I have had children at this school for the past 10 years. I do not understand what the previous reviewer is talking about when stating the school the lacks understanding diversity? The school's student population is quite diverse across the board, which to me is quite surprising for a small non - public
... Read more school. If they are expecting ESL classes or to be treated differently because of their "diverse" background, it isn't going to happen their. The school's foundation and core are based on biblical Christian principles and that is clear when you enroll your children. If you want exposure to worldly views and accepted norms, then VCA isn't the best place for your child. They aren't going to tell your kid being homosexual is okay, when their biblical beliefs and practices don't support that. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/26/14
This school shows no respect and understanding to diversity. What I had experienced is unbelievably arrogant prejudices and irresponsibilities.
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Posted by a other on 07/04/14
Only the highest regards can be given to Valley Christian Academy. Its dedicated faculty and strong academic standards are exceptional in every sense. Though smaller in size, VCA is large in student preparation--students are well-equipped spiritually, academically, and socially. I speak from 15 years
... Read more association with the school, and I can highly recommend this preschool through 12th grade academy for complete, affordable full-family education. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/30/12
I am a graduate AND a parent of a current student AND a mother of graduates. VCA prepared me for academic success in college, and in the intervening years between my being a student and my children becoming students, VCA improved even more. My children received more in their education - variety of
... Read more classes, AP course offerings, more electives, more athletic opportunities - than did I, by virtue of the fact that many of these opportunities simply did not exist back in my day. One of my children made it into a school voted #1 in the nation, where nearly 14,000 applied and only 1,249 were admitted. This is a direct result of the educational quality that VCA offers. And he is now succeeding in this academically rigorous school. I really can't imagine why the other poster was complaining about the lowering of standards. VCA has high standards in every area, and I've been closely affiliated with the school for many years. Bottom line - VCA is a great school with a wonderful, caring, self-sacrificing staff. If VCA can prepare my son well enough to be accepted into a top national school, that speaks volumes. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/30/12
VCA used to be a school with high standards and Godly people. Rules were enforced and the staff led Godly lives. In the recent years, it has slipped dramatically. The rules are not enforced and some of the staff lead lives that the administration is not aware of. The special ed program is not special
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Posted by a parent on 01/19/12
Ive been going to VCA for 6 years. It is a very excellent school. The classes are not boring but the reason kids say its boring is because they are not interested and they do not listen. It is strict with the dress codes but I do not mind. The teachers are very excellent. They are always there for u
... Read more to help you. The curriculum is challenging. And homework for is at least an hour but I do not mind. The school campus is safe and clean. The school is a very great leader and can lead you to the right direction. Read less
Posted by a other on 06/04/11
VCA thumbs up!!!! My kids have been going to VCA for the past 4 years (transfer from PCC). Both schools are great. Great interaction with the students and parents.... but knowing what I know, not to mention any schools... but there's a lot of politics involved... now, Here's a question, why would a
... Read more school charge (every year) for a earthquake kit when they are supposed to last 5 years - 10 years? what happens to them every year that they need to be purchased every year?.... that's a lot of earthquake kits that would probably be enough for everyone in a 2 mile radius. But anyways.... we left PCC because it seemed that a teacher had felt that homework was not necesary and (i quote) " well if you feel your child is not learning enough maybe you should give them more work" And I'm why am I paying you? ! Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/24/10
VCA used to be a good school -- back in the day when there were higher standards and more experienced teachers. Now, there seems to be nothing but Pensacola graduates, and for those who know about PCC, you are well aware of the type of 'education' these students get. And although this is true of many
... Read more Christian schools, VCA has its share of dirty laundry that the administration and church tries to keep swept under the rug and out of view from potential parents and their children. Yes, it is the best alternative to the other schools in the area, but it still is a far cry from a wonderful school. Read less
Posted by a student on 12/04/09
I am part of the alumni of VCA. The teachers are wonderful in the best they can do with the upper staff.
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Posted by a other on 10/29/09
My two daughters attended Valley Christian. One 3rd grade through 8th. The other started in 7th. The education they received was outstanding. They are bright, intelligent women now. One has a masters degree in elementary education. The other is a wonderful mother to her child. Thank you.
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Santa Maria schools — Valley Christian Academy is located at 2970 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria CA 93455. 2970 Santa Maria Way is in the 93455 ZIP code in Santa Maria, CA Valley Christian Academy is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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