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Washtenaw Christian Academy

RHETORIC STAGE: 

High school students build upon the learning that has been acquired at the lower levels and progress to a stage of independent thinking, coupled with a desire for expression of their own ideas and thoughts with others, advocacy, ideas for improvement, and creativity. In order to do this well, there is more emphasis put on effective communication in both its spoken and written form.

 

Our Mission—WCA is a Classical Christian school dedicated to providing a Christ-centered, academically challenging education. We seek to produce graduates who listen respectfully, think critically, reason logically and communicate persuasively. WCA is committed to assisting families in developing the character of Christ in their children so they become citizens of excellence for the glory of God.

With a history spanning four decades, WCA is the only Classical Christian PreK-12 Academy in Washtenaw County. The school’s accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) recognizes our commitment to teaching from a Christian worldview. Our accreditation through AdvancED acknowledges that we operate as a college preparatory school. WCA also participates as a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).

Academically, we hold our teachers, administration, and students to high standards in the classroom and in life. We design the entire framework of WCA to ensure each student receives the attention, the instruction, and the opportunities necessary to realize his or her potential—within the school, the family, the church, the community, and the world, all to the glory of God.

WCA prepares our students for the next level, whether that means helping a PreK student grasp basic concepts of classroom learning or inspiring a high-school senior to pursue a degree at a major university. The fruit of our expertise and dedication show through in the form of high GPAs, test scores consistently well above state averages, and alumni placement in some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation.

Philosophy of Education

The educational process of WCA is formed and shaped by a Biblical philosophy that provides essential truths for life so that children may be prepared to assume their proper place in the home, the church, and the state.  Accordingly, the philosophy of education of Washtenaw Christian Academy is as follows:

Washtenaw Christian Academy is dedicated to educating the whole person (spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical) in the whole counsel of God as revealed through the sacred Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and evidenced in nature.

Because man was created a spiritual being whose chief purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, Washtenaw Christian Academy is committed to leading each student into a vital personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, while training the student to serve Christ in every area of life.  Such service will encompass family, church, nation and the world.

Because man was created as an intellectual being, Washtenaw Christian Academy is committed to teaching and training the student “to think God’s thoughts after Him,” and to “bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”  This will be accomplished by a focus on understanding the Scriptures and applying them to every fact of life.

Moreover, the student will be prepared, through a rigorous and comprehensive academic program and extracurricular activities, to fulfill his/her calling as he/she takes his/her place in home, church and state, and determines his/her vocation or profession.  Each teacher will seek to develop within the student an inquiring mind and a mastery of the necessary skills needed to apply knowledge in service to both God and man.  Because learning is a life-long process, the educational program at Washtenaw Christian Academy seeks to foster in the student a love of learning and a desire to know God more fully as He has revealed Himself through the Scriptures and in nature.

Because man was created an emotional being, Washtenaw Christian Academy is committed to developing within the student emotional and psychological wholeness as reflected by appropriate self-assessment. This means the student is taught to recognize the unique capabilities and limitations with which he or she has been endowed by their Creator. The student is also taught to respond biblically in their actions and interactions with others in the diverse circumstances of life.The student is taught to be obedient to the two greatest commandments as set forth by Christ, namely:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  (Matthew 22:37,39)

Because God created man a physical being, his body forms a part of his essence and is a gift from God.  Therefore, the body is not to be rejected nor is it to be worshipped.  Rather, the Christian’s duty is to understand, care for, and develop it in discipline.  The body of the Christian is the dwelling place of God’s Holy Spirit.  As such, it is offered up to God for His use.

The educational program at Washtenaw Christian Academy is dedicated to doing all things for the glory of God.  Therefore, there will be no place for mediocrity in any part of the school program or in student performance.  All members of the staff and student body will be expected to perform their responsibilities to the best of their God-given abilities.  The aim of Washtenaw Christian Academy is to achieve excellence throughout the educational program.

A Washtenaw Classical Christian Education ...

  • Embraces and endorses the idea of teaching the Trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric)
  • Is shaped by a Christian worldview
  • Educates the whole person—spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and socially
  • Equips for service to Jesus Christ
  • Prepares students for the future in the family, church, and society
  • Glorifies God in the manner we work and train and in the lives of our students and graduates
  • Trains students to listen respectfully, think critically, reason logically, and communicate persuasively.