French Camp Academy, French Camp

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#284 of 511 in Things to do in Mississippi
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French Camp Academy (FCA) is an interdenominational Christian boarding home and academy in French Camp, Mississippi. It is intended to serve children who live in troubled households. The school operates several businesses in French Camp, including a bed and breakfast, a gift shop, and a restaurant.
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  • We were so happy that we chose to stay at FAC. It is a very special place all the way around! Very quaint place with a warm atmosphere for getting away and enjoying lots of solitude. Our room was so....  more »
  • Our 2nd visit to French Camp, we stayed in the Bed Breakfast. WOW, what a neat experience. We love the Bed Breakfast, host was super Great, breakfast was really good but that only begin to tell the...  more »
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  • There were some good things here. Was mislead on front end about activities available for my 7th grader. Was told summer session attendees were allowed a week at the summer camp. This was false. Was told my child would be able to participate with radio station. Again false as it is for 9th grade or older. Was told he had opportunities to ride the horses. Never happened. Had extensive conversation with administrator and with “house parent” about challenges school would bring for my child. How traumatized my child had been by physical abuse and how a paddling would be very traumatizing for him. Was assured they had other forms of discipline and that would be a last resort. So as the challenges of school came to pass it took less than a month for them to paddle my child. He was freaked. The next minor thing they sent him back to be paddled again. Principle said he was getting a paddling every time he had to come in-for any discipline. The trauma of being hit was too much and he refused. Refusal to be hit is an immediate termination. Few other points to know is in my child’s case house parents was really a man to oversee. Very little contact with the wife. They try to make it sound like a home, it is more like a dorm with an RA. My child was filthy when I went to visit. Hadn’t washed his hair in 4 days or brushed his teeth in a week. When I addressed it with the house parent he said he couldn’t assure me that he was clean or teeth were brushed. He had too many things on his plate. I assure you a parent would have never taken a filthy kid like that to church and into town as they did my child. You are only allowed 1 10 minute phone call per week. The kids cannot call you. My child was not aggressive toward anyone, no inappropriate behavior toward any other students, no drugs, cigarettes or any other type of contraband. His behavior as school started was exactly as I discussed before enrolling him. Rarely completed and handed in assignments. Tried to get out of doing the work he should do. Was assured they could help him. I’m sorry to disagree, hitting a child who is already suffering from trauma of physical is not effective. The counselor we have been seeing told me he has had many students he works with go there and they kick kids out for the most insignificant reasons. This is true as I know of 3 besides my child who were “shipped” in the first few weeks. Good luck to all those seeking guidance and a good place for your child. French Academy May or May Not be the place.
  • Have someone there now. She was failing in public, charter and P.A.C.E. Three months into this past school year she was on the honor roll. Great place. Can’t say enough. Highly recommended

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