By: Charli Stanley

Moving to a new place with kids can be challenging. Some would argue that the most challenging task is doing so without interrupting your child’s path to a good education. In a world so full of varying values, finding somewhere that fits your lifestyle is paramount. If you want to ensure your child is taught in an educational Christian environment, Vernon and Beauregard parishes have some great options.

Cornerstone Christian Academy

Photo by Lisa Causey Cornerstone Christian Academy in DeRidder offers an education that aligns with Christian and family values.

Serving students ranging from Pre-K to 8th grade, CCA is a Louisiana Department of Education approved non-public school dedicated to providing effective education that aligns with Christian and family values. By using BJU Press curriculum and materials, students are guided by their teachers to become better equipped for upcoming high school standards. 

Academically, Cornerstone’s standardized test scores are above average. After taking the ACT Aspire exam, proficiency was proven with an average of 90 percent in reading and 85 percent in math. Students are also given the IOWA Assessment to study growth and achievement.

Along with weekly chapel and daily Bible time, CCA offers a plethora of extra curricular classes and activities such as: family and consumer sciences, Spanish, art, library, P.E., and opportunities for STEM enrichment year-round. 

If tuition assistance is something you’re interested in, Cornerstone Christian participates in the Louisiana Scholarship Program as well as ACE Scholarships

A word from Principal Lisa Causey sums up what CCA is all about. “Cornerstone Christian Academy is a Christian school based on a biblical worldview with Kingdom Education as a priority. Our children come first, and we strive to ensure that the school works in partnership with the family and church to grow Ambassadors for Christ and to spread the gospel along with utilizing rigorous curriculum and highly effective teaching to equip our scholars for the future.” 

You can check out CCA’s  website for enrollment and application information, or make the short drive to Deridder (approximately 20 minutes from Fort Polk) to check things out for yourself.

Faith Training Christian Academy

If you’re looking for somewhere that serves students through high school, look no further. FTCA, located in Leesville a few miles from Fort Polk, is a K-12 school with a goal to “provide a sound education based on the biblical worldview” through utilizing Abeka curriculum. 

FTCA academics present strong, with an overall average ACT score of 23 and a 99 percent graduation rate. Yearly competition in regional and state literary rally gives the students a chance to display their gained knowledge through a series of tests competitively compared to those of other schools and has yielded placement for many of their students.

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) offers scholarship opportunities for the 57 percent of their graduates who decide to continue their education at a college or university.

Along with mandatory Bible class, there are many other extracurricular enrichment opportunities available such as athletics, fine arts, and music. As a part of the Association of Christian Educators of Louisiana, their athletic teams hold multiple state championships in basketball, softball, and track.

“We are very blessed to have many Fort Polk families in our facility,” said principal Deana Cole. FTCA’s mission is to educate students while equipping them with the knowledge to fulfill God’s purpose and glorify Him, she added. 

You can learn more on their website.

Finding a school that prioritizes your family values and education doesn’t have to be hard. Cornerstone Christian Academy and Faith Training Christian Academy strive to ensure they meet even the highest of standards.