Union Christian Academy, a fully accredited K4 – 12th grade school, recently opened its doors in Madison County.
The school has actually been around since 1992, but up until this school year it was known as Providence Christian Academy and was located in Commerce.
This year, the school relocated to Union Baptist Church on Hwy. 106 South of Ila, hence the name change.
“We are presenting as a new school but we have a lot of history,” principal Jake Williams, himself a one-time student, said.
There are currently 19 students on the roll books at the school and administrators hope to see their numbers grow as word gets out.
“At one time we had 55 students,” Williams said.
The school has students from Jackson, Madison, Banks and Franklin counties, but welcomes students from any area.
Union Academy is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also has an afterschool program from 3 to 6 p.m. (the cost is $5 per day with a one-time $7 registration fee) which is also available to public school students. There are four full-time teachers and two part-time teachers, most of who have been at the school for a number of years. All subjects, including P.E. are taught. Piano, guitar and dance lessons during after school time are also available at an additional cost.
Erna Doster, a former teacher at Ila Elementary, who sits on the school’s board of directors, said the school has had many successful graduates.
“Most of those who graduated have gone on to meet their goals,” Williams said, whether that is college, the military, or the job market.
Tuition is $360 per month and there is a $250 hybrid option for high school students whose parents can choose to have their children do much of their coursework at home, attending school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for lectures and tests.
“This is a good option for some children who are home schooled,” principal Williams said.
While the school hopes to grow, they do not want to get so large as to have to increase class size to more than 10 to 15 students per class.
Doster said the church plans to add playground equipment for recess in the coming weeks. Classes include non-denominational Bible study and a weekly chapel.
“We teach core Christianity beliefs and the Gospel message,” Williams said. “Older grades discuss denominational differences, but we do not promote any one denomination.”
Williams and Doster also emphasized that the school strives to make the church and the community a part of the school.
Williams invites anyone interested in the school to call to schedule a visit.
Union Christian Academy is located at 11720 Nowhere Road (directly behind Union Baptist), Hull. Call 706-789-3845 or go to www.unionchristianacademy.us for more information or to schedule a tour.
The school and Union Baptist will host a fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with an auction, food, cake walk, carnival games, craft vendors, a hay ride and much more. Call 706-202-3851 for more information on the festival.