New Covenant Christian Academy is located in Plainfield, NJ. It is a private school that serves 39 students in grades K-8. New Covenant Christian Academy is coed (school has male and female students) and is Christian (no specific denomination) in orientation. The school belongs to the Association of Christian Schools International.
We went there for 1st through 3rd grades. Grades were 95 to 98, but test scores were horrible. My neighbor's kids barely passed their public school classes and scored higher on the tests. This was because the curriculum they use is severly out of date. I would not recommend attending this school after the 1st grade.
The school had high expectations of the children. They instilled good discipline and personal habits. Unfortunately, this was at the expese of academics.
Google 14 Wacky Facts Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools to understand the deficiencies in the Christian School Curriculum. We switched to Catholic school and found the differences in curriculum extreme. It took a lot for my children to catch up. However, their scores greatly improved (same test version).
The curriculum's deficienciences could not be made up because there were 2 grades in a class. The classes are small with about 10 kids, but having more than one grade in a classroom is not practical especially when textbooks are misleading and lacking facts.
The teacher's were good to excellent. Unfortunately, they have had major staff turnover. At least half of them are gone in 4 years. With the Admin reputation of being difficult, it is unlikey that these excellent teachers can easily be replaced.
The long school days is great for working parents. It is horrible for kids. By the time they got home they had very little day light to play and get exercise. This is important since NCCA scrimps on recess and gym is non existent. Most of the kids are became overweight. The long school day also over whelms the kids with school work. This is made worst since the test scores are not good.
The administration, or owner's of the school, have no sense of parent's time. They tended to hinder parent - teacher communicatin while requiring school wide meetings. These meetings were a total waste of time. Nothing new was ever discussed. Administration tried to intimidate parents with Bible verses that were misinterpreted. The school was leaning toward an extreme Christian interpretation tht was misguided.
In summation, only go here if you can not get in anywhere else. If you live in Plainfield, Newark, or Elizabeth. Otherwise, save your money and go to your suburban public school. Catholic school is cheaper and more effective academically.
Our children have gone to this school for several years. We love the caring and highly qualified teachers. We especially like the combination of academic excellence with character and discipline. The class sizes are small. Our son has been in classes that range from 3 to 10 students. He went to a local Catholic school before NCCA but the class of 25 students just didn't work for him. Our oldest child is especially excited about Middle School. He is a real science nerd, and the Middle School science teacher just happens to also be the High School Biology and Chemistry teacher. Combined with the computer curriculum, and computers in every classroom, and our "nerd" is in 7th heaven!
We also like the community opportunities that are offered. They have frequent field trips, community service, music, Spanish, and lots of other opportunities that they would not get in either a public or a charter school. We like that NCCA really strives to develop the whole child.
The school has an excellent High School, and even though our kids aren't there yet, we know that the success that our kids had in the lower school can be continued and expanded. We recently visited a larger school, but after a look around, our son quickly decided that he wanted to return to NCCA.
by a Parent
on Aug 25, 2012
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