Alpharetta Christian Academy is a private, Christian school in Alpharetta which educates children aged 18 months through fifth grade. There are plans to add middle school for the upcoming school year. Additionally, there are enrichment programs for elementary students. for an additional cost. ACA equips young minds and prepares big hearts through achievement, faith, service, and friendship. Preschool hours are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Elementary hours are 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
We have the flexibility to use the curriculum that meets the needs of our individual children rather than being bound by using the common core curriculum. Because of this freedom, we are able to teach children to read using phonics, rather than just memorization. They are given the tools needed to read and comprehend what they are reading, not just recall words. In math, we use the spiral approach. Rather than learn a concept, then move on to something new, we build on concepts and continuously go back and review so that the students retain the math knowledge they have learned. Emphasis is placed on math facts, which lay the foundation for higher level thinking. At the end of the school year, parents are able to watch their pre-k children graduate in cap and gown, fully prepared to begin kindergarten, and in many cases, already beginning to read. Elementary students and parents attend an honors assembly, at which each child is recognized for his or her own individual achievements. In addition to core subjects, each week elementary students receive instruction in Spanish, character development/etiquette, music, art, computer, and media.
Students from preschool onward study the Bible and pray together every day and discover the importance of following God’s leadership for their lives. Preschool students have their own weekly chapel time geared for their own age group. Elementary students also attend chapel each week, with the last chapel of the month as a family chapel. They also take a weekly character development class which teaches the students proper behavior according to Biblical principles.
Students at ACA build lifelong friendships and are comfortable with each other in a way only a safe, caring atmosphere can provide. We give each child the attention he or she deserves to develop a love of learning and to grow into responsible Christian men and women. We pride ourselves on having the most caring teachers, who love each child and share the responsibility with the parents in helping their child grow not only mentally and physically, but spiritually as well.
ACA students learn to serve others. Each class participates in an age appropriate service project; for example, kindergarten students have collected boxes for Operation Christmas Child and supplies for soldiers. Second grade has helped Canine Assistants. Other service projects are school-wide. Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders sold handmade products in a Valentine’s store in order to raise money for Threads of Love, which helps families with premature and sick infants. Through the years, we have raised money in school-wide projects for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Cure Childhood Cancer, and the Georgia Baptists Children’s Home.