Students study in a one room classroom with individual workstations. This classroom may have students from the 6th grade up to 12th grade. We do not “teach” in the traditional sense from the front of the classroom, but have teachers and classroom monitors assisting students as they read and research their individual packets for answers. Most students excel in this system, because they are allowed to progress at their own pace and without the normal classroom distractions. Those who still struggle are tutored.
Diagnostic testing may be done to determine areas of weakness, allowing us to help students bridge any gaps they may have. We have tutors to assist in math or science.
Accreditation and Curriculum
We operate as a Quality School within the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) system and use ACE’s PACE curriculum. Our students are dual-enrolled with Lighthouse Christian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee for accreditation.
Briefly, there are 12 PACES per course with a test at the end of each PACE. The 12 tests are averaged for the final grade. Each PACE contains 3 check-ups and ends with a self-test. These “checks” demonstrate understanding and learning, and alerts the Supervisor when a student is struggling and needs more attention and help. Science lab work is achieved through DVD’s and reports completed by the student. All check-ups and self-tests must be corrected to 100% accuracy before a student is permitted to take the test. If you would like a better understanding of ACE’s PACE system and to see a sample, visit www.aceministries.com. On the home-page, select the curriculum link in the left column; then choose the 4th Edition button on the top menu bar. There you can read about PACES and electronically leaf through some sample paces and get an understanding about PACES and how they work.
Transcripts and Transfer Credit
Upon receipt, posted credit (letter grade or numeric average) will be transferred to our transcript program. Because of Quality School guidelines, we do not transition students into classes based on report cards. WCA awards only half or full credits. Therefore, if a student arrives in the spring term, and no credit is posted for the fall semester, then the student must take the full course for credit; irrespective of class average (some schools will offer half credits upon request). Students arriving with half credits must take the last half of any course regardless of their transfer averages. WCA requires students to complete 6 credits and complete a minimum six months of residency for a full transcript to be generated showing all previous credit earned. Otherwise, WCA will supply a transcript for just the credits earned here. Because of the dual enrollment, student transcripts will bear the name of Lighthouse Christian Academy. LCA supplies one transcript to WCA after a student exits and mails transcripts for events such as college applications.
ACT, SAT (college entrance tests) and Stanford Achievement testing
WCA routinely schedules students for college-boards. In April, we implement Stanford Achievement testing for 6th, 9th and 11th graders and post the results on their academic record.
2012 Academic Calender
July – August 10 Summer Schedule (class 4 days/week)
September 3 Labor Day… Half-day
November 21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday… Half day on 21st
December 21-31 Christmas Break… Half day on 21st
January 1 New Years Classes resume on 2nd
April 1-5 Spring Break
May 27 Memorial Day
June 30 End of Academic School year