Frequently Asked Questions
1. Tell me more about the A Beka curriculum.
Abeka’s proven approach to teaching helps teachers teach and students learn.
It begins with our traditional philosophy of education. This teacher-directed framework empowers teachers to focus students’ attention on the material they need to learn—in a context and sequence that will help them learn it best.
As students begin to grasp what’s being taught, newly acquired concepts and skills are fortified time and again using a method often referred to as spiral learning.
Abeka’s Spiral Learning approach begins with the basics, progressing to deeper understanding at age-appropriate times. There is a continual emphasis on review for mastery, reinforcing specific concepts, then advancing to higher complexity. Every year and across subjects, concepts are reintroduced and applied in new ways. So each time a child revisits the material, what they’ve learned is reinforced. This means children have multiple opportunities for mastering what they’ve learned.
2. Does your school accept Step Up and McKay scholarships?
Victory Christian Academy does not accept these scholarship monies because our school does not want to be governed by the Department of Education especially when it comes to our choice in curriculum.
Additionally, a large portion of the scholarship money comes from companies that sell alcohol. These companies get a dollar for dollar tax credit for each dollar they invest into the scholarship programs. Our ministry has made the decision not to support these companies.
We understand that private school tuition is a sacrifice for families and that is why our school strives to keep our tuition rates as low as possible. If you compare our tuition rates with other private schools in the central Florida area, you will see that our tuition and fees are much less. Our mission will always be to provide a quality, Christian education at an affordable price.
3. What kind of testing is given to students at VCA?
The students at Victory Christian Academy take the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) every spring to measure their progress compared to other students in the United States and in American schools abroad. The SAT's are more comprehensive in scope than the state-created tests mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Students are encouraged to get a good night's sleep and a good breakfast before the test but no unnecessary pressure is put on the child to perform well on the test because our school is not depending on those test scores for funding. We want the test to be a true reflection of what the child has learned in the classroom and we are proud that our students repeatedly perform above average.