The Christian Academy of Campbell County will open its doors tonight for anyone interested in sending their children to the private, non-denominational school.
“The teachers will be in their classrooms and they’ll have their curriculum laid out so they can discuss one on one with any parent,” said principal Ollie Medley. Test scores will also be available for parents to view.
This fall will mark CACC’s 20th anniversary of providing a Christian education in Campbell County. The first classes were held in 1993 in the basement of the LaFollette First Baptist Church. Edith Arnold, Medley’s grandmother, is who first saw the need for a Christian school.
“She had grandchildren in Middlesboro, [at] the Christian school, Gateway. They attended there and she saw a need for one here,” Medley said.
There are several advantages to an education at CACC versus public school, Medley said.
“The Christian atmosphere; Bible is part of the curriculum and taught in all grades, small class size, the consistent high achievements on our national standardized testing,” she said.
There are currently 80 students enrolled at the academy with nine teachers, making the class size typically 10 students. The school serves grades pre-school through grade 8.
“It’s like a family atmosphere. Everybody knows everybody.” Medley said.
Tuition is currently $3,150 per year per student, and there are one, 10 and 12 month payment plans available.
The school, located at 2709 General Carl Stiner Hwy in LaFollette, will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight.