Imagine walking into a school and seeing students dressed in modest clothing consisting of khaki pants and polo shirts. They each have a well-read Bible on the edge of their desks and they are respectful to their teacher and one another. Classrooms are small and teachers have time for one-on-one instruction, and every student knows each other's name. Such a school exists and is located in Glenmore.
The New Life Christian School was recently purchased by the Elkins Church of God Family Worship Center. The school has been renamed Elkins Christian Academy.
"The goal of Elkins Christian Academy is to provide the best quality Christian education as possible," Pastor Josh Martin, the school's administrator, said. The school's students range from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Elkins Christian Academy instructor Melinda Watson shares a book with students during reading time. Enjoying the story are, from left, Gaven Watson, Vivi Ware, CeCe Ware, Ryan Martin, Malachi Watson, Drew Estep and Colton Martin. The school was purchased recently by the Elkins Church of God Family Worship Center.
"We are using A Beka curriculum which has textbooks built on the foundation of academic excellence and Christian character training," Martin said. "Our teaching is biblically based, not based on doctrine."
Martin said the school has 43 students this year, and employs five full-time instructors and one part-time teacher.
"Parents choose to send students here because we have friendly, experienced educators and we are an alternative to public schools," Martin said. "We offer a more strict discipline policy with a zero tolerance for bullying."
The school's dress code requires students to wear khaki pants and solid polo shirts. Shoes and belts must be brown.
"This dress code removes distractions for the students," Martin said. "The code is proper, and kids can then focus on school work instead of what each other wears."
Martin said students can dress casually on Fridays, and can wear Christian T-shirts on the first day of the month.
Each day of instruction begins with prayer and bible study before the day begins.
"We believe the Bible and religion are the foundation of life," Martin said. "That is why we begin each day of learning with the bible, to build upon that foundation."
Second and third grade teacher Melinda Watson said this is her fourth year teaching at the school.
"I love working here because of the school's Christian convictions," Watson said. "It is perfect for the children. The smaller atmosphere is better for learning and we teach creation as opposed to evolution."
Seventh grade student Alia Figueroa said she enjoys attending Elkins Christian Academy. She has been a student at the school since kindergarten.
"I don't get picked on here," Figueroa said. "I get to learn about God and that is something I like. The arithmetic education is great and helps me to learn."
Noah Wingfield, an eighth grade student, said he also enjoys the school, which he has attended since kindergarten.
"At first I did not like the new curriculum, but I am becoming accustomed to it," Wingfield said. "I feel I get more one-on-one help here and I am friends with pretty much everyone here."
For more information about the Elkins Christian Academy, contact 304-591-4554.
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