Grace Christian Academy was established in 1994. Beginning with an enrollment of sixty-eight students, currently, we have about 269 students. We moved to our current location in the fall of 2002 and purchased the building in conjunction with Grace Community Church. However, each ministry remains as a separate entity.
The faculty of Grace Christian Academy exhibit a spirit of excellence in spiritual and academic pursuits. Administration has carefully chosen our instructors, selecting only those committed to Christ and education. Only those teachers who have turned to God in repentance, and have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ have been selected. (Acts 20:21) They are interested in individual student needs and will press to the goal of instilling a unique Christian worldview in them. Their motivation and desire is to… Raise Up A Standard.
WHAT TO EXPECT
An education at Grace Christian Academy provides a solid foundation that your student will build upon for the rest of their lives. Our goal for each graduate is to be fully prepared for future academic and professional challenges, they will meet. This preparation will give your students(s) an edge as they move forward as adults.
A small Christian school affords your son or daughter the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with teachers, staff members, as well as fellow classmates. Grace Christian Academy strives to develop our students spiritually, academically, and professionally. Luke 2:52, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
In partnership with Christian parents, Grace Christian Academy provides a quality education for K3-12th grade students. This is accomplished from a Christian worldview, with a spirit of excellence, and a solid commitment to Biblical standards of behavior.
Mrs. Cynthia Hummitzsch, Administrator
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
Richard Andrews, Vice President Jim Bruton Chris Cass Matt Matuszak
Grace Christian Academy is an independent non-denominational private Christian School offering classes K3 through 12th grade.
Grace Christian Academy enjoys students from many different Christian churches though it is not formally or directly affiliated with any individual congregation or denomination. We do however share a building and property with Grace Community Church.
It is the intention of Grace Christian Academy to create and maintain an association with three local and independent congregations for prayer, counsel, arbitration.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Grace Christian Academy is governed by a School Board that is responsible for the financial records and statements. We are incorporated by the State of Wisconsin and are a tax exempt 501 (c)3 organization. A copy of the letters of incorporation is available in the school office.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired word of God; inerrant and authoritative in the original writings; the final point of reference and authority in all matters of Christian faith and life: God’s Holy Word being the objective creedal standard which judges either sin or fruitfulness. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existing in three co-equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That they created the earth in six literal days and rested on the seventh. (Deut. 6:4; Heb. 1:3; II Cor. 13:14)
We believe the Father is sovereign and immutable in all His ways, sending His Son to accomplish His will on earth as it is in Heaven. We, therefore, acknowledge our dependence upon God as a school, a community and a country. (Deut. 4:39; I Chron. 29:12; Ps. 29:10; Ps. 33:12)
We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man and recognize His virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death, bodily resurrection and ascension, and reign at His Father’s right hand in glory. (Isa. 9:6-7; Dan. 7:14; Matt. 28:18, Jn. 1:1-2; Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:3; Heb. 12:2)
We believe in the ministry and power of the Holy Spirit as He convicts, regenerates, seals, indwells, guides, and instructs individual Christians: empowering the Church to reveal the glory of her divine husband, Jesus Christ. (Jn. 14:15-17; Jn. 16:7-15; Rom. 8:11; 2 Cor. 1:22, Tit. 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:12)
We believe in the necessity of salvation for sinful man, by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ, His shed blood and atoning death upon the cross; the only means to the forgiveness of sin and eternal redemption. This grace engenders love, and out of this love grows a desire to serve both God and our neighbor. (Acts 4:12; Rom. 3:21-26; Rom. 5:8-10; Eph. 2:4-10)
We believe that it is of the utmost importance to give our Lord Jesus the pre-eminence in all things, as Prophet, Priest and King, in view of His having been given, by His Father, all power and authority in heaven and on earth. (Heb. 1:1-2; Heb. 6:19-20; Col. 1:12-20; Ps. 29:2; Jn. 4:23-24; Phil. 4:4)
On earth, we are as it were, ambassadors for Jesus. Our command is to re-establish a testimony for God and His law in this nation and to equip our children to do likewise. We, therefore, believe it is our duty to teach them to keep covenant (maintain fidelity in their allegiance) with God, as our forefathers did. We unapologetically believe in a patriotism that promotes devotion to God and country. (Dan. 2:20-21; Dan. 5:21; Acts 5:17-29; Rom. 13:1-7; Tit. 3:1-7)
PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
(Our school’s Philosophy of Christian Education is in complete alignment with and does fully affirm our Statement of Faith.)
God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. Because man is created in the image of God, man’s ultimate purpose, meaning and very definition of being must all come from God. Thus, man, as a finite creature, is dependent upon divine revelation for all ultimate truth. (Gen. 1:1; Gen. 2:1, Gen. 1:26-27; Ex. 3:14; Isa. 55:6-9; Col. 1:15-17)
Concerning the “nature of truth”: Truth reveals God and is a revelation from God. God reveals Himself (generally) through His created universe, (specifically) in the Scriptures and (personally) in His Son, Jesus Christ. (Deut. 8:1-3; Isa. 40:6-8; Jn. 1:14, Jn. 14:6; Rom. 1:19-20; 2 Tim. 3:15-17)
Since the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden, man’s essential nature has been corrupted by sin, and in sin, man’s understanding has been darkened. At enmity with God in his spirit, man has embraced the falsehood that man’s ways are better than God’s ways. From the time of the fall, man has believed he could explore, understand, relate to and even teach the laws and facts of the created universe, independent of God’s revealed truth and without need of “the grace of God to comprehend and receive it”. (Gen. 3:1-7; Gen. 3:14-19; Gen. 6:5; Rom. 1:21-22; Rom. 3:10-11)
As Christians, we believe we are commanded by God to adopt, maintain and perpetuate (teach our children) a totally Christian worldview or Christian Philosophy. We believe our philosophy to be centered upon God (our Creator); that God is Truth; that God’s Word is completely trustworthy (inerrant) and that God can be known. From this Christian Philosophy of Life we derive our Philosophy of Christian Education. (Ex. 13:8; Deut. 6:6-9; Ps. 78:1-11; Ps. 111:10; Prov. 22:6; Rom. 11:35; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Col. 2:8; Col. 3:1-2; Ja. 1:5)
Living in a created world means living in a reality of created facts, which can be rightly understood only in relationship to their Creator. We hold firmly to the philosophy that man’s reason does not determine God’s revealed truth about Himself and all that He has created. Rather, God has graciously given man reason; in order that God’s truth (by the power of His Holy Spirit) might be discovered, understood, categorized and passed down from generation to generation in the systematic approach of training and discipline that is Christian Education. (Ps. 119:89-91; Prov. 1:7; Prov. 3:5-7; Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4; 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
Biblical truth must validate experience and knowledge at all times. In all subjects: mathematics, geography, economics, history or English, the Bible is the key to true understanding. The Bible gives us the perspective we need to see God as He is, ourselves as we are, our relationship to others and to the world that we live in. It provides the necessary principles, without which, there can be no true understanding. Thus, Biblical Truth will undergird the teaching of all subjects and provide the standard; qualifying all other texts, materials and supporting media used in our classrooms. (Prov. 1:7; Prov. 9:10)
Moreover, we hold the Scriptures to be divinely inspired, authoritative, and inerrant. The Word of God is our heritage and our birthright. Our Philosophy of Christian Education, this document and every policy and practice hereunto will regard the Word of God as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:16)
Grace Christian Academy’s purpose is to provide a distinctly Christian academic environment in which God’s mandate to train, instruct, and nurture each student in the Truth may be fulfilled. Administration, faculty and staff shall seek to minister to each student, providing a Christ-like example, while promoting that student’s spiritual, physical, academic, and social development.
We recognize that children are a heritage of the Lord (Ps. 127:3). We believe that, to the Christian parent(s) of every Academy student, God has delegated a special “stewardship responsibility” for the instruction, nurture and discipline of children. The process of “training up a child” starts in the home. The Bible declares: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6) God has additionally granted (in Christ Jesus) the authority of the parent(s) to train and instruct their children (particularly in matters of Christian faith and life). Again, the Scriptural mandate is clear and repeated: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.” (Deut. 6:6-7) and “Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph. 6:4)
At Grace Christian Academy, we hold to the Biblical position that while parents can never delegate away their responsibility (before God) to instruct and discipline their children, they may ‘share’ the authority (given to them by God) for the teaching of their children, with our faculty and staff. Children will be blessed as parents and teachers share in their instruction, so long as the instruction is provided with God-given and rightly shared authority. “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt. 19:14). The Academy is committed to its mission of fostering academic excellence in a genuinely Christ-centered scholastic community.
For this reason, the parent(s) of Academy students will be expected to clearly communicate God’s design in and the necessity for respect of teacher’s authority in the classroom at all times with their children. Academy students, learning to be in submission to the authority of their teachers in the classroom, even as they learn to submit to the authority of their parent(s) at home, actually engage in the larger process of learning obedience to God.
We desire to create an optimal learning environment based on academic excellence that compliments the Christian home. We strive to promote an atmosphere where students learn to live their lives for Christ, developing their character and achieving their highest potential (in Him). As we seek to train students, we believe that the school and the home need to work cooperatively in providing the best educational experience for every student. Our goal is to bring out of each student their natural creative desire to learn and to assist them in developing the required academic disciplines. It is critical that individuals master the basic academic skills needed to be productive in our society.
As to their spiritual nurturing, our goal is to develop within each student, an inclination to study, learn, and apply God’s Word in every area of his/her life. We will diligently work to instill in our students a sense of appreciation for the heritage that is theirs in Christ.
Ultimately, in all that we shall teach, in all that we shall say, do, plan, and promote; we shall direct all to the glory of God, exalting the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We will, at every point, seek to promote an experience of education and discipleship in the lives of Grace Christian Academy students; imparting God’s Truth, thus preparing them for faithful service in the cause of Jesus Christ and the Gospel, that their involvement in the home, church, workplace and community might manifest the glory of Jesus Christ for the world to see. (Ps. 22:23; Ps. 57:5; Matt. 5:16; 1 Pet. 4:11; Rev. 4:11)
Grace Christian Academy is a religious institution providing an education in a distinct Christian environment, and it believes that its biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be Christ-like. On those occasions in which the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle the school teaches, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning, or supporting sexual immorality; homosexual acts or sexual orientation; promoting such practices; or otherwise the inability to support the moral principles of the school (Leviticus 20:13a, Romans 1:27, Matthew 19:4-6).
Grace Christian Academy has a self-perpetuating board. Board members are chosen on the basis of I Timothy 3, and it is their function to be the general overseers of the school’s operation. Additions to the Board are made generally from the parent population of the school who have proven to be involved supporters of the school and fulfill the mandate of I Timothy 3. At times, a specific function of the Board may be filled by a non-parent. (See By-Laws of Constitution)
The Board usually meets monthly. There is an “open door” policy, all Grace Christian Academy teachers and parents are welcome at these meetings. The first thirty minutes of each Board Meeting will be set aside for parents and/or teachers to address the Board with comments/questions. It is to be understood that the Matthew 18 principle will be followed before bringing an issue to the Board.
The Administrator will write an updated report after each Board Meeting. This is kept on file. The Board will hold periodic parent meetings.
GENERAL SCHOOL-WIDE PRINCIPLES
Behavior that hurts the individual’s testimony while away from school will be considered serious. The testimony of Grace Christian Academy is a very important asset to every student and to the entire school. It is to be guarded as one of our most valued treasures. Students who by their attitude, dress, and/or behavior give evidence of not wanting to uphold the testimony of the school may face suspension and possible expulsion.
In keeping with the Wisconsin Statute 947.0125 harassment of any kind on computer systems is not allowed. This includes bullying, intimidation, and abuse as well as obscene, lewd or profane language and pornographic material.
Cell phones turned in upon arrival. (Electronics, headphones, i-pods, i-pad, etc.)
Locker policy for grades 7-12: Grace Christian Academy retains ownership of all lockers. Lockers can be searched without the student’s prior notification or consent. Searches may be conducted by the administrator or his/her designee
All students must be in class for the full day.
Students may not chew gum or eat candy at school or on buses. Eating outside of the lunchroom or classroom is not permitted except with permission.
No hats are to be worn in the building.
Students need permission from a teacher or office staff for non-emergency phone calls.
Soda is limited to junior high and high school students during the lunch hour.
Snow throwing is not permitted
Students may not pass or write notes anytime throughout the school day.
THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES WILL BE HANDLED BY THE ADMINISTRATOR ACCORDING TO THE DISCIPLINE PROCESS:
Defacing school property
Possession of Answer Keys or Manuals
Expulsions from class for disruptive behavior
*Drugs are defined as any substance that alters perception or behavior reducing that individual’s ability to function appropriately in the academic environment.