One of the important distinctives of Washington Christian Academy is the strength of our community. Parents are visible every day on campus, supporting the work of the teachers and being involved in all that we are doing. Many families make lifelong friends through the relationships built at WCA. Events such as our annual Bazaar always bring past friends and alumni back to the school to see one another and catch up on each others' lives. WCA graduates continue their friendships into college and beyond. As a community, we recognize that we are all partners raising our children to worthily fulfill their places in society, church and state.
Before the civil rights marches of the early sixties and before Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in Washington and said he had a dream, a group of families quietly gathered in Silver Spring with the intent of starting a Christian school that would be free of racial barriers. To make that vision of a diverse school community a reality, families, using their own vehicles and at their own expense, drove into Washington, D.C., picked up minority students in the morning, brought them to school, then took them home every afternoon. That commitment remains a core value at Washington Christian Academy over five decades later. Historically, over forty percent of our students have been students of color.
While the school comes from a distinct theological tradition, it is not a denominational school. We have families from over 80 different churches in our family community.
Though Washington Christian Academy is located in Olney, MD, we are a regional school. We draw families from as far south and east as Upper Marlboro, Washington, D.C., Bethesda, and Potomac, as far west as Poolesville, Germantown, and Darnestown, and as far north as Laytonsville. The majority of WCA families reside in Rockville, Silver Spring, Olney, and Laurel.
The quality of its academic program is best told by its students, students like Jon Bratt, Trevor Morse, and Erica Gropp each of whom were among a handful of students nationwide who made perfect scores on their SATs, or Agur Adams who completed four years at the Naval Academy, graduating with Distinction and as Regimental Commander with 2000 midshipmen under his leadership, or Christina Mason, who in five years at Emory University completed not only her Bachelor's degree, but her Masters as well, and who has gone on to become a Fulbright Teaching Assistant.