senior in high school.

As far as state accreditation, check to see where our state ranks as far as education nation wide. Then ask the question, "How it working?"

I am quite happy with the education both of my children received, as well as the Christian principles that they received while receiving a quality education.

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#31 Mar 23, 2009
I checked into Victory before I decided to put my kids in Faith. I Decided against Victory for one reason only, The Lady i spoke to informed me & my husband that they encourage the kids to squeal on each other. & on their parents. know this is all well & good if it is about abuse or something that will get you hurt. But No this was about what I would wear or what music was listened too at my house. I still have the handout book that they gave us & it even states this in it. The school rules state that parents & children alike are to listen to Christian music only & it also try's to regulate what the parents wear.They said they only want christian folks to attend the school. That's fine but what music you listen too, of what you wear does not regulate whether your christian or not! It also states if you don't follow these rules your kid gets kicked out. I don't know about you but my father fought in ww2 for our freedoms & I am not going to give them away so freely!! This was 4yrs ago so if they've changed their outlook i don't know but it sure made me mad at the blatant hypocrisy, & I'm better than the other Christians of the world attitude of this school. Not to mention the new compound set up, & stories I've heard reminds me too much of Jim Jones!
knows about GED

Las Cruces, NM

#32 Mar 23, 2009
Faith Christian is NOT an accredited school, if they graduate and want to attend college, they will not qualify for the Lottery Scholarship. They will have to get their GED. The college will not accept the credential. GED is just as good as a high school diploma, no where does it state that it is a GED... It states New Mexico High School Diploma.
ACE

Carlsbad, NM

#33 Mar 23, 2009
Faith is not accrediated. It is true that indeed they are granted a diploma, and can attend NMSU-C but they cannot be awarded any financial assistance, such as federal aid or the Lottery. The school insists to parents and possible enrollees they are accrediated, but go ask Carlsbad Schools, Artesia schools, Loving schools, and you will find that the schools cannot accept any credits awarded from FCA, your child will not be granted transfer credits, he/she will have to start school again from 9th grade. Sorry to inform you but if you need to check on your child more regularly than go to the school, insist on meeting with the teachers, principals, counselors, INSIST it is your child.
quicken

Carlsbad, NM

#34 Mar 23, 2009
Think about it wrote:
I am not sure what red tape, bells and whistles you are referring too. Both of my children enrolled at New Mexico State without any extra requirements. In fact my youngest took advanced college level algebra at New Mexico state while being a senior in high school.
As far as state accreditation, check to see where our state ranks as far as education nation wide. Then ask the question, "How it working?"
I am quite happy with the education both of my children received, as well as the Christian principles that they received while receiving a quality education.
Accrediated NM schools in NM rant 47th nationwide. Carlsbad has the highest paid teachers in the state of NM and very poor performance. Several carlsbad schools are on probation. the entire district is scheduled to be taken over by the state if there is no improvement.

POOR < POOR< POOR
quicken

Carlsbad, NM

#35 Mar 23, 2009
Hortice wrote:
<quoted text>
This morning, the CA had a story of a newly minted 2LT (ROTC) who had graduated from Faith Acadamy 4 years ago.... Congrats, 2LT
Congratulations Leiutenant..........

Since: Jan 09

Carlsbad, NM

#36 Mar 24, 2009
My grandson attends FCA. He hated school and thought FCA's shortened school hours, 4 day week and no homework sounded like 'heaven'. Well, now he hates FCA. Imagine that! He learns virtually nothing. He is so far behind his friends in public school, it's a shame. Next year he is going back into the public system.

FCA's program may work for some kids, but definitely not for all.
knows about GED

Las Cruces, NM

#37 Mar 24, 2009
The closest schools in NM that are accredited are in Roswell (Life Christian Academy) and Hobbs (Hobbs Holiness Academy) and it is a fact that GED students are better prepared to enter college than students who actually have just graduated. What is this school system teaching our students?

Since: Sep 08

Carlsbad, NM

#38 Mar 24, 2009
i agree that our state has a very bad education. But accredation is stll important. If you think your child would like to attend a school out of state you better contact that college far ahead of time and see if they will honor the graduation from FCA alone. And really think about it if you go through high school and graduate why on earth would you then have to also take the GED. Why put yourself through the extra test. Fight for your child's educatin, know what will be the final result of the school they attend for their future. Get all your questiond answered. Fight for the best education that your child can get, that is your job as a parent to give your child a good education. If FCA or anyother private school is where your child learns best and they thrive then i say go for it. Just never enter into it blind. Know what will happen after gradation and what schools and kind of grants and scholarships they will qualify for. Make sure you are providing them with a firm foundatio to spring into life from.
ace

United States

#39 Nov 13, 2009
this school is horriable dont send your children here if you really value thier education. I am a graduate form there and i am having alot of problems with going to college now what proof do they have its acredited this school sucks dont take the easy way just send your kids to school they will thank you later

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#40 Nov 13, 2009
ace wrote:
this school is horriable dont send your children here if you really value thier education. I am a graduate form there and i am having alot of problems with going to college now what proof do they have its acredited this school sucks dont take the easy way just send your kids to school they will thank you later
are you really living in Amarillo or just by there? I feel bad for you because I see kids that are behind from going there. I went to alternative years ago and they used self paced, and I did struggle at the beginning, but you will catch up. If you dont use it, you lose it.
NO to FCA

Mayhill, NM

#41 Nov 27, 2009
Faith is not acredited. Like the others have stated, if your child finishes his/her work early they have to just sit there the rest of the day. And Bro Tims wife is NOT a teacher nor are any of the "helpers" there. Ask them for their "teaching" cirtificates and not one will have them.
Also, if YOU don't agree with EVERYTHING that Bro Tim or his wife says, your child will be put in the back of the class in a corner cubicle and ignored. STAY AWAY STAY VERY FAR AWAY FROM FCA !!!!!

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