About This School
In 2010, Regents Christian Academy had 8 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Illinois average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Students Per Teacher (2010)
Regents Christian Academy Reviews
First of all, I want to say that I am not the type of person who would post a negative rating of a school without a significant reason. The overall experience my child and I had at Regents Christian Academy was so unpleasant that I feel that it is my responsibility to inform anyone who might be considering this school.
My son, who has ADHD, was having difficulty in his current school and my hope was that a smaller classroom size would benefit him. I contacted the administrator at Regents to discuss what they could offer and my son's special needs. I was assured that they would be able to provide the extra one-on-one time and attention my son would need, as well as the love and patience you would expect to receive in a christian school. The gradeschool teacher was a wonderful woman, who had raised a son with ADHD and assured me that with both of us working together we would be able to ensure my son thrived at Regents. What I neglected to understand at the time, was that she had homeschooled her own child, because traditional schooling had not worked for him, so she did not have the experience/skill needed to deal with an ADHD child in a classroom setting. I do think that initially their (Regent's) goal was to do their best for my son, but it quickly became obvious that this did not include actual consistent long-term changes to meet his needs......such as: allowing him more time to finish schoolwork or take tests, positive feedback for good behavior (instead of constant negative feedback for every small mistake). When it became difficult to alot extra time for my son, they stopped consistently providing it. When it became difficult to have patience with my son's hyperactivity and outgoing personality, they stopped being patient.
My son attended Regents for a year and a half. By the end of his time there, his self-esteem was very low. Apparently, his teacher had finally lost patience with him, and he was enduring almost constant negative comments from her during class. He told me that he could not even speak in class without being accused of doing or saying something wrong. By the end of the second school year he spent there, he was begging me to send him to a different school. I wanted to try to make this school work for him, mainly because they kept assuring me that they loved my son and wanted the best for him. My breaking point was when, without my consent, they removed my son from his classroom and had him spend the last several weeks of school sitting in the main office alone, without a teacher to work with him...having to ask the secretary for help with his school work if he didn't understand it. He didn't tell me that they had done this and I found out by accident. I feel that they gave up on my son, and made several significant decisions without my consent. I removed my son from the school several week before the end of the school year because of this, and also because he was so far behind in his work that there was not point in finishing the year.
I also think that it is important to keep in mind, that when you sign the tuition agreement for Regents, you will be charged for a complete year regardless of whether or not this school works for you. I was reminded of that by the adminstrator several times during my son's time there.