First Baptist Church

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  • 1111 E US Hwy 50

    O Fallon, IL 62269

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  • 618-632-6223

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I am truly shocked to hear that there have been this many problems with this school.... My daughter has attended First Baptist Acadamy since preschool and is now in 2nd grade. We are VERY happy with her teacher(s) and so is she...she hates missing school ever because she enjoys it so much. I have looked into schools in and around St. Louis that cost twice as much and don't offer what this school does so I don't believe the price is unreasonable. I hope people make their own decisions about this school instead of taking these reviews as facts.

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I am truly shocked to hear that there have been this many problems with this school.... My daughter has attended First Baptist Acadamy since preschool and is now in 2nd grade. We are VERY happy with her teacher(s) and so is she...she hates missing school ever because she enjoys it so much. I have looked into schools in and around St. Louis that cost twice as much and don't offer what this school does so I don't believe the price is unreasonable. I hope people make their own decisions about this school instead of taking these reviews as facts.

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I used to go to this church when it was very small and not well known in the community. However over the years it has grown to huge proportions. Now I hardly know anyone and when I have gone very few people pay attention to any of the newcomers. It has gone from friendly small town to large and inattentive.

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I used to go to this church when it was very small and not well known in the community. However over the years it has grown to huge proportions. Now I hardly know anyone and when I have gone very few people pay attention to any of the newcomers. It has gone from friendly small town to large and inattentive.

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Having had a horrific year in the public school system with a bully teacher (local politician's family member, so no hope for change), our son had literally gotten to the point that he was showing signs of depression -- couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, was "sick" with stomach aches every morning, etc. We were extremely concerned for his wellbeing, but after requesting that he be moved to another class & being denied, we removed him 3 months before the end of 3rd grade. This led to our search for a new school and, hopefully, a new experience for our son. After visiting several other area schools, we came to First Baptist Academy and THOUGHT we had found what we were looking for. The administrator seemed nice and let us meet our son's potential new teacher. However, once we were there, the teacher was NOT all she appeared to be. We first learned of this when another mom mentioned serious concerns she was having with this teacher, and shortly thereafter my son also complained that his teacher was frequently rude, generally aloof, and had episodes of angry outbursts at the students in her class. In our son's case, she even went so far as to take a piano bench that he had built a block tower on and yanked it over, scattering blocks everywhere and terrifying the kids in her class who were stunned by her behavior. She freely admitted this, saying that she "didn't know what else to do" to get his attention. This not only lacks common sense and good judgment, but it is hardly what we expected from a "Christian" school and teacher. Later, after we complained (of course), another mom also mentioned this teacher was taking it upon herself to share details of conversations about these issues and her feelings about them with other parents -- at CHURCH no less! Sadly, the administrator chose to "not see" what this teacher was doing, and opened one of the meetings by saying that, "I don't know what this is about, but I've known ____ for many years and KNOW she would NEVER do anything wrong." Um, okay, what does that make ME, a liar? The more we tried to have a respectful conversation about the issues, the more belligerent she became in defense of the teacher (the admin was previously a long-time preschool teacher and her daughter is also a teacher here as well). We quietly decided that we would thank them for their time and, after my son brought treats for his friends & a farewell present for his teacher, we removed him. We are now homeschooling, and I can say with assurance that, while they meant it for evil, God meant it for good. We are exactly where we were supposed to be. However, I would caution others about some of the teachers here . . . I've heard of a couple great ones, but heard some downright AWFUL stories of several really, really bad ones, which is so unfair to the children. Angry, violent outbursts, sarcasm, and gossiping about students should never be tolerated, much less excused. One parent was even told that SHE was the problem when she tried to tell the admin. about the teacher and she ended up in tears. If you are seriously seeking a Christ-honoring environment, I cannot recommend this school whatsoever. Even the lunchroom was very dismal and oppressive, definitely NOT a happy, cheerful environment we all want for our kids. PROS: I've heard there are a couple GREAT teachers here who are loving & kind.CONS: There are at least as many who are punitive, hostile and angry toward the children. The administrator is too biased to recognize & address these problems. Thus, it is a very intimidating setting for the kids and anyone who complains is labeled a troublemaker and targeted. The cost is exhorbitant and yet they treat parents as though they have no say in anything. NOT a good attitude toward their 'customers.' I hate to say it but, judging by their behavior, I could see nothing 'Christian' about this school except the curriculum and would never recommend it -- unless you sit in the class every day and watch them like a hawk! Very sad.

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★☆☆☆☆

Having had a horrific year in the public school system with a bully teacher (local politician's family member, so no hope for change), our son had literally gotten to the point that he was showing signs of depression -- couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, was "sick" with stomach aches every morning, etc. We were extremely concerned for his wellbeing, but after requesting that he be moved to another class & being denied, we removed him 3 months before the end of 3rd grade. This led to our search for a new school and, hopefully, a new experience for our son. After visiting several other area schools, we came to First Baptist Academy and THOUGHT we had found what we were looking for. The administrator seemed nice and let us meet our son's potential new teacher. However, once we were there, the teacher was NOT all she appeared to be. We first learned of this when another mom mentioned serious concerns she was having with this teacher, and shortly thereafter my son also complained that his teacher was frequently rude, generally aloof, and had episodes of angry outbursts at the students in her class. In our son's case, she even went so far as to take a piano bench that he had built a block tower on and yanked it over, scattering blocks everywhere and terrifying the kids in her class who were stunned by her behavior. She freely admitted this, saying that she "didn't know what else to do" to get his attention. This not only lacks common sense and good judgment, but it is hardly what we expected from a "Christian" school and teacher. Later, after we complained (of course), another mom also mentioned this teacher was taking it upon herself to share details of conversations about these issues and her feelings about them with other parents -- at CHURCH no less! Sadly, the administrator chose to "not see" what this teacher was doing, and opened one of the meetings by saying that, "I don't know what this is about, but I've known ____ for many years and KNOW she would NEVER do anything wrong." Um, okay, what does that make ME, a liar? The more we tried to have a respectful conversation about the issues, the more belligerent she became in defense of the teacher (the admin was previously a long-time preschool teacher and her daughter is also a teacher here as well). We quietly decided that we would thank them for their time and, after my son brought treats for his friends & a farewell present for his teacher, we removed him. We are now homeschooling, and I can say with assurance that, while they meant it for evil, God meant it for good. We are exactly where we were supposed to be. However, I would caution others about some of the teachers here . . . I've heard of a couple great ones, but heard some downright AWFUL stories of several really, really bad ones, which is so unfair to the children. Angry, violent outbursts, sarcasm, and gossiping about students should never be tolerated, much less excused. One parent was even told that SHE was the problem when she tried to tell the admin. about the teacher and she ended up in tears. If you are seriously seeking a Christ-honoring environment, I cannot recommend this school whatsoever. Even the lunchroom was very dismal and oppressive, definitely NOT a happy, cheerful environment we all want for our kids. PROS: I've heard there are a couple GREAT teachers here who are loving & kind.CONS: There are at least as many who are punitive, hostile and angry toward the children. The administrator is too biased to recognize & address these problems. Thus, it is a very intimidating setting for the kids and anyone who complains is labeled a troublemaker and targeted. The cost is exhorbitant and yet they treat parents as though they have no say in anything. NOT a good attitude toward their 'customers.' I hate to say it but, judging by their behavior, I could see nothing 'Christian' about this school except the curriculum and would never recommend it -- unless you sit in the class every day and watch them like a hawk! Very sad.

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