Concord First Assembly Academy

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Concord First Assembly Academy
cfa Academy
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154 Warren C Coleman Blvd N
Concord, North Carolina
United States
Type Private co-educational elementary & secondary
Motto Declaring God's Power to the Next Generation, One Student at a Time
Established 1976
Headmaster Frank Cantadore
Grades pre-K–12
Enrollment 700
Color(s) blue & gold
Affiliation Non-denominational Christian
Tuition $3900 – $5850[citation needed]

Concord First Assembly Academy (cfa Academy), formerly known as First Assembly Christian School, is a college preparatory school founded in 1976 as a part of the ministry of First Assembly Worship Center in Concord, North Carolina. The school began as a desire to assist the members of the church in the education of their children. By 1988 there were approximately 500 students in the school. Over the years, First Assembly Worship Center became known throughout the community as cfa (Concord First Assembly). Continuing a close vital relationship with its home church, First Assembly Christian School became known as cfa Academy in 2013. It continues to serve the community Daycare through 12th grade with over 700 students.

cfa Academy serves a diverse population. In 2014, 120 churches were represented within the student body. The students come from surrounding cities such as Concord, Kannapolis, and Charlotte, and many neighboring counties including Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Stanley and Union County. The administration and pastoral staff believe that encouraging the admission of students from other areas and backgrounds provide a good opportunity to minister to the multitudes.

Mission statement[edit]

It is the mission of cfa Academy to provide Christ-centered excellence in Academics, Arts, and Athletics while declaring God's power to the next generation one student at a time.


cfa Academy uses a variety of curricula to comprise its academics, including A Beka, Bob Jones, Saxon, Rosetta Stone, Cengage, Houghton Mifflin, Glencoe, and Prentice Hall. In the high school, a college-preparatory curriculum is taught in the traditional classroom setting under the leadership of certified teachers. High school students are required to take 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 4 units of Bible, 3 units of science, 3 units of social sciences, 1 unit each of health/PE and computer, and 3 units of electives for a total of 23 units for graduation. Advanced Placement and honors classes are also available for students. cfa Academy students regularly score above state and national averages on achievement and college entrance tests.

Many scholarships have been awarded to students who have graduated from cfa Academy. Class of 2013 graduates were accepted to several prestigious universities, including Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, University of Virginia, and Georgia Tech. It is also believed that graduates of First Assembly are equipped spiritually to cope with problems faced in life.


The school was located at Rockland Circle in the 1970s, though the Worship Center was relocated to its present location at 150 Warren C. Coleman Boulevard in 1978. The Educational Center was not completed until 1988, and the school was relocated to its present location at that time. The current campus is home to separate elementary and high school buildings, a gymnasium, living center, worship center. 'Up the hill' is where the church, daycare, living center and lower school (K4-8th)is all located. The upper part has 3 floors. the first has a caferteria, chorus room, reception room, a updated theater room, and a weight lifting room. On the second floor is where the daycare,chapel, a brand new cafe', band room, music room, and all of the elementary rooms. On the third floor theirs the middle school rooms, science lab, resource center , and art rooms. The high school is located 'down the hill' on its own campus with two gymnasiums, performance stage, and a computer lab and science lab. The high school is capped around 250 students each year; and growing every year.

Fine arts[edit]

cfa Academy provides several programs through which students may showcase their talents, including middle and high school concert bands, a choral and drama department, and an extensive visual art department, all providing a full-scale arts experience. Students also have opportunities to compete in regional as well as national exhibitions, such as the Northeast Medical Student Art Exhibit, Scholastics Art & Writing Awards, ACSI Art Shows, Band Competitions, All-County Band, All- District Band, All-State Band and the Blumey Awards.


cfa Academy, home of the Eagles, offers 12 different Varsity sports for student athletes, and also has several strong JV and middle school programs. The Varsity Boys Basketball team has been particularly successful in recent years, winning conference championships and state championships and highlighting the cfa Academy athletic program. The school is a member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, and is currently a member of the Metrolina Athletic Conference along with:

  • Gaston Day School- 2A
  • Northside Christian Academy - 2A
  • Gaston Christian School - 3A
  • Hickory Grove Baptist School- 3A
  • Metrolina Christian Academy - 3A
  • Southlake Christian Academy - 3A
  • Westminster Catawba Christian School - 2A[1]

Notable alumni[edit]


Coordinates: 35°23′59″N 80°36′27″W / 35.3998°N 80.6074°W / 35.3998; -80.6074