Who We Are
We are an amazing community
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.
Racially and Ethnically Diverse
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 six decades later. Historically, over forty percent of our students have been students of color.
From Many Different Christian Churches and Denominations
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.
Live in a Broad Geographic Area
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, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Frederick. The majority of WCA families reside in Rockville, Silver Spring, Olney, and Laurel.
Are Serious About Education
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.
Washington Christian Academy is accredited by Christian Schools International and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. We are approved as a private school by the Maryland State Department of Education. We are also licensed as a Private Educational Institution by the Department of Health and Human Services, Mongtomery Conty, MD.
Simple, yet Powerful Truths
Our Educational Philosophy
The philosophical foundation of Washington Christian Academy is the historic Christian faith, which is revealed in the Bible and summarized in the confessions of the Reformed tradition. This Christian faith is foundational to the school’s doctrinal and ethical instruction, its academic program, its teaching methods, and its community life. Washington Christian Academy seeks to integrate this faith into all aspects of its mission and to specifically teach all subjects from a distinctively Christian perspective. The school strives to exalt Christ, the Creator, Redeemer, and Ruler of all creation, in all aspects of knowledge and learning.
Not an Excuse for Narrowness
Adherence to the Christian faith in the Reformed tradition is not an excuse for narrowness, provinciality, or a simplistic approach to the educational task. The open recognition of the concern of the Creator in this endeavor should stir all students to the full expenditure of their energies in performing a work worthy of His honor. Since He is the source and definer of all truth, the pursuit of truth should be carried forward with full enthusiasm and vigor and without fear.
Truth for Life
God makes truth available to us from two sources: His works of creating and governing all the affairs of this world, and the special revelation from Him found in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. From these two sources, we learn truth concerning the whole of life. Although the Scriptures are not to be regarded as a textbook for modern science, they present truth in whatever they state or imply about the whole realm of knowledge. At the same time, truth as it is found in God’s general revelation (creation) may enlighten the meaning of Scripture at many points. Particularly because of its verbal character, however, Scripture speaks with a unique authority about the world in which we live and how we are to live in it.
Students Made in the Likeness of God
Our students represent the embodiment of potential for the future. Because human beings are made in the likeness and image of God, they possess unlimited promise of service to God and to society.
Distinctive gifts and inclinations must be uncovered in the educational process so that students come to recognize their particular callings. As teacher and student interact, the potential inherent in the learner should emerge. Under the guiding hand of the teacher, the learner and find the delicate balance between freedom and discipline.
Our Non-Discrimination Policy
Washington Christian Academy admits students of any gender, race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, tuition assistance, athletics, or any other school-administered programs or hiring practices.