Apostolic Christian Academy
Maryville, TN 37801
About This School
In 2010, Apostolic Christian Academy had 12 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Tennessee average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Student Ethnicity (2010)
Students Per Teacher (2010)
Apostolic Christian Academy Reviews
I’ll focus upon the school, if one can call it that, in this review. The school is nothing but a joke. The pastor constantly touts the quality of the education. He speaks as if the school is accredited when that’s an absolute lie. It’s basically the same as if your children were home schooled or had a GED. The GPA from this school cannot be utilized to procure the popular Hope Scholarship. Students can still obtain the Hope Scholarship by achieving a rather paltry ACT score of 21 or better. Such a low score should be easily achievable. However, the so-called education at Apostolic Christian Academy is so inadequate that only a very small minority of students even score a 21 or above on the ACT. A student of an accredited or eligible high school, be it public or private, must only graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or above to receive the Hope Scholarship. In other words, students who attend eligible high schools will be awarded the full Hope Scholarship solely on the basis of their GPA, while pupils at Apostolic Christian Academy must score a 21 on the ACT. The GPA of ACA students are not even considered. I do admit that those who do not score 21 or better on the ACT are not exactly poised for success at the college level. Still, to advertise the school as having met both state and federal education standards is an absolute falsehood. The fact that the state refers to it as not being eligible proves this.
Also, I have no qualms with homeschooling. I know many students that have been homeschooled and achieved astounding results. Students at ACA, although they’d have to actually complete some level of academic work to be referred to as such, must be complete conformists. The administrators have the most sick and disgusting view in regards to the conduct that that they deem acceptable, or pleasing to the almighty god. If anything, the school’s twisted disciplinary policies drive the students to unimaginable levels of perversion and filth that subsequently morphs their once uncluttered minds into a largely concealed moral abyss. In spite of all this, the administrators, or leaders of the herd, pretend as though they oversee such a wholesome environment that is rife with learning.
Students at ACA basically only attend one semester of school. Practically the entire spring semester is spent on the development of their annual spring program, which is a corny Christian themed play. What’s left of the semester after spring program is spent on the Christian school competition that occurs near the end of May. The competition, which includes other regional private schools of the same cultish persuasion, is in no way academic or educationally based. It’s comprised of events like singing, volleyball, guitar/strings, and photography. All of the competition events can be considered extracurricular at most. Extracurricular activities are indeed an important part of a well-rounded education. But, to completely discard academics in favor of predominantly church related activities should be definitively prohibited.
In short, what goes on at this place should be illegal. I’m all for the right to autonomy within education. However, ACA falls far outside the bounds of offering an individualized education tailored towards the beliefs of the legal guardian and the student under their purview. ACA offers absolutely zero in terms of a substantive learning experience. To even refer to this place as a school is a sham within itself.
In addition, all the institutionary staff is paid minimum wage with no benefits. The only staff members that receive any higher level of compensation are the Pastor’s family that works at the school, which include his two daughters as well as both son-in-laws. While some of those select few may even claim to only be paid minimum wage, do not be deceived, for they are already unofficially salaried on the extremely generous or nearly endless family payroll. The con artists try to claim the staffing of the school as a ministry. All the employees/slaves, excluding the con artists, are doing is working to further enrich the vast coffers of the con artists.
ACA is considered by the state of Tennessee as a “high school that is not eligible”. Meaning that the GPA of an ACA student is completely meaningless and does not qualify a student for the Hope Scholarship. Tennessee state law essentially brands the school as non-accredited. State law explicitly categorizes ACA students in the same class of non-eligibility as home schooled students and GED recipients. Of course the corrupt cult leaders will never inform you of this telling fact. I can point you to the state code if you’d like. It clearly spells all of the above out.
Sending your child to ACA is almost the same as if your child were just skipping out of school entirely. Although having your child sit at home or do something similar would at the very least avoid the inevitable debasing of their mind that they will incur if they attend ACA. There’s also a high likely hood that they will draw your child into the cult. I plead with you to save your children from this hellhole! I forgot to mention that hardly any legitimate or “eligible” high school will accept a transcript from ACA, meaning that if one wishes to transfer, they must complete and pass all applicable state proficiency tests to receive credit. Since students at ACA don’t actually complete any legitimate academic work, the student will more than likely fail all of these standardized tests. The only credits that may be accepted are gym, and maybe music, both being non-essential. So, the student has to start from scratch if they desire to transfer to a legitimate school.
Almost every student at ACA has to take countless remedial classes to teach him or her what they never learned in high school. So, to enroll in actual college coursework, they must spend up to a few years first completing remedial courses in all the core areas such as math, science, English, and other applicable areas of study. So, after a student finishes at ACA if they even plan to pursue higher education then they finally forced to start real high school via the remedial classes.
Stay far away and DO NOT even ponder the thought of sending your child to this wasteland of immorality and stupidity. As a side note, this review fails to even delve into the weekly religious/cultish ceremonies that your child must attend. The review also fails to discuss the church and its never-ending schemes that seek to empty the pockets of its congregants/cult members. It’s worse than anything you can imagine. Reviewing the church involves another whole web of lies and deceit.
Apostolic Christain Academy is one of the best schools I have been associated with. My son just completed the tenth grade and scored a 22 on the ACT. This was his first time taking it. I know his scores will only get better. He is scheduled to take geometry and biology this year and these subjects were prominate on the test. I feel very blessed to be able to have my sons ( I have another son attending in the 6th grade and a 4 year old in the daycare) in this school. They get prepared for life spiritually and academically! Go ACA!!!