School Details

Downey Christian School

10201 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32817
(407) 275-0340

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-12 10 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Downey Christian School is a private high school in Orlando.Students here identify primarily as Multiracial, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at Downey Christian School is 10:1. University High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% %
Asian 6% %
Hispanic 44% %
White, non-Hispanic 28% %
Black, non-Hispanic 15% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    horrible this school should be shut down completely. no organization none no teaching skills at all kids are not learning anything at all they just want money they can care less about anything else at all. my 7th grader hasn't learned a thing my 9th grader either and they never requested their records from their previous school. and it's been over 5 months this is ridiculous. run for the hills do not I repeat do not come here going to check with the public schools today to see if they can get in there now and be okay. there is no Dean principle and some of the so called teachers are not certified how the world. they change admadministrators like nothing and guess what they are not certified.

  • (2 years ago)

    Not a good school. If there is an academic issue with your child. The school is not prepared to teach your child. Public school is a better option than DCS.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am greatful for all of the thoughts about DCS. You see not everyone can be happy. If you have atteneded DCS and did not like it I am very sorry. But DCS has had a great record for 35 years and we will continue with the Lord's help. We have a great staff of teachers this year who care and are considerate of the students well being! We have tradtional as well as learning centers for parents and students to pick from for students to learn. I agree that the facilities need some work and we are as I write this making great strides for our campus. Our goal at DCS is to make sure our students have a sense of being taught the Word of GOD and have a great Education as well. We also have Dual Enrollment with Valencia College as well. God Bless and have a great day!

  • (3 years ago)

    Do not send your children here. Please read all reviews. Not a positive environment. Discipline is inconsistent. School seems money motivated. Multiple family members employed attend and administrate school. Favoritism is prevalent among staff students and parents. Education is sub standard and will not prepare your child. Check the rating for nearby public schools. Facilities are outdated and dilapidated. Technology is outdated.. Very few elective courses and poor sports program. Some teachers seem to care and do make a difference but administration seems to work against its teachers. Staff seems un coordinated and abusive toward children staff and parents at times. Not a christian atmosphere. Office staff seems rude at times and rarely return calls in a timely manner if at all. BEWARE absent teachers have at times been temporarily replaced by older strudent. In summary i think you will find this is one of the poorest private schools in all the county. Even surrounding public schools surpass this one in quality at all levels.

  • (3 years ago)

    DCS is one of the best private schools in Orange County. This is my childs 1st year at DCS. I love the school. My childs teacher is great the staff is excellent and the overall process is a breeze. My child has learned so much at DCS. I never would have thought that a second grader would learn the 50 states in less than 20 seconds or the 44 presidents. I'm extremely happy with this school and can't wait to see what God has planned for the remainder of the time for my child at DCS! Thank you Miss T Jennie Andrew Tara and Pastor!

  • (4 years ago)

    Downey Christian School is well intentioned but has several shortcomings. Discipline is inconsistent as teachers try to maintain a standard and I have personally seen OFFICE STAFF rip up correction notices and its leading to parents who seem to think they can get their child out of punishment as long as they complain loud enough. NEWS FLASH your kid may be an angel at home but I guarantee you thats not the case in school. This is a SELF Paced curriculum. If your child comes in with the preconceived notion that they can get away with every little thing and not do their work their work IS NOT GOING TO GET DONE. With no respect from the office staff or the parents teachers are constantly fighting a battle when they could be assisting your children. This quickly wears them down and its YOUR CHILD that suffers.

  • (4 years ago)

    my child has add and was given a mckay scholarship. we enrolled her in downey christian and their tuition is listed on there info sheets in the office. mckay pays over 1000.00 more than the price listed i also have to pay 200.00 for admin fees at the begining of the school year and was told that once the check came in i would be reimbursed that did not happen. i questioned the extra money paid by mckay and they said it's for tutoring and my child does not get tutored and she hardly gets help from the lazy teachers. the kids score their own work check-ups tests ect.. at that time if they fail the test the teacher will check the whole pace.if a child has a scholarship because of a disability why do they do all the work and the teachers sit and do nothing.

  • (4 years ago)

    DCS is a great private christian school. My daughter started in Kindergarten last year and I was surprised to see how much she learned the discipline and christian education are execelent . Teachers and staff make you feel like part of a big family. Extended care is very organized and they take very good care of the children until parents pick up.

  • (4 years ago)

    Downey is an excellent school with teachers and staff who care. My kids have been here for 11 years. Like any school there are ups and downs but overall they work with you to resolve any issues. My daughter is currently dual enrolled at Valencia with 26 college credits upon completing 11th grade. The school has lots of flexibility and opportunities for chilren to serve help other children coach and tutor others as well as a great learning envirnonment. The elementary is Abeka and middle/high is self paced but both programs incorporate God in all subjects. Wish their athletics department was more but they are improving on that greatly as well.

  • (4 years ago)

    DCS is not a positive school! The teachers are okay but the administration and sercretary do not answer calls. We are waiting since 3-4 months for the transcript!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is only about money. The teachers are alright but the administration is not good at all.

  • (5 years ago)

    Hey it's me LZ just here to give you the 411 on my school DCS. What's new?? This year has been going very good so far we are now in the Sunshine Christian Sports League it is the first league our school has been in over 3 years we just finished all of our flag football games and we are almost done with girls volleyball. The cheerleaders got new uniforms. We now have a lunchroom a new library and a bible classroom. Many rules have gotten stricter but i guess thats what parents like to hear. We don't have a drama program but elementary and middle school have art class. Also we have two spirit weeks this year one just passed another in march. Although there is always something new I'll tell you later......

  • (5 years ago)

    DCS Is very inconsistant school. The pastor of the school dosenot return calls. As a parent I like to be informe about any changes that are going to be made concerning my child's education. I'm very disappointed of the school . my son been going to this for three year's I'm thinking in what to do in letting him finish this year or change school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Downey Christian school is not a positive Christian school to send your child to. Their aftercare has little to no supervision. There is no homework help. The teachers work out of workbook sheets only and don't use other learning style to help or stimulate children. The administration only care about the money first and then the education. Please research this school throughougly before deciding to enroll your child.

  • (6 years ago)

    In comparison with the Public Schools in Florida DCS is an excellent school. The teachers are caring and good at motivating the children. From my experience Public school teachers are far less caring and are quick to pass your child on to another teacher than spend time with your children and help the children to grow and learn. DCS has been excellent in teaching my children about the Lord and the bible. I can ask my children just about anything in the bible and they know about it. Good Christian Education!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very disappointed & concerned about the education being given @ this socalled 'School.' There is no teaching.It is self directed by the students own motivation and working their own paces. The schools lacks preparation for the children to go to college is unexcusable in comparison to the children at the public schools and their FCAT prep. For being a Christian School I am disappointed in the once a week Chapel & no actual Bible classes.There needs to be more emphasis on this if it is truly a Christian School. The Teaching Staff are inconsistant in their discipline strategies. I pray for a Healing at this school as it could have potential with the right teachers and administration. There is one teacher in particular he is condescending to parents and students making students cry and affecting their self esteem this is NOT productive and not very Christian.

  • (7 years ago)

    Background I had 2 children in DCS for 1 year. We enrolled them after 1 year in FL public schools (grade 6 and 4) to focus on learning gaps in their core subjects. A) Administration - Understaffed well-intentioned personnel. Often uncoordinated initiatives were poorly executed - after school activities tutoring administration/accounting etc.. B) Teachers Some professional some not. Same as with public school. After school tutors - no real desire to tutor. They will though reluctantly if forced. C. Discipline Inconsistent (depending on the teacher). An incestuous situation with many of the students having parents in the staff. Summary Small money-driven school in need of strong organizational/administrative leader. Better in some areas worse in others when compared to typical public school. Parents might be but the students are no more 'moral' than public school population. Many good intentions by good people with sporadically successful execution. My kids are back in public school.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is awesome! I wish they had more discipline and consequences. I also wish they had worship in chapel and daily prayer.

  • (8 years ago)

    Downey Christian is an outstanding school. Excellent Christian based education preparing our children to not only excel in academics and advance at their own pace but to glorify our Lord while living their everyday life. Many activities are available to help keep upi with extra activities. Teachers are loving and teacha nd lead by a Godly example.

  • (9 years ago)

    Caring staff and teachers personal attention given to your children.

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