About This School
In 2010, New Covenant Christian Academy had 7 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The New Jersey average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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New Covenant Christian Academy Reviews
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 This was because the curriculum they use is severly out of date.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.
My kids went there for several years. They earned excellent grades. Above 95. BUT their Stamford Scores were horrible. Below average. So why the disparity!
Many articles and court cases show that the Christian School curriculum is poor, and contains many errors. NOT JUST EVOLUTION. The Science curriculum is wrong, and the math does not teach problem solving. Read the last 9 paragraphs of Public Money Finds Back Door to Private Schools in the New York Times.
I was quite surprise when my neighbors kids who go to public school had better test scores. So in 11/12 we switched to Catholic school. The kids made honor roll again, and their Terra Nova test scores came up quite a bit. The Catholic schools in the area are cheaper to attend. One of them is Blue Ribbon. SO GO THERE.
NCCA is great if all you care about is developing a child with good habits. YOu can teach them that for free. It is horrible academically. SURE they boast that they have 100% college attendance. With just 4 graduates, somebody would take them.
The teachers where dedicated, but could only do so much with the curriculum they had. There was no way they could get the kids up to Core Curriculum Standards. I noticed that the school's Christian doctrines were questionable. The school had a cult like atmosphere.
The children's health suffers at this school. My son had sinus issues with poor ventilation. Especially when their was a heating oil delivery. The school day is way to long with no physical activity. The teachers were discouraged from taking the kids outside. I attended a social function with the parents and noticed that most of the kids have gotten really fat. The kids cloistered environment allowed for poor socialization.
NCCA is a pain for parents to use. School Administration attempts to intimidate parents. They waste time with monthly meetings about nothing. Most meetings were taken up with the Principal whining about not having enough students and parental support. The communication was tedious and in the last year, the Principal attempted to get in the way of parents communicating with teachers. NCCA lost half their kids in one year because their curriculum is extremely sub-par and the administration is painful to deal with.
And the high school is laughable. They have under 10 kids in 4 grades. They use correspondence classes. The kids have no socialization.
In summation, NCCA reinforced the personal habits and standards I have for my family. The academics are poor. They could easily fix their academics by using the free curriculum that the State gives them. But they would rather get the money instead of insuring their students get a good education.
Only go here if your public schools are unsafe and you cant get in anywhere else. Otherwise, you are wasting your money. Your kids are going to be behind the students of Plainfield Public schools if you attend here.
New Covenant Christian Academy is a wonderful school with caring and highly qualified teachers. Our son especially enjoys science and math, and the teachers encourage him in his academics.
We enrolled him several years ago after a challenging experience at another school where the class size was just too large for him to thrive. NCCA has small classes, about 10 students per class and a focus on Bible based discipline and high expectations. Our son previously disliked reading, but has recently begun enjoying it as a result of the schoo's Read and Succeed program.
We love the environment at NCCA, from the high level of communication with teachers and administrators to the engaging and highly involving classes.
We attended that school for 3 years. The kids got 95 and above in all their grades. Their Stamford scores were below average. I was appalled that my public school neighbors test scores were far better. And they barely passed! So we switched to Catholic School in the area during year 11/12.
My kids also grew so much personally in the first week. NCCA cloistered environment made their people skills poor.
They made the honor roll and their Terra Nova test scores rose substantially. No matter what Ms D says, test scores count. NCCA students fail at them miserably. I expect for an honor student to score above the 70th percentile.
In a May 21, 2012 New York Times Article entitled "Public Money Finds Back Door to Private Schools," I found out why. The Christian school curriculum is far below NJ guidelines. NJ gives private schools books. So there is no excuse for poor academic curriculum in NJ.
The small classes should result in good test scores. NCCA test scores are poor because of 2 grades in a class. The teachers cannot supplement the wholes in the curriculum with 2 grades in the classroom. They are dedicated and capable, but the poor pay, and some of the owners family members crazy attitudes, caused several to leave.
The poor high school students are all in the same classroom. They are taking correspondence Christian school courses online. They have no social interaction, no extra curriculars, just the bleak classroom and an out of date computer system.
The kids have no physical activity. The long school day makes them very "ansy". The kids have gained a lot of weight over the years. Again, no sports are taught in gym. The Catholic school taught tennis, basketball, soccer, baseball, and physical fitness. They never obtained a qualified gym teacher.
NCCA reinforced my households standards of behavior. They have good student discipline and teach good values. Unfortunately, over the last year their doctrine has gotten extreme. The school is very cultish. They require to much parental time with needless meetings where nothing substantive is said. The Administrators tried to set up barriers to parents talking to teachers about small things. They try to intimidate parents with misused Bible verses.
Bottomline. Only go here if your schools are unsafe. You are wasting your money.
The catholic schools are cheaper, require less time from parents, and deliver results. One a few miles away is ranked in the 100 best in the country. AND ITS CHEAPER. The other school about a mile away in South Plainfield has excellent technology, cheaper, and GOOD TEST SCORES. Sad when Catholic schools are more user friendly than this school.
You are better off going to Plainfield Public schools academically than here. Save your money
We have been sending our children to NCCA for several years, and it is an excellent school. Both the discipline and the curriculum are first rate, although I will say that parents need to be involved for their children to be successful here.
I especially like the science curriculum taught by Nadine Medley, she is really wonderful, as is Joyce James the 4th grade teacher, and Ellen Dentel, the Kindergarten teacher. Each time I walk in these teacher's classrooms, I am amazed at what is going on -- real true learning. Frankly after seeing Ms. Medley's lessons on DNA I really wished I was back in school. I also wanted to learn "Supercalifragilistic Spelling" with Miss James, and I wanted to play in the converta-box with Mrs. Dentel.
Parent involvement is still key because the teachers expect the students to do their homework, and also expect parent participation, although there is some flexibility there, it is imprtant to be involved on a frequent basis. The teachers welcome visits to their classrooms, which I love.
If you get a chance to visit and enroll your children in this school, run, don't walk.