Two growing Christian schools in Columbia County are seeking new locations to serve their expanding needs.
Christine Ellison, a history teacher for grades 7-12, prepares her classroom for the new semester, which begins Sept. 6.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"We've been in an In Focus Church building since 1996 and they've been so gracious," said Freida Lachman, of Evans, founder of Evans Christian Academy on Old Evans Road. "We have taken over every single spot not being used by their staff."
While Lachman said she has no prospects for the school's new location, she's hoping a land or building owner will make a donation to the school.
"We want to be able to maintain the small environment," Lachman said, adding that classes, open to those in sixth through 12th grade, begin Aug. 22. "We are hoping for about 100 students this year. Last year, we had a little more, but we're trying to maintain our small classroom by having no more than 10 to 12 students per classroom for one teacher."
Also touting a low student-to-teacher ratio is Hope Christian School on Old Petersburg Road. Classes at the school, which is in its eighth year, begin Sept. 6, with open house set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29.
"I think the main thing that sets us apart is that our hand is reaching out just like Christ's hand - we take you just as you are," said Virginia Best, one of eight teachers at the school, where Ron Burton serves as executive director.
Best said the school is looking at a new location but doesn't want to disclose where at the present time.
"We are looking at a future location to expand and we have found a location," said Best, adding that the school maintains a 10-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio. "We strive to serve the individual needs in the classroom."
Evans Christian Academy graduated 25 students during its second graduation ceremony this past spring. Those who opted to continue their education will have already experienced a class schedule much like the one they will have in college.
"We are like a small college," said Lachman, who has taught in both public and private schools and home schooled her own children. "Every class does not meet every day, so it's more like a small college. Our students have to be self-motivated and self-disciplined."
For more information on Evans Christian Academy, which employs 27 teachers and staff members who use a variety of curricula, including A Beka, Bob Jones and Saxon, call 364-3565.
Hope Christian School, which uses A Beka and Bob Jones curricula, can be reached at 863-8322.
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