Smaller Class Sizes Provide a More Personal Classroom Experience

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Sugar Hill Christian Academy”s average class size of 15-16 students allows for focused, personalized attention from the teacher for each and every student. As one recent tour attendee commented, “this is the way school used to be – and the way school is supposed to be.”#

SHCA was established in 2000 as an outreach ministry of Sugar Hill United Methodist Church to provide an excellent academic and Christian education while developing in students a life long relationship with Jesus Christ. The Academy, which serves grades K-8, has grown steadily over the last decade, celebrating its tenth anniversary and joint accreditation with ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).

Academy students are engaged and inspired with a strong curriculum. Over the last two years, SHCA”s average Iowa Test for Basic Skills scores were in the 97th percentile, placing the Academy”s academic program in the top 3 percent nationwide, compared to both private and public schools.# In addition to their core subjects, Bible and daily Praise & Worship, students participate in enrichment classes in art, computer, foreign language, music, and physical education. Middle school students also have the opportunity to participate in programs such as leadership, journalism, chorus, drama, and interschool athletic competition. The SHCA Stallions athletic teams currently compete with area schools in cross country, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and flag football. At the end of the school day, many students also enjoy after school classes in karate, art, music lessons (guitar, piano, voice), dance, cheerleading, and cooking.

Community service is an important element of Academy students” development. Throughout the year and during the Christmas season, in particular, the school is very active in various mission projects. Students have provided hundreds of packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, socks, snacks and caroling for area nursing homes, filled stockings with gifts for needy children and adopted families for Christmas. Several classes collect money, shop, and wrap for a family”s entire Christmas, in lieu of their class parties.

Even with the recent challenging economic climate, the school has prospered, experiencing a healthy increase in enrollment in the last several years. Jerry Jones, Principal, attributes the school”s success to the “complete education”# that is offered. “We strive to provide an outstanding academic program meshed with spiritual development and character education – all in a very warm, family environment.# I believe in private Christian education – where the school can partner with parents, reinforcing the values that are taught at home and in church.”#

To find out more about the Academy, visit and be sure to watch the video. Enrollment will continue, depending upon availability, throughout the summer and school year. Personal tours can be arranged by calling the school at 678-745-4121.