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:
WCA's Bible education philosophy centers around a practical outworking of the Great Commission:
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 Upper School Spiritual Life
Middle and Upper 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.