Our History

In the late 1950s, members of the Washington, D.C. Christian Reformed Church, Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and Wallace Presbyterian Church had a radical idea:

  • a school dedicated to inspiring lifelong learners by teaching children to participate in the “great conversation” which defines the intellectual history of Western civilization
  • a relentless pursuit of truth, whether it be found in Christian or secular works of literature
  • a Christian body of families reminiscent of the ancient Roman city of Antioch where Paul of Tarsus evangelized among people rich and poor from many different cultures.

In 1960, the then-named Washington Christian School first began serving students in kindergarten through 4th grade. Located in a brick building on Arcola Avenue in Silver Spring, the school was shaded by one of the oldest oak trees in the county. Parents of students, inspired by the school’s mission, catered cafeteria lunches and drove buses.

By 1982, the school had outgrown its environs. It was time to move to a larger facility leased from Montgomery County. Then, in 1996, Washington Christian School merged with Silver Spring Christian Academy to form what we are today: Washington Christian Academy.

In the summer of 2008, Washington Christian Academy made its most exciting move yet. We now have our home in an award-winning neo-Medieval style building designed and commissioned for the school itself. In 2015, we partnered with Bethel World Church to share this 60-acre campus at the southern border of Olney. It is here where we continue to “run the race” God set out for us over half a century ago.