Wednesday, January 16, 2013
For several years, LeaAnn West has been asked why Dallas Bay does not have a school. That will change when Dallas Bay Christian Academy opens its doors in August 2013.
“After much prayer, God is continuing to open doors and we wanted the community to know,” said West, who will serve as headmaster of the new school.
She is registering students from Monday, Jan. 28-Sunday, Feb. 3. Students need to bring their registration fee and form with them to enrollment.
“We are opening it to 60 spots for students so that we have 20 students per grade; we do not have any enrolled students yet,” said West. “The academy will begin with grades kindergarten, first and second grade. During that [enrollment] week, parents of students can come in and turn in an application and down payment. The tuition cost is $5,750 per year with a 5 percent multi-child discount.”
One grade will be added each year until the academy reaches its long-range goal of 120-plus students in grades K-5.
Students will adhere to a dress code of a collared solid-color shirt and khaki pants. Parents will be responsible for packing their child’s lunch each day.
“We are in the process of completing our charter and fine-tuning the paperwork to become our own school entity,” said West. “We will align our biblically based curriculum with the Common Core Standards of the state of Tennessee. We are in the process of researching curriculums.”
To begin with, three accredited teachers with degrees in either early childhood or elementary education will lead class instruction in portable buildings on the main Dallas Bay Baptist Church campus in Hixson.
“It’s going to be fun,” said West. “We are excited about the opportunity for a Christian-based school in the Soddy-Daisy/Lakesite area. It will open additional educational opportunities for families in this area.”
Dallas Bay Baptist Church, which began inside an elementary school, decided to open the academy due to community requests, she said
“Dallas Bay Baptist Church started meeting at McConnell Elementary School in its first stages,” said West, adding that since that time the church has expanded many times and now operates out of a large building. “A school helped us get started and now we want to open a school to the community. We are excited to see what God will do with this opportunity.”