Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does the A Beka curriculum align with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?
A Beka Book is committed to providing the finest educational resources for Christian schools and homeschool families. Accordingly, we routinely monitor educational trends in curriculum and assessment to evaluate them in light of traditional Christian values and objectives. Our goal is to continually improve A Beka Book materials by providing the most up-to-date content and best practices in textbooks and curriculum.
Many Christian school educators and homeschool parents are inquiring about the sweeping national education standards known as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While CCSS have only been written for English language arts and mathematics, they have quickly been adopted by most state departments of education, and future standardized testing appears to be aligning with them. Meanwhile, there is much controversy over the imposition of national standards, the loss of local control over education, and undesirable philosophical implications.
Because A Beka Book has historically met or exceeded recommended content standards, it is not surprising that when compared to current CCSS, the A Beka Book language arts and mathematics objectives were found to already meet almost all Common Core content standards. However, a few differences were found. For example, in English language arts, A Beka Book fulfills or exceeds many of the standards at an earlier grade level than outlined in CCSS. Further, in mathematics, A Beka Book has chosen a different sequence of topical representation because it is more logical in presentation than what Common Core proposes.
Standards in education are often very useful when they inform content in an effort to ensure that subject matter is age appropriate, sequentially meaningful, and academically rigorous. Unfortunately, some of Common Core goes beyond content and moves into the realm of teaching methodology. Since many of these techniques do not align with our traditional Christian approach, we have purposefully chosen not to add them, but rather to leave it up to the school or individual to make decisions for implementation in keeping with their philosophy and principles of teaching and learning.
The academic integrity of A Beka Book has been validated by the success of hundreds of thousands of students over decades. Historically, students instructed under our curriculum consistently score above national averages on standardized tests and on college entrance tests. Our skilled researchers and writers do not paraphrase progressive education textbooks; they do primary research in every subject and look at the subject from the traditional Christian point of view.
While it is healthy to be informed by educational trends and performance data, it is not the practice of A Beka Book to adjust or change its curriculum to align with each new reform that is presented in academia. We will continue our commitment to seek content and best practices that provide students with the tools they need for both academic and personal success.
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 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.