The Academy began as a dream of pastor Dr. Jimmy Jackson, who faithfully led Whitesburg Baptist Church from 1978 to 2018. In the early 1980s, Whitesburg Baptist Church voted to include the establishment of a Christian school in its long-range planning; the vision for Whitesburg Christian Academy had begun. However, it was not until 1997 that a task force was appointed to develop a strategic plan for starting the school. The Academy opened in 1999 with one first grade class of 15 students and one teacher. We have now grown from that dream to a school of over 560 students from 419 Academy families.
The school has seen dramatic and steady growth as each grade has been added. The Academy filled the facilities shared with Whitesburg Baptist Church. To experience continued growth, a capital building campaign to raise money for a new building became evident. In January of 2013, Whitesburg Baptist Church voted for the Academy to begin the design and planning stage for the first phase of a new school on the south campus. A building committee was elected by the church to oversee the design phase. A new upper school facility was completed and grades 5-12 moved into the campus in December of 2013.
Over the following year, four modular buildings were added to the campus, providing a dining hall and classroom space for the entire grammar school. All children are now on the same campus. The extra space provides for homerooms for PreK-6th grades, extracurricular classes and room to grow for the next several years.
In the spring of 2016, plans were established to start another capital campaign with the goal of adding another permanent classroom building. After receiving over $3.7 million from gracious and generous donors, the building project began. In early 2020, the Academy will see the completion of the Grammar School building, with an addition of 18 classrooms as well as office and library space.
We are grateful to God for allowing us to be a part of what He is doing here, and we are excited to see what the future holds. However, regardless of growth, our purpose will remain the same.