Learning on a Prayer

Photo by Jill Pickett
J. Dummitt, pastor of The Crossroads United Pentecostal Church, shows the desks for the school the church is opening, Radcliff Christian Academy. The desks are designed to minimize distractions to the students. The desks will also fold up, like those seen to the left, as the school is currently housed in the children's church building.

The News Enterprise
July 19, 2010

Radcliff parents have another option in Christian education for the upcoming school year.

Crossroads United Pentecostal Church is opening a new school, Radcliff Christian Academy, which will be housed in its children’s church building. The school is open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade, and registration has begun. The first day of classes is Aug. 9.

The Rev. A.J. Dummitt said the motivation behind opening a school started with his own children, for whom he was looking for new Christian education options, and his desire to expand that option to others.

The school had enrolled seven students by Thursday and can accept 40 to 45 at this point, Dummitt said. He expects the school to grow a grade a year.

He and the church community are looking for land to build a new facility and children’s church.

Tuition for one child is $165 per month and families with multiple children will receive discounted rates for each individual child, he said.

The school will use Accelerated Christian Education curriculum, which emphasizes students working at their own pace. Students will receive diagnostic testing to assess their educational levels and place them into grades accordingly. Dummitt said students could work in different grade levels for different subjects, depending on their skill levels.

"That’s one of the biggest benefits," he said.

The students will work through workbooks, called "paces," that they will tested before moving to the next one. There will be a full-time supervisor at the school, along with part-time monitors.

Dummitt said he feels confident in the curriculum and said students who use it test above-average on standardized exams.

"I believe that’s going to be the case," he said of Radcliff Christian Academy students.

For more information, about the school call (270) 351-6060 or visit www.radcliffchristian.com.

Kelly R. Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747.

This story, written by Kelly R. Cantrall, was provided to One Knox courtesy of The News Enterprise. Read more stories from The News Enterprise at www.thenewsenterprise.com.