Spiritual Life

In the hectic pace of today’s life, many Christian parents are concerned about providing their children with enough opportunities outside of school to learn about God. What a blessing that at WCA, the spiritual growth of students is intentionally nurtured and developed within each school day.

Throughout every aspect of the educational experience at WCA, God’s word is rooted in the hearts of our students so that they may carry it with them for life.  Here, young people gain a solid understanding of the Bible and enjoy the freedom to openly pray, worship and express their faith in a variety of ways including:

  • An integrated Bible curriculum, including regular Scripture memorization and study
  • A vibrant time of praise and worship at the start of each school day for preschool through grade 5, during which students lift their voices to the Lord with well-loved songs
  • Weekly chapel time with messages that bring God’s word to life at an age-appropriate level
  • “Prayer Buddy” prayer partnerships between upper and lower grade students, in which an older student is paired with a younger student to pray and fellowship together
  • Weekly Bible study groups from upper elementary grades through high school
  • Community service opportunities including ongoing ministries to local nursing homes, military support organizations, area churches, an equine therapy center, and local organizations that provide assistance to the less fortunate in our community. We are so committed to service that we require all high school students to complete 80 hours of community service by the end of their senior year.
  • Domestic and international mission trips by high school students during spring break each year
  • A Spiritual Emphasis Week for Upper School students to provide an in-depth focus on spiritual reflection
  • Special times of worship through annual celebrations such as the Flowering of the Cross ceremony at Easter, a school-wide Christmas caroling and fellowship time, and a Christmas ceremony for Operation Christmas Child, a charitable toy drive for children in poverty stricken areas of the world who otherwise would have no Christmas presents. 

WCA's Bible education philosophy centers around a practical outworking of the Great Commission: 

  • Salvation through a gospel-centered curriculum to provide each student the opportunity to encounter Christ through the study of the Word and fellowship with other believers in a small group setting
  • Discipleship of the heart and mind through study, prayer, and worship
  • Leadership through intergenerational mentorship, service projects in the community, missions, evangelism and apologetics (articulation of the faith)

"WCA does an excellent job integrating Christianity and faith throughout the entire educational program,  whether it's academics,  sports or community outreach. WCA truly provided the best investment we could have made in our children's education and reinforcement of Christian values."

--Mike and Celeste Prezioso,  parents of Recent Graduate Michael, Class of 2013

Lower School Spiritual Life

Our Lower School students are not just loved and taught the Gospel, they live it and celebrate it daily. Each day of Lower School Starts with 'Praise and Worship', a lifting up of their hearts to God in song and word. Lower School students are taught at an early age to give as Christ did, whether that is by knitting hats for soldiers at war overseas, stuffing Bears at Build-a-Bear for children in the Avalon shelter for battered women and children, or stuffing shoeboxes full of supplies, toys and necessities for poverty stricken children around the world in our Operation Christmas Child Toy Drive. And they do many of these Christ-led activities together with Christian mentors, students from the Upper and Middle Schools, their 'Prayer Buddies' who regularly meet with them and pray with them. 

Middle and High School Spiritual Life

Middle and High school students are seen as role models and they are expected to positively impact the lower school community. Every lower school student is paired up with a middle or upper school student each fall through the Prayer Buddy program. Prayer Buddies spend time together during special events throughout the year, allowing for meaningful and impactful interaction between students in the different divisions. Character traits such as leadership, compassion, and cooperation are reinforced through the Prayer Buddy program.

As a Christian school, the Gospel is presented to students through weekly chapels, Bible classes, voluntary Bible studies, and daily interactions. Retreats at the start of each year for middle and high school students give opportunities for fun, fellowship, and spiritual growth. Upper school students have the opportunity to serve around the world on teacher-led mission trips.

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