Thursday, October 26, 2000

Christian school stresses Bible, enrichment

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWTOWN — When Miami Valley Christian Academy opened five years ago, 11 children were enrolled in kindergarten and first grade. This year, the school has 155 students in K-8 and will hold its first eighth-grade graduation.

        Dody Staker, director of development, attributes the steady rise in enrollment to parents' desire for a good education coupled with values.

        “Christian parents are finding they want their children immersed in a Christian environment,” Mrs. Staker said.

        A kindergarten open house is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the school, 6830 School St., Newtown. Parents and prospective kinder gartners can tour the building, meet the teachers and examine curriculum. The full-day kindergarten program includes weekly enrichment in music, art, Spanish, physical education and computer lab.

        A formal open house for all grade levels will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 27.

        “All of our curriculum is biblically integrated,” Mrs. Staker said. “We teach the Bible every day. It's a graded subject just like math and science.”

        The private, nondenominational school draws students from 13 school districts and 45 churches.

        Karen Forgus of Anderson Township has three girls who attend Miami Valley Christian Academy, in grades 6, 5 and 3. She shops for schools and was looking for enrichment, such as foreign language and music, along with academics. She was impressed with the school.

        “I went for the bells and whistles, but after being in that building during the course of several months, I found an intangible simplicity.

        “They honor their kids. They respect their kids. There's a standard in the school the kids have to live up to. I like the fact there's common courtesy. There's rules. There's manners.”

        Miami Valley Christian Academy, located in the old Newtown Elementary, is buying the 53,000-square-foot building and will take ownership by fall 2001.

        The school has launched its first capital campaign, hoping to raise $3 million in three years.


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