“A Hope and Future for Every Child”
Students work 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. Students receive as much help as they need adapting to the new style of learning.
Diagnostic testing will be implemented for 10th grade and below. Testing is generally in just two subjects, English and Math. The goal is to determine the student’s performance level. Curriculum – for Math and English - is then assigned based on those testing results. Our goal is to have students on grade level, but they must be properly prepared for our curriculum. Students will receive tutoring help as needed.
We operate as a Quality School within the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) system and use ACE’s PACE curriculum. 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 (4th grade level) 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, and, we do not post credits from other schools that are less than one-half (.50) credit. 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 official transcript to WCA after a student exits. LCA routinely 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.
WCA School Calender
July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014
July 2013 22
July 4 Independence day
August 2013 Classes each day 22
September 2013 20
Sept. 2 Labor Day
October 2013 Classes each day 23
November 2013 18
Nov. 27 Thanksgiving (half day)
Nov. 28-29 Thanksgiving
December 2013 15
Dec. 23- Dec. 31 Christmas Break
January 2014 22
Jan. 1 New Year’s Day
February 2014 Classes each day 20
March 2014 Classes each day 21
April 2014 19
April TBD Spring Break
May 2014 21
May 26 Memorial Day
June 2014 Classes each day 21
Total Class Days 244