Westminster Christian Academy (Georgia)

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Westminster Christian Academy
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Location
Westminster Christian Academy is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Westminster Christian Academy
Westminster Christian Academy
1640 New High Shoals Road

,
30677

United States
Coordinates33°50′57″N 83°25′49″W / 33.8490902°N 83.43025085°W / 33.8490902; -83.43025085Coordinates: 33°50′57″N 83°25′49″W / 33.8490902°N 83.43025085°W / 33.8490902; -83.43025085
Information
TypePrivate
DenominationPresbyterian[1]
Established1989 (1989)
CEEB code113196
NCES School IDA9102257 [2]
HeadmasterJared Clark[3]
Enrollment320[4]
Color(s)        
NicknameLions, Lady Lions
Lower School PrincipalTiffany Rasmussen[5]
Upper School PrincipalRyan "G-Bad" Gibadlo[5]
Website

Westminster Christian Academy (WCA) is a K–12, private, college preparatory Christian school. Its campus is located at 1640 New High Shoals Road in Watkinsville, Oconee County, Georgia, United States.

History[edit]

Westminster Christian Academy was founded in the fall of 1988 . The school's initial class was composed of 10 first, second, and third grade students meeting in rented space at Faith Presbyterian Church in Watkinsville, taught by Karen Schaefer.[6][7] The school grew alongside the oldest students in this first class, adding a new grade level after each school year.[8]

In 1994, enrollment in the school outgrew the capacity of its facilities at Faith Presbyterian. As a result, the school's lower grades (K-4) remained at Faith, and the higher grades (5-8, the highest grade offered at the time) moved to facilities at Watkinsville First Baptist Church.[citation needed] WCA's first high school class graduated in the spring of 1999.[6]

The school completed the first phase of development at its present location, a 30-acre (120,000 m2) site in Oconee County, in the fall of 1998.[6] An additional expansion has been planned that would add a new gymnasium and bring the school's capacity to 500 students.[9]

Academics[edit]

The school enrolled 270 students across all grades for the 2011–2012 academic year.[4]

WCA's facilities include an administration building, which also houses the library; a lower-school building, which houses Pre-K through fifth grade; an upper-school building with a gymnasium and a fitness center, which houses the middle grades and Westminster High School; a field house containing two class rooms; and three athletic fields. The gymnasium houses ten classrooms.

Uniforms are required on four out of five days for middle through high school; on "casual Friday," students can wear non-torn jeans, and T-shirts. A chapel is held every Thursday at separate times for K-5 and 6-12 where all students sing and listen to a guest speaker.

WCA is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and has a dual accreditation with the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[10]

Athletics[edit]

WCA's athletics teams compete in Region 1-A of the Georgia Independent School Association.[11] The school sponsors teams in the following sports:

The school claims that nearly 75% of the student body participates in an officially sanctioned sport.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Private School Universe Survey". National Center for Education Statistics. 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Westminster Christian Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  3. ^ "Westminster Announces New Head of School". WCA Web Master. March 6, 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Westminster is Growing" (Press release). Westminster Christian Academy. September 2, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Faculty section of WCA official website. Last accessed April 10, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Greg Martin (March 7, 1999). "Private schools add diversity to Athens' educational system". Athens Banner-Herald. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Westminster Founder Receives Distinguished Honor" (Press release). Westminster Christian Academy. April 9, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  8. ^ Founding Principles section of WCA official website. Last accessed April 10, 2012.
  9. ^ "Westminster Christian readies for academy's first expansion". Athens Banner-Herald. February 16, 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  10. ^ Purpose section of WCA official website. Last accessed April 10, 2012.
  11. ^ "School list by Region". GISAStats.com. Georgia Independent School Association. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  12. ^ Athletics section of WCA official website. Last accessed April 10, 2012.