Before the civil rights marches of the early sixties and before Martin Luther King stood in Washington and said he had a dream, a group of families quietly gathered in Silver Spring with the intent of starting a Christian school that would be free of racial barriers. To make that vision of a diverse school community a reality, families, using their own vehicles and at their own expense, drove into DC, picked up minority students in the morning, brought them to school, then took them home every afternoon. That commitment remains a core value at Washington Christian Academy over four decades later. Historically over forty percent of our students have been minorities. In 2007-2008 52% were Caucasian, 33% were African-American, 10% were Hispanic, and 5% were Asian.
WCA Students Do Extraordinary Things
With average class sizes of 15 and a faculty student ratio of 1 to 10 Washington Christian Academy is filled with ordinary kids. But we believe that with the right environment, the right motivation, and the right support, ordinary kids can do extraordinary things.
About one-third of our families receive financial aid. While we strive to have an elite program, we do not want an economically elitist school that is available only to those who have great resources. We are committed to assisting families who need help to enroll their children at WCA.
While the school comes from a distinct theological tradition, it is not a denominational school. We have families from over 100 different churches in our constituency.
Washington Christian Academy is a regional school. We draw families from as far south and east as Upper Marlboro, from Washington, D.C., Bethesda, Potomac and as far west as Poolesville, from Germantown, Darnestown and as far north as Laytonsville. The majority of WCA families reside in Rockville, Silver Spring, Olney, and Laurel.
The quality of its academic program is best told by its students, students like Jon Bratt, Trevor Morse, and Erica Gropp each of whom were among a handful of students nationwide who made perfect scores on their SATs, or Agur Adams who completed four years at the Naval Academy, graduating with Distinction and as Regimental Commander with 2000 midshipmen under his leadership, or Christina Mason, who in four years at Emory University completed not only her Bachelors degree, but her Masters as well and who has gone on to become a Fulbright Teaching Assistant.
Our faculty and staff are dedicated men and women with graduate and post-graduate degrees from schools like Georgetown, Stanford, Rutgers, MIT, Princeton, Calvin College, the University of Maryland, Covenant College, Wheaton, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Dallas Theological Seminary.